If you’re a dirt bike rider then you’ve probably spent a good deal of money on dirt bike tires and as you’ve come to learn those things can really take a toll on your wallet. While we don’t have a magic solution for an ever-lasting tire, by performing your own tire changes you can help save yourself quite a bit of money. Best of all, it doesn’t take a lot of time to perform a tire swap and it’s pretty easy to do if you have the right tools.
Next time you’re getting your tire changed at a shop, take a peek in the back and check out what kind of tools the the service tech is using. More than likely he/she will be using some kind of tire changing stand and a set of tire irons.
You can find a simple table top tire changing stand for less than $50, or you can get a unit like the Ocelot Stand Up Tire Changing Stand for around $75. The Ocelot stand is a smart choice because it has a sturdy base, can handle up to 21-inch rims, comes with a reducer ring to work on mini bike tires, and features an adjustable working height so you don’t have continually be hunched over. After adding in a set of inexpensive Motion Pro Tire Irons you now basically have all you need to perform your own tire changes for less than $100. When you take into consideration that most motorcycle shops charge anywhere between $15-$25 to remove/install a new dirt bike tire (depending on if you bring the wheel/tire in already off the bike or not) after about six or so tire changes you’ll have paid for your tool investment and will have more money in your pocket to go towards new tires.
This video shows you how to remove and install a dirt bike tire using an Ocelot Stand Up Tire Changing Stand.