Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Re: Changing Tires???
I installed new Bridgestone BT 20's (bias ply) a while back. At the same time I installed metal valve stems. I balanced the rims after installing the valves without the tires installed. Needed a 1/4 ounce exactly across from the valves on both wheels.
Installed the tires with the dots at the valve stems. Both wheels with the tires installed were 100% in balance, no additional weights needed. VERY IMPRESSIVE. I used a Marc Parnes balancer. The bike rides perfectly smooth at any speed even hands off. I believe if a new tire needs 2+ ounces of weights there is a problem. Out of round wheels, bead not seated, or a poor quality tire.
To me, this proves that that the answer to the various front end shake issues is perfectly round and balanced wheels and tires.
Mine is a 99 with 40K and the original shocks and steering damper.
K1200LT 1999 Champaign SOLD
R1100RS 1994 Teal SOLD
R1150RT 2003 Blue (Sold)
R1100RT 1997 Blue
Pest, Budapest Hungary
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