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This morning went to the dealer to get the recall checked and put new Dunlop E3s on the bike. Total cost 655.84 including:

169.99 front tire
229.99 rear tire
2.60 tire fee
23.90 two metal 90 degree valves
32.99 new summer gloves (What? Oh never mind).
148.50 labor
33.02 tax

Felt good on the 20 mile ride home. Now got to get ready for the trip. BTW the brakes checked out fine.

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It is amazing how we get used to worn tires, and when good ones are put on - Viola!!! it's really nice.

It's because of this that I've become less tolerant of worn tires. I change them earlier than I used to.

I learned long ago that a majority of tire problems seem to happen to people in the last 10% of their tire's life. Trying to eek out that last few hundred miles, with the tire feeling like crap, just isn't worth it to me.

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This morning went to the dealer to get the recall checked and put new Dunlop E3s on the bike. Total cost 655.84 including:

169.99 front tire
229.99 rear tire
2.60 tire fee
23.90 two metal 90 degree valves
32.99 new summer gloves (What? Oh never mind).
148.50 labor
33.02 tax

Felt good on the 20 mile ride home. Now got to get ready for the trip. BTW the brakes checked out fine.
I LOVE new tires!

But I need to put this in perspective.

I have 3 questions:

1. Is the currency in Euros?
2. Gloves? Was that included with the tires?
3. Trip? (What trip? You didn't tell me about a "trip.")

You are planning a trip?

I am expecting a full write up and pictures upon your return.

(Oh please, allow me live vicariously, Please... post some pictures of Spain!!! Anything!)


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No that was in US dollars.

I slipped the gloves in with the service cost in case my wife checks the bill

I plan to ride up from Miami to North Carolina or even New Jersey, time allowing. On the way I want to obtain a (pre-loved) trim-tilt unit for my outboard. It's a Honda naturally.

I plan on visiting a few people on the way also and it's going to be a bit meandering.

One small crimp in my plans is that my daughter wants me to help her assemble a bunch of Ikea wall units this coming weekend. This is a serious problem as I have seen families torn apart trying to follow the pictograms supplied by Ikea.

Plan to take plenty of pics and will post.

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No that was in US dollars.

I slipped the gloves in with the service cost in case my wife checks the bill

I plan to ride up from Miami to North Carolina or even New Jersey, time allowing. On the way I want to obtain a (pre-loved) trim-tilt unit for my outboard. It's a Honda naturally.

I plan on visiting a few people on the way also and it's going to be a bit meandering.

One small crimp in my plans is that my daughter wants me to help her assemble a bunch of Ikea wall units this coming weekend. This is a serious problem as I have seen families torn apart trying to follow the pictograms supplied by Ikea.

Plan to take plenty of pics and will post.
Of the Ikea build??????? That'd be TMI!


oh....pics of the trip!

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Just came back from another little ride. What a difference.

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The wobble that I lived with since I bought the bike has gone and the new gloves are great. They have gelpad palms and make for a really comfy grip

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No way in hell I'd pay that much for 2 tires. $148.50 in labor? Not even at gun point.

I spent just under $500 this winter on tires...for TWO bikes. Tires for my Wing and for the old lady's Yamaha. And they weren't cheap tires either all four were Continentals.

Of course I put them on myself...but still.

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No way in hell I'd pay that much for 2 tires. $148.50 in labor? Not even at gun point.

I spent just under $500 this winter on tires...for TWO bikes. Tires for my Wing and for the old lady's Yamaha. And they weren't cheap tires either all four were Continentals.

Of course I put them on myself...but still.
I hear you Broke, but beggars can't be choosers. No facilities no equipment and too short a time. Gotta ride.

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Some don't have the place or means to change their own tires and some want the professionalism for safety.

Cost of bike tires these days, I wonder......
Will Bandag retread my tires?
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No way in hell I'd pay that much for 2 tires. $148.50 in labor? Not even at gun point.

I spent just under $500 this winter on tires...for TWO bikes. Tires for my Wing and for the old lady's Yamaha. And they weren't cheap tires either all four were Continentals.

Of course I put them on myself...but still.
5 months ago I would have agreed with you, I even purchased 2 sets of tires, one set for my wing and another for my sons Shadow.

I have spent $150 in tubes and mounting fees for my sons tires and thats with me taking them off the bike and re installing. Then I did the back tire on my bike. The shop I go to was closed so I went to the dealer....... HUGE MISTAKE! I had them mount and balance the new rear, they did but did not put in the new valve stem, cost = $57. My wife said she would take the wheel back and have them redo the stem, she did..... Cost $57... again, Accept after I got the tire back on, I noticed the old weights from last year was still on the rim so they didn't balance the tire either time and the dots on the tire didn't line up with the valve stem. Tire rode like crap! I called them to complain and was told that the dot on the tire is a Myth....... Nobody does that and no they wouldn't fix it for free. So $114 later, I still have to take the tire and get it lined up and rebalanced.

It would have been well worth the $148 labor to have someone else do both tires for me.








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