Which Rabaconda Tire Changer to Choose?
If you change your own motorcycle tires (we salute you!), you know exactly how much hassle the entire process can be when you don’t have the right tools. Enter Rabaconda: simple to use, versatile, and well-made, Rabaconda tire changers make swapping tires a fast and easy job.
We currently offer two different tire changers. There’s our flagship product, the Dirt Bike Tire Changer, and our newest creation, the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer.
Which one should you choose and why?
While both tire changers can help you up your tire-swapping game, each tool is designed for a specific purpose. If you’re not sure which one would work best for you, read on – we’ll detail the differences and the advantages of each.
How to Change a Dirt Bike Tire in Minutes: Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer
Love ripping up dirt? If you own a dirt, motocross, enduro, trials, or dual-sport bike, the Dirt Bike Tire Changer is your best bet.
The official tire changer approved by the AMA for the ISDE (Six Days Enduro), the Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer has earned the praises of renowned riders such as Taylor Robert and Zach Osborne. But it’s not just for the pros: whether you’re a racing vet or a weekend trail rider, the Dirt Bike Tire Changer is a premium quality tool designed to make tire changes effortless.
With quick and easy assembly, compatibility with various setups, superior grip, and innovative design features, the Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer is a game-changer in the world of dirt bike tire maintenance. Forget backaches, kneeling on your garage floor, or busted knuckles: the Dirt Bike Tire Changer provides a comfortable working height allowing you to change tires without putting excessive strain on your body or hurting your hands.
Here are the main benefits of using the Dirt Bike Tire Changer in your garage or workshop:
- Quick assembly and portability: whether you change tires at home, trailside, or at the races, the Dirt Bike Tire Changer is designed for convenience. Its compact and tool-free assembly ensures that you can set it up within seconds, saving you valuable time and effort. The carry bag, with dimensions of 70 x 28 x 25 cm, provides a comfortable and compact storage solution. Weighing just 16.5 kg (including the bag), or 36 lbs, this tire changer is highly portable, making it an ideal companion for your off-road adventures.
- Versatility: The Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer is compatible with wheel sizes from 16 to 21 inches, accommodating most dirt, motocross, enduro, and dual-sport motorcycle models. Whether you ride with tubeless, mousse, or regular tube setups, this tire changer has got you covered: in fact, we’ve heard countless riders tell us that changing bib mousse inserts with Rabaconda is easier than swapping out traditional tubes!
- Superior grip and stability: Ever struggled to change a tire on uneven ground? The Dirt Bike Tire Changer eliminates this problem. Equipped with rubber feet that provide an excellent grip on any surface, this tire changer offers steady balance anywhere you use it. Its three standing points further enhance stability, allowing you to work confidently, no matter the ground conditions.
- Innovative design features: The Dirt Bike Tire Changer incorporates several ingenious design features to simplify the tire-changing process. The bead breaker positioning system enables you to remove the tire completely by simply pushing it down, while the oval profile lever offers a good grip.
- Premium quality and reliability: Crafted in the EU, the Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer is a premium-quality product with sturdy and durable construction. The tool will withstand the test of time no matter how often you use it – it’s an investment that will pay off with countless trouble-free tire changes.
What other riders say about the Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer:
“I’m so happy I bought this for my husband and son. They race every weekend and changing bibs is a nightmare. The Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer makes the process so fast and effortless. It’s a great product - definitely recommend!”– Donna McDougal
Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer
What if you’re a street rider? For touring, cruiser, sport touring, street, sport, and adventure motorcycle owners, the best weapon of choice is the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer designed with cast, wire-spoked, and forged wheels in mind as well as both single and double-sided swingarms.
Here’s why the Street Bike Tire Changer is ideal for your garage or workshop:
- Quick and convenient tire changes: With the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer, you have the power to change your motorcycle tires in just a few minutes. You no longer need to rely on your mechanically minded riding buddies or service garages - this tool allows you to take control of your tire changes, giving you the freedom to do it on your own terms whenever needed.
- Versatility and adaptability: The Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer caters to a wide range of motorcycles. Designed for all types of road-focused motorcycles with tire widths of up to 250mm and center hub diameter of 15mm or over, it reduces the risk of damaging the rims and can handle various street bike models with ease. Adaptable to wheel sizes between 12-21", the Street Bike Tire Changer has great ergonomics at low weight allowing you to swap out your own tires in no time whether you’re riding street or hitting the track.
- Ergonomic design and premium materials: The Street Bike Tire Changer features a unique wheel angle that provides a handy operating position ensuring ease while changing tires. The plastic mounting head minimizes the risk of scratching the rim, while all parts that come in contact with the rim and tire are covered with plastic to reduce the risk of damage. The lightweight galvanized steel frame and wide leg stance offer excellent stability at a remarkably low weight of 13kg or 29 lbs.
- Portability and Ease of Use: This tire changer is designed with convenience in mind. It can be easily carried and set up within minutes thanks to its compact carry bag and quick assembly process. The oval-shaped operating handle provides a comfortable grip, while the included tire iron with a protective cover ensures efficient tire removal.
What other riders say about the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer:
“I changed the front tire on my 2022 Yamaha R1 this morning, and there was not even a scuff!! This tool is excellent: I use it at the track on my CBR600RR and on the other five of my street motorcycles. The Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer saves me time and money in the long run when compared to taking my wheels to get tires mounted. It is a necessity at the track for changing and flipping slicks. Thanks for this product!” – Todd Waggerman
Which Rabaconda to Choose?
On the surface, it’s an easy choice: if you have a dirt, dual-sport, motocross, or enduro bike, you should opt for the Dirt Bike Tire Changer. If you own a street, touring, cruiser, sport touring, sport, or adventure motorcycle, the Street Bike Tire Changer is your best bet.
However, there are a few nuances to consider. Plenty of different bike make and model features overlap in some ways, and riders often ask us whether they can use the Street Bike Tire Changer for their dirt bikes and vice versa, or whether a specific tire-changing tool will work for their specific wheel type.
Here’s what you need to consider:
- Rim locks. If you have a garage full of dirt bikes with rim locks, it's best to go with the Dirt Bike Tire Changer. If you have purely street bikes or both street bikes and dirt bikes, the Street Bike Tire Changer is the best option as it can handle wheels/tires both with and without rim locks.
- Tubeless tires. If you run tubeless, opt for the Street Bike Tire Changer: you won’t be using tire irons, and you’ll pop those tubeless tires on an off with ease using just the tire changer.
- Bib mousses. If you run mousse inserts, choose the Dirt Bike Tire Changer: you’ll need to use tire irons, and the plastic duck head of the Street Bike Tire Changer just won’t work for bib mousse setups.
- Rim protection. While dirt bike wheels get blasted with sand, gravel, and rocks, protecting street bike rims from scratching is essential. For this, the Street Bike Tire Changer is the best tool - the plastic duck head minimizes the risk of rim damage, whereas when you work with the Dirt Bike Tire Changer and tire irons, preventing rim scratches is a much tougher job.
- Can the Dirt Bike Tire Changer work for street bikes? In some cases, yes, but bear in mind that the Street Bike Tire Changer is developed specifically for street motorcycles for several reasons. First off, the design is aimed to minimize rim damage while changing tires. Next, the tool is designed to accommodate cast wheels, while the Dirt Bike Tire Changer is designed for spoked wheels.
- Can the Street Bike Tire Changer work for dirt bikes? Again, there’s some overlap (for example, some adventure bikes are very similar to dirt or enduro bikes in terms of spoked wheels); however, if you have rim locks or run bib mousses, changing your dirt tires with the Street Bike Tire Changer will be a struggle.
- Is the Street Bike Tire Changer meant for sport bikes only? No! Under the “street” category, we also mean Harley-Davidson motorcycles, cruisers, scramblers, cafe racers, commuter bikes, adventure motorcycles, and touring bikes. In other words, if your bike isn’t aimed at dirt riding, the Street Bike Tire Changer is the ideal solution for you.
Here’s a quick demo of how the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer performs on a Harley-Davidson front tire:
Whether you're a dirt bike enthusiast tearing up the trails or a street rider cruising on the open roads, Rabaconda has got you covered. Both the Rabaconda Dirt Bike Tire Changer and the Rabaconda Street Bike Tire Changer have their own advantages as each tool is specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of different riders. Not only are Rabaconda tools becoming increasingly popular with everyday riders, they're also becoming a hot commodity for small bike workshop owners looking for a premium tire-changing tool that allows them to change tires in-house, at events/races, or on the road should a customer need roadside assistance.
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