The biggest problem with motorcycles is that their tyres often get punctured, and you can do very little about it. Roads are littered with so many prickly things and the tyre does get eroded with time. So, you have to change your bike tyre, and it is going to be a big job for you if you don’t know how to do it yourself. You can get into deep trouble if you have to do it in the middle of nowhere because your bike may be punctured anywhere, and you are going to do it yourself. For this, you need some amount of instructions.
Every bike or motorcycle has its unique way of getting its tyre changed or installed, and it is best to consult the instruction manual that accompanied your bike or two-wheeler for the best help. It is sure to give you a detailed account of all the nitty-grittes involved in getting tyres replaced or installed. Be sure to collect all the different parts of your bike in a single place, so you have all of them in one place when you need to put them back. It is going to reduce the confusion.
Here are a few steps you are going to find helpful. Let us begin with the rear-wheel.
1. It is going to be best to use a centre-stand to get the bike off the ground. The point is to get the rear wheel off the ground, but you should always be sure to keep the bike firmly balanced. It shouldn’t tip over and fall.
2. Bikes with caliper brakes need a removal of the disk brakes before everything. Be sure to use caliper bolts for this.
3. Be sure to get the axle-nut in a comfortable position. It shouldn’t be tight. Remove all accessories that come into the way of loosening the nut. Make sure you mark the exact position of the axle properly because you are going to have to position it in exactly the position it was before you tried anything on it.
4. Be sure you keep all the spare parts you remove from the bike like nuts and washers in a clean and safe place. You are going to put them back in the same position after a while.
4. Shift the wheel a way ahead.
5. Remove the motorcycle-axis from its position by gliding it out.
Now let us tackle the front wheel.
1. Position your bike in such a position that it becomes easy to handle the nuance of tyre changing. Lift the front wheel in order to have a perfect working plateau. This should allow access to parts of the bike that need to be changed.
2. Make sure you can spin the wheel comfortably and easily. Use the jack to get the bike into such a position if it is not already in one. At the end of the day, the front wheel of the bike or two-wheeler should be able to spin.
3. Be sure to remove calipers fastening the brake before you attempt the operation. You should move in a logical way, removing bolts at the bottom before those in the upper part. Don’t let the caliper fall in any case. The axle of the bike needs to be removed. You are going to have to get rid of the mount bolt first.
A removal of calipers is going to leave the field empty for a thorough inspection of brake discs. Any form of damage or chances of damage should be addressed in the best manner possible. Attention should be given to the condition of brake pads, for they are very crucial for proper functioning of brakes. Ensure a replacement of brake pads if you find them to be deficient in thickness. They should be at least 1/8-inch thick. They wear off when they are regularly used.
4. Axle pinch bolts need to be loosened for a safe removal of the axle. You must use an adjustable wrench for the purpose. But before sliding it out, keep an eye on the wheel spacers. It is best to use some custom wheel spacers. They shouldn’t be allowed to touch the ground.