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Bead breaker

  • blueystar
    blueystar
    16 days ago
    Up graded my G clamp for breaking the bead on motorcycle tyres 
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    16 days ago
    Looks handy Bluey, damn sight more portable than mine. Although mine was handy during the 40,000 kms I ran car radials on the back of the bagger. They were bloody hard to break the bead on.
  • blueystar
    blueystar
    16 days ago
    Quoting obisteve on 01 Jul 2024 09:47 AMedited: 01 Jul 2024 09:50 AM

    Looks handy Bluey, damn sight more portable than mine. Although mine was handy during the 40,000 kms I ran car radials on the back of the bagger. They were bloody hard to break the bead on.

    Good price to $36
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    16 days ago
    Quoting obisteve on 01 Jul 2024 09:47 AMedited: 01 Jul 2024 09:50 AM

    Looks handy Bluey, damn sight more portable than mine. Although mine was handy during the 40,000 kms I ran car radials on the back of the bagger. They were bloody hard to break the bead on.

    I used to run a car tyre on the rear of my rocket 3, that thing had the grunt of a tug of the bottom and would destroy a tyre in very short time. Switched it over to the radial and then it chewed thru the front tyre just as quickly..LOL
    As you would know getting it from flat to cornering was a bit unusual in the "feel" department. 
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    15 days ago
    And I'm sure you didn't ride the Rocket slowly. Took me about 1000 kms to get used to the feel, the need to hold countersteering all the way through the bend, then the way it popped back upright when you slacked off the countersteering at the bend exit. Never had any of them last more than 15,000 kms, but never had wet grip anywhere near as good either. Had a front Avon Cobra slide out about a metre before gripping again on the long tight left hander going up Obi while the Michelin Primacy gripped all the way through. Took about 1000 kms to get used the cornering feel when I went back to using bike tyres again too.
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    15 days ago
    Quoting obisteve on 02 Jul 2024 09:45 AM

    And I'm sure you didn't ride the Rocket slowly. Took me about 1000 kms to get used to the feel, the need to hold countersteering all the way through the bend, then the way it popped back upright when you slacked off the countersteering at the bend exit. Never had any of them last more than 15,000 kms, but never had wet grip anywhere near as good either. Had a front Avon Cobra slide out about a metre before gripping again on the long tight left hander going up Obi while the Michelin Primacy gripped all the way through. Took about 1000 kms to get used the cornering feel when I went back to using bike tyres again too.

    Yep i do remember one of our runs up the Obi looking at the flat rear tyre on the back of the Victory!. Its certainly a lesson on countersteering with even a flat looking road influencing where the bike wants to head. My very good mate tried my rocket from my house and went straight out of my drive way , across the road up my over the street neighbors driveway, put the stand down and uttered words to the effect off "Get fucked i aint riding that"LOL
    What made it more interesting was that Rocket would want to stand up when you touched the front brake when leant over...then the big flat rear would follow and try steer you into the bushes...good fun.
  • Hilly
    Hilly
    15 days ago
    I'm struggling to find the pluses here lol
  • beaglebasher
    beaglebasher
    14 days ago
    Quoting obisteve on 01 Jul 2024 09:47 AMedited: 01 Jul 2024 09:50 AM

    Looks handy Bluey, damn sight more portable than mine. Although mine was handy during the 40,000 kms I ran car radials on the back of the bagger. They were bloody hard to break the bead on.

    I am confused. What was your thinking behind putting car tyres on a bike?    But I digress.
    I was working in WA back in the day when Cyclone Olivia hit Pannawonica. The cyclone hit around midnight but we were all drunk by that stage and didnt give a fuck. When I woke up in the morning I drove around and had a look at the damage which was substantial. I had a company Landcruiser ute with plenty of tools on the back so I drove around looking for anybody that needed help.
    The local copper told me to head down to the cop shop cos it was all getting organised from there.
    To cut a long story short I ended up having to fix four of the coppers flat tyres cos the stupid pricks drove around and got nails in their tyres from the shrapnel that was lying on the roads. I had a slide hammer type bead breaker but by the time I finished the fourth one I was ready for another beer.
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    14 days ago
    Ha Ha it possibly doesn't read that enticing...major benefit was not pulling into the servo and rechecking the rear tyre to see if its going to see the next servo! A std bike had 150hp and 163lb-ft or 221nm.....i thought it was a good idea to replace exhaust , get the head cleaned up with a mild bump in comp,  removed the primary butterfly's in the throttle bodies, serious airbox mods, a power commander running it all with a tune to suit. Never got it on the dyno but it was certainly stronger than when i started. They had a tq limiter std not allowing full tq till 3rd gear and that got binned as well. Was a tyre eater and hence the car tyre !  
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    14 days ago
    Well when you commute to work enthusiastically on a heavy bagger over a mountain range in a pretty wet area and also ride a lot on sloppy dirt roads, find that you can't afford to buy two 180 60R16 Avon Cobras a year, then watch this blokes YouTube videos, read a series of posts about a another blokes rides to the North Coast of USA and Canada (the Arctic ocean) over a thousand miles of slop on the Alcan highway on a Victory Vision with a winter tread snow tyre on the back, and discuss with blokes on a Vic forum about them getting 20,000 miles plus per tyre, all on $100 tyres, well I figured it was worth giving it a try.
    I don't use them any more, only found one that I felt good on, the Michelin Primacy  that then became unavailable in the size I needed. But I see it's back in production again.


  • Hilly
    Hilly
    14 days ago
    Lushy tuned Lofty's, was an animal apparently, Lofty sold it to keep his licence.
    I worked in Pannawonika for a few months, Peko North Broken Hill alliance took over, they went on strike, my money was running low, I moved on.
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    14 days ago
    Quoting paulybronco on 03 Jul 2024 09:39 AM

    Ha Ha it possibly doesn't read that enticing...major benefit was not pulling into the servo and rechecking the rear tyre to see if its going to see the next servo! A std bike had 150hp and 163lb-ft or 221nm.....i thought it was a good idea to replace exhaust , get the head cleaned up with a mild bump in comp,  removed the primary butterfly's in the throttle bodies, serious airbox mods, a power commander running it all with a tune to suit. Never got it on the dyno but it was certainly stronger than when i started. They had a tq limiter std not allowing full tq till 3rd gear and that got binned as well. Was a tyre eater and hence the car tyre !  

    Did you have any problems with the bearings in the rear hub with that extra grunt?
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    14 days ago
    Quoting paulybronco on 03 Jul 2024 09:39 AM

    Ha Ha it possibly doesn't read that enticing...major benefit was not pulling into the servo and rechecking the rear tyre to see if its going to see the next servo! A std bike had 150hp and 163lb-ft or 221nm.....i thought it was a good idea to replace exhaust , get the head cleaned up with a mild bump in comp,  removed the primary butterfly's in the throttle bodies, serious airbox mods, a power commander running it all with a tune to suit. Never got it on the dyno but it was certainly stronger than when i started. They had a tq limiter std not allowing full tq till 3rd gear and that got binned as well. Was a tyre eater and hence the car tyre !  

    Quoting obisteve on 03 Jul 2024 11:04 AM

    Did you have any problems with the bearings in the rear hub with that extra grunt?

    No thank goodness but i was very anxious about the drive train on it. A fair few std ones had gearbox issues and when you got hard on the gas the rear suspension would compress and then lighten up and you could hear the driveshaft slapping around and you were just dreading hearing a bang and a uni or gearbox failure. I did decide that i would get the gears heat treated and the box undercut. I spoke to a few people about the uni joints on the shaft but ultimately had a rethink about what i was spending and trying to achieve.  
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    14 days ago
    Quoting Hilly on 03 Jul 2024 10:38 AM

    Lushy tuned Lofty's, was an animal apparently, Lofty sold it to keep his licence.

    I worked in Pannawonika for a few months, Peko North Broken Hill alliance took over, they went on strike, my money was running low, I moved on.

    Yes i recall some banter with Lofty over that bike. Anyone know what happened to him after he bought the van and went for a lap....

  • STEAMER
    STEAMER
    13 days ago
    Lofty lives in his 5th wheeler at Mackay, nth Qld, he is manager of the AMA  super store store up there, he helped set it up to open. 

  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    13 days ago
    Quoting STEAMER on 05 Jul 2024 12:55 AMedited: 05 Jul 2024 12:56 AM

    Lofty lives in his 5th wheeler at Mackay, nth Qld, he is manager of the AMA  super store store up there, he helped set it up to open. 


    Cheers Steamer...its nice to know he's going well. 
  • Stuart
    Stuart
    12 days ago
    Quoting paulybronco on 03 Jul 2024 09:39 AM

    Ha Ha it possibly doesn't read that enticing...major benefit was not pulling into the servo and rechecking the rear tyre to see if its going to see the next servo! A std bike had 150hp and 163lb-ft or 221nm.....i thought it was a good idea to replace exhaust , get the head cleaned up with a mild bump in comp,  removed the primary butterfly's in the throttle bodies, serious airbox mods, a power commander running it all with a tune to suit. Never got it on the dyno but it was certainly stronger than when i started. They had a tq limiter std not allowing full tq till 3rd gear and that got binned as well. Was a tyre eater and hence the car tyre !  

    Years ago I had a hotted up XJR1300. And I thought I was king of my little dung heap. A bloke on a Rocket 3 pulled up next to me at a set of lights on Kings Way/Queens Road heading out of Melbourne toward Dandenong Rd. I didn't know much about Rocket 3's, but thought anything this ugly couldn't be much chop. I didn't get the opportunity to note whether it had a car tyre or not - at the rate it disappeared over the horizon, I reckon it was passing through Dandenong as I got to the end of Queens Road...