Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Central Indiana
Motorcycle: 2018 Suzuki GSX-R 750, 2003 Kawasaki ZX-9R, 2001 Kawasaki ZX-6R & KX250 Motarded
Re: Tire balancing beads?
I have run them for at least five years on the street and track. I have two reasons for using them.
First, it cleans up the wheel. I have always owned Kawasakis and they do not have the center rib on the casting. So, you have your choice between putting clamp-on weights on one side of the bead or stick-on style in the center. The stick-on style make cleaning the wheel more difficult, are unsightly, and you have to tape over them at the track. I like the rib on the Suzuki wheels that allows a clamp-on weight centered on the wheel.
Second, you can bring an extra tire with you to the track or a trip to twisties along with a bag of beads and spoons and the the tire will be balanced.
True, they are fairly expensive and a PITA to deal with, especially if you put lube on the bead (the beads will stick to it). If they get stuck on the bead they can cause leaks. I also don't understand how if you mount a tire and it needs 1.5oz per a machine, how can a 1oz bag of beads (amount used is solely based on tire size) balance the tire? There is also no way to ensure they actually work as a tire balancer does not spin fast enough and will always say they are out of balance.