How difficult is it, etc.
I used to own harleys of various types but I got ripped off by my local dealer so much I started doing my own work (mostly... except tire mounting... which everyone says is stupid as it's one of the easier things you can do, etc.)
.... but that was also at the time I got into Kawasaki sport touring bikes so I haven't ever really done much work on the Hogs.
I just bought a low-miles 2009 XR1200 and the rear qualifier is done at 3500 miles. I have a michelin pilot road 2 ready to go on. I'd rather drop off the wheel and tire and have them M&B it than pay shop rates for R&R.
I have custom Storz/Akront spoked wheels also... I assume running tubes in a PR2 is okay? It worked fine with the Dunflops. The OEM wheels are tubeless of course.
Any input welcome.
Note: I haven't done an XR; just a plethora of regular Sporties.
It comes off very easily. The caliper slider/spacer rides on a ridge on the swing arm. It can be a little tricky getting the tire to slide past it. You might have to deflate the tire first. Maybe.
You can drop it out, but there' not a ton of space to wiggle it back in after you get the wheel up in there. Don't change the belt adjusters; there should be enough room to just slide the wheel forward and wiggle the belt off after you pull the axle. Honestly, the biggest problem might be sliding the axle out if the exhaust is in the way. The traditional sportster, just pulled the upper muffler off; takes 30 seconds. I'm not sure if that's an issue on the XR.
Tube is fine in the PR.