(as of last Wednesday)
So, [this evening] I installed the Ride-On tire sealant. Easy. Then the fun part; test ride! So I averaged about 40-45mph for about 6 miles as recommended by Ride-On to permit proper distribution of the product. I am a believer regarding the balancing! I have no weights on my wheels, as I removed them during the tire install. The bike runs really smooth and man, love these tires so far, but I'm adhering to the 100 mile break-in period before getting a little aggressive.
Anyway, here's the simplicity of the Ride-On install ... readily available on YouTube, but you know you wanted to hear it from me ... c'mon, admit it! ;)
Here's the 8 ounce bottle made specifically for motorcycles. Each bottle comes with an air-valve removal tool and a product installation tube ... Ooo, look at those new WWW's
Rotate your tire so that the valve is around the 6 o'clock position. The instructions say between 2 and 10 o'clock
, however that can be confusing in that it can be read as having the valve around the 12 o'clock position. Check out this video from Kyle Bradshaw of Cruiser Customizing and Greg Beck of Tucker Rocky and pay attention to what Greg (orange shirt) says around 1:45 ...
Notice the position of the valve stem? It needs to be between 2 and 10, not
10 and 2! He just made a mess and it'll take more time for the product to fling off the inside of the rim, not to mention clog the air valve. Okay, it's not a critical mistake, but it does show how the 2 and 10 o'clock wording can be misread.
Continuing on ... Use the air-valve removal tool to unscrew the valve from the stem. Air will rush out as you unscrew, just hold on to the valve so it doesn't go shooting out and get lost:
Unscrew the top of the product bottle and remove the seal. It's there for your protection! No, not really. It's a seal to keep air out and preserve the product:
Screw the top back on and cut off 1/4" from the top; it's marked:
Place the provided tube onto the valve stem and insert the cut end of the bottle to the other end of the tube:
Proceed to squeeze the bottle repeatedly to inject the sealant into your tire. My secret here: As the bottle gets more empty, hit the bottom of the bottle with your palm and/or tap the sides like you would a low bottle of Ketchup.
Do this until you get as much out as you can, following Ride-On's recommended amount(s). For my front tire, 120/90-17, it is recommended a full 8 oz. bottle. For my rear tire, 170/80B-15 they recommend 10 oz. I put only 8 oz. because I was being cheap, haha, but I wanted to see if I really needed to buy another bottle for only 2 oz. more. Guess what? I didn't, so far anyway:
Shoot compressed air briefly into the valve opening to clean out the core:
Now reverse the procedure by reinstalling the valve and filling your tire with air to the recommended pressure.
Now ride yer scoot for 4-6 miles allowing the sealant to properly distribute. You may notice a little vibration during the earlier part of this ride, however I did not. It rides beautifully. I'm satisfied with the balancing act, and thrilled to know that I've got a bit more puncture protection!
Kudos to BikeBandit.com!