Change You Own Damn Tires! (And Save Big $$$)
Riding motorcycles is a lot of fun, But maintenance can be a long and annoying task. Today I’m here to give you a step by step tutorial on how to perform maintenance on your ride. In this blog, I will be showing you how to change both of the tires on your bike. Since motorcycles utilize more tire tread than cars, you’ll find that changing the tires on your bike will happen sooner than you expect, luckily motorcycle tires don’t get punctures very often so you will most commonly change them out when they are worn. it’s recommended to change out the tires on your bike in coordination with your owner's manual, but it is really best to visually inspect the tread on the tire and change them when they are worn down to the wear bars or the visible tread is shallow. No owner’s manual can predict how often or how hard you ride.
Before we start you are going to need some basic tools to make things alot easier. The tools you are going to need are:
-A Socket Wrench
-A set of Sockets of the appropriate size for both front and rear axle bolts and (possibly) brake caliper bolts
-A pair of tire irons
-A spray bottle with some soapy water
-A stand for your motorcycle (it doesn't have to be fancy, a couple cinder blocks will do if you haven't invested in a real motorcycle stand).
-An air compressor of some sort (even a bicycle pump will work)
Muffin Pan (this is totally optional but we find using one when doing
any work on your motorcycle will help to organize bolts and parts you’ve
taken off, thus helping to properly remember which ones went where)
- The first step is to get the bike up off the ground and onto a stand. Make sure that the bike is stable and secure so it won’t tip over while you are taking the wheels off.
- Next step is to remove the wheels, it doesn't matter which one you tackle first, personally I do the rear tire first and then the front. Locate and remove the axle nut which holds the wheel onto the bike. Remove the cotter pin (not all bikes will have these), then remove axle using your socket wrench. You then can slide it out freeing the wheel’s connection to the bike. Slide the chain off of the sprocket and set the wheel aside. You will be performing the motions on the front wheel but in some cases you may have to take the brake caliper off to remove the tire, again use the appropriate size socket wrench to remove bolts connecting it to the wheel and set it aside. (With all of these bolts, that is where the muffin pan comes in handy)
- The next step is to remove the valve stem and let the air out of the tire
- Once the valve stem is removed and the tire has been deflated, you will need to break the “bead” on the tire to get it loose from the rim, the bead is the contact point of the tire and the rim. On tubeless tires, this makes an airtight seal, but is present on both tubeless and tubed tires. You can either step on the tire or use a rubber mallet to hit the tire, once one side of the bead is broken you will see the indent of where it once sat pressed up againist the rim. At this point you can flip the tire over and break the bead on the other side.
- When the beads have been broken the next step is to remove the tire from the rim, this part in my opinion is the hardest but when done properly can be a breeze. Start on one side of the tire, squish the tire down using both knees, on the opposite side of the tire insert both tire irons in between the rim and the tire and pry the tire up out of the rim. You can use the soapy water to help insert the irons. Once this has been done, leave one tire iron in and remove the other, move in small increments around the rim making sure the tire does not retract back into the rim. After you have removed the top side of the tire, do the same thing to the other side but remove it through the same side of the rim that you just worked on.
- Now that you have the old tire off, it’s time to put the new tire on. For this you will be doing literally the exact opposite of taking the tire off. If you are installing a tire that has a tube, get one side of the tire on and slide the tube into the tire, make sure when you are installing the next part of the tire itself, that you do not pinch the tube, this could cause a hole in your tube potentially undoing all of the hard work you just did.
- After you have installed your tire, inflate your tire so it pops onto the rim and the bead is made, once the bead is made, install your valve stem and inflate your tire to the appropriate psi.
- Finally once your new tires are all set, reinstall your wheel back onto the bike making sure not to over tighten your axle nut.
- After both your tires have been installed properly, your bike is ready to hit the road again. Be careful for the first day or two riding on new tires since they have a thin coating from the factory to keep them intact during shipping and in storage, this thin coating makes new tires slick in wet conditions. I hope that this tutorial helps you save money and enjoy your riding experience a little more!
History Briefing of the Royal Enfield Motorcycle
Royal Enfield is a name that tells history and tradition. They are among the oldest motorcycle manufacturing companies in the world still in production. The original business concept however, started long before Royal Enfield began producing motorcycles. George Townsend started a business in 1851 in Redditch, England making sewing needles. By 1882 his son, also named George, moved the company in a different direction and started making components for cycle manufacturers including saddles and forks. By 1893, the name Enfield Manufacturing Company Ltd was registered to manufacture complete bicycles and small engines, adopting the branding Royal Enfield.
After experimenting with a heavy bicycle frames outfitted with primitive engines, Enfield decided to build their first real motorcycle in 1901 with a 239 cc engine. During this same time period they were also hard at work designing and producing not only bicycles, but also lawnmowers, small engines and even guns, rifles, and heavy artillery. This legacy is reflected in the company's original logo, a cannon, and their motto, "Made Like A Gun".
At first, the demand for Royal Enfield motorcycles was very small. At the time people could either not afford a motorcycle or simply did not find them practical. But this would all change with the First World War. The British military along with the Imperial Russian Government saw great use for Royal Enfield motorcycles, deploying many units to the battlefield as a way of fast message relay and troop transport. They even produced sidecar models outfitted with machine guns. Despite the arrival of the Great Depression, the company was able survive on reserves made during the First World War. 19 years later during the start of World War II, The Enfield Cycle Company was once again called upon by the British authorities to develop and manufacture an even more advanced fleet of military motorcycles. One design was even made to be durable and lightweight enough to be deployed by parachute with airborne troops. In order for their facility to not be vulnerable to the wartime bombing, a secret and well disguised underground factory was set up in an old quarry in Westwood England. Many staff were transferred from Redditch and a number of prefab homes were built to house them. Along with motorcycles, Enfield built other equipment for the war effort such as mechanical "predictors" for anti-aircraft gunnery: Such high precision equipment development was aided by the constant temperature underground.
Sgt J Lloyd (right) and L/Cpl Jones, two motorcycle despatch riders have a 'brew' before the attack on Evrecy, 16
After Second World War, the Redditch factory continued churning out motorcycles and high precision machining for about 25 years. However in 1955, Enfield Cycle Company partnered with Madras Motors in India in forming Enfield of India, based in Chennai, and started assembling the 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle in Madras. The first machines were assembled from components imported from England. Two years later in 1957, Enfield of India acquired the machines necessary to build components in India, and by 1962 all components were made in India. In 1967 production of Royal Enfields at the original Redditch England facility ceased. Enfield of India continued producing the 'Bullet', and finally began branding its motorcycles 'Royal Enfield' in 1999. A lawsuit over the use of 'Royal', brought by trademark owner David Holder, was judged in favour of Enfield of India, who now produces motorcycles under the Royal Enfield name. Royal Enfield India manufactures and sells in India, and also exports to Europe, South Africa, Australia, North and South America, and have recently entered the Indonesian market as well. Recently Royal Enfield has undergone a major retooling, particularly in the engine department going from carbureted cast-iron engines to twin spark unit construction engines on all its models, with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) available on their flagship 500 cc model.
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet here at the Garage
In August 2015, Royal Enfield Motors announced it is establishing its North American headquarters and a dealership in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the intention to offer three bikes, the Bullet 500, Classic 500 and Continental GT 535 Cafe Racer as they feel this engine size represents an underserved market. The dealership is Royal Enfield's first company-owned store in the U.S., according to Rod Copes, president of Royal Enfield North America. The company wants to eventually establish about 100 dealerships in American cities.
Caleb's 10 Step Oil Change on any Standard Motorcycle
Hey guys! This is Caleb from GarageTRS, and today I’m going to be giving you step by step instruction on how to change your motorcycle’s oil. Over time the oil in your engine begins to break down, losing many of its needed properties, such as lubricating your engine and transferring heat away from delicate parts. This will cause your engine to develop more wear and stress over time, ultimately shortening its life significantly. Some people find changing the oil in their bikes to be too intimidating and often pay to have someone do it. What many of these folks don’t realize is not only how quick, but how easy it is to do an oil change. The benefits of a DIY are numerous. It is far less costly, but more importantly, you will gain a better general understanding of your bike and become more in tune with its needs. As a rider, becoming more familiar with where things are on your bike, how it works, and being able to troubleshoot other simple problems you may encounter is a valuable skill to have.
Quick Note: The mileage/hour interval in which your oil needs to be changed will always be stated in your owner's manual. If you don’t have that, google your machines proper service interval and be sure to keep track of the miles/hours put on the machine between the services.
Step 1.) Gather Materials- In order to change your oil you are going to need a socket wrench and the appropriate socket size for your engine drain plug, some new oil (the type will be in your owner’s manual or a quick google away but the two most common types of motorcycle oil are 10W40 and 20W50). You will also need a new oil filter for your motorcycle which can be ordered online or picked up at your local shop. Other essential items include paper towels, rubber gloves if you don’t want to get your hands too dirty, and finally some kind of container to put the old oil into to be disposed of properly, such as a milk carton or empty oil bottle.
Step 2.) Warm Her Up- Changing the oil in your motorcycle is to get your bike running and warmed up, probably about four or five minutes of idling will do the trick. This is done so that the oil will be warmer and flow more easily out of the engine, you don’t want to let the bike get too hot as it could make it harder to work on, and you definitely don't want to be burned by hot oil.
Step 3.) Get your Hands Dirty- The next step is to get ready to take the old oil out of the bike, position the oil pan under the drain plug on the engine. If you have a hard time locating the drain plug on the engine it is usually the lowest point on the underside of your engine. Remove your engine oil drain plug GENTLY and be ready for the cascade (not really) of oil to come out of your engine. At this point simply wait for all the oil to drain out of the engine.
Step 4.) Lean Her- Lean the bike up off of the kickstand to get the rest of the oil to drain out of your bike. When all the oil is out of your motorcycle take a paper towel and clean the drain plug of residual oil
Step 5.) Plug Her Back Up- Reinstall the oil plug back into the engine. It is CRITICAL that you do not over tighten the drain plug, It should be snug but not torqued down (over tightening can cause crank case to crack or for you to strip your bolt neither of which are fun to deal with).
Step 6.) Replacing the Oil Filter- Next is the oil filter, some bikes have different styles of oil filters, some that screw on, or that are under covers on the engine. Position your oil pan under where the oil filter is located on your bike, a small amount of oil left in the filter will come out. Install the new oil filter on your motorcycle, it should go on the same way it came out.
Step 7.) Replace with new Oil- To pour new oil into your bike, locate your engine oil cap and remove it, pour the appropriate amount of new oil into your engine. Too much oil can cause oil leaks and smoke to come out of the exhaust of your bike, and too little oil won’t lubricate your engine properly, which can lead to excessive wear on your engine. With the appropriate amount of oil in your bike (again google or owner’s manual), put your oil cap back onto your bike.
Step 8.) Starter Up- Now simply run your bike again for a short period of time, this is done so that the oil can flow through the engine, check the oil either through the oil sight glass or the dipstick on your bike. If it is a little low after you have run it, add some more oil.
Step 9.) Properly dispose of the Old Stuff- Make sure to dispose of your old oil properly, many auto parts stores have a form of oil collection and disposal.
Step 10.) Congratulate Yourself! You performed your very own oil change! With new oil in your machine you are all set to hit the open road.
Appreciation of the Honda Elsinore
When Honda first started manufacturing motorcycles, they developed a reputation for creating some of the world's most simple and reliable machines. This quality was defined during the late 1960’s and early 70’s in the world of dirt track racing and motocross. The company's owner and founder Soichiro Honda was a highly regarded well respected man who was passionate about building leading class machines. In fact, Honda had developed its name predominantly through motorcycle track racing before anything else. In 1967 however the company experienced somewhat of a hiccup when they temporarily pulled out of motorcycle racing. Soichiro Honda had publicly announced that Honda would never build a two stroke powered motorcycle. He hated them and did not believe the technology was any good.
other manufacturers rushed to develop their two stroke prototypes,
Honda’s world famous development team sat with nothing to do. Suzuki had
been on the forefront of developing two strokes and had started their
design process as early as 1965. By 1970 they had produced the Suzuki
RH70. This bike was ridden by Belgium's Joel Robert and won its first
FIM World Motocross Championship that same year. This was the spark that
ignited Honda’s race development team to quietly begin creating their
first prototyped two stroke. By August of 1971, Team Honda took their
prototype to the National Championship motocross race in Mine,
Yamaguchi, where it placed well and was recognized in good regards
throughout the industry. In turn, Mr. Honda gave his reluctant backing
to producing not only a competitive two stroke motocross racer, but also
an out of the box version as well. This caused Honda’s manufacturing of
race bikes to restart with the new line. The resulting motorcycle was
the Honda CR250M. The CR250M was constructed of mostly aluminum
bodywork and plastic fenders making the bike extremely lightweight, and
with a 29 horsepower. It was very powerful in its time.
The AMA Motocross Championship is an American motorcycle racing series founded in 1972. The series quickly became the largest and most influential outdoor motocross series in the United States. In 1973 Gary Jones rode a stock CR250M in a dominating victory at AMA 250 national motocross series in Lake Elsinore in California. Popularity of the CR skyrocketed in not only North America but around the world. It became a cult classic must have motorcycle for many enthusiasts and more serious riders alike. Since that fateful success at lake Elsinore, CR250M models were dubbed the name Elsinore, and to this date are still some of the most sought after enduro style motorcycles in the world.
MAY BIKE NIGHT!
Don't Miss our next bike night! We managed to raise $4k for the Veterans back in March and we intend to top that this month! Come on out and enjoy free beer, free food, and live music for a great cause! There will also be a live auction and bike games! $10 Suggested Donation
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Did you know that GarageTRS hosts a BENEFIT and Bike Night once a month to raise money for different organizations within the community? Last month, we raised over $4,000 for the ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters. The ABCCM helps hundreds of homeless veterans within Buncombe County and Western North Carolina. They are committed to homing, rehabilitating and serving our Veterans in need of assistance and are an essential part of our community.
This month we are choosing to host a Vintage Bike Night with all proceeds going to our neighbors Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Brother Wolf is a no kill animal rescue located directly across the street from us. They help thousands of animals every year and are striving to make all of our community no kill. There will be prizes for our favorite Vintage Bikes, but ALL motorcycles are welcome! So bring your Harleys, Sportbikes, Dualports, Trikes, Japanese Crusiers, Classic Cars or whatever it is that you have for a great time with us along with lending a helping hand to some animals in need. The motorcycle-less are also welcomed and encouraged to attend as well! We hope to see you there! $10 Suggested donation