After nearly 3 years and 14,000 miles on my last set, the Sporty was due for some new tires. Not only was the tread on the rear tire almost gone, I discovered a piece of metal (a nail?) in it. See, there is a functional benefit to a chopped rear fender - you can more easily inspect your tire! Here you can see the old tire on the bike along next to the new one. Note the much deeper tread.
Here's a shot of the metal in the tire. It never caused a loss in pressure.
I ordered the new tires from Dennis Kirk. I was so close to ordering Avon Speedmasters but decided to stick with the stock Dunlops as they perform well and last quite a while. I pulled both wheels off myself. I have previously had the front off before to install the fork boots but it was my first time removing the rear (I had a local dealer change my tires last time). I had to loosen the rear exhaust pipe and move it out of the way to be able to get the axle out. The rear was definitely a little trickier than the front.
Here a few shots without the wheels.
It was a very rainy day on Saturday so it was a perfect day to get the tires changed. I had them done at Midwest Cycle. Then I took them home and reinstalled them.
Here are a few pics with the fresh rubber installed.