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Old 12-09-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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Question Do you buy your tires online separately, or through the local shop/dealer

I found this screw in my rear tire today (only 4500 miles on them ). Like a dropped helmet, I have to buy new front and rear tires for my Ninja 300 since I don't want to risk a plug.

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The Michelin Pilot Street Radials cost $235 online total (no sales tax/free shipping). Do you buy them online, or have the dealer/shop order for you in (exchange for a discount)? Do you have the tires shipped to the mechanic directly if buying online? Either way, I'm having them mounted and balanced with the bike instead of taking the wheels alone.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:15 PM   #2
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I would order them to my house and then take only the wheels in because $60 per tire to mount is ridiculous. Unless there is a huge discount then support a local business and they will probably mount and balance them cheaper.

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Old 12-09-2014, 10:17 PM   #3
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Buy them on amazon for $75. Put them on with zip ties to hold the bead tight together. Just DON'T FORGET TO GET THEM BALANCED.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:21 PM   #5
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Yeah if you order the tires through one of the sponsors like motorcycles unlimited I'm sure Bill or Patrick will take care of you there.

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They have swapped my tires for real cheap and gotten great tire prices from them. You can also let them know you found a good price online and would like to match it
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:42 PM   #6
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Thanks y'all. I just sent Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited an email.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:54 AM   #7
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Plug the tire. This anti plug paranoia is ridiculous. I have been riding 40 plus years and have run plugged tires at high speed for many miles. Ridiculous.
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:13 AM   #8
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Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited always takes really good care of me on tires. To the point the I order through him over the phone and he ships to me in Kerrville. I have also heard Tony has great deals on tires, too.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:43 AM   #9
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I'd put a patch plug on that tire and call it good.. Patch plugs go on from the inside and fill/cover the hole completely.. They aren't coming out..

I've done them for years on street bikes and never had a problem.. I have incurred more problems with local shops scratching my wheels or not getting the tires balanced 100% correctly.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:24 AM   #10
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:34 AM   #12
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eh hmm.

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eh hmm.

Thought I'd throw my hat in. If you are on the southwest side give us a call.
woah, I didn't know we had a sponsor on the SW side... must be new?

do you have any tire specials going on? also, how much to change one or both tires if i bring the bike in?

on the topic of plugs, i currently have a plugged rear tire and just got back from a track day. I was a little skeptical at first but with a last minute event, i just went. happy to say i had no problems. my plug is right off the center of the tire.
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woah, I didn't know we had a sponsor on the SW side... must be new?

do you have any tire specials going on? also, how much to change one or both tires if i bring the bike in?

on the topic of plugs, i currently have a plugged rear tire and just got back from a track day. I was a little skeptical at first but with a last minute event, i just went. happy to say i had no problems. my plug is right off the center of the tire.
Free installation if you buy the tires through us. $50 to install and balance if you bring your tires in.

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I've been going to an individual to get tires mounted/balanced for years now and usually pay $20/ea, but I don't mind pulling my own wheels, and I've never really had a sponsor shop close enough that it was convenient to take the bike by. I almost bought a tire changing station a couple of years back, but figured that even at $20/ea, 6 tires per year, was going to take me quite a few years to recoup the cost, not to mention the hassle of doing it myself.

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Is that bringing the bike in, or just bringing the wheels in off the bike? Also, is that per wheel, or for a set? (I'm assuming that's per wheel, especially if you're taking them off the bike.)
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I was wondering about the whole replacing of a tire just b/c of that. I figured it was a sportbike thing as I've know many cruiser bikes who have never had an issue. Or better stated, I've never known (or heard) of any cruiser bike having a tire issue that was related to a plug being used.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:19 PM   #18
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my last set (Q2's, so they weren't the most recent tire out) came from motosport.com; 189 bucks shipped to my door. 15 bucks a wheel to pay a MH member to do them for me on a Friday night. You can't beat late night weekend service and cost.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:28 PM   #19
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I buy local, and get them installed there too. Sometimes I might spend more, but who cares, I'm supporting local businesses. Sometimes I even save money.
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I buy local, and get them installed there too. Sometimes I might spend more, but who cares, I'm supporting local businesses. Sometimes I even save money.
My problem is finding a shop open late enough to buy tires during the week and being that most are closed on Sundays, this leaves only Saturdays. I won't sacrfice my entire Saturday morning (coincidentally, most shops busiest day) just for a tire change. Order online....spend 20 minutes pulling tires and rims after work one evening...arrange a time for someone to mount and balance and then 30-40 minutes to put em back on. I can't comprehend $25/ea (and sometimes more) for M&B off the bike....nor the $45/tire when on the bike with a 2 hour + wait.
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