Dear MOby,

I saw your post on Dynabeads. What about Centramatic tire balancers?
I’ve had a set on my Gold Wing for years and have been very happy with them.

Johnny Jones


Dear Johnny,

I think you just answered your own question: If you’ve had a set on your bike for years and been very happy, then I will be forced to agree they’re great. You don’t work for Centramatic, do you?

Not that I’d ever heard of Centramatic until until you brought it up. Looks like they work on the same principle as Dynabeads, just in a completely different way. Instead of putting a bunch of beads inside your tires, the Centramatic contains its moveable weights (small steel shot) inside a disc that you mount to your wheel. Just like Dynabeads too, these started out as a way for big truck fleets to save time and money. Through the miracle of some property of physics only Kevin Cameron understands, the balls, beads, or whatever find their way to the light side of the wheel/tire assembly to balance it. The Centramatic also contains a bit of synthetic oil to let the steel shot move even more freely.

Proponents of things like Dynabeads and Centramax say they’re superior because they’re constantly rebalancing your wheels as the tire wears in a way that fixed weights cannot, resulting in a smoother ride all the time along with longer, more even tire wear.

Dynabeads and similar products are cheap enough and reusable. With the Centramatic balancers, a big advantage is you mount them to your wheels (behind the brake discs) once, and forget about ever having to balance tires again.

The downsides to the Centramatics are, for one thing, initial cost: A set of three balancers for a Gold Wing retails for $289.95 – which might be a good investment if these really do make tires wear longer, and if you know you’re going to be wearing out two sets of tires a year until you or the Gold Wing keel over (we’re not betting against the Honda). Another downside to the Centramatics is weight; we’re told by the manufacturer that the Gold Wing set adds 34 ounces to the front wheel assembly (two balancers at 17 oz each), and about 20 oz to the rear wheel. On a sportbike, that would be unacceptable. On a big touring rig, not a big deal.

Which is fine, since Centramatics are only available for big touring rigs like Gold Wings, Harleys, Victorys, Indians and Can-Am Spyders. But, Dynabeads claims to get the job done with only a few ounces of material.

Dynabeads and Centramatics both sound like a great deal for people who like to change their own tires and not have to fool around with unsightly balance weights afterward. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Jones.


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  • Jon Jones

    I dunno…

  • Donnie

    It is easy to explain how devices like this work, PFM (pure F’n magic).
    Any technology I don’t understand is PFM!

  • Ian Christopher

    Working in the service dept. of a dealer I can say we’ve removed a couple sets of these and countless Dynabead set-ups. They seem to work OK at low speed but customers complain of vibration at highway speeds. Removing them and balancing them traditionally sorts the issue.

    • mugwump

      I had this experience. A shop that uses them all the time, dynabeads, put them on my bike, they said they use them all the time, so I’m gonna assume they know what they are doing with them. I found them to vibrate at speed. I see lots of folks swear by them. YMMV, but I’m sticking with weights.

    • Jon Jones

      Good to know, figured as much.

      • OurFathersBusiness

        Just to offer another viewpoint, I’ve had them on my 2012 Goldwing for the past 2 years and put 40,000 miles on 3 sets of tires with them. I regularly ride 75 to 80 mph and have had zero vibration at these speeds and lower. I’ve also ridden up to 115 mph for brief periods (less than 60 seconds) and didn’t have any issues, either. I run Dunlop Elite 4 on the front and am getting about 12,000 miles. Michelin Commander II on the rear and getting 18,000 miles.

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  • Clive Mc

    I use RIDE ON it balances the tire AND will seal any holes if I get a flat .
    Ive done 24000 miles on my Harley rear wheel and experience no vibration ,even at 90 to 100 mph. Will I use it again ? FOR SURE

    • Suprastar

      This.

      I was a big skeptic. But RIDE ON is the real deal.

      Love it.

  • StripleStrom

    What is so difficult about balancing a wheel the traditional way anyway? If you’re having tires put on, they’re going to balance them. If you’re trying to save money and diy, a balance stand really doesn’t cost much and isn’t too hard to use. It sounds like they are literally trying to reinvent the wheel.

    • Jon Jones

      So true.

    • OurFathersBusiness

      My reason is this: I ride a lot of miles each year (20,000 +); after 10,000 miles, I still have 50% tread life left. But, is that tire still balanced? I don’t know, because I wouldn’t want to spend the money to have them removed from the bike and checked. With the Centramatics, they stay in balance throughout the life of the tire, regardless of wear.

  • Reducing the vibrations.