'05 R 1200 Gs
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: South Florida USA
I started a thread in this forum, earlier, about the bead popper that is an extension on our center stand on the GS(A?). Don't think my 05 has one. That is the only difficult aspect of changing one's own tires. I took my wheel/rear tire to my friendly tire changer guy and he used his automobile machine to pop the initial bead. He even threw in a new valve stem. No charge. The rest was cake. My local bike shop wanted $60 minimum on a carry in. Plus tax plus disposal fee, etc. No thanks. Same guys wanted $140 for the Shinko 705 I bought online for $88 including shipping , from Rocky Mountain ATV/Performance.
In the old days, in order to change our own auto tires, we would actually stick the edge of the wheel/tire under the front wheel of another car and drive over the edge of the wheel to be popped and it would pop the bead.
BTW, 2 tire irons, a mixture of water and dish detergent for lube, and 30 minutes total I changed the rear tire on my '05. Saved $100.
PS, I ordered a can of Ride On to take care of the balance and puncture proofing. $15.
'05 1200 GS