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    New Tires at Rally

    Local dealer has quoted me $ 700 + Tax for Metzeler. Also have quote for $ 570 from dealer in SC on way to the Rally
    Soutwest MotoTire $ 260 delivered !!! (presume I can have them shipped somewhere at Rally office)

    The savings are substantial - any tips on install service at Rally or vicinity ?

    Thanks

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    Find the No-mar Tire Changer display, they will install them for you.

    For free, I believe.

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    You'll get a variety of opinions on the question of getting tires installed at the rally, but from my observations of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 rallies, there seemed to be very long waits -- and those were at vendors who were installing the tires that they sold, not someone else's tires. Why would they? They're backed up with their own tires. I say do it before you get there.

    BTW, what kind of bike are you riding that the dealer quoted $700 for Metzelers? I'm having a set of Pilot Road 2s installed on my R12RT next week at my local independent tech's garage. The set is $420 + installation ($80) + tax.
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    Tires at Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by marcopolo View Post
    You'll get a variety of opinions on the question of getting tires installed at the rally, but from my observations of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 rallies, there seemed to be very long waits -- and those were at vendors who were installing the tires that they sold, not someone else's tires. Why would they? They're backed up with their own tires. I say do it before you get there.

    BTW, what kind of bike are you riding that the dealer quoted $700 for Metzelers? I'm having a set of Pilot Road 2s installed on my R12RT next week at my local independent tech's garage. The set is $420 + installation ($80) + tax.
    Thanks, you are right, it will probably be just too complicated to make it happen at the Rally....
    Best prices seem to be around $ 500 Metzeler Z6 installed. Will probably end up getting them done for the ride down, as we are taking the twisties on the way to the Rally as it is mid-week.
    Thanks for replies, and see you there

    PS - to your question 2008 R1200 RT

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    $500 seems outrageous to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    $500 seems outrageous to me.
    Maybe, but we're talking about buying tires in Canada, in $CDN. Even factoring in exchange, it's still more expensive in Canada than in the U.S.
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    Did you talk to Jesse at Premier Cycle on Bentley.. he has given me some good prices on tires for my bike... and I am always happy with his service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimM View Post
    Did you talk to Jesse at Premier Cycle on Bentley.. he has given me some good prices on tires for my bike... and I am always happy with his service.

    JM
    Been using Jesse from the day he left Motor Sports World. In fact, that's where I'm getting my Pilot Road 2's next week. I've always found the best prices on tires in this "area" to be at Moto Internationale in Montreal. Saw your suggestion about Ogdensburg. Thanks. I guess I'm at a stage where I don't want the bother.
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    I have received a quote for Metz Z6 installed and balanced for $ 413 from Wheelers Performance http://www.wheelersperformance.com/
    Anybody have a reference on these folks ? > good or bad experience ?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Find the No-mar Tire Changer display, they will install them for you.

    For free, I believe.
    you believe correctly

    did this in 06', gave the vendor something new to do after taking off and putting on the same goldwing tire all day.

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    Tire Pricing

    i asked my local dealer for a price for a metzler interact and I have to tell you that they were 58% more than what I could get online. I shouldn't have been but I was amazed at the price difference.

    The prices vary very much. as much as I wanted to buy, install and support my local dealer, I'm not willing to pay a 58% difference.

    Shop... shop... and shop...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BubbaZanetti View Post
    you believe correctly

    did this in 06', gave the vendor something new to do after taking off and putting on the same goldwing tire all day.
    Sweet! going to bring another so I can run out that flat spotted pos on the way there!
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    Last Year at Gillette

    1150rt
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    Front 163.95
    Back 200.95
    Sub total $364.90

    Mounting 90.00
    EPA Fee 10.00
    Tax 24.41

    Total $489.31

    Its more than I would have paid at home. I needed the tires bad so I bite the bullet

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    local bike shop

    You might try Ken's Cycle Center 5510 Kingsport Hwy in Gray, not far from the rally site. They have the best reputation in the area as an independent shop. Their phone number is 423-477-8596. Downside is that they are busy and getting them on the phone can be tough. I have been lucky and haven't needed any local service, but friends swear by them and say they have been very helpful in emergencies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinton View Post
    1150rt
    Metz z6

    Front 163.95
    Back 200.95
    Sub total $364.90

    Mounting 90.00
    EPA Fee 10.00
    Tax 24.41

    Total $489.31

    Its more than I would have paid at home. I needed the tires bad so I bite the bullet
    $10 EPA fee?!?! Wow, that's a lot. we pay $2 a tire here in WI. And you are right, that's about $50-60 more for each tire. I hope the $90 included THEM doing the R&R on the bike. If you gave them the wheels that's robbery.
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