How to Balance a Motorcycle Tire

This method should work on all motorcycles for street purposes at normal road speeds.


$6 Wheel Alignment Kit

With 20,000 miles on BlackMagic I’ll bet I have screwed around with the rear wheel alignment 40 times in 2 years. I just could not get it right since having new tires installed and losing the factory alignment pre-sets.


Build a Wheel / Tire Balancer

Wheel Tire BalancerThe cost to build your own wheel balancer is approx $20 to $30, give or take a few bucks, depending on what you have on hand and what you should be able to scrounge for free from a sheet metal shop or scraps your friends have. I personally think you can build it closer to the $20 buck level as I did. The bearings being the most expensive parts at $17.00, if you have a source for some bearings the stands could be build for virtually nothing.


Replacing the Rear Brake Pads on a Yamaha Road Star

Out riding this morning I heard a unfamiliar sound when applying the back brake and knew I had just hit metal. Oop’s I came home and changed them, at 33,670 miles It would be wise to change the OEM by at least 30,000 miles depending on your riding style this might differ. The front pads still had plenty of pad left as shown by the Picture at the end of this article. Enjoy, I hope this is of some help to you

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Replace Your Rear Brake Pads

“How To”

Replace your Rear Brake Pads

with a note on the Front Pads at the bottom of this procedure

As with any maintenance procedure if you don’t feel comfortable performing the job on your bike, let the pro’s do it.

by Mr. Tidy


  • Depending on your exhaust, you might have to remove it to obtain access to the rear caliper.
  • Remove the two caliper mounting bolts

    (12 mm hex head socket)

  • Remove the brake pad cover

    (A black plastic cover)

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  • Remove the Clips from the Pad Pins
  • Remove the Pad Pins
  • The Brake Pad Spring lifts up

    (Denote that the spring has an arrowdesignating the direction of rotation of the rotor upon the top, see location of arrow 3 pictures below this one)

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  • Remove the Brake Pads
  • The Caliper pistons collect dirt and this should be cleaned off to reduce the chances of it entering the caliper body and causing a failure of the caliper. I used a solvent and a scotch brite pad to clean the pistons.
  • Take a piece of small diameter hose place it on the end of the bleeder screw to drain the brake fluid into a container.
  • Loosen the bleeder screw and push the pistons back into the caliper body till all four are retracted.
  • Tighten the bleeder screw.
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You can clearly see the remaining two pistons still extended

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Both sets of pistons fully retracted into the caliper body

  • Place new pads into the caliper body,


    Re-apply the Brake Pad Spring observing the direction of rotation arrow upon the top of the Pad spring.

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  • Re-apply the pad pins
  • Re-apply the pad clips
  • Re-apply the pad cover
  • You are now ready to install the Caliper back on to the frame.
  • Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and fill if needed.
  • Re-apply the reservoir cap.
  • Place your hose on the bleeder screw and into a container to retain spilled fluid.
  • Pump your brake pedal several times and hold the pedal. While holding pressure on brake pedal, loosen bleeder screw, fluid and excess air will expel from bleeder screw hose into container, hold pedal fully forward and tighten bleeder screw. Pump brake pedal again and repeat process till all the air is expelled from the brake lines and the pedal is firm and not spongy.
  • Refill Fluid Reservoir and check operation of rear brake.
  • The Picture to the right is a set of front pads with 33,670 miles on them, they have plenty of pad left as you can see by the depth grooves. Both calipers looked the same.