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tire advertising that claims no balancing needed

Ive sen those kenda kruz tires advertised as not needing to be balanced. How is that even possible? Is it misleading?

For tires that do require balancing, can someone explain what the beads are and how they work?
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Line up the dot with the valve stem.most motorcycle tires are like that.I've only needed one set of tires balanced and they were Dunlop's

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I recently put on a Kenda Tour Master, Lots of weights on it. I think like 5-6 weights.

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What so people do skip balancing notice terrible or subtle vibration and THEN get it done? That doesnt seem particularly safe?

What am i missing?
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My last tire on my VN was a kenda and I put about 6 or 7 weights on it. You can make a simple balancer with four skate bearings. Mine looked just like this. When I got it balanced you could spin that tire and walk away for about five minutes and it would still be spinning when you got back.


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I can't think of more than one or two tires I've ever installed that didn't require balancing. Even with lining the dot up with the valve, a few weights are generally required to get it evened out.
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Even if the tire is balanced, it's possible the wheel itself isn't.

I always balance my tires...and then use Ride On tire sealant. It helps balance your wheel and gives the added advantage of sealing most punctures ..

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You can even skip the stand and still get a decent balance. Put a thin film of grease on the axle, then set it across two points so the wheel can spin on it. Chairs, jack stands, virtually anything will work that gets the tire off the ground and allows it to spin freely will work.

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What so people do skip balancing notice terrible or subtle vibration and THEN get it done? That doesnt seem particularly safe?

What am i missing?
The subtle vibration is how you stir your coffee in the cupholder,silly.
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Even if the tire is balanced, it's possible the wheel itself isn't.

I always balance my tires...and then use Ride On tire sealant. It helps balance your wheel and gives the added advantage of sealing most punctures ..
Km has far more experience than I do. The Vulcan is my first bike and I have only ever changed one front tire so far. I balanced it by setting the axle ends on a pair of jack stands then spun the wheel slowly.
When it stopped, I marked the 6 o'clock position on the rim and rotated it to 3 o'clock and let it go.
Repeated a couple of times to see if the mark stopped in the same 6 o'clock position.

Added a 1/4 oz weight at 12 o'clock (lightest point on wheel) and repeated the process until the wheel stopped at random points, indicating to me that it was balanced. I ended up with three 1/4 oz weights next to each other on the wheel. Two on the right side of the "spokes" one on the left.

I rode for a couple of hundred miles to confirm it was balanced, then added Ride-On for the same reason as Km, ie. dynamic balancing as tire wears, possibly unevenly, and self sealing of punctures in the tread. So far, after a few thousand miles, I have been completely satisfied with the results.
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