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post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2016, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Tire sources away from home

what is the best way to get new rubber if "passin thru"? I shun dealerships but then they may have the best immediate source and tire size. any suggestions?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-01-2016, 10:31 PM
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Look up local bike shops in the area you are going. There are Cycle Gears all over the place too, which sell many tires as well as mount n balance them.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-01-2016, 10:39 PM
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I had a similar episode in Pocatello ID. no one had a tire for my 01 RT. I called my local tire dealer and he had one drop shipped to me at Motel 6. The local Honda dealer sent a guy to the motel and fetch me to the shop and 20 bucks later I was on the road. Yep, I tipped the driver. Oh, the local tire dealer waited until I got home and i showed up at his shop to pay him for the tire. I's good to have a rapport with a friendly merchant.
A good experience but I hate when that happens.
There are so many on line big shops that ship overnight that a tire isn't too far from you. Just an aggravation.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-02-2016, 10:07 AM
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I try and do a bit of preplanning when it comes to tires on trips. Figure out about where I'll need a tire, check the intranets for a dealer or mechanic, call them and tell them to order what I want and it's ready when I get there. I can wait in the shop while they do it. I've had pretty good luck finding independent wrenches.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-02-2016, 11:15 PM
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I left out of a rally with a tire strapped to the top of my gear cus it was a good buy. I had more Harley riders looking at me and asking about it.
Kinda funny i thought. Be a good Scout and be prepared!
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-03-2016, 12:16 AM
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I learned my lesson the hard way, and in a VERY expensive manner too.

Switch tires BEFORE you leave.

I could have saved hundreds of dollars by not relying on us shops and the opinion of forum members on that one.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-03-2016, 07:47 AM
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One of the reasons I like my Bridgestone T-30 tires that we have run on V Stroms and mostly on the Beemer is the costs. These tires handle wet and dry as good as any tire I have used, and get as good of mileage as most any.

They are $225 per set compared to around $330 for Michelins for instance. What makes that important is that if I have a 4-5000 mile trip coming up I simply put a new rear on even if I have a LOT of tread left on the one I am removing. Yes I have put the old tires back on and finished them off on occasion. There is simply no way to justify the expense and anxiety of trying to replace tires while on a trip when I can install a new rear for $127 at home that will cover the entire trip without a thought. Plus deeper tread equals less punctures!

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I use a Bridgestone Battlewing BW 502 on my rear. I see the Bridgestone T-30 is right around the same price point. Do you do a lot of two-up touring? I'm just curious what sort of mileage you're getting out of that tire if you're riding two up. I burned through my last Battlewing after about 5500 miles, and wondered if the T-30 did any better.

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