There can be a tremendous savings when installing tires yourself. Tires can be purchased at lower prices over the internet or by mail order as well as the savings that can be had by mounting and balancing them yourself. Besides that, you will know it has been done right.
One of the challenges encountered doing it yourself is being able to balance the wheel assembly easily and effectively. A motorcycle tire balancer is often expensive, takes up a lot of room and in the case of VFR, requires a special rear wheel adaptor which is available from the dealer at a premium price.
The Honda Portable Motorcycle Wheel Balancer pictured above addresses all of these problems.
Extremely accurate running on precision low friction shielded ball bearings.
"The Marc Parnes balancer is an absolute joy to use and makes balancing the wheels so much easier. I should have gotten it years ago. It fits both the FJR and Wing wheels and all I need are a couple of big oil jugs to support it on. This tool proved to be worth it's weight in gold, as it is small and easy to store, and is easy to use and fits just about any wheel. The GL1800 rear wheel does not have an axle, so it was always a challenge to try to balance it. The design of the cones in the Marc Parnes balancer perfectly centers the rear wheel so you can easily balance it. All you need are a couple supporting jack stands or similar device to set the balancer on. The bearings turn easily and exert very low friction, which allows you to balance the tire to within a few grams. On a scale of one to ten, I would give this tool a solid ten for easy of use and reliability. My only regret is not getting one sooner."
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Configuration All kits include axle, bearing blocks, cones and adapters unless otherwise noted.
Special cones from the HOV12 kit bored for a 1/2" shaft. These cones will NOT work on the earlier VFR since their tips are machined for 25 mm front wheel bearings. The earlier VFR had 20 mm front wheel bearings.
Silver Adhesive Balance Weights are available in strips. Each steel strip consists of 12 5 gram segments, enough to do at least two wheels. Postage is prepaid when included with a balancer order. If you need weights separately please email email@example.com with the quantity you would like and your zip code.
Black Adhesive Balance Weights are available in strips. These are made by Hofmann in Germany featuring their Speedliner technology which makes it much easier to remove the next time. Each steel strip consists of 12 5 gram segments same as above.