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Old 12-11-2014, 11:26 PM   #41
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Are online deals really that much better? How well can a layman balance a motorcycle tire? Do shops do a dynamic balance? I always bought the tires from a shop that ordered them for me. Always looking to save my money tho

Are online deals really that much better? Answer - often half if not approaching 60% cheaper in the case with cruiser tires.

How well can a layman balance a motorcycle tire? Answer - most cruiser tires nowadays are so close to balance that they need very little weighting. If the tire will spin freely (no belt/chain attached) then you can come super close. Still not as good as dynamic balancing.

Do shops do a dynamic balance? Answer - any real shop should have a tire spinner to do a dynamic balance. If they don't then I'd really wonder about them.



The PROBLEM you can run in to with ebay tires is they might be blems which are often so far out of balance that no real amount of weight is gonna bring them back in. Balancing one of those tires can be a lost cause. Also an ebay tire might be really, really old and dry rotted. If you're getting your internet tires from a "reputable" online store then often you'll be ok and won't have those issues.

Of course mounting them yourself takes some knowhow, a couple spoons, patience to learn and get it right without bending your rim. It can be done.

One more thing is that the taller and narrower the tire, the harder it is to mount by hand. And don't even think about trying to mount one of those "custom cruiser" wide tires without a machine. (talking 300mm plus, low profile things you see on the fad custom bikes)
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Just thought I'd put my .02 cents in, I ordered a tire online and brought it and my wheel to "Motorcycles Unlimited" they mounted it and balanced it for pennies shy of $20.00. I couldn't be happier, Next time I will probably buy my tire from them also to show my appreciation.
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Are online deals really that much better? How well can a layman balance a motorcycle tire? Do shops do a dynamic balance? I always bought the tires from a shop that ordered them for me. Always looking to save my money tho
Not to discourage local buying, but tires are often much cheaper online. Large online retailers buy them in massive quantities and sell them dirt cheap. The challenge is finding a good shop to mount and balance. If you have the tools, you can do it yourself.
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The best deal I could find as a consumer was $50.00 per and it weighed on our pricing model for tire changing.
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FWIW, Cycle Gear up on 59 has been charging me $35 when I bring in my own tire and rim. They can't (or won't, not sure which) take the wheels off the bike, so I'd have to bring it in to get a tire put on either way, but no idea what they charge if I bought the tire through them. Last one I checked on was about $45 cheaper to order it online (shipping included) so even if they would do M&B for free I was still better off buying elsewhere.
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Are online deals really that much better? Answer - often half if not approaching 60% cheaper in the case with cruiser tires.

How well can a layman balance a motorcycle tire? Answer - most cruiser tires nowadays are so close to balance that they need very little weighting. If the tire will spin freely (no belt/chain attached) then you can come super close. Still not as good as dynamic balancing.

Do shops do a dynamic balance? Answer - any real shop should have a tire spinner to do a dynamic balance. If they don't then I'd really wonder about them.



The PROBLEM you can run in to with ebay tires is they might be blems which are often so far out of balance that no real amount of weight is gonna bring them back in. Balancing one of those tires can be a lost cause. Also an ebay tire might be really, really old and dry rotted. If you're getting your internet tires from a "reputable" online store then often you'll be ok and won't have those issues.

Of course mounting them yourself takes some knowhow, a couple spoons, patience to learn and get it right without bending your rim. It can be done.

One more thing is that the taller and narrower the tire, the harder it is to mount by hand. And don't even think about trying to mount one of those "custom cruiser" wide tires without a machine. (talking 300mm plus, low profile things you see on the fad custom bikes)
thanks for the info. When I have bought tires the prices were not far off. I guess I didn't closely check online sales because I didn't really consider it an option.
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