My dealer recommended a new front tire. I said OK. He had the bike in his shop for other work. I got the bill today. He charged me $200 for the Scorpion Trail 2 tire and mounting. Decent price, right?
Sounds about right to me. The tire's $155 at Revzilla, maybe $25 to mount, dunno your sales tax but with mine that would be $195 total. If your dealer is selling tires at the same price as online that's a great deal to my mind.My dealer recommended a new front tire. I said OK. He had the bike in his shop for other work. I got the bill today. He charged me $200 for the Scorpion Trail 2 tire and mounting. Was I ripped off? Sure feels like it.
With a few bikes, those tire changes add up quick. I've been changing my sport bike tires for the past 20 years, 16 with a Coats 220 manual changer and the last 4 years with one of these..Cost about $1100 delivered
$90 to mount a tire... 20 minutes work... holy crap... :surprise: and I thought the shops around me were bad.Pretty much the same $480 for PR4's last week. My Ducati dealer would have charged me over $600 as they want $90 to mount each tire so $180 total. They don't sell me any tires.
Do you know what a troll is? If you look it up you'll see that your post is actually the closest thing to trolling in this thread. (you basically accused everyone here who thinks $50 bucks to change a motorcycle tire is too much of being cry babies).I have a small independent shop I've used for over 23 years , he just mounted two Kenda dual sports for my Vespa 198.25 with tire's .
Disclaimer, For what i charge in my business Im not going to complain about 50 bucks to wrestle with a tire for my hobby . Im sure those who would complain about price also cry about how careful they need to be with the rim during the change !Don't be a TROLL !
I use a static balancer and have a Marc Parnes balancing axle with adaptors for normal wheels and for single sided wheels such as my 1098, 1299 and Multistrada.Do you still do a static balance or did you spring for a dynamic balancer?
That was my fear too, but even the (relatively) inexpensive manual machine we bought has tools designed to minimize the risk of damaging your rim. I'd never done it before and I was able to change my front tire in about 35 minutes without any risk of damaging the rim (that included a mid-change beer pause). I imagine if you know what you're doing you can do it in 15 minutes even on a manual machine.I bought a tire changing machine once and gave it a try. I'm sure it was my poor technique, and I chewed up quite a few rims before I just gave the machine to my brother in law.
Nope. Motorcycle tires are pretty dang good these days. Line up the dot with the valve stem and you will probably be pretty close. I've changed several that were within 1/4 oz as mounted.Last time I went to a dealer I paid for balancing and low and behold I have perfect rim and tire .
Yeah they said it was a perfect balance and didn't need weights.....
Should I be Suspicious????
Nope, it happens more than you'd think. Some tire brands are better than others (Michelin is one).Yeah they said it was a perfect balance and didn't need weights.....
Should I be Suspicious????
That's a lot unless you are doing a touring bike that needs a lot of "stuff" pulled off just to get to the axle. Our shop is called sportbike specialties but harley and cruiser guys come in because we are cheaper than dealers. In fact I just talked my boss into charging more for them. >$90 to mount a tire... 20 minutes work... holy crap... :surprise: and I thought the shops around me were bad.