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----- Original Message -----
From:
Carl Talbot

To: mail@awol.co.za

Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 4:32 PM

Subject: FW TECHNICAL TIPS TYRE CHANGES AND WHEEL BALANCING Vmaxers

In a previous article I indicated that I would advise when I changed my rear 180/55 X 17" Michelin pilot road tyre.With 2 weeks left to the Vmax rally I decided to retire the tyre with 1.5 mm of tread left and fit a Michelin pilot sport.The pilot road up to that stage gave 7400 miles(11840 km ).Although it would have gone way beyond 12000 km I needed to change in anticipation of  the 2000 km journey to the rally.

TYRE CHANGING

As can be seen from the pictures in step 1 to 5 the tyre changing is really reasonably simple and easy.The idea of cutting the tyre off the wheel is not mine ,and although I have never seen it done before I heard about it from a non Vmaxing biker ,Dave Leach. I did the tyre change without anyone showing me and therefore I believe it is possible for anyone to do.It suggested that the DOT mark on the tyre be lined up with the valve since the valve is normally the heaviest part of the wheel and the DOT mark on the tyre is the lightest. 
 


step 1. Remove Tyre


step 2. Remove Valve


step
3.
Cut Tyre
 


step 4. Apply Shaving Cream
   

step 5. Using hands & feet to fit new tyre

 


step 6. Finally balance the wheel

 




 

WHEEL BALANCING

An unbalanced wheel will always come to rest with the heaviest part coming to rest at the bottom(6 o clock).This is due to gravity.

Mark the 12 o clock position with chalk as this is the lightest position.

Add weights to the 12 o clock position and do so until the wheel comes to rest at 3 or 9 o clock.It is then balanced.

It is really as simple as that. 

Vmaximus
Carl Talbot
 

From: Carl Talbot
To:
mail@awol.co.za

Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 4:47 PM

Subject: Follow up to my technical tyre tips and wheel baklancing-Michelin tyres

Vmaxers

In my previous article I mentioned that the 180/550X 17" Michelin Pilot Road was retired with 11840 km and still 1.5 mm of tread remaining.

In October 2006 I fitted a Pilot Sport tyre which I replaced on 4-2-2007 with 11000km and less than 0.5 mm tread remaining.The Pilot Road is therefore a better mileage tyre.

I have however again opted for a Pilot sport purely because it looks more agressive and I subjectively feel it is a better performing tyre.   

Regards

Carl Talbot

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