How to Buy Repair Tools for Motorbike Tyres and Tubes

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How to Buy Repair Tools for Motorbike Tyres and Tubes

Invariably all motorbike tyres need to be replaced. Tyres are subject to an enormous amount of wear and tear due to the fact that tyres are always in contact with the road. The most common repairs include patching tyres and inner tubes, and replacing worn tyres. While punctures are unforeseen events, caused by small debris on the road, a motorcyclist should always be on the lookout for signs that the tyres on his motorbike are in need of replacement or repair. Slow punctures, worn tread, and damaged sidewalls can impair handling. While blowouts are mercifully rare, they do happen.

Every motorcyclist should carry an emergency tyre repair kit for patching punctures that may occur on the open road. However, an emergency plug or patch is only a short-term solution. If a motorbike tyre has suffered a puncture, the motorcyclist needs to eventually replace the tyre. To replace a tyre at home, a motorcyclists needs a bike stand, several tyre levers, a replacement tyre or tube, an air compressor, and an air pressure gauge.

While one can find repair tools for motorbike tyres and tubes at auto shops specialising in motorbike parts and accessories, many motorcyclists find that eBay offers a far wider range of repair tools at much keener prices.

Tubed or Tubeless Tyres

Motorbike tyres come in two flavours: tubed and tubeless. The choice of repair tools depends on the type of tyres on a motorbike.

Type of Motorbike Tyres

Description

Tubeless Tyres

No inner tube; ribs moulded into the bead of the tyre flex under air pressure to create a seal with the rim; repairs can be performed without removing the tyre

Tubed Tyres

The inflatable inner tube is enclosed by the tyre; tyre must be removed from the rim to patch or replace the tube

Plugging a puncture is a temporary solution. In an emergency, a motorcyclist can plug a tubeless tyre by using an emergency tyre repair kit. The puncture can be plugged without having to remove the tyre from the motorbike. A motorcyclist can a patch a tubed tyre using a repair kit, too. However, to gain access to the tube to perform the repair, the motorcyclist needs to remove the tyre.

Motorbike Tyre Repair Kits

Most tyre repair kits for motorcycles include plugs as well as patches. The plugs are for plugging punctures in tubeless tyres, while patches seal punctures in inner tubes. Many emergency tyre repair kits include CO2 canisters for inflating the tyre after the repair is completed. The chart below lists the essential materials and tools contained in most tyre repair kits.

Tool/Material

Description

Tapered Rope Plug

Inserted into a tubeless tyre to plug a puncture

Insertion Tool

A T-shaped tool used to insert the rope plug into the puncture

Tube Patch

A self-adhesive patch applied to the inner tube to seal off the puncture

Nozzle Adaptor

Connects the CO2 canister to the tyre valve

Disposable CO2 Canisters

Used to inflate tyres in the absence of an air compressor; capacities may vary from 12 to 16 gram charges

Adhesive

Glue used to secures the rope plug in the puncture

One should never use a tyre repair kit to plug a puncture in the sidewall of a tubeless tyre. In this case, the whole tyre needs to replaced. To ensure the glue adheres correctly, it is necessary to roughen the edges around a puncture. A piece of sandpaper works well. If the the kit does not include a piece of sandpaper, a motorcyclist should ensure he adds a piece of sandpaper to his emergency repair kit. If it is not included in a the emergency tyre repair kit, the motorcyclist should also carry a portable tyre pressure gauge to check that the repaired tyre is inflated to the correct air pressure.

Tools for Replacing a Motorbike Tyre

Ideally a motorcyclist should not wait too long to replace a plugged tyre or a patched tube. While a plug or patch seals off a puncture, it is only a temporary measure. To patch a tube, one needs to remove the tyre from the rim to access the tube. To replace a punctured tubeless tyre, one needs to do the same.

Besides punctured tyres, a motorcyclist may need to replace a tyre that has worn smooth, or a tyre with a damaged sidewall. Motorbike tyres have built-in treadwear indicators and when the rubber is worn down to the indicator, which is set at 0.8 mm, or when the tread groove depth is even less than that, it is time to replace the tyres.

If the motorcyclist needs to replace a tubed tyre, he should consider replacing the inner tube at the same time. To replace the tyre, the motorcyclist needs a repair manual, bike stand, air compressor, two to three motorbike tyre levers, and an air pressure gauge.

Replacement Tyres and Tubes

When installing a new tubed tyre, it is a good idea to replace the inner tube at the same time. Rubber inner tubes stretch out the more they are put to use. This constant stretchings thins out the rubber material, making the tube susceptible to punctures. When shopping for a new inner tube, the motorcyclist should match the size markings on the tube to those on the tyre.

Determining the Size of a Replacement Tube

Every tyre has vital information embossed on the sidewall of the tyre. This information is expressed as a series of numbers and letters. Reading this series from left to right, the first number is the tyre's width expressed in millimetres. The next number refers to the tyre's aspect ratio, or the height of the sidewall. The number at the end of the series refers to the diameter of the wheel in inches.

The series may also include letters. The letters 'F' and 'R' refer to the placement of the tyre. F-rated tyres go on the front of motorbikes, while R-rated tyres go on the back, or rear. Each tyre also has a speed rating expressed as a letter. For example, J-rated tyres are designed to function normally up to speeds of 100 km/h, while Z-rated tyres are good for speeds up to 240 km/h. As long as the motorcyclist has selected a replacement tyre that is identical to the old tyre and is compatible with his make and series of bike, he shouldn't have to concern himself with the speed rating when shopping for a compatible inner tube.

The Rims and the Tubes Must Be Compatible

Rims come pre-drilled with holes for the valves on the inner tube to fit through. When a motorcyclist is shopping for new inner tubes, he needs to make sure that the valves on the inner tube are compatible with the rims on his motorbike. There are two different types of valves: presta and schrader. Tubes either have presta or schrader valves, and so a tube with a presta valve is only compatible with a rim with the corresponding pre-drilled holes.

Tyre and Tube Repair Tools

All motorcyclists should have repair manuals for their respective make and series of motorbike. These manuals are available for download online, but a motorcyclist can get a hard copy at an automotive parts store, a motorcycle dealer, a bookstore that feature automotive literature, and from eBay.

Before it becomes necessary to repair a tyre or tube, a motorcyclist should shop for the appropriate repair tools.

Tool/Equipment

Description

Bike Stand

Lifts the motorbike wheel off the ground, allowing for easier access

Tyre Lever

Also known as a tyre iron or a tyre spoon; inserted under the rim to break the bead and remove the inner tube; as many as three levers required to pry a tyre from a rim; can damage the sidewall and rim

Tyre Changer

Preferable to using several tyre irons to pry the tyre loose from the rim; reduces pressure on the rim, thereby limiting superficial damage to sidewalls and rims

Tyre Valve Removal Tool

Used to pull out and remove valve cores

Air Compressor

Used to properly inflate the tyre after the repair has been completed

Tyre Pressure Gauge

Used to determine the tyre pressure after inflation

The optimal tyre pressure is expressed in pounds per square inch (psi) and is to be found printed on the inner tube and embossed on the sidewall of the tyre.

How to Buy Repair Tools for Motorbike Tyres and Tubes on eBay

eBay has a user-friendly search platform that allows any user to find what they need in just a few minutes. To conduct a search for motorbike tyre and tube repair tools on eBay, simply type keywords that describe the individual tools or the tyre repair kit you are looking for. For example, if you enter 'motorbike tyre lever' into the search bar, the search engine displays only those listings that are relevant to your search query.

To hone your search, use the search filters on the results page to sort the listings. For instance you can sort the results based on the tool's manufacturer. All the big names are represented, including Ducati,, Yamaha,, and Aprilia.. You can also sort the listings based on the condition of the tyre repair tool (new or used)). If the tyre repair tool is large, like a tyre changer,, you might want to sort the listings such that only listings for tyre changers listed by local sellers are displayed. If you can pick up the tool yourself, you can save on the high postage costs that come with shipping something as bulky as a tyre changer across the country.

If you are looking for a tyre repair kit,, make sure to read the item descriptions very carefully. The item descriptions should list all the tools and materials included in the kit. If this essential information is not included, you should contact the seller by going into their profile and clicking on the contact link.

Conclusion

It is not necessary for a motorcyclist to take his bike into a shop to get a puncture repaired or a tyre replaced. As long as the motorcyclist has the appropriate tools, he can perform these repairs at home. Every motorcyclist should carry an emergency repair kit. Most kits include plugs for punctured tubeless tyres and patches to seal off punctured inner tubes. However, an emergency plug performed on the side of the road is only a temporary fix. The motorcyclist should not wait too long to replace the punctured tyre.

Before replacing a tyre at home, the motorcyclist should source a compatible replacement tyre, and if necessary, a compatible inner tube. The motorcyclist also needs to acquire tools such as tyre levers, a bike stand, an air compressor for inflating the tyre, and a tyre pressure gauge to check the inflated tyre pressure. As several tyre levers are required to pull a tyre off a rim, it is recommended that a motorcyclist  invest in a tyre changer, which is much easier to use than a tyre lever.

With its user-friendly search platform, wide selection of repair tools, and competitive prices, eBay is a popular source for repair tools for motorbike tyres and tubes.

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