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Old 04-17-2012, 10:55 AM   #1
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Importance of lining up tire dot to valve stem

I see where you should line up the painted tire dot to the valve. I forgot and was in no mood to break the bead and realign.

I took the bike out on the freeway and notice no shaking or balance issues. The wheel was previously balanced with a different tire. I put the new tire on (with painted dot not on the valve) and kept the original weight on the wheel and didn't do new balance. Everything seems fine.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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I see where you should line up the painted tire dot to the valve. I forgot and was in no mood to break the bead and realign.

I took the bike out on the freeway and notice no shaking or balance issues. The wheel was previously balanced with a different tire. I put the new tire on (with painted dot not on the valve) and kept the original weight on the wheel and didn't do new balance. Everything seems fine.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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There's no "heavy spot" dot on Michelins any longer.

Maybe this is why I never balance tires (I balance the rims once) and never have a problem.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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Check the balance of your rim first, the valve stem is not always the lightest or is iss heaviest spot? Mine is like midway between the 2.

Also, plenty of people ride without balanced tires and have no issues. I usually balance mine because I just do.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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Yea, most tires, especially Michelins are so well balanced that once your wheel is in balance you are good. I kept checking when I'd change my tires but it was always spot on. Stopped bothering and haven't ever felt it off at all.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:35 PM   #6
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Yea, most tires, especially Michelins are so well balanced that once your wheel is in balance you are good. I kept checking when I'd change my tires but it was always spot on. Stopped bothering and haven't ever felt it off at all.
Last couple changes I did the same. I believe your right. Once the rim is in balance tires should be pretty much on the money, if the tires are "good quality" balance shouldn't be much an issue unless speeds are really high..
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:46 PM   #7
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Last couple changes I did the same. I believe your right. Once the rim is in balance tires should be pretty much on the money, if the tires are "good quality" balance shouldn't be much an issue unless speeds are really high..
I have always wondered... what is considered high speed?
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:54 PM   #8
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I don't balance the tires on my dual-sport (2007 KLX300S) & it's fine @ 80ish. But, how smooth are knobbies on pavement anyway? It feels smooth, especially in the dirt...

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Old 04-18-2012, 10:25 PM   #9
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I have always wondered... what is considered high speed?
High = feels Good / Really high = when the police pull you over, they don't ask for lisc. and registration - they handcuff you.
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High = feels Good / Really high = when the police pull you over, they don't ask for lisc. and registration - they handcuff you.
you are talking about speeds, right?
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you are talking about speeds, right?
No we are talking about driving fast!! Speed is dangerous...
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Speed = ticket. High speed = arrest. Really high speed = you on the evening news.
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Speed = ticket. High speed = arrest. Really high speed = you on the evening news.
On the news....... now THAT is a mile stone for me to reach before i die...
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Some make it on the news shortly after... Before is definitely better.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:51 PM   #16
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No we are talking about driving fast!! Speed is dangerous...
But, I thought this thread was about tire dot to valve stem alignment?..
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:21 PM   #17
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It's called a derail. It happens often on this forum. Sometimes (who am I kidding, many times) the turns go in a scary direction, especially if any gorillas are involved. Try and keep up.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:27 PM   #18
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It's called a derail. It happens often on this forum. Sometimes (who am I kidding, many times) the turns go in a scary direction, especially if any gorillas are involved. Try and keep up.
Tell me more about gorillas, since you brought it up...
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jeez poor thread.... What you say bout that gorillaz?
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:07 AM   #20
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... I kept checking when I'd change my tires but it was always spot on. Stopped bothering and haven't ever felt it off at all.

(back on topic...but it won't last long. )
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