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Dummie newbie question:
What is involved in replacing tires on a 650 or 1100?
Who sells cycle tires? Online/available at automotive tire shops?
Do they have tubes or are they just like car tires?
Is this a DIY or best to go to dealer?
 

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Tires are motorcycle specific and car dealers usually don't have them. If you put your sizes into google you can get a million hits on them.

I run Kenda Kruz's and like them so far (about 2K).
 

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Lots of questions there! I can't speak of the 1100, but removing the rear tire on a 650 is pretty simple. There are 4 bolts on the the left (clutch) side of the bike to remove and on the right (brake) side there is 1 bolt for the equalizer bar and also the brake cable itself. Remove the axle bolt and it will come right out. Of course, be sure the bike is lifted and secured 1st! The driveshaft will come along with it. That is the hardest part to get back together, and an extra set of hands is very helpful!

If you have spoked rims, you have to run a tube. Cast wheels can be either tubed or tubeless. Do some research and buy the tire you feel fits your needs.

As for getting the tire mounted, your best bet is a cycle shop. I have found that around where I live, it costs more to have the tire mounted if you didn't buy it from the shop doing the install. After a few phone calls, I found it to be the best deal to just take the bike to the shop and let them remove it from the bike and put it back on. (40 bucks labor at my Yamaha dealer). They gave me a break on the tire then, too.

One last note: make sure, ABSOLUTELY SURE!!, that the final drive splined get lubed when the tire is off!!! This will save you many dollars!!! It sucks big-time when those splines strip and your ride gets cut short.
 

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Just found a 2002 650 with 9800 miles.
Tires look very good with what appears to be pretty good tread left.
I'm going to pick it up in the next few days. Over the winter plan on having the Yamaha shop around the corner go through it top to btm and make sure everythings good to go.

I know on motorhomes, after about 6-7 years, tires should be replaced even if they still look good. Is this true for bikes too? Would it be a good idea to have the shop put two new sneakers on her while there?
 

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That's always a good idea. I had cords break inside a tire on a VW I purchased with old tires. Ride got real bumpy real quick, would've been pretty scary on a bike.
 

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That's always a good idea. I had cords break inside a tire on a VW I purchased with old tires. Ride got real bumpy real quick, would've been pretty scary on a bike. Plus the rubber gets harder, less grip with age and ozone decay.
 

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One good thing about buying the tires at the dealer is it usually means free mounting/balancing.

Buy the skins on-line ends up costing you about $35/wheel for mounting/balancing.

Something to keep in mind when you think you found a "great deal" on-line.
 
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