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Post  Derek! on Mon Oct 08 2012, 21:00

Hey everyone,

I was just wondering about this, I've actually never heard another biker talk about it before. How often should/do you balance your wheels?

When I had a car I'd do it every 3-4 months, never done it on my bike though...
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Post  weasley on Mon Oct 08 2012, 21:59

Eh?! I only ever balance a wheel when the tyre is changed, or if I notice a missing wheel weight (which, in 24 years of motoring, has been never). Why on earth would you do it so often?
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Post  Derek! on Mon Oct 08 2012, 22:09

Lol just like things to be working properly, I think that wheels, suspension and breaks are important...
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Post  seancat on Mon Oct 08 2012, 22:15

Erm.....
Yeah, Why would you want them balancing so often??
No need, in fact the last guy who fitted mine, said that modern motorcycle wheels dont really need it!
How true that is I dont know, but my Cat rolls as smooth as you like... Shocked And his R1 feels good too, so I dunno?!!
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Post  Derek! on Mon Oct 08 2012, 22:18

Yip my cat is also pretty smooth, was just wondering coz I've never really heard it come up in conversations
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Post  bobh on Mon Oct 29 2012, 23:36

Front wheel balance is probably more critical than rear.

For the speeds I ride at, I've found I can balance the rear wheel quite adequately just mounted on the bike, with the brake caliper and chain moved out of the way. For the front I prefer to borrow my mate's proper static balancing kit, which has a lot less friction than the wheel's own bearings.

But I do only balance after fitting a tyre, not on a regular basis.
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