Okay they aren't really dancing shoes but Max will be doing the twist(ies) in them.
I was still running the stock Dunlop Qualifiers on Max and had just over 5500 miles on them. The wear bars were starting to get awfully close on the rear and we figured they probably had about 1,000 miles of life left in them.
Great, except for the fact we'll be doing at least 1500 miles this coming up weekend for the IMBC. We figured we'd best be prudent and order and mount new ones prior to leaving. The rear was also quite squared off so handling should be improved with the new Shinkos.
The new Gladius tires arrived Friday so Troubadour and I installed them yesterday. I did help him some, but you know he did the bulk of the work. I was really good at toting and fetching and I can stand on a tire and hold it down with the best of them.
A few years ago he made a bead breaker bar, a box to hold the tire, and a spin balancer that work really well. He described some of it in this post. Click ---> link. Here are a few pictures from our day.
|(Securing the wheel on the box)|
|(Breaking the bead)|
|(Putting on the new tire)|
While we had the front wheel off the bike he also took the opportunity to attach the Fenda Extenda with the supplied stainless steel screws. Until now we'd just gone with the adhesive method so we didn't have to remove the wheel. Here is a pic of him grinding off the pointy end of the screws.
|(Grinding pointy ends of screws)|
The old and new rear tires compared......
|(Left - new Shinko: Right - stock Dunlop)|
.......and taking inspiration from Dar, aka Mistress Scooterpie, and her 'Shoes Glorious Shoes' post I shall include one picture of fancy shoes on the bike (not that I'd ever ride in heels). Seeing as how Max's footpegs are further to the back of the bike, I couldn't get the same angle for the picture as Dar so I improvised.
|(Frame sliders can double as highway pegs)|
I think mounting the tires was the last bit of prep work for Max before the big trip. We still have packing to sort out, but as long as I have my toothbrush and lipstick I'm set. I think even the route to Baker City has been agreed upon - 340 miles (547 km) not as far as I thought for day one. I finally looked at a map last week sometime. At least it wasn't last minute.
Four more sleeps until we hit the road.
- Au Revoir
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine