Is the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer Dual Sport-Capable?
The short answer is, yes. Although the Street Bike Tire Changer is aimed at street, cruiser, sport, touring, and adventure motorcycles, it can be used for dual sport bikes.
The long answer is a little more nuanced. We’ve explained the differences between the Street Bike Tire Changer and Dirt Bike Tire Changer in detail, but the key takeaway is that the Street Bike Tire Changer will not work for bib mousses, and isn’t the best choice for dirt bikes with rim locks. Don’t get us wrong, it can work on wheels with rim locks - but it won’t be easy.
However, it is possible to use the Street Bike Tire Changer for dual sport motorcycles that don’t have rim locks and run tubes. Aimed at motorcycles with cast, forged, and wire-spoked wheels, the Street Bike Tire Changer works with both single and double-sided swingarms, and the plastic duck head significantly reduces the risk of damaging your rims.
If you own several street bikes, you probably own the Street Bike Tire Changer. But what if you’ve just added a dual sport to your garage?
Street Bike Tire Changer vs Honda CRF300L
An avid rider and founder of the Woodzman Adventures YouTube channel, Frank Newman has recently faced the same dilemma: would the Street Bike Tire Changer work on his Honda CRF300L as well as it does on his Harleys and Goldwings?
“The main difference is that the Dirt Bike Tire Changer is specifically designed for bikes with rim locks, but since my Honda CRF300L doesn’t have a rim lock, I figured the Street Bike Tire Changer would be up to the task. I got the Street Bike Tire Changer for my cruising and touring bikes, but I was curious to see if it could work for a dual sport machine”, - Frank shares.
To find out, Frank set out on a mission to change the front tire of the CRF:
Having never used the Street Bike Tire Changer before, Frank commented on how easy the setup was.
“The manual is really clear, so assembly only takes minutes, even when you’re doing it for the first time”, Frank remarked.
Once the tool was assembled, Frank set to work on the front tire. Since he runs tubes instead of bib mousses and there is no rim lock to contend with, the tire swap was quick and effortless.
“The bead pops off extremely easy, you don’t need to worry about pinching your tube, and your rims don’t get a single scratch on them”, Frank commented.
Dual sport tires, especially with aggressive off-road treads, can be notoriously difficult to mount and dismount. The Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer comes equipped with a long lever designed to make the job a lot easier.
The versatility of the Street Bike Tire Changer means it’s easily adaptable to dual sport motorcycles with a few dual sport-specific accessories like the 15mm Spindle Kit aimed at bikes that have a smaller center hub. Finally, it’s got a few extra perks like the plastic mount head to reduce the risk of rim damage.
Honda CRF300L Rear Tire Change
After changing the front tire on his CRF, Frank set about changing the rear. Much like before, the job was done in minutes:
“Will a Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer change a dual sport tire? Absolutely! This was, no doubt, the easiest tire change I’ve ever done. Rabaconda is a life saver. Compared to how much dealers charge and how much you’d normally struggle with just the tire irons, the Street Bike Tire Changer is simply awesome”, Frank commented.
Here at Rabaconda, we’re big believers in specific tools for specific purposes to make sure your tire-changing process is as effortless as possible. That’s why we’ve developed two distinct tire changers for street and dirt riders, each tool boasting specific features to accommodate different motorcycle makes and models.
However, there is some natural overlap between the Street Bike Tire Changer and the Dirt Bike Tire Changer. For riders with several different motorcycles in their fleet, the Street Bike Tire Changer might just be that unicorn tool to change both street and dual sport motorcycle tires.