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post #1 of 13 Old Apr 16th, 2007, 11:25 am Thread Starter
 
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Exclamation HELP!...New tires needed between the Grand Canyon and San Diego

Plan A: I order tires online and have them shipped to a forum member who owns the equipment to help me mount and balance the tires during my journey through the southwest. I'll buy lunch, dinner, whatever. New tires mounted, bellies are full. A win-win.

Plan B: I order tires online and have them shipped to a forum member who lives near a dealer that has the equipment to mount and balance the tires during my journey through the southwest. I'll buy lunch, dinner, whatever. New tires mounted, bellies are full. Still a win-win, but not as good as Plan A.

Plan C: I pull into a dealer en route. Buy the tires there. Have them mount and balance tires. No lunch. No dinner. I'm hungry. And, my wallet's empty as well.


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post #2 of 13 Old Apr 16th, 2007, 11:44 am Thread Starter
 
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Plan D: Put on fresh tires before you lean on your trip.
No workie. I would still need new tires somewhere later in the ride. The trip length is further than any one set of tires last on a GT.
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Not sure what your route is but here are a couple of possibilities:

Plan A: Call ahead and then stop at Southwest Moto Tires in AZ. and they will mount the tires for you at a nominal charge. You can buy them a pizza if you want to.

Plan 2: Have tires shipped to my place. Once you get here we take my car and go to that Italian bikes shope in Glendale where you give a $20.00 in cash per wheel to the tech who mounts and balances plus disposes of your old tires. Then you can take me, Kathy, and her two overgrown eating machine teenage boys to an expensive dinner, or we may settle for pizza, the last option being closer to your win-win scenario.

Plan of the last resort: You pull into a dealer en route. Buy the tires there. Have them mount and balance tires. No lunch. No dinner. You're hungry. And, your wallet's empty as well, but you supported a local dealer, as you've always advocated.

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Not sure what your route is but here are a couple of possibilities:

Plan A: Call ahead and then stop at Southwest Moto Tires in AZ. and they will mount the tires for you at a nominal charge. You can buy them a pizza if you want to.
DING DING DING!!! WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Thanks Gilles. You da man! And I'm still buying ya dinner!
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You pull into a dealer en route. Buy the tires there. [snip] ...but you supported a local dealer, as you've always advocated.
No, no, no. That is not what I have advocated. I advocate buying things from "YOUR" local dealer. That way, a relationship built, meanwhile keeping "your" local dealer in business.

See the difference?
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No, no, no. That is not what I have advocated. I advocate buying things from "YOUR" local dealer. That way, a relationship built, meanwhile keeping "your" local dealer in business.

See the difference?
Travelling the way you do, EVERY dealer is YOUR local dealer!

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Don't worry about the oil. The BMW recommended oil change interval is 6K, and that assumes normal day to day riding. On long trips you will be doing much of the mileage in long rides, which is MUCH less damaging to the oil than multiple shorter rides. Even with dino oil, 8K on long trips is no issue, with synthetic, even less so. Just be sure to monitor the oil LEVEL during the trip.

I had no issue taking off on my 10/10ths ride with no expectation of an oil change. Time on oil is a large issue, and my 10K miles was done in 10 days, so the bike ran 15-18 hours a day. I did add about 1/2 quart near the end of the ride.

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Don't worry about the oil.
No worries there. Or...did you reply to the wrong thread by mistake?
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Joe,

An alternative suggestion is that you can ship tires to my place in Kingman, AZ. We can pull 'em off and cage them to a place to have them mounted. There's no BMW shop in town, but plenty of other motorcycle shops who should be able to mount them up. I need to do my front tire as well. Afterwards, we'll have a BBQ and some brewkies, and you're welcome to crash in our guest room. In the AM, I'll point you to some great roads to get yourself out to San Diego that you probably wouldn't find yourself. The route I'm thinking will have you pass through Joshua Tree National Monument.

BTW, when are you doing this? I'm consulting out of my home in Kingman, so I'm almost always around.

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Joe,

An alternative suggestion is that you can ship tires to my place in Kingman, AZ. We can pull 'em off and cage them to a place to have them mounted. There's no BMW shop in town, but plenty of other motorcycle shops who should be able to mount them up. I need to do my front tire as well. Afterwards, we'll have a BBQ and some brewkies, and you're welcome to crash in our guest room. In the AM, I'll point you to some great roads to get yourself out to San Diego that you probably wouldn't find yourself. The route I'm thinking will have you pass through Joshua Tree National Monument.

BTW, when are you doing this? I'm consulting out of my home in Kingman, so I'm almost always around.

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This is the easiest question of the year. Support a dealer. End of story.

If you have a problem on the road I bet you would want them to support you; and do so quickly and fairly. If they didn't my guess is that you would be quick to slam them on this forum.

The extra amount you will spend on the tires when compared to the cost of your overall trip is negligable. The cost of saving you a couple days on the trip because you had a dealer around to help you out when you needed them is priceless.

Do the right thing is my 2 pennies.
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post #12 of 13 Old May 1st, 2007, 4:22 pm
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Tire Dealer in San Jose

I use Road Rider in San Jose, 408-227-6936 they are open 7 days a week and are very competitive on tires. Call ahead and they will have tires waiting for you if you can get to San Jose. You can also use Cycle Gear they have lots of locations but the place is generally run by a bunch of kids and they are hit and miss with follow through and may not have someone around to mount tires.
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post #13 of 13 Old May 1st, 2007, 6:00 pm
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Holy shit, Joe...with all the breakfasts/lunches/donuts/monster dinner youve consumed (nice avatar sig BTW!!!! I want props!) your tires are sweating bullets. Better inflate those bad-boys to 60psi ea. Its like putting a locomotive on lawn tractor tires.....peace, safe and happy travelling.


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