There always tends to be a lot of discussion when it comes to motorcycle tires. Generally speaking, motorcycle tires are not cheap, and they also tend to wear out faster, so people have to change them more often.
This is where people start to talk about changing costs, time, and what is the most economical route to go.
So how long does it take to change motorcycle tires?
It takes between 15 minutes to 3 hours to change the tires on a motorcycle. Changing tires on cruisers, and tourers, especially if fully dressed, can take 2 to 3 hours. And changing tires on street bikes, dirtbikes, and smaller motorcycles usually takes 20 to 2 hours.
On average, replacing the front tire of motorcycles is easier and takes less time. Changing the front tire usually takes between 15 to 60 minutes. Changing the rear tire is more complicated and takes between 1 to 2 hours.
Below I go into more detail about the time needed for changing motorcycle tires.
Changing tires on your own
Changing the tires on your own can take between 20 minutes to 3 hours.
Changing your motorcycle tires on your own for the first time usually takes several hours and can even take several days.
However, over time as people get more experienced, they tend to drastically cut down on the time they need to change their motorcycle tires.
Changing tires on your own usually involves the investment in some tools. However, in the long run, most riders can save on money.
Changing tires in a shop
Changing motorcycle tires at a shop takes about 15 to 2.5 hours on average. How much time the mechanic will need will depend on their experience, equipment, the type of motorcycle, and whether it is a carry-in or ride-in service.
However, since these are businesses that have to make a living, we have to keep in mind that they often charge by the book and not by the actual time it takes them to change your tires.
The time needed and prices will also vary depending on a few other factors. For a more in-depth take, check my article on: How much does it cost to change motorcycle tires. There I go over the average prices of motorcycle tire installation, mounting, and all you need to know.
Why does changing the tires on some motorcycles take longer?
Changing tires on dirtbikes, sportbikes, and smaller motorcycles, in general, takes less time and is easier because you will have an easier time getting the wheels off.
Changing tires on cruisers, sportbikes, tourers, and cruisers is usually harder, takes more time, and can be an arduous process, especially if the motorcycle is fully dressed. There is simply mote stuff in the way, like bags, exhausts, tow bars. And replacing the tire can be a long process involving many different steps.