Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Re: Winter tire advice?
I drive just over 3k miles a year to begin with. At 12 mpg and the cost of gas as it was this past year, I have nothing left to live on, and barely enough for food. My tires usually dry rot before the tread is worn. I really can not afford to not have snow tires as that is my only means to get around, and can't afford to buy them without selling my Michelin's. I can't afford another set of rims. Just happen to be one of those people that got a lousy hand of cards in this lifetime. Could be worse.
I have almost 10k miles on the two BMW's since last Nov! AND, I only ride that maybe, 4-7 or possibly 8 days a month, with at least four months of down time due to poor weather.
We could have paid for a lot of services, gas, tires, heating fuel, medical expenses and food with the $15k we have in the MC venture including all the safety gear. Possibly a HUGE financial mistake, but is sure has been a blast once we got on the road.
The VA does everything possible not to pay my yearly disability medical expenses in a timely manner (as they attempt to do to many veterans). The criminally operating SSD/SSA has done everything possible to cheat me out of my benefits since 1992. The IRS continues to attempt to steal money I do not owe, with no accountability or due process of law. The price you pay when you attempt to stand up for your RIGHTS.
Having pissed off my share of elected officials, Federal, County and State employees by speaking publicly about their corrupt and UNLAWFUL actions and actually doing something about it, someone somewhere, has been able to effectively cut me off from many benefits I would otherwise be entitled to, for the past ten years. Doing so, a few dishonest people have lost their jobs!
I lost my protected parking space, which I have had for 14 years on privately owned property, due to the non enforcement policy, of an existing LAW and our RIGHT of WAY, which is in the DEED. Yet the person that has dumped tons of large rocks and stone in our commonly shared driveway, can not be held accountable. Unless of course we could come up with an additional $10,000 to take the other party to court, in which case the only winner is the attorney.
The LT should have been the last thing we ever bought and the first to go when is was a choice between eating or paying for all the parts and service on this bike.
Unfortunately we would now lose at least $6k, even it if sold for what we are asking for it.
To solve my immediate crisis and stop the hemorrhaging, I NEED the four snow tires asap, by whatever means I can make that happen. I ordered a matched set this morning. Too risky to pay an additional $140 for studs, and then have to remove them in early Spring. The tires are $575. I tried Z chains a few years back, and that was a disaster.
Add to that my renters insurance just about doubled, another $424 for the LT insurance, and I am eating noodles six days a week so as it is.
$20 for 600 lbs of tube sand from Lowes should give me enough ballast to keep the needed traction in the rear. Pick that up right after I get the tires next week.
May I live long enough to see and partake in the Revolution!
Too peeved at this point to truly offer what I would really like to say....
Have to watch for those damn spy bots ya know.
PS: I did call the tire dealer after reading the aforementioned recommendation, and the manager did state he did not suggest using this tire year round. May have to pull my tired ad, and deal with the financial issues as I go. $50 to change back in April, is about the most affordable option I have at this point. I just can not risk any accident because I couldn't afford the tires for winter.
Last edited by yechave; Nov 20th, 2008 at 9:57 am.