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Gang - damned if I'm not having so much fun on my GT that it looks like he'll be needing new sneakers pretty quick:( , but since I don't have the knowledge or equipment to install them myself, I'd need to have the dealer do the job.

I'm pretty happy with my dealer so far, and would like to purchase the tires through them as well even if I pay a bit more than I would sourcing them myself - support your local shop and all that. My dealer indicated I wouldn't be paying full retail buying from them and that I'd get a little break on labor as well, so I'm hoping I could go that route without going broke. Another reason I'd like to buy through the dealer is the peace of mind knowing they might go that extra distance to ensure they were mounted and balanced correctly and would be more amenable to correcting any problems if they didn't feel right. On the other hand, if I was quoted a considerably higher price than what I'd pay sourcing them myself, I'd feel like they were trying to rip me off.

Is it typically much more to purchase tires through the dealer, and if so, is there a valid reason to pay a lot more or would you suggest negotiating?
 

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Tyres are a consumable just like rego and fuel you need them and where you buy them isnt such a big deal save $20 buck here send $20 there find a tyre you like a get them on.go a look at the differant bike shops and price a set you like, do the homework and then next time you want tyres they mite give you a discount because you are a return customer. :)
 

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If I may suggest, depart from the stock tires and go for better shoes. depending on your riding style, here are some suggestions:

mild to aggressive (city/HWY/twisties): Michelin Pilot Powers or Pirrelli Diablo Corsa

aggressive and +(if you lean the bike a lot): Pilot Powers 2ct or Diablo Corsa 3

the difference in price isn't enough that it should be the main criteria of choice. After all, tires are an important part of staying upright.

cheers,
D.
 

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It all depends on the dealer. Some dealers have very reasonable tire sales and mounting charges. They're certain to be more than mail-order, and probably somewhat higher than local privateers, but you're right that supporting your local dealer can be valuable to you in the long run.

On the other hand, some dealers absolutely rape you on tires: hundreds more than you can get them for at a private shop. If you get quoted those kinds of prices, then I would go elsewhere.
 

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i just bought tires at a shop here in town, despite my love for my dealership. the difference came down to the bottom line. the shop came in with a big savings (including mounting fees) better than the dealership. part of it was a sale also that they were having at the time.

i would definitely recommend calling around, also the pilot roads are a good one to use as a spec point.
 

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Definitely worth shopping around. My experience is that some of our local car & motorcycle dealers can offer better prices than tyre specialists if the job is done whilst the vehicle is with them for a service. The benefit of having the bike dealer do the job is that his staff are usually less likely to leave marks on wheel rims than a tyre depot - the latter usually work mainly on cars.
 

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Guys - thanks for the great input. I was hoping in a city of 700,000 I'd have some independent shops that I could compare costs with my dealer, but there appears to be only one independent shop that doesn't just specialize in Harleys. Judging by the reviews, the guys in that one shop seem on the "tempermental" side (think Seinfeld "Soup Nazi"). For example, they won't mount tires unless you bought the tires from them due to "liability".

Anyway, I know the general price that the online sources want for the tires I'll probably get and can use that to compare to the dealer's price for them. Unless they're a lot more (like $50+) at the dealer, I'll just buy from them since as I mentioned I've been pretty happy with them so far.
 

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Not sure about your area, but around here almost all the shops charge the same: MSRP minus 20%. That is more than mail order, but not a lot more when you factor in shipping and the hassle factor.

The big difference is in mounting / balancing fees. I have been quoted anywhere from $25 to $60 per tire, when I bring them in loose (i.e., off the bike).

+1 on doing some research to get the right tire for your purposes. For the GT you have a lot of choice, ranging from sport touring rubber all the way to full-zoot sportbike stuff. Depends on how you ride and what kind of mileage you find acceptable.
 

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Not sure about your area, but around here almost all the shops charge the same: MSRP minus 20%. That is more than mail order, but not a lot more when you factor in shipping and the hassle factor.

The big difference is in mounting / balancing fees. I have been quoted anywhere from $25 to $60 per tire, when I bring them in loose (i.e., off the bike).

+1 on doing some research to get the right tire for your purposes. For the GT you have a lot of choice, ranging from sport touring rubber all the way to full-zoot sportbike stuff. Depends on how you ride and what kind of mileage you find acceptable.
Yellowduck - thanks on the figures as that gives me an idea of what I might expect, and you make a good point about not having to worry about shipping and the hassle. I remember years ago in my previous motorcycle life and before Al Gore dreamed up the internet:D) ordering some tires that turned out to have a problem with the bead. What a hassle!
 
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