Dealer mount, but no balance?
Okay, I normally do my own work on the airheads, but I really hate dealing with tires...
Thought I would save some frustration, so I took the wheels and tires to my local dealer (wheels were off the bikes). They did a fine job mounting all the tires, but I'm nearly 100% sure they didn't balance them!
Reason: all the old weights are still in the same spots, and the R100S front wheel bounces like mad at about 90 mph. It certainly didn't do that before with the old tires.
When I noticed the old weights, I thought they might've used some high-tech balancing method (beads?) but now I think they just didn't balance them at all.
I can balance them myself, and that's what I'm going to do. Thought I was saving myself some time, but this is not doing much to help my phobia about not doing the work myself. I guess I didn't specifically ask for a balance, but figured that was part of the process.
Just seems odd, has anyone else had this experience with a BMW dealer? A mount with no balance? Am I missing something? Is it because I just brought the wheels in, not the bikes? I don't see why that would make a difference, but maybe it does...
Dealer mount but no balance
I quit balancing my Metzler's years ago. Just put the red dot that is on the tire next to the valve stem.
I made the mistake of taking my bike to the dealer and they had the red dot opposite the valve stem and a whole bunch of weights on the tire. They didn't know about the red dot.
Bike rode terrible. Took it back they made it good. You can find out about this on Metzeler's website. I would imagine that other tire manufacturers use a similar system.
I have a 78 BMW R/80 that I bought new. I quit having flats when I started using Metzler Marathon ME88's and 880's. I always get about 12,000 miles out of the rear tires and the fronts I have never worn out. They will have 20,000 plus miles on them and I get rid of them when they are 6 years old.