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Screw in my tire. What should I do?

Walking by my bike in the garage yesterday I found a nasty surprise in my back tire. A screw is in the sidewall and I'm not sure if any damage has been done to the tube or not. My first thought was to not try and remove it and drive to the dealership and replace the tire. I don't like any kind of damage to a tire. But I have no experience with damaged motorcycle tires. What do you guys think I should do?
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Sure looks like a new tire is in your future!


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Me personally I would remove the tire and take it to shop for replacement. But I have the means and the equipment to do so. I live 25+ miles from any shop, and would not chance the interstate driving speeds.

Your case may be different, slow town driving for instance. If tire is still inflated, and you can keep your speeds and bike lean down in corners, you may make it just fine.


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Deputy, I have a garage and a jack but I have no instructions on rear tire removal and have never attempted it before. Got anything that could help a noob?
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The wheel isnt hard to remove, doesnt look like shaft drive, dont see a disc, guessing it an 800. Back off rear brake adjuster,remove that nut. Loosen lock nuts, then adjusting nuts on the chain adjusters. Remove axle nut ,then jack bike up just enough to take pressure of the axle and slide it out. Jack bike up enoug to get wheel out from under fender, removing the chain as slack permits. Watch for the spacers to fall out, the axel goes through them. Make sure you see how they come out, which side and how oriented, think only one has a taper on one side, make sure it goes back in the same way. You can also slip the rear brake rod out of the arm as you remove tire from bike. When putting back on just reverse these instructions. I usually also remove the speedo cable but you dont have to, just pull the backing plate, with shoes, out of wheel once it clears frame. There is a small allen head bolt just under where cable enters wheel that holds it in. Before tightening the axle when installing, make sure the speedo drive is engaed right, not doing so tends to break speedo cables and/or bending the drive causing speedo to stop working.

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It's a 2012 900 classic.
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Didnt see a rotor, so guessed 800, process still very close except for the brake. Should be 2 bolts holding the caliper to its mount. After reinstalling the brake caliper and everything is tight, pump your rear brake a couple times to readjust it.

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What kind of jack do you guys use for a job like this? Normally when I change my oil I just use a plain old craftsman floor jack with a 1x8 over the top of it and lift on the frame between the tires in a perpendicular method. But this is not a stable method for getting off the floor.

I also bought a "motorcycle jack" from cycle gear: http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/A.../p/36381_00000

But I'm either not understanding how to use it or it's a POS. I was trying to use it the same way as my floor jack but it's not long enough to reach across both frame bars.
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What kind of jack do you guys use for a job like this? Normally when I change my oil I just use a plain old craftsman floor jack with a 1x8 over the top of it and lift on the frame between the tires in a perpendicular method. But this is not a stable method for getting off the floor.

I also bought a "motorcycle jack" from cycle gear: http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/A.../p/36381_00000

But I'm either not understanding how to use it or it's a POS. I was trying to use it the same way as my floor jack but it's not long enough to reach across both frame bars.
Funny you should ask, I just sent my cousin this info this morning. me personally I like to use a wheel chock, which holds the bike upright. I then can slide my Craftsman motor cycle jack lift under it where I need it to be for whatever my project is. These are what I purchased. The chock can also be trailer mounted for hauling the bike when needed. Bike can be strapped to lift when you get it where you want it for stability. I did a lot of research before purchasing both of these items. neither need any modification and work well with the 900.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00950190000P





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Oh one more question. Are there any specific torque values on any of the bolts I need to know about?

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