This method should work on all motorcycles
for street purposes at normal road speeds.
This information was taken from another web site as it seemed very informative
and helpful I couldn't resist.
You will need:
- A set of auto ramps (or concrete blocks, or anything
you can "construct" to support the wheel as shown) or the bearing cradle
stands that are shown in the tech tips under the "How To's" section.
- Motorcycle wheel weights. The tape-on type is preferred.
If your wheel has a center ridge, there is a clamp-on type available. (I just
bought a box of 30 / 3 oz strips of stick on weights for $12. The strips
consist of 1/4 oz , 1/2" lead squares which can be cut as needed. The also
come as chrome covered if needed. Any auto parts store and order them if
not in stock.)
Stand the auto wheel ramps on end, just far apart
enough to lay the axle of the wheel being balanced across the ends. You can
use concrete blocks stacked up, or anything else that will support the wheel
and axle in mid-air.
| Put the axle through the wheel, then suspend it
on your balancing rack.
If the tire is out of balance (and the bearings are
in good shape), the wheel will rotate of its own accord until the heaviest
side is down. Double-check it by turning the wheel 90 degrees either way,
then let go. If it is out of balance, it will rotate back to pretty much
the same position.
Once the wheel has settled, tape a test wheel weight
to the rim of the wheel at the top. Then rotate the wheel 90 degrees or so
and let go. You simply add, remove, and move wheel weights until you find
the weight/position that makes the wheel NOT settle to any particular position
When the wheel is balanced, you can rotate it to any
position, and it will pretty much stay there when you let go of it.
| Finally, attach the wheel weights permanently.
For tape-on weights, peel the backing off the non-stick tape on the back
of the wheel weight, and affix the weights to their final test positions.
For clamp-on weights, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
IMPORTANT: If the design of your wheel or the design of
your weights prevents mounting the weight on the centerline of the wheel,
then use TWO weights (each half the weight you need) mounted on either side
of the wheel centerline!
This will help prevent "run-out" of the wheel caused by the balancing weight