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I just finished spooning on a new Pilot Road 3 on the rear of my Legend. The Avon Storm it replaced wasn't quite to the canvas, but it didn't lack much. The front Storm 2 is still okay, so I'm leaving it for now even though I did buy the matching Pilot Road 3 for the front. I did the entire job on the floor of my garage, using a long and short 2x4 to break the bead, and then some new tire tools I'll mention in a minute. I also had purchased a gallon of tire lube from NAPA, and I applied this liberally as needed.
The new tire tools are plastic ones called Stubby Tools, and they are the nuts! I bought a pair with handles, and I'm throwing my old tire irons out, as these are so much easier to use! They have a notch cut in the end to grab the tire for removal and then the rim during installation, and they really worked terrific.
One thing I found interesting that I had not noticed before was the sipe orientation on the tires. The Michelins have an arrow with the word "rear" in them, and at first I thought the arrow was pointing to the rear of the bike. Apparently, the arrow is for rotation, and "rear" means rear tire. In any case, the sipes on the front tires run from the outside to the center of the tread as it rotates, and the rear tires do just the opposite, with sipes running from the center to the outside. I always assumed all sipes went from center to the outside, to channel water away from the contact patch, but apparently the leaning and turning which the front tire undergoes puts different demands on it?
I am curious if anyone can explain this?
 

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The rear tire needs more traction under acceleration whereas the front tire needs more traction under braking. That's the reason for some tread patterns being reversed front to rear.
 

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Any pics or links of the tyre tools you used ssevy, they sound interesting?
 

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Thanks rick, look very good. Tempted to get a set of these :)
 

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You won't be sorry. Probably about 30 minutes total unmounting the old tire and spooning on the next. This on my knees on the garage floor. I was shocked at how bad the old Avon was once I got it off where I could really see it clearly. No canvas, but three very clear profiles, flat on top, and flat from there out to each edge. The end on profile looked like the top of a stop sign.
 

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Oh :( no shipping outside US or US Territories....shame
 

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Sure you could be right, I'll do some searching
 

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You won't be sorry. Probably about 30 minutes total unmounting the old tire and spooning on the next. This on my knees on the garage floor. I was shocked at how bad the old Avon was once I got it off where I could really see it clearly. No canvas, but three very clear profiles, flat on top, and flat from there out to each edge. The end on profile looked like the top of a stop sign.
I spent a little more time than that putting my new Michelon Road Pilots on this spring! The Mrs. and I had a good time. I was teaching her how to mount m/c tires.

If I could get your links to load I am sure I would be ordering a set.
 

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Hmmm...the links were not in my post, but they work for me when I click on them. Just do a search for Stubby Tools, and I'm sure you'll find either them or some porn site:eek:
 
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