How to Change the Rear Tire on a Honda Motorcycle

If you ride your motorcycle hard enough, it's going to chew up some rear tires pretty quickly, so you might want to learn how to change them out yourself. 

To make this job easier, warm up both your new and current rear tires before starting. Warming the tires makes them pliant, and easier to remove and install. Place your bike and the new rear tire in direct sunlight for about an hour so they absorb plenty of heat. 

Watch the Honda CBR 929RR rear tire change video above and follow the step-by-step guide below to get this job done. 

Tools and Parts Needed - Honda Motorcycle Rear Tire Replacement

NOTE: Although we're changing the rear tire on a Honda CBR929RR, the steps are virtually identical for replacing the rear tire on ALL motorcycle makes and models.

Honda CBR929RR rear tire

Honda CBR 929RR Rear Tire Removal

Step 1. Set the bike on a wheel stand.

PRO TIP: If you don't own wheel stands, now's the time to invest in a set. Stands are essential when working on your bike, and make storing it much easier.

Step 2. Loosen the chain adjusters located on either side in the rear swingarm.

Step 3. Remove the rear axle nut, washer and chain adjuster, then pull the rear axle out from the swingarm.

Honda CBR motorcycle rear tire change

Step 4. Remove the chain from the rear sprocket and pull the rear wheel out from the swingarms, carefully sliding the brake caliper off the brake rotor as you do so.

Honda CBR 929 chain and rear sprocket

Step 5. Remove the valve's dust cap, then remove the valve stem with a valve core tool.

Honda CBR 929RR rear tire valve stem

Step 6. Separate the tire bead from the wheel rim using bead breakers. Work the bead breakers around the tire on both sides.

Honda motorcycle rear tire bead break

Step 7. Spray glass cleaner over the wheel and tire to lubricate them.

Step 8. Lever the tire over the wheel rim and off the wheel with tire iron spoons. Use rim protectors to prevent damaging the wheel.

Honda CBR 929 rear tire change

Honda CBR 929RR Rear Tire Installation

Step 1. If you didn't already prep the new rear tire by leaving it in the sun for an hour, use a heat gun to warm it and make it more pliable.

Step 2. If your new tire has a red or yellow dot on the sidewall, mount the tire with the dot aligned with the valve stem on the wheel rim.

Honda CBR rear tire change alignment

Step 3. Spray the wheel rim and beads of the new tire with glass cleaner to lubricate them.

Step 4. Match the rotation markings on the new tire with the rotation of the rear wheel. The wheel's rotation is counterclockwise when the sprocket is facing you.

Step 5. Press the new tire down over the wheel rim and onto the wheel. Use the tire spoons and rim protectors to lever the new tire's beads into the wheel rim.

Honda CBR929RR rear tire wheel placement

Step 6. Bead the new tire to the wheel rim by reinstalling the valve stem, and inflating the tire until the beads pop into place. 

NOTE: This movement can be sudden and quite loud, so be prepared for it!

Step 7. Inflate the tire to the pressure specified in the owner's manual. The correct pressure for a Honda CBR929RR rear tire is 42 psi. Reinstall the valve dust cap.

Honda CBR 929 rear tire inflation

Step 8. Reposition the wheel back between the rear swingarms, loop the chain back over the rear sprocket, and slide the brake rotor back into the rear brake caliper assembly.

Honda CBR929RR rear tire installation

Step 9. Clean the rear axle, then lubricate it with high performance grease and slide it back through the wheel and swingarms. Reinstall the chain adjuster, washer and rear axle nut. 

Step 10. Adjust the chain adjusters until the chain has the correct amount of slack in it. Check your Honda owner's manual to see the precise chain slack for your CBR model.

Step 11. Make sure the chain adjusters are at the same point on the swingarm indexes. If the adjusters are not properly aligned, the rear wheel won't track straight, which will wear out the chain and rear sprocket.

Honda CBR motorcycle rear tire installation

Step 12. Tighten the chain adjuster locking nuts to hold the adjusters in place.

Step 13. Torque the rear axle nut to 47 foot-pounds and you're done.

Honda motorcycle rear tire replacement

Now that the rear tire on your Honda CBR motorcycle has been changed, are you ready to replace the front tire? Watch the video below to see how to change the front tire on a Honda motorcycle



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