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Old 02-13-2014, 08:43 AM   #1
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Shops are expensive!!!

So, I bought my first bike just under a month ago. It's a Honda Shadow ACE 1100 and I'm loving it. The previous owner let it sit for a while, so it has some things that need to be worked out, and it needs new tires. I ordered the tires and now I'm calling around to get them replaced and holy cow is it expensive. I'm thinking about investing in my own jack and taking the tires to Cycle Gear. Jack + Cycle Gear = Cost of taking it to a shop and getting the tires switched. At least this way I'll get a jack out of it for future maintenance.

Oh, and anyone know where I can get my bike checked out, not just looking at it like some places will do, for not too much money?

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Motorcycles unlimited will check it out. Its a long way from the south east side but I consider it well worth the trip. You will not find a more fair honest shop.
Not saying there are no others just that Motorcycles Unlimited is a great shop.
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i've delt with both House of paint and also Motorcycles Unlimited both are in the spring area, and even though it takes me over 40 mins to get there its worth the ride. Both have offered great customer service and are always willing to help.
most shops do offer to change your tires for cheaper if you remove the wheel from the bike.
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Buy these two items with the stands and you will never have to go to a shop to change them at all. I just changed mine, but will be buying these next.
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Ill help ya change them if you want, I also have a Parns balancer that does a spiffy job.
As far as doing work and such, Patricks shop, Motorcycles Unlimited can't be beat, dont care how far it is from you.
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Thank you everyone for the responses! I'll definitely look into House of Paint, Motorcycles Unlimited, and Patrick's shop.
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Check out Discount Motorcycle Tire on Spencer Hwy in Pasadena. Tires are cheap and they will install them for FREE! The other shops mentioned are good shops but unfortunately they are far away.
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Thank you everyone for the responses! I'll definitely look into House of Paint, Motorcycles Unlimited, and Patrick's shop.
Just to clarify, Patrick is the owner of Motorcycles Unlimited, aka Motorcycles Unlimited.
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My friend who owns a shop calls these armpit tires. He explained to me that he makes his margin on the tires and not the labor. So when someone buys from buyitcheap.com and brings them in, his margin is pretty much gone. That's why shops charge so much to change them. The funniest sight I ever saw was someone coming in and saying they bought them off the internet and wanted to know where he could get them changed. The shop owner told him to take those tires and shove them back through the monitor and have the person that sold them mount them.

btw, its not that difficult to do and you'll be better off knowing more about your bike if you do it yourself. A set of tire spoons from harbor freight, a piece of wood and your car and you can do it all yourself.
+1 on all this. Why should a shop owner take the risk of scratching or damaging your rim only to make $10.
That's partially why they charge extra when you buy the tires somewhere else.
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He's on the Southeast side of town. That is a long drive to get a tire changed. Isn't there a Two Wheeled Toyz on the southeast side. Never been there but they might be able to do it too.
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BTW, bring a tire gauge and check your pressures before you ride it home... 5 out of 6 shops I've been to have not even gotten close to the right pressures (just
add air to seat the bead then never bother to check).

I once checked my tires after Discount Motorcycle and they were 60+ psi (I otherwise like them for tires, etc...).
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He's on the Southeast side of town. That is a long drive to get a tire changed. Isn't there a Two Wheeled Toyz on the southeast side. Never been there but they might be able to do it too.
I know a guy here that drives from baycliff to see tim
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Just to clarify, Patrick is the owner of Motorcycles Unlimited, aka Motorcycles Unlimited.
Thanks for clarifying, I'd have been searching for awhile.
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BTW, bring a tire gauge and check your pressures before you ride it home... 5 out of 6 shops I've been to have not even gotten close to the right pressures (just
add air to seat the bead then never bother to check).

I once checked my tires after Discount Motorcycle and they were 60+ psi (I otherwise like them for tires, etc...).
discount motorcycle tire installed mine wrong and when their mistake was pointed out, they bitched and thew a fit about redoing them, but they made it right because they figured I wasnt paying until it was done correctly.
Issue was they didnt put the yellow dot on the valve stem and then used a ton of weight to balance to over come their up..
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discount motorcycle tire installed mine wrong and when their mistake was pointed out, they bitched and thew a fit about redoing them, but they made it right because they figured I wasnt paying until it was done correctly.
Issue was they didnt put the yellow dot on the valve stem and then used a ton of weight to balance to over come their up..
A husband and wife own/work there, and if you have a problem, the husband will absolutely resolve it - great guy. His wife on the other hand...
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Again, thanks to everyone. I ended up taking my bike to Stubb's and had it done. It was $100 and I'm confident it was done correctly. Now, it's time to register it and start cruising on a regular basis!
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