Got Bridgestone Battleaxe BT45 front and back. Started after lunch to remove front Tire. A few hours later I got it off. I'm kayaking tomorrow, and I think I'll need a tow. My muscles are done-in by the battle with the tools and tires and wheels. Maybe that accounts for the name of the tires.
I packed all my tools away again. That way I'll wonder where the heck did I put that ... ? I don't favour the fight to put the new one on. That seems nice and stiff, and as thought the rim won't fit in that orbit.
One thing interesting was finding that the front wheel's hung on an axle that has a 12mm hex. After a bit of blundering on the internet, I found a local shop that sold me the 1/2" drive hex socket. I mean, I'm glad I haven't had a need, on the road, to remove that wheel. Nothing in my stock kit would do it. As it is, I"m gonna have to carry a ratchet and an adapter to get that thing off at the roadside.
I imagine the aft tire is gonna be a weekend excursion. I mean, it feels STIFF compared with original equipment; and I perceive a weight difference. I think it's perceived only.
I'm guessing I'm gonna use some stranglehold materials to wrap around the tires in order to seat 'm withe my bicycle pump. Wait. I could put 'm in the car and go to town and find a compressor.
I hope my riding hereafter is going to make the many hours worth the effort. I just want to do it. And there's some vanity (dah) in being able to say "I did it myself". But l learned about the hex drive, which I'd have not learned, had I hired someone to do it.
Anyway, it's not going to be done soon. Then there's that damn air filter, and the spark plugs, and the gap. All in due time. Although it might have been smarter to change the air filter while I had half the GW 250 F's fairing off to tend to the light. I just didn't want all those parts sitting out in the March cold, and wanted to do the cold finger work even less. After all ... summer is coming. Isn't it?
Stay healthy, y'all.