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This tutorial shows you how to change a motocross tyre or an off-road motorcycle tyre for any other activity (Enduro, Trial, Rally raid, Cross Country).
Please note that it is not recommended to change a motorcycle tyre for road use by yourself as it is a more complex procedure that requires wheel balancing. If you want to change a road tyre, please contact a professional. You can find a professional near you here.
Contents of the article:
Unless you are equipped with a wheel change stand, you can perform these steps on the floor on a cardboard box so as not to damage the side of the wheel that will face the ground. Caution: As the crown is fragile, start with the wheel placed on the opposite side. When you need to turn the wheel over, place the disc on a layer of rags to protect it. We will first look at how to change a motorcycle tyre when it has an inner tube. We will then see how to proceed when it contains the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM.
1. Remove the valve cap
2. Press down on the valve core to deflate the inner tube (or use the valve core remover to get all the air out of the tyre)
3. Unscrew the valve completely
4. Unscrew the gripster screw a bit to release the tyre
5. Remove the sidewall from both sides of the tyre with a lever arm (or press hard on to loosen it)
6. Use a tyre spoon to remove the tyre from the rim around the entire circumference
7. Pull out the inner tube completely
8. Now use the tyre spoon to pull the tyre out of the rim and clamp it under the disc
9. Use a second tyre spoon to do the same operation about 15 cm further on. Clamp it under the disc and remove the first one.
10. Continue in this way, alternating between the two tyre spoons, until you have pulled the edge of the tyre out of the rim all the way round
11. Turn the wheel over
12. Apply lubricant to the edge of the tyre on the remaining side
13. Repeat step 6 and from 8 to 10
14. Pass a tyre spoon between the tyre and the lower part of the rim and lever the tyre out all the way around (make sure that the tyre on one side is at the bottom of the rim to better extract the other side with the tyre spoon)
15. Clean the inside of the rim with a damp cloth
16. Check the rim base; change it if it is damaged, otherwise there is a risk of damage to the inner tube
17. Put the new tyre on the rim (make sure the direction of rotation is correct)
18. Place the inner tube inside, so that the valve is facing the hole
19. If you have removed the valve core with the valve core remover, put it back into the valve
20. Inject some air into the tube so that it is not completely empty, but still has some flexibility
21. Apply lubricant to the edges of the tyre on both sides
22. Use a tyre spoon to put the tyre back on around the whole circumference by inserting it between the tyre and the lower edge of the rim and levering it out
23. Insert the valve into the rim hole and tighten the nut to 3/4
24. Use a tyre spoon to pull in part of the tyre and wedge it under the crown
25. Use another tyre spoon to pull the tyre in, little by little. Towards the end, if necessary, use the third tyre spoon, also wedging it under the disc to help hold the edge of the retracted tyre. Make sure that the opposite part is at the bottom of the rim.
26. Turn the wheel over and inspect the other side to see if the rim fits all the way around
27. Remove the shell and inflate to properly seat the tyre beads on the rim
28. Put the shell back
29. Make sure the tyre is centred on the rim
30. Fully tighten the gripster screw and the valve screw
31. Using the compressor, inflate the tyre to the recommended pressure
32. Replace the valve cap to protect it from dirt and to ensure a better seal.
If you want to change a motorcycle tyre equipped with the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM, the steps from 4 to 14 are the same as for an inner tube except that with a MICHELIN Bib MousseTM there are 2 gripsters to unscrew (or even 3 for a MICHELIN Bib MousseTM M18 in a MICHELIN Enduro Xtrem tyre in (140/80 - 18))
1. Remove the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM with the tyre spoon
2. Inspect it to make sure it is in good condition
3. Clean it with a clean cloth
4. Clean the inside of the rim with a damp cloth
5. Check the rim base; change it if damaged, otherwise there is a risk of damaging the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM
6. Apply the MICHELIN lubricant gel supplied with the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM (1 tube for a rear tyre, ½ for a front tyre) and use a brush to apply it to the inside of the new tyre (don’t apply it on edges)
7. Insert the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM (in order to spread the lower area of the tyre, you can sit on the tyre to facilitate insertion)
8. Apply lubricant to the edges of the tyre on both sides
9. Before mounting the tyre on the rim, make sure the direction of rotation is correct
10. Use a tyre spoon to put the tyre back on the whole circumference by inserting it between the tyre and the lower edge of the rim and by levering
11. Use a tyre spoon to pull in part of the tyre and wedge it under the crown
12. Use another tyre spoon to pull the tyre in little by little. Towards the end, if necessary, use the third tyre spoon, also wedging it under the disc to help hold the edge of the retracted tyre
13. Turn the wheel over and inspect the other side to see if the edge fits tightly all around
14. Make sure the tyre is correctly centred. If it is not, use a tyre spoon and tyre mounting lubricant to help centre the tyre
15. Fully tighten the gripsters' screws
MICHELIN Bib MousseTM is the Michelin's off road solution to tyre punctures. It is lighter than a reinforced inner tube and eliminates the inconvenience of a puncture when riding off-road.
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