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Hereís 200,000 miles of old motorcycle tires, accumulated since acquiring a No Mar. I finally got around to gathering them up to take them in. Somebody told me to keep them to grow small potatoes. You pile dirt and potato spuds in a stack of tires. Let them grow. Then kick over the tire stack to harvest your spuds. But Iíve never gotten around to growing potatoes. A No Mar tire changer very quickly pays for itself.
A No Mar tire changer very quickly pays for itselfWell, I'm having a heck of a time trying to get there. I haven't had a problem demounting but mounting is a different story.
A No Mar tire changer very quickly pays for itselfWell, I'm having a heck of a time trying to get there. I haven't had a problem demounting but mounting is a different story. Between technique, lube & getting the tire in the well of the wheel has not yielded the desired mounting results that I thought would be ezpz. After more than a decade of using a Coats changer at a multi brand mc dealer, I thought the NoMar was an inexpensive option for my small assortment of personal rides but now think I should have spent twice as much for a Derek Weaver set up, etc. I've watched the NoMar vids over and over to attempt to determine what I'm not doing correctly. Maybe one of these days something will click in my brain so I can begin fully utilizing my NoMar. I plan on dragging it out of the corner of the garage in September to do a couple of wheels, I'll wish myself good luck. The demo at the '19 bike show in CLE made it look so incredibly easy so I bought one. Oh well.
I basically follow the No Mar instructions but learned two important tricks. It is vastly easier to work with a tire if it is plenty hot. I leave mine out in the Texas summer sun for a few hours. Or in the winter, Iíll put them over a hot car engine with a blanket on top to let the heat soak in. Second, Iíve got 3 of those long ratchet style wood clamps you use for holding wood together to glue. I use these to squish the two beads together on the opposite side from where Iím working. That makes it easy to force the far side of the tire into the drop center, which is how you get the clearance to mount the tire on the bead seat. Sometimes Iíll also use a few short tire irons in addition to the No Mar bar. The key is never to force itóit should go on with only moderate persuasion, otherwise you arenít doing something right
I hope you take those tires to a tire place to recycle them rather than throw them in the dump where they'll stay for eternity!
Found this video review. Sure wish I'd known about this machine before I bought my NoMar.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNk1lRv5Gww
I have a NoMar sitting collecting dust. A highly qualified Guzzi mechanic couldn't get it to work, maybe because they were all old tars.In Texas they charge $5 to properly dispose of an old tar. So ole Bubba throws them off in a didtch and us tax payers have to pay to pick them up and dispose of them. It should be free to get rid of old tires, then they wouldn't be an eyesore all over the country side.SmithSwede. The stacking of tars and filling them with dirt to plant potatoes gave me a potato plant with a 4' root and the original seed potato at the bottom of the stack. Idea looked good when I read about it in a magazine.Tex
I really enjoy these videos that show mounting a 180 series super soft tire that can almost be mounted w/o tools. Show me a 90 or 110 series tire with super stiff sidewalls.
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Indeed, especially on an old Guzzi wheel with it's rough finished alloy, I've uttered many an obscenity whilst grunting that LeMans front onto the rim.
That said the Olaxmotor does look like a nice piece of kit...
If I didn't have the place nearby, I guess I would go to the zip tie method I've seen videos on.
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I've used the zip tie method on a Ducati rear tyre before but, as discussed above, it's a wide, soft tyre on a smooth finished wheel.
There's no way It'd work on the stiff, skinny tyre/rough cast wheel combination on my Guzzi.
Not everyone recognizes the value of a tire machine or even values one and prefers to pay someone else to do tar changes. That's good for me, makes beer for the fridge. Yes my machine does sit stagnant for weeks sometimes months but so does the 45mm socket I used once. But when I needed it it was nice to have.I like having a tar changer at my disposal as the $20 fee is only part of the equation. 1. I save 30 to 50% buying tars online and having them shipped to my door.2. I can change tars when I want not when shop can fit me in.3. I can swap tars around. Going on a trip that is 3000 miles but that old tar only has 1500 miles left. I can spoon on a new one for the trip and when I get back swap them out to finish up the old tar and get my moneys worth out of it.4. I can by TMPS sensors for $18 and change them out in stead of a dealer charging $130 for the sensor and then a tar changing fee5. I don't have to drop off wheels or bike at a shop and wait for them to change the tars. Personally I'd prefer to spend Saturday morning riding not sitting in a shop waiting for the shop monkey to change the tars.6. I can internally plug tarsSo yes a a shop that charges $20 on the surface seems like a good value until you ad in all the parts of the equation. Also lot of fellows tout inexpensive tire changes but that is the rider pulling the wheels and bring them to the shop. Getting the wheels off the bike is the lions share of the work. The reality is my $500 NoMar really was paid off within the 1st 4 tires in money savings, convenience and ability to use the entire tire.
TWA! $20 a tire!?! Sweet. I don't blame you.Haven't seen any shop doing it that cheap in a long time.Had used Cycle Gear for the longest ($25, if tire bought thru them) until I went through the usual "make appointment/ get them there" routine and they bailed when seeing the black rims on the GRiSO. "Not going to be responsible for scratches"though they had done them countless times before for me Took them to the BMW shop nearby and the owner had a good laugh that they were from a Goozi. He said "Nope, go to your Goozi dealer..".Funny guy..Guzzi dealer (where I bought the bike!) bent me over $50 a tire.Last straw, and last time I was inconvenienced.Have Zero issues doing it on my cheapo machine and on my schedule getting the most out of the tires.I do have 3 bikes on the road and they all get ridden. That helps.
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