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So I have my new Bridgestone rear tire, but of course I can't put it on myself. So what should I expect to pay to have this done if I take the bike to them and they do everything. I know it would be cheaper for me to just bring them the rim with the old tire on it, but getting the rear wheel off the 650 and then back on looks like a tall order.
 

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One of the posted prices here is :

Tire Mount and Balance "On-Bike" $58.50 per wheel/tire assembly
Tire Mount/Replace Tube "Off-Bike" $19.50
 

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Thanks. That was about the amount I had heard somewhere else, but I just wanted to be sure before I got taken to the cleaners. I guess that's not too steep considering it looks like there is a lot to do getting that back wheel off and back on.
 

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I've been told flat out by two dealers they won't put a tire on unless its bought from them. I pull mine off and take it to a local tire shop who mounts it. They can't balance the front but "think" they may be able to do the rear of my 400 as it has a larger hole in it.
 

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ted clement said:
I've been told flat out by two dealers they won't put a tire on unless its bought from them.
I have been told the same thing by my local dealers.
 

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I've been told flat out by two dealers they won't put a tire on unless its bought from them.
That seems kind of strange to me...we can't have all of your business, so we won't take some of your business. I knew something like that could happen though, so when checking with local dealers on the cost of the tire, I also asked if they would mount it if I bought it from someone else. Each of them said they would. I took the wheel(rear) off myself. The dealer that installed it charged me $12.50, $10.00 to switch out the tires, and $2.50 to dispose of the old one for me.
 

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I go to a small mechanic here in Toronto. I took him both wheels and the new tires. We chatted a bit before he started the work ( my first time there) and when I asked the price he said $20. I said each? He said no. :shock: I told hem I needed to run over to the bank machine and get his cash and offered to buy him a coffee while I was out. By the time I got back he already had the front mounted and balanced and I helped him with the rear. He had demo ridden a 650 Burgman and was very pleased with there performance. He didn't even charge me for disposal of the old tires.
I'l definetely go back there again.
 

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Thanks Norman, after reading that I would gladly pay to have someone else do it. :)
(First post.)

Well, it's a lot easier than that. At this point, between my own and others', I think I've changed aroung 20 tires. I used to do it with tire irons and milk crate; that was a pain. But now, I've got the Harbor Freight tire changer with motorcycle wheel attachment, and it's pretty easy. I changed two the other day when the buyer came for my K1200RS, and the two of us got them changed in less than a half-hour.

With the HF machine, I can unmount a tire in just a couple of minutes from the time it's off the bike. On the K12RS, that was the time-consuming part.

Really, it comes down to how often you're changing tires. For a while (first 6 months or so with the bike) I was going through a set of tires every 5 to 6 weeks. At $230-ish mailorder for a set, paying anything more for mounting and balancing pained me. Plus, I don't know about other parts of the country, but with the exception of a few specialist shops in the Bay Area, you can expect to wait. Or, I'd procrastinate and need new rubber for a trip, and there just aren't many shops open at 2 AM. Losers.

In other words, with the right equipment (and my current setup -- HF tire changer, Sears tankless compressor, balancing stand -- cost me around $200) it's pretty painless and awfully convenient. And I don't have to complain about scratches on my wheels.

Greg
 

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Welcome to the BurgmanUSA forums Greg. Glad to have you join us.
 

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Greg, good info. Changing my own tires is something I would like to do. Have you changed the smaller diameter scooter tires with the changer? Can you give us the model number of the changer and the motorcycle wheel attachment or do they only have one model?
 

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Greg, good info. Changing my own tires is something I would like to do. Have you changed the smaller diameter scooter tires with the changer? Can you give us the model number of the changer and the motorcycle wheel attachment or do they only have one model?
I don't yet have a scooter. Been shopping around, but the used market in the Bay Area for larger scooters seems pretty slow, and I'm not quite sure I want to lay out the cash for a new one.

Which is a long way to say, I have not personally done anything with less than a 17" rim. However, the rim clamps will keep going in, and I can't imagine there'd be much of a problem.

Here's the base of the tire changer. And here's the motorcycle tire attachment.

Lots of folks over on bmwsporttouring.com, where I've been hanging out for a couple years, have started picking these things up based on comments some early adopters like me and have been pretty happy. (One of the moderators there is even cranking up to start fabricating improved mount/de-mount bars.) For $80 for both pieces, it's hard to go too far wrong.

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Welcome to the group Greg 8)
 

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Greg

Welcome to the forum :hello2:

That is a great first contribution and that is a real neat and quite reasonably priced bit of kit from Harbor Freight too.

No HF here tho' :(

Hope to hear more from you soon. :)

Just as a matter of interest - how did you find us? - are you tempted?
 

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NormanB said:
Greg
Hope to hear more from you soon. :)

Just as a matter of interest - how did you find us? - are you tempted?
I should probably post in the "Who are u?" forum, eh?

I've been here for a few months now, lurking, without much to say. I've started going to school nights, and a scooter seems like much more practical transportation than my motorcycles. My K1200RS, despite my love for it, was sold because with it's dry clutch and wide sidecases, it was too tough to filter through traffic.

The Burgman 650 originally seemed the way to go. I've broadened my horizons a bit since. But basically, I'm actively looking for a scooter, very actively hoping I can find a good deal on a 650. It's tough in California, as I said earlier, because there seems to be either a poor market for them, or no one wants to give them up. And I can't bring one into California because Suzuki doesn't import them all with CA emissions.

I waffle daily. Right now, I'm looking for good deals on a Burgman 650, 400, the Majesty, maybe a Silverwing, the Piaggio X9 500 (slow processing of the proceeds of my K12RS sale made me just miss a steal on one), and the Atlantic 500.

I reckon I'll change my own tires on whatever I end up on. Maybe just more often on a 650.

Greg
 

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Greg - post where you like mate - it is just good to have you with us! :wink:

But there are advantages of a proper hello!
 

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billmeek said:
One of the posted prices here is :

Tire Mount and Balance "On-Bike" $58.50 per wheel/tire assembly
Tire Mount/Replace Tube "Off-Bike" $19.50
Gee, in Houston they want $90 on wheel. Houston Honda will do $30 off the wheel. :cry:
 
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