Tech Tips - Fitting tubeless tyres by hand

Published: 10:19AM Apr 27th, 2012
By:

Since the advent of tubeless rims for classic scooters, there has been much debate about where to get tyres fitted without damaging the rims or wrecking the tyre. So we decided to see how hard – or easy – it is to fit tubeless scooter tyres by hand.

Tech Tips - Fitting tubeless tyres by hand

Before you start make sure you are about to fit the tyre the right way round!

Some motorcycle tyre-fitting machines will not accommodate 10 inch rims, while a number of bike shops and even scooter shops who do fit tyres that small can be reluctant to try, even if they can hold the rim in their machine. It’s not because of some antiquated scooter prejudice, they simply do not want to be held responsible for gouging your nice new wheel rims to bits. It’s not unheard of for the sidewall of the tyre to get ripped too, if enough care and attention is not taken during the procedure.

For those who don’t know, these tyre fitting machines work by rotating the rim while a fixed ‘lever’ forces the edge of the tyre off over the rim. On larger wheels it’s quite a straightforward process but with our small wheels there isn’t as much flexibility in the tyre or depth inside the rim so it’s constantly trying to escape the machine, so the fitter invariably has to get the levers out to lend a hand and that’s when damage can occur. I have heard of people fitting tyres at home by putting them in boiling water prior to levering them over the rim, but personally I don’t like the sound of that. I don’t know what, if any, damage boiling water will do to a tyre but it’s not something I fancy trying.

0 Responses to “Tech Tips - Fitting tubeless tyres by hand”

Comments

Please login or register to post a comment

Current Issue: Feb 2015

Issue Feb 2015

Including Scooter Trader
• Stunning Vespas from Russia with lust
• Vespa around Italy; 7300km, monks and hairpins!
• First Ride: The new 3-wheeled Quadro
• Pre-production 125cc Scomadi
• How to choose your riding kit
• Lambretta TV175 Accessorised Series 2

PLUS:

Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: February 19, 2015

Issue 344

Issue 344
Feb 2015

The UK's biggest and best scootering magazine...

Subscribe and get this issue

Buy it now facebook Sample on-line

Other Feature Articles

Two months, 7300km, monks and plenty of hairpins

Two months, 7300km, monks and plenty of hairpins

It was a morning of sudden storms interspersed with glimpses of the sun as I was strolling in the Piazza ...

Read More »

What's on the TV in Belgium?

What's on the TV in Belgium?

Sam lived up to his hype when he dug out this delicious original TV175 from Holland. Lambretta Finder by name ...

Read More »

View all...

Advertisements

Related magazines:

Classic Scooterist Scene magazine Twist & Go magazine Real Classic magazine

 

Find a retailer:

Use our handy tool to find your nearest stockist!
Find your nearest Stockist

Read on-line as a digital issue:

Available on the Android Marketplace

Available on Pocket Mags

Advertising Deadline:

Trade Advertising Deadlines:
March 2015 - February 2, 2015
April 2015 - March 9, 2015
For more information contact our Advertising representative:

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

February 19, 2015