Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Tech

Tech ALL bikes: "Generic" tech questions and answers. Maintenance, general discussions etc.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 9 Sep 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Amsterdam
Posts: 44
Fixing a puncture on a cruiser

While cruising around in Spain I had a puncture (rear) and luckily I was going through a town so a motorshop was quickly found and the repair was swift (changing the inner tube). As I plan to travel to more remote areas next time on this same bike it made me think on what to do if this happens again somewhere remote. The Kawasaki Vulcan is chain driven, has a rear drumbrake and no centerstand. I guess I could ease her on her side supported by whatever lays (or my soft luggagebags)around and get the wheel out. My biggest worry is getting the tyre over the rim to get to the inner tube, they are standard tyres though a little chunky. I´m looking for some advice on how to pull this off and which tools to use (leavers). Cheers, Rob Smits
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 9 Sep 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bassett, Nebraska
Posts: 277
Hi Rob,

As far as getting the tire off the rim, a picture is worth a thousand words. These videos show the technique:

Easy dirt bike tire change instructions - YouTube

Easy dirt bike tire change instructions part 2 - YouTube

Easy dirt bike tire change instructions part 3 - YouTube

Although your bike doesn't have a rim lock like the dirt bike in these videos, all the technique is the same. I prefer the MotionPro tire irons he is using. They have nice smooth spoon surfaces and are a dream to use.

When removing a rear tire on a bike lacking a center stand, rather than laying the bike on its side, it is possible to tilt the bike in the air using the side stand and front tire along with a sturdy prop to form a tripod that lifts the rear of the bike in the air. I use a stick, but there are actual products you can buy to lift the rear of the bike:

PackJack RS motorcycle prop stand - ADVrider

This tool avoids having to lay the bike on its side to get the rear tire off.

Of course it is always good to learn proper technique for lifting a 600 pound motorcycle off its side without straining your back in case you drop it out in the boonies. That will be tomorrows lesson.

Kindest regards,
John Downs
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 9 Sep 2011
mustaphapint's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hampshire, UK
Posts: 398
I've never actually been stuck at the side of the road with my Harley, but I've changed the tyres enough times not to be worried about the possibility. First of all you can use slime (or something similar) to reduce the possibility of a puncture in the first place. I know a lot of people are against this, but I'm all for it. If you carry an electric pump you can often make it to a more suitable place to stop and repair a slow puncture. My bike will lay quite happily on the crash bars while I remove either wheel. Although my tyres are tubeless I carry a spare tube to fit if required as well as a tubeless repair kit. I would always aim to fit a new tube at the roadside and repair the old tube when more convenient. If a punctured tube's got slime in it I'd probably replace it with a new one a soon as I could. The hardest job at the road side would probably be breaking the bead if the tyre has to come off and you often just have to improvise, I've used all sorts including jacking a car up on top of the tyre (after suitably protecting the vulnerable parts). You can also try riding the bike a short distance with a flat tyre until the bead breaks.
Practise changing your own tyres at home before you leave.
Grant and Susan's DVD on tyre changing is a wealth of useful information even if you think you know it all. (Like I did before I was given it!)
__________________
If you think you are too small to make a difference you have never spent the night with a mosquito.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12 Sep 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Amsterdam
Posts: 44
Thanks to both Mustaphapint and John Downs for the information. I'll have a go here at home on the driveway to see if I can pull this off. It doesn't look too hard it is just that once changing a tyre on a scooter one of the leavers broke free and hit me in the face and I don't want this to happen with those big motorcycle leavers!

Rob
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fixing a puncture on a cruiser Robertsmits Tech 6 15 Jan 2011 00:01
Fixing a Landcruiser in South America Genji 4WD Overland Tech 5 9 Dec 2010 17:44
Cab to Body fixing? graysworld 4WD Overland Tech 8 31 May 2008 17:49
Fixing broken fairings? PaulJ Honda Tech 7 11 Mar 2005 19:28
Fixing Panels to the Bike Tony Robson Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear? 3 20 May 2003 23:58

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 02:44.