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I trued up my wheels pretty well a while back, but still get a a bit of bounce above 50 MPH on the front. I've read that balancing beads work well with motorcycles, just wondered if anyone here has tried them?
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Replied by MarkT on topic Anyone use balance beads?

I have.  It's been a few years.  I didn't like them because they seemed to continuously settle when stopping and re-balance when getting up to speed.  Might work great on a bigger bike, little bike didn't like them.

Truing is important...  some tires are out of round quite a bit so try clamping a stick across the forks, spin the wheel, and see if tire might be way out of round. 

I use MotionPro LiteLocs to replace stock beadlock (if present) and then balance tire/wheel on a Harbor Freight stand.
 
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Replied by RT325 on topic Anyone use balance beads?

Would they work on this--umm--just asking for a friend. Would i do something like this haha. Ok i'll own up but got it ballanced good enough to belt down the road. GPX750. Think i've got more sense now--i think.
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Replied by Tom P on topic Anyone use balance beads?

Thanks for the replies guys. I did get both wheels pretty much within Yamaha spec, and posted about it a while back, using a small vise on the floor with a pointer and the wheels off the ground. I don't have a balancing stand, and was hoping the beads might help a bit, but maybe not. It's not really that bad now, but the front tire was "dribbling" above 40 MPH before I worked on it.

RT325, I think those tires would need balance boulders LOL!
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Replied by SKYDANCER46 on topic Anyone use balance beads?

Don't know about motorcycles tires but they worked great on my buddies custom jeep with big wide soft tires and rims. He runs it on the road and sand dunes. They would bounce him out of the jeep before at 25 mph.Took them in to get balanced and they would have taken over 10 oz of weights. Guy told him to run a certain brand Balance beads so he ordered them and tried it. Complete amazement. Went for a ride and felt no wobble or shake at all up to 55-60 mph. He still can't believe it. 

I guess all balance beads are not created equal? Tire guy told him which one to buy and which ones don't work well so keep that in mind. Do some research for your motorcycle tires. 
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Replied by RT325 on topic Anyone use balance beads?

Tom P, yeah think i used something heavy for sure to counteract the missing bit.
Was a TT250 rear 17 rim bolted around a broken 16 mag wheel.
Long time ago haha when i was stupid--umm.
Anyway, never heard of ballance beads so had to google them & this video came up.
Not sure if its for real or is he pulling my--leg--lol.
But has a camera on the inside.
Tyres is so dangerous he's pushhing his luck heading down the street.
Am i stupid [insert here] is he for real
goes on for a bit & i only got to heading out the gate at the moment.
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The beads I used were high quality from an American company, I think they were the innovator of balance beads?  I had used the beads on my early production 2010 Ford Raptor (bought in 2009) that I was "aggressively" offroading.  The beads worked GREAT in that application.  I had bought extra and decided to try some in my DT175

This was fairly new technology at the time and I remember having to guess how many ounces of beads to use...  I may have used too many or not enough? 
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Replied by Tom P on topic Anyone use balance beads?

The ones I was looking at suggested about 2 ounces in the front, and 3 in the rear for an average dual sport motorcycle tube tire. However, reading around, some say they can break apart and even cause the valve to leak. Not sure if that's true, but I think I'll pass anyway. They aren't that bad now.
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Replied by Ht1kid on topic Anyone use balance beads?

MarkT that had to have been fun desert racing in a Ford Raptor. 
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