So far I have been using old school blood, sweat & tears tire changing technique. Probably 40% - 50% of dealers in New England won't install tires they didn't sell, a rant for a different Forum Topic. The ones that do install tires punish you for not buying tires from them and want between $60 - $90 per tire. So I change my own tires.
As I am now a bit over 40 I may consider a tire machine of some sort. It takes up a lot of space to store for use only once or twice a year.
16" car spare tire mounted on rim, the brake rotor just fits inside the rim and the motorcycle rim sets on the spare tire rubber.
3 Motion Pro 15 inch double compound curved tire irons and sometimes I use some 8 inch irons that I have from years past
1 almighty big C-Clamp to break the bead (not recommended but works for me)
? gallons of tire lube & spray bottle
heavy plastic sheets I cut from bottles for rim protection from the tire irons
sun shine to heat the new tires
scrubbies to clean the bead area so the new tires seat on the bead area and don't leak
tire weights in various calibers
(gloves, band aids, sweat band, fluids for drinking and wife on speed dial)
I will be looking into some kind of 'bead buddy' to keep the tire from going in/out of the rim during removal and install
Set the motorcycle wheel & tire on the spare tire to hold it. I put a small board bridging the rim on one side and across the rubber only on the other, apply the C-clamp and crank. POP. Once you have the technique it works fast and effective. Repeat on opposite side. Clean the bead area of the rim after the tire is removed.
Insert the plastic sheets in three places fairly close together, between the tire and the rim. Use tire irons to pry the top side bead out, move the irons around the tire. Use tire lube.
Key to making the job easier to both remove and install the tires is to keep the free side of the tire in the center of the rim, it make all the difference in the world, especially for difficult tire models. My wife likes working on things with me, she is my tire center-r assistant and doubles as my 'bead buddy'. (After earning a degree in Architectural Engineering she went to work as a line assembler for GM because it paid so much more and enjoyed building cars.)
Repeat the second side. Use tire lube.
Retrieve the front tire from the sun location Check the tire rotation direction and rim orientation. Installing the front tire, use lots of lube and aggressively slam the tire on the rim. 90% of the time the first side will go on without tools. Sometimes the second side will also go on without tools. Use tire lube. Place the plastic pieces between the rim and the tire. Apply irons. Sweat.
Retrieve the rear tire from the sun location. Check the tire rotation direction and rim orientation. The tire goes on similar to the front, but both sides will always have to be levered on. Sweat. Bleed. Swear. Know when to take a break and come back a short while later. If there is one thing I've had to learn, and it has been one of the most valuable things I've learned, is when it's necessary to take a short break when things aren't going well.
I may come back and add more to this later.
And I did. Air compressor added to the tool list for John d.