Tire changes are a necessary evil for every motorcycle owner. It's a task that often comes with a side of frustration, especially when dealing with heavy touring bikes like the BMW K1600GT. Add the fact that this motorcycle comes with a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), and it’s starting to look like a headache rather than an easy job – unless you have a Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer.
In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of tire changing and explore how the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer is revolutionizing the way we change tires, using a BMW K1600GT as our canvas.
The BMW K1600GT: A Poster Child for Stiff Sidewalls
The BMW K1600GT is a touring marvel. It's a bike designed for long journeys, offering unparalleled comfort and performance. But, owing to its weight and ergonomics, the K1600GT sports tough tires with stiff sidewalls, and those can be a challenge to change. So much so, in fact, that one K1600GT owner shared this on a BMW forum: “If you told me I HAD to change the rear tire on a K1600 with tire irons, I'd sell the bike”. We get the sentiment - changing the tires on a BMW K1600GT can be a formidable task, and many riders opt to let professionals handle this job, which can be costly and inconvenient.
However, with the right tools, changing the tires on your K1600GT can be a fun DIY project, and that's where the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer comes into play.
The Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer
The Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer is a game-changer for motorcycle enthusiasts. It's a tool designed to make tire changes easier and more accessible, even for heavyweight touring bikes like the BMW K1600GT. To see it in action, check out this video:
Here, an avid rider and passionate motorcyclist Carl Lemay showcases that swapping rubber on your K1600GT doesn’t have to be a hassle, even if your wheels have the TPMS.
“The tire is a little hard to remove, and you need to be a little careful with the pressure sensor, but breaking the bead is fairly easy. Pro tip: start breaking the bead in the direction away from the sensor so that once you’ve rotated the tire towards where it is, the tire is already off. Soapy water helps when removing the tire; when mounting a new one, it’s best to warm it up a little (if it’s sunny outside, leave it out to warm up a bit) and grease the bead”, Carl shares.
“Every time I change tires with Rabaconda, it gets easier and easier - I’ve had the Street Bike Tire Changer for about a year now, and I talk about it all the time. At this point, changing the GT tires is a walk in the park”.
Key Features of the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer
- Ergonomic Stand: One of the standout features of the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer is its ergonomic stand. This stand provides stability and minimizes physical effort during the tire-changing process. It's a crucial factor when dealing with stiff tires like those of the K1600GT.
- Multi-Functional Bead Breaker: The bead breaker is an essential component of the Street Bike Tire Changer. It simplifies the process of breaking the tire's bead away from the rim, making it a breeze to remove and replace the tire while minimizing the risk of rim damage.
- Time Savings: Time is precious, especially for riders who'd rather be on the road than in the garage. The Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer significantly reduces the time required for tire changes.
- User-Friendly Design: Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice DIY enthusiast, the Rabaconda is designed with user-friendliness in mind. Its intuitive design ensures that riders of all skill levels can easily adapt to and benefit from this tool.
Changing a tire on a heavyweight touring bike like the BMW K1600GT doesn't have to be a daunting task anymore. The Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer has revolutionized the way we approach motorcycle maintenance. With its ergonomic design, efficient bead breaker, and user-friendly features, it's a must-have tool for any motorcycle enthusiast. The Street Bike Tire Changer is a tool that's making DIY maintenance more accessible, allowing you to spend less time in the garage and more time on the open road.
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