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New Tires

Post by 2ducs » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:42 pm

Hi riders. I'm getting tired of spooning on new tire and contemplating giving the dealer the business this time. Looking to try PR4 GT or 5 GT.
Could you guys that take this road to new skins chime in with average cost? I've been told my dealer charges list for the tires and no charge for mounting.
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Re: New Tires

Post by escapefjrtist » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:05 pm

Don't know your location, that will have a bearing on cost. In the PNW, you're not getting much change back from $500 for what you describe.

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Re: New Tires

Post by 2ducs » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:31 am

What I thought, thanks.

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Re: New Tires

Post by raYzerman » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:46 am

You may find a place that installs tires, options are you take the wheels in or you take the bike in... prices range... budget say $50 a wheel? More if you take the bike in. But at least you get to find tires at the best price that way.
I am told Cycle Gear installs for free if you buy from them...... no experience, we don't have those in Canada.
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Re: New Tires

Post by ionbeam » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:30 am

2ducs wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:42 pm
...I'm getting tired of spooning on new tire and contemplating giving the dealer the business this time...I've been told my dealer charges list for the tires and no charge for mounting...
escapefjrtist wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:05 pm
...In the PNW, you're not getting much change back from $500 for what you describe.
Wow, what's that in real currency? That's like 3.5 rolls of toilet paper ;)

Without any shopping around, online I can find a set of PR4 for $338. More dealers are now offering to install tires even if you didn't buy them from the dealer. This is a significant improvement from a few years ago; no buy from us, no install. What I'm seeing at most Motorcycle brand dealers in NH is something like $45 per wheel to mount/balance if you bought from them and $75 per wheel if you didn't buy from them.

Since 2ducs time is free, invest a little time in some research. Call the dealer and ask what they offer for price and install. Your call is anonymous so dig right in. When they quote your $450 or more for purchase & install tell them you are aghast at the price, tell them you would rather keep your money in the local economy and nicely ask if there is anything they could do to help you with that price. In advance you need to know what online tires cost (with shipping if any) so you can assess what the dealer is making on either the tires or the service. Asking is free.

The final decision is always yours as to how much you really hate putting on your own tires. I'll mention that putting the tires on yourself you will know the care and quality of the job. At a shop, it's usually the lowest paid, newest employee that will be servicing your wheels.
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Re: New Tires

Post by NTXFJR » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:11 am

What Ionbeam said ^^^^

I've run the PR4's and was reasonably happy with their confidence inspiring grip, especially in the wet. Ionbeam's note of around $338 online seems about right My dealer charges $95 per set for carry ins. I bought a Harbor freight m/c tire changer a couple of years ago on sale for $90 which greatly helped with tire changes and saves me the trip across town.
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Re: New Tires

Post by fjray » Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:04 pm

In my shop I charge 50.00 per end if you bring in the bike or 20.00 each if you bring the wheels. That includes mount, balance and disposal. I make a little on most but lose on some . I charge extra for tube type and more for rim locks. If I get you the tires I add 20.00 per tire for my time finding you the best price. I'm cheaper than most but I don't have any overhead and a workforce of one. The drawback is that I work when I feel like it and at my pace.
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Re: New Tires

Post by escapefjrtist » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:22 pm

Based on FJRay's rates, I need to increase prices... ;-)

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Re: New Tires

Post by raYzerman » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:31 am

Same boat, G!! Now if I could just keep working on my own stuff...... but that pays even less. ;)
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Re: New Tires

Post by bill lumberg » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:07 am

I pay $50 per wheel, ride in, ride out. That’s low.

My shop charges me the same for tires as I would pay online. That’s just how he prices his tires. I Iove the 4GT, and like the 5GT even more. Bought the last set with a rebate.
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Re: New Tires

Post by fontanaman » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:37 pm

Maybe it is time for a new spoon???? :D

I change my own and am happy to save the money and hassle of taking it to a dealer. I don't imaging a dealer will do it for less than $50 per tire.

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