This web page is about how I changed the front tire and tube.

It is not intended to be a tutoral. It is just about how I did it, not how you should.

I followed the Honda VTX service manual and advice I gleaned from the VTXOA's and the VTX Cafe's members.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

I could not get my jack under the bike, so I put a block of wood under the kickstand.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

The motorcycle jack under the bike.

The first thing I did was to secure the front wheel by securing the handlebars, so that the wheel would stay in place.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

The handle bars secured.

I took the bolts out of the front fender, and moved the fender up and out of the way in order to make it easier to remove the wheel.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

Front fender moved up.

From past experience with replacing wheels with disc brakes I removed the brake caliper.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

Brake caliper hanging loose.

Since I often don't pay attention to what I'm doing I made sure that I will reinstall the spacers where they belong by marking them with a Sharpie.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

Right spacer marked.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

Left side spacer.

Next I removed the axel nut and removed the axel.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

The front wheel removed.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

With this.

I refined my axel removal tool for the next time. It is really a technically advanced tool.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

My fancy axel removal tool.

I ordered the new tire and tube from Dennis Kirk, and I took them to the local kawasaki shop for installation and balancing. The last time I took a tire and tube the Honda dealer they charged me $12.00 for balancing weights. The Kawasaki dealer not only didn't charge for weights, he said the present tube was in good shape and didn't really need to be replaced, so that is what I did. $30.00 out the door.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

The newly installed tire and tube still in my shop.

I lubed the axel with Honda Moly 60 Paste.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

Axel coated with Honda Moly Paste.

I then reinstalled the wheel,brake caliper, and fender torquing according to the Honda service manual.

Photo of my VTX 1300 front tire and wheel.

Mission accomplished!

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