Switching To A Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread

I have joined the ranks of Rogue owners who have gone to the Dark Side. I have mounted a Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread 205/60-16 on my 2006 VN 2000 Classic LT.

The new and the old

This article illustrates what’s involved with changing the rear tire. Having the correct tools is important.

  • Set of metric wrenches
  • Set of metric sockets. Most everything on the bike is 8mm, 10mm, 12mm or 14mm, but the rear axle nut is 27mm. That’s pretty big and usually requires a ½” drive.
  • Impact wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Small hydraulic lift

This was the state of my old tire. Clearly down to the wear bars – no cords showing or chunks missing, but worn out nonetheless.

Wear bars visible

I use a Condor bike rack to save space in my garage by keeping the bike upright when parked. It worked very well for holding the bike for the rear tire change as well.

Condor rack

I used a small hydraulic jack to raise the bike.

Lifting the bike
On the crossbar

I had made two of these blocks out of 2×6. They are 22” long and screwed together with decking screws. They’re solid. Before I got the Condor rack, I would use them to hold the bike upright when I changed the oil. They fit perfectly under the frame – one on each side.

Support blocks

For the tire change, I placed one under the bike (with one additional 2×4). I was careful to position it so that the weight of the bike would be on the frame, not the oil pan.

Extra 2x4

I pulled the gas tank overflow hose outside of the frame so that it wouldn’t get pinched accidentally.

Hose moved

Once in place, I let down the jack. The rear tire was about ½” off the ground. Perfect. First I removed the saddlebags

Saddlebags removed

I had to remove the top muffler so that I could get to the rear axle nut. First I removed the top heat shield which is held on by two hose clamps and one bracket that goes around the muffler.

Heat shield removed

Once I got the heat shield off I realized that I did not need to remove the pipe clamps completely – just loosen them. They slide into a retaining clip that is welded to the backside of the heat shield. Once loosened, you can slide the pipe clamps away from the clip and the heat shield comes off easily.

Clamp bracket
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A Goldwing rider from Jacksonville, FL.

2 thoughts to “Switching To A Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread”

  1. So now that you have the goodyear on what is your impression of handling and performance of the bike.
    do you consider it a worthwhile change and are there advantages and disadvantages?

    1. I love the Goodyear Assurance Tripletread. In the rain the bike is absolutely GLUED to the road. Most of my riding is in Florida – straight and flat, and the tire has held up very well. In fact, I have pulled three screws out of it since I first put it on but no flats because the tread is so beefy. There are only 2 side effects of the tire (they don’t bother me but might bother others). First, you have to counter steer a little bit more when you are riding the twisties, but I have gotten used to it and actually enjoy the increased feedback through the handlebars. Secondly, the tire wants to track to the middle of a dip in the road (like you find sometimes at stoplights where the weight of trucks has created to parallel indentations in the road). So it can make the bike feel a little squirrely, but that’s all.

      I’m a believer, not for all bikes of course, but for heavy cruisers the tires seem to work very well, are very stable, cost half the price and last 4X as long.

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