Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mount Vernon, WA, USA
Re: Shame on Cycle Gear
I'm in the same garage. I have always changed my own tires since a bad experience with a Harley tech who moved to a BMW shop. I did them by hand for years until one afternoon and a particularly bad fight. Went to the NAPA store and ordered a coats 220 manual machine mid tire change in a spit of frustration. It worked well for my friends and me. Then tires started getting really tough and I'm older. New GS tires are pretty amazing things along with some of the cruiser tires. Now I have a Coats power tire changer and still do all my associates and others tires. I charge $10 if they bring in a wheel and tire, and, charge $40 for both tires if they ride in on the bike and I do the work. It is always easy to spot the trouble bikes and I end up spending extra time dealing with problems. Generally older or obvious lack of maintenance. But one thing I always do is insist on new valve stems if the owner can't remember last change or over four years old. I use German one also.
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I change your tires $40, you buy them on the web.
K13S, S1000R (gone through a few GS's & RT's)