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Unhappy Rear tire removal - ARGH!

IMO, the boys at BMW screwed this one up. When removing the rear tire, you have to swing the exhaust out of the way. Bummer!

Perhaps it was unavoidable...I dunno. I was just kinda hoping that it was going to be a 5-bolt ordeal. Not that moving the exhaust is such a big deal in a garage or shop, but it makes for roadside work a bit yuckier. Not to mention the fact that you have to wait awhile until that baby cools down a bit.
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What I used to do on my old XS850 was park the bike on the kerb, next to the road, and then turn the bike over the road, and drop the wheel down and out, and reverse the process to get it in.

Don't know the clearances to the rear - but the extra height should allow at least a turn/anngle of the wheel.


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Caught two pin hole size puntures in a 2800 mile new tire, took a look down there and decided that the $85 Battley charged to mount and balance was well worth it. Put two stop and go plugs in and hauled ass for the dealer, I'm a pussy.
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What I used to do on my old XS850 was park the bike on the kerb, next to the road, and then turn the bike over the road, and drop the wheel down and out, and reverse the process to get it in.
Might have to give that a try one day. Thanks.
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Gee, I thought only Harleys had to have the exhaust removed to change the tire....

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Gee, I thought only Harleys had to have the exhaust removed to change the tire....
At least my BMW has a centerstand. Haven't seen one of those on a Harley lately.
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I dunno. I was just kinda hoping that it was going to be a 5-bolt ordeal. Not that moving the exhaust is such a big deal in a garage or shop, but it makes for roadside work a bit yuckier.
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What happened to your tire? With all our high speed runs, I'm getting a flat spot in the middle on my rear already at 2,400. Haven't put the depth gauge to it yet, but it sure is visable. I love the tires for cornering. SO and I just love the GT. But, I'm thinking the tires will not last to 14,000 like the Metz did on the LT. We are running a tad faster.....

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You mean the GT's not perfect? It has a flaw?
Don't know that I'd call it a "flaw", more of an inconvience. I know you're just razzin' me here, but...

On the other hand, Friday I had the GT stripped down and the gas tank removed. (Routing wires, etc.) I put her back together in less than an hour. I'd bet you can strip it, change the fuel filter and air filter and dress her back up in under 90 minutes. A very nice change!

But the rear wheel removal still SUCKS!
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Does the "tool kit" come with the necessary tool to remove the lug studs? One of the guys I went to AK last year with had a 1200GS, and found out, in the parking lot of Whitehorse Honda, that BMW changed from a 'normal' bolt head to a Torx (T-50 IIRC). I'm not sure about the full toolkit, but in the abbreviated BMW toolkit the Torx was not included.

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I hope I never have to fix a flat, but the idea of putting it up a curb and then swinging the back end over is really smart. Thanks for the tip. Ron
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Have a Nomar unit and the Marc Parnes balancer and would like to put fresh rubber on for the DRG.

Joe or anybody since I don't have the manual yet other than the exhaust what else do I need to do to remove the rear tire. For instance brake caliper? Also what is the torque value when you spin the lug nuts on?

For that matter since I don't have a bull dog stand yet any idea on the front wheel removal?
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