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    Bead Breaker

    BeadPro ~ Tire Bead Breaker and Lever Tool Set by Motion Pro
    http://www.advdesigns.com/betibebrandl.html

    Anyone have experience with this item...........?
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    Not me, but I'll be very interested in any feedback from folks who have experience. When we travel I haul around a big C clamp but if these work they would save a lot of space/weight.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    They may work fine as bead breakers, but they look too wide and short to make good tire irons. Every demo I have seen of them they are capably changing a tubed dual sport tire - easy as pie to bead break. I've never seen a demo on a big tubeless tire. If I carried a set as bead breakers, I'd still carry three MotionPro irons for install duty. The set that goes in my load-out for long distance and isolated destinations is the BestRest BeadBrakR. Whatever you decide to pack, change a challenging tire with it at home before you strike out counting on it to save your bacon on the roadside.

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    Personally, I'm more interested in not having a flat than how to break the bead when I do....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveAikens View Post
    Personally, I'm more interested in not having a flat than how to break the bead when I do....
    How's that working for you?

    Voni went 500K miles before her first flat, and then had three in two weeks.
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    I wrote the long version in a column in the ON. I'll repeat the short version here. Memorial Day, riding a few mild sweepers in Missouri Voni got a flat rear tire. I found the leak was between the brass and rubber in the stem. Tubeless tire of course. I had a plug kit. Good luck.

    I managed to find an Orscheln Farm Store open for 15 more minutes when I got there. I bought two tire stems, two tire irons, and a big C clamp. Back to her bike, beside the road I broke the bead on one side, and installed a new stem. By this time a nearby farmer got curious. He brought me his air tank to refill the tire.

    As we started to ride away she said it was still flat. It wasn't. It was the front tire this time. Same defect, same bike, same spot, same time. Odds??

    So I repeated the process using my second new valve stem, and on to home we rode.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    How's that working for you?.
    I'll be able to answer that after I go into the garage....
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    I guess the key point will be are they worth carrying as opposed to relying on such techniques as using the center stand or using a 2x4 arrangement or just relying on dumb luck. I've never had a flat since I was 16 and riding my brothers CB450 Honda Blackhawk in 1967. Of our six bikes, five have tubless tires and I hope to be able to fix a flat with a plug. If I need to break a bead because of a rare but possible situation as Paul described, or a flat occurs on our single tube bike, I guess I'm using the hope as a method technique. I hope I can break the bead... or I hope there is help to be had. I hope....
    Last edited by akbeemer; 09-28-2013 at 01:04 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I guess the key point will be are they worth carrying as opposed to relying on such techniques as using the center stand or using a 2x4 arrangement or just relying on dumb luck. I've never had a flat since I was 16 and riding my brothers CB450 Honda Blackhawk in 1967. Of our six bikes, five have tubless tires and I hope to be able to fix a flat with a plug. If I need to break a bead because of a rare but possible situation as Paul described, or a flat occurs on our single tube bike, I guess I'm using the hope as a method technique. I hope I can break the bead... or I hope there is help to be had. I hope....
    Good points. I tend to carry that stuff when we travel for the summer because, among other reasons, I have, on occasion bought tires and mounted them myself in a campground. I prefer to let a dealer mount them, but when traveling the need for a tire doesn't always match the location of a BMW dealer, and I have had mixed results with other brand dealerships. Sometimes the path of least resistance is to just buy a tire and do it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I guess the key point will be are they worth carrying as opposed to relying on such techniques as using the center stand or using a 2x4 arrangement or just relying on dumb luck.
    Personally, Since I started riding tubeless tires on my bikes, I no longer carry tire tools on either of my bikes [both RTs]. I carry a Stop~N~Go plug kit, gummy worms and an air pump. I'm fortunate to be able to say that I've only had one deflation when traveling - with tubeless tires. It was in the middle of nowhere, MI - where I picked-up a pretty good size bolt that apparently was flipped upright by my front tire. This was pretty late at night and it was pretty easy to feel the deflation. I got off to the shoulder, located the bolt, pulled it, plugged it and was on my way in about 20 minutes of fumbling around in the dark. That's when I learned carrying only a mini-mag flashlight was not a bright idea.

    Many years ago, I had a flat on my R75/5. I used the center stand to break the bead. I had a guy in a pickup truck stop to help and I'll tell you, I sure was grateful. There was no possibility I could have managed breaking the bead myself like that. If I was on a tube tire, I'd probably consider carrying something to break the bead but I think just being able to plug a tire is more reasonable under normal conditions.

    And Paul - as of yesterday, it's still working out great for me..... Are you and Voni planning on riding over to Dallas?
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    What is this center-stand-bead-breaker technique? Anyone care to share it with a newbie?
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    Some use the side stand and the weight of the bike to push the bead off. Hard to do with your own bike without one wheel on it, works best with a buddies bike if you are not solo.

    Ed Miller, Calgary, AB
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    Thanks!
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    I'm considering an ATL-to-San Antonio trip and back. First trip that I couldn't complete in one 12 hour day. Filing all this info away for good measure.
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    I had a chance to give the Motion Pro breaker set a test removing the Heidenau K60s from my F800GS wheels last week. The very stiff sidewall rear was a bit of work to get broke loose, but I was able to get it done with just the breaker set. I had to work around a short distance of the bead, going back and forth over it to get it to finally let loose. I also applied a bit of lube along the bead as I worked it down to aid in the process. The front tire was much less work to get done, I would expect most street tires with a softer carcass would also be easier to break loose.

    I also tried using them as levers to remove the tires. They did not work as well for this function, so I,I'll be sticking with the levers I currently carry. The bead breaker is a keeper though for it's primary function, at least as a roadside tool. I won't be using them routinely to change tires at home, my tire changer works much easier there.

    At the end of the job, the breaker set showed no sign of damage or failure other than some marks in the finish where they lever against each other. I had to apply significant force to the rear tire to break the bead on it, and the levers withstood that without bending.

    I give these tools a passing grade for use in roadside repairs. I think there are better options for the shop where size and weight for portability aren't requirements.
    Ed Miller, Calgary, AB
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