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My new to me 86 Aspencade was pretty much road ready when I got it, but I tend to be somewhat anal about having things right before I jump on and ride. The tires are good, but are showing some age, so I decided to replace them before Summer draws me out. I'm looking at a set of Avons, but the local shops are a little spendy when it comes to balancing. I've heard about the small beads that are placed in the tires that pretty much self balance the tire. What are your thoughts? Anything special I should know or do? If these really work as designed, I'm more than capable of mounting my own tires, thus saving a few bucks that could be used for oil changes or fuel.


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I use nothing but beads in my GL1500 and in my KLR 650. I've had great success with them and wouldn't use anything else at this point.
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Thanks, that's good to know. I'm assuming they work the same as a mercury filled hub on a cop car, centrifugal force throwing additional weight within the tire where it's needed. I'm an old guy, so anything that simplifies my life and actually works is good. ;)
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Dyna Beads or CounterAct beads both work the same and have been used for years in the trucking, off-road and cars for years. I've even been told of people who use golf balls in their off-road tires - you know those big oversize knobby types. I have used CounterAct beads in my 1800 tires. Putting those small sticky lead weights on a good pair of chrome mags just doesn't seem right.

Another product to consider is Ride-On tire sealant and balancing liquid. Used this in my front 1800 tire after a recommendation. Prefer the Ride-On product over the bead technology. It has the added benefit of being a puncture sealant as well. Check out the company's web site as well. There are options out there.

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Just a note: You cannot use balance beads in tires with tubes. This is from Dyna Beads Owner. I do not know if older Goldwings were tubed or not, so I just thought a word to the wise would be good.
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1200s are tubeless, beads, or the balancing compound from Ride-On will work well.
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themainviking wrote:Just a note: You cannot use balance beads in tires with tubes. This is from Dyna Beads Owner. I do not know if older Goldwings were tubed or not, so I just thought a word to the wise would be good.

Where are you getting your info from??

On the DynaBeads website the question is; "Can I use Dyna Beads....in motorcycle tires with tubes?"

Reply is: A: Absolutely! As a precaution, we strongly suggest a new tube with a new Dyna Beads application to avoid the problems of compressor oil accumulating on the inside over time. It turns gummy and the beads will stick to it.

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/news.htm

I've used beads in my KLR 650, tubed tires, for better than 10 years now and haven't had any problems.
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Have a read through this: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1662

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cbx4evr wrote:
themainviking wrote:Just a note: You cannot use balance beads in tires with tubes. This is from Dyna Beads Owner. I do not know if older Goldwings were tubed or not, so I just thought a word to the wise would be good.

Where are you getting your info from??

On the DynaBeads website the question is; "Can I use Dyna Beads....in motorcycle tires with tubes?"

Reply is: A: Absolutely! As a precaution, we strongly suggest a new tube with a new Dyna Beads application to avoid the problems of compressor oil accumulating on the inside over time. It turns gummy and the beads will stick to it.

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/news.htm

I've used beads in my KLR 650, tubed tires, for better than 10 years now and haven't had any problems.
Yes, I see that. When I asked the question, by phone, of the site owner, I got the reply that they should not be used in tubed tires. That was perhaps 8 or 10 years ago. Glad to have been shown to be incorrect in this regard. Thanks CBX.
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I had a Battlax that went cupping. Added the beads and cuping ALMOST disappeared. Beads help smooth out that tire & salvaged K's of miles.
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Beads are the way to go. I've done this in two different bikes, with very satisfactory results each time.


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