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    Greetings!

    I have a 1994 GL1500SE with a sidecar, and it needs a new pusher tire. I want to go to a car tire but I'm not having any luck finding a place that is willing to take my money. Does anybody have any recommendations for a shop in, or near, the SF Bay area in California that will remove my rear tire from the bike, replace it with a car tire, and reinstall it on the bike? I don't have the tools, skill, or dexterity to do the work myself so I need someone who is willing to do it.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Start here...

    https://www.yelp.com/search?find_loc...orcycledealers

    You might want to simply review this list, and come up with three or four candidates, call them up, and ask.

    It's obviously not going to be a dealer-like situation, so you can probably whittle those off the list.

    The number of people that actually can mess with a bike with a chair on it in that area might be less than a handful.
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    • #3
      So, I'm elbow-deep into this job now. Based on recommendations from many sources I bought a 195/60R16 tire and it's sitting in my garage. I finally got the rear wheel off the bike and I'm looking at the rear end now. I measure about 175-180mm between the final drive on the right and the swing arm on the left - how does a 195 tire slide in there? Is there a trick to it? Before I go to the trouble of mounting this tire to the wheel I need to know how to get it back on to the bike - or maybe a I should just dump this 195 tire and find one in the 175-180 range?

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      • #4
        Some use a plastic walmart bag , some use dish soap, letting all the air out also helps on an 1800.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alan_Hepburn View Post
          So, I'm elbow-deep into this job now. Based on recommendations from many sources I bought a 195/60R16 tire and it's sitting in my garage. I finally got the rear wheel off the bike and I'm looking at the rear end now. I measure about 175-180mm between the final drive on the right and the swing arm on the left - how does a 195 tire slide in there? Is there a trick to it? Before I go to the trouble of mounting this tire to the wheel I need to know how to get it back on to the bike - or maybe a I should just dump this 195 tire and find one in the 175-180 range?
          Sorry to say, But the reason why it doesn't slide right in, Is because as you are finding out.

          You are trying to get 10 pounds in a 5 pound sack.

          The tire size that works on the GL1500 is the 175/60/16

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          • #6
            Thanks - I decided to spend more money than I really wanted and go with the Austone tire - now I'm looking to sell this Kumho PA31 195/60R16 tire to try and recover some cash!

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