KTM 790 Adv Front Tire

Friday, Oct 30 2020 [5,587 miles]

I’m at the wear bars of the Avon front tire that came on my 790. I ordered a Shinko 705 to replace it. I’m happy with the way the 705 handles for my riding style and they are cheap. The front on 90/90-21 size is less than $60.

Time for a new front tire

Time for a new front tire

Time for a new front tire
Chock disassembled

Chock disassembled

Chock disassembled
Brake calipers removed

Brake calipers removed

Brake calipers removed

I put the bike on the rear stand and used a scissor jack to raise the front enough to disassemble the wheel chock to get access to the front wheel. Brake calipers were moved out of the way and I pulled the front spindle after loosening the pinch screws. Note to self: there are pinch screws on both forks.

Removing the spindle turned out to be much harder than I expected. Perhaps I had too much weight on the front wheel. Or not enough. Eventually I got the spindle out without damaging any portion of the bike. I’ll count that as a victory.

Wheel removed

Wheel removed

Wheel removed
At the wear bars

At the wear bars

At the wear bars
More, tomorrow

More, tomorrow

More, tomorrow

Look at the cute O-ring. I assume that is protection in case the front suspension bottoms out. Anyway, I got the wheel off. I’ll do the rest of the job, tomorrow.

Saturday, Oct 31 2020 [5,592 miles]

Bead breaking

Bead breaking

Bead breaking
New scratches

New scratches

New scratches

I set up my tire changing stand in the garage and remove the old tire. The bead was very easy to break. I managed to put a few small scratches in the rim with the tire irons. That happened because I was too lazy to grab the leather swatches I usually use to protect the rims.

Needs weight

Needs weight

Needs weight
Abount an ounce

Abount an ounce

Abount an ounce

I don’t think I added any scratches mounting the new tire. I did check the wheel balance without a tire. It balanced quite well with no weights. The tire was marked with a red dot. Sure enough the heave spot was opposite the dot. I needed about an ounce of weight for decent balance.

Ready for test ride

Ready for test ride

Ready for test ride

The wheel went back on the bike easier than it came off. I set the tire in place then lowered the scissor jack until the fork clamps came into alignment with the wheel hub. A few find tweaks of the jack got it so the spindle slid into place pretty easily.

No problems observed on the test ride. The bike handle well. I only had one issue…

Busted glasses

Busted glasses

Busted glasses

This happened. I removed my glasses to wipe some sweat off my head and half stayed in my hand and the other half fell to the floor. Good thing I kept the glasses that this pair replaced. I can see well enough, but will need to make an appointment with the eye doctor.

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