2005 R1200RT (It's new to me!)
Northern Virginia, USA
If you are not continuously learning, you are slowly getting bored.
The way our guy did it on the road to Dakar was a bit harsh on the rims I guess, but that was no problem then. With a little care you can do the same thing on your precious alloys without scratches. Again...it's the technique that matters, not the gear. With simple means you can do the same thing. It's the same thing with all hobbies: some people think that when they use fancy and expensive gear, it'll all work out. But it turns out that most of the time, the same thing can be archieved by other means for a lot less money and not necessarily with less quality or more effort.
-=- if you always see the road ahead of you, it's not worth the trip -=-
our local dealers only charge $15-20 to mount and balance if you bring wheels in. add $100 if they dismount wheels from bike.
recently a complete change kit came up on ADV flea market that happened to be local.
it's a lowly harbor freight tire changer with motorcycle attachment. but it's got the nylon inserts to prevent scratches. best of all came with No-Mar nylon tipped change bar, No-Mar balancer and instruction DVD.