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    • I added these bead breakers, part number 08-0519 to my tool kit around 7 years ago, and TBH I would be lost without them now.

      Mine show years of wear and use but besides the anodizing scuffed off in a few area are as perfect as the day I bought them.

      Prior to having these getting a tire bead to break off the rim was usually a lot more difficult affair, requiring the help of another rider, or my bike on a centerstand and precariously try to lean it over on it and use my side stand as a bead breaker, or stopping a passing car asking them to drive over the bead, or jumping up and down on the sidewall of the tire. All of these can only be called a PITA once you have used these bead breakers.

      Simple and easy to use, as shown in the video, for memory sake, the writing on each tire iron faces upwards for correct orientation.

      I showed these to a friend of mine who at the time had been on the road on their motorcycle for 20 years and a million km's and he just laughed at them, until he tried them. He has now had his own set for over six years and thanks me everytime we speak if he's had a flat tire.

      I also carry an additonal MP tire iron and I have never had a situation where I can't get a tire off and on the rim using these three tools, practice!

      If changing your tires makes you swear, sweat and work overly hard you need to work on your technique.

      So, from two riders with a now combined 30+ years and 1.5 million kms on the road, these are an essential tool to carry

    • Those are fine tools, but I wish they did away with tubes on motorcycles, once and for good. Given today's modern wheel and tire technologies, it shouldn't be impossible at all, several manufacturers are doing it. Recently, I had a puncture after riding shoulder of a very busy - very stuck highway, and wouldn't you know it the air leak started an hour later at 70 mph on a interstate highway at night, with a rain storm closing in. Yet, having tubeless plug kit and my 12 V pump I was able to fix it in less than 30 minutes and with not much effort.

    • I agree and disagree, tires without tubes would be great for road purposes and minimal offroad.

      ...but once you are in the dirt (kind of places I ride) even if you have tubeless rims you still need to carry a tube and all the tools to deal with a flat.

      Example: slashed tire out on a sharp rocky road, a plug won't fix it cause the hole is too big, but a tube will hold air and get you home. Without a tube you either need to walk or push out, or potentially damage your rim.

      I think tubes will be around for a long time until this becomes more mainstream

      but there is a problem with these for a motorcycle because you can't adjust pressure to work in different situations, these are really a one trick pony

    • I know what you're talking about. Had a slashed rear about half an inch or so cut, I recall. I think the rear only spun out a little as I gave more throttle to climb the steep gravel road in the rain. But was enough to capture an arrow shaped stone. I was able to patch that using three string plugs but only at the third attempt and keeping fingers crossed it holds air, or that I still had left over string plugs! I agree if that's the kind of riding one does mostly, then tubes!