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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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What is everyone paying to have tires changed at the dealer? This is assuming you take them the bike, drop it off and they do the tire change.

Here is what I was quoted.......$190.00 to replace both front and rear if I carry the tires in and ride the bike in.

$140.00 if I buy the tires from the dealer.

They asked me if I bought they bike there and I said no. I asked what the price would be if I bought the bike there and he didn't say.

I understand there is a little work getting these wheels/tires off these bikes, but $190 worth.....

They could not get metzlers, and the Bridgestones were way expensive.....even the dealer made a comment that they were rediculously priced. I hate the E3 stockers.

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I understand there is a little work getting these wheels/tires off these bikes, but $190 worth.....
If you have a proper jack or three, the front wheel is not too awful. The rear is a major PIA IMHO.




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I just spent two hours tightening my drive belt and getting it to track somewhat straight....LOL Maybe the $190 is the rate. He did say the difference in price was that they didn't charge to balance if the tires were bought there and they did if I carried them in.

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try a after market shop

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I don't fiddle with adjusting the belt, just support the rear wheel and knock out the rear axel. The front is a snap. I buy my tires, carry in my wheels and, in about 90 minutes, take them home. My local shop charges me $35 per wheel.

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Local dealer quoted me $514 for a set of Bridgestones, installed. E3's were $570-something. It gets dropped off tomorrow.

I don't want to be bothered with taking the rear wheel off, so they can do it. I find the older I get, I have more $ than I do patience and time.

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2 options. I buy the tires online and either:

1) My friend has a tire machine and a balancer in his garage. I ride over there with the tires around my waist and changing them takes about an hour and costs nothing.

2) I pop the wheels off (takes 10 minutes) and drop the wheels and tires off at SM City Motorsports on my way to work and pick them up on my way home. $60

Either way, there is no wondering if the belt tension is right, if the alignment is right, if the forks are in a bind, if the pressures are correct, if things are greased, if the fasteners are properly torqued... because I make damned sure everything is perfect.

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I don't fiddle with adjusting the belt, just support the rear wheel and knock out the rear axel. The front is a snap. I buy my tires, carry in my wheels and, in about 90 minutes, take them home. My local shop charges me $35 per wheel.

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Wow, that sounds like a great deal! Is it really as simple to knock out the axle as it sounds? I need new tires next Spring, and I would love to do it myself, if I thought it was something I could handle. I know supporting the bike & rear tire I could do no problem.

Thanks for any info you can give.
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My brother's shop only charges the price of the tire; front or rear. He sells the tires at retail. He won't do tires you bring in because of liabilities.

I've done my rear at his shop in Springfield. The hardest part was getting the caliper back on the disk and in the notch.

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Is it really as simple to knock out the axle as it sounds? I need new tires next Spring, and I would love to do it myself, if I thought it was something I could handle. I know supporting the bike & rear tire I could do no problem.
From the questions you are asking, maybe you should let the dealership do it. Not beating up on ya, but you don't want to experience your learning curve with tire swapping on your new $20,000 motorcycle.

You need a good bike jack, good tools, and basic knowledge/experience to tackle this job. The only thing between your ass and the asphalt... kinda important it be put together right.

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