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Holy cow! $189.99 for the metzler rear tire. I used to have both tires replaced for $200. What happened?
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Holy cow! $189.99 for the metzler rear tire. I used to have both tires replaced for $200. What happened?
I'm just sure it isn't greed - just can't be! All the folks I ask are in lockstep with oil prices being the driving factor!! Yeah, that's it.

Butt wait - barrel prices are ...........

ok, I give up. Cuz they can, I guess!!
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Holy cow! $189.99 for the metzler rear tire. I used to have both tires replaced for $200. What happened?
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Hi,
I've found that buying tires in the off season saves a bunch. I think that'll occur again this winter.

However, everything keeps getting higher. Your 2 tires at $200 is simply a dream from now on!

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Southwest moto has Bstone rears in stock for $125.

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Go figure, I just (well two weeks ago) ordered and received a Metz rear from Ron Ayers. Shipped for $126. Everyone else was listing the higher price at the time (AMT, SW Moto) and the tire came with the same "parts unlimited label" that I alway got from AMT. How do they do it? It was not old stock .

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when were you able to get front AND rear 880's for under $200 total? I'm impressed by that...

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My first set two years ago was 89 for the front and 101 for the rear w/free shipping at AMT.

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Please ship some to the UK!!!! I need a new set for my R1100R and have been quoted £225 fitted - that's $450+
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Ron Ayres site now lists them for $180.50...wish I had seen the lower price...I paid $178 from SW MC Tires about 6 weeks ago...would have been glad to purchase 2 for $126 each.
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Just got my confirmation from SWMT for a front and rear for the LT, $295.00 delivered to coastal N.C. .
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"I'm just sure it isn't greed - just can't be! All the folks I ask are in lockstep with oil prices being the driving factor!! Yeah, that's it.

Butt wait - barrel prices are ...........

ok, I give up. Cuz they can, I guess!!"

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Holy cow! $189.99 for the metzler rear tire. I used to have both tires replaced for $200. What happened?
Where you find that price?....dealer quoted me $258 *plus* $30 mounting/balancing

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I was warned about the increase when I bought my front ....it was a 660 at 110.00 SHOULDA!!!!!

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I had two tires put on at the dealer in May. It was $450.00 out the door and the mail order places I called were at $190.00 for the rear and $165.00 for the front. That was SWMOTO. I had put those tires in my "basket" in March and was waiting to order them. When I went back to place the order, WOW! They went up.

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Please ship some to the UK!!!! I need a new set for my R1100R and have been quoted £225 fitted - that's $450+
When I was looking around I found a Norther Ireland dealer that was offering realistic prices. I will try to find the details, but think I found it on a Google search for Metzeler 880.

I was amazed at how well the bike dropped into corners with the 880s on it. A bit unnerving to start with!

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I just paid $291.00 for a rear Metz 880 installed on my LT. Silly me for not checking this board or ask a price before I had it installed. I would have saved a few bucks if I did.

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My dealer quoted me $145.00 front & $165.00 rear plus 30.00 installed per tire. Most of the bike dealers in my part of the country give a 40% discount :bmw or tires.

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I'm hoping Daytona BMW has the same sale this year at Biketoberfest as they did for Bikeweek this year.

2 ME 880's for the price of one. Any size.

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Tyre Prices - Who sets them?

This past Friday I took my LT to the the dealer to change both front and back tyres. The front was still the original Metz that had come to the end of its useful life (still had tread left, but better safe than sorry) I had changed the rear a while ago to Michelin. I got way better mileage, but nothing compared to the world record mileages that some of you guys in the USA get! Any how, after reading this thread today, I'm going to apologise to my friendly bike-tyre dealer for calling him a rip-off-artist! $225 for front and rear, balanced and fitted with my bike washed as well! Compared to what you guys are paying, this was a bargain. And as for the poor guys in Britain - well, you can almost buy a small bike for the price of their tyres!
The question is, our tyres (tires for the US guys) are all made in the same factory and shipped out around the world. Granted the different makes are made in different countries, but why do we all pay different prices for what should be a McDonald's Big Mac standard? Are we sure that Enron hasn't started up again and cornered the market in - BIKE TIRES?! :

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This past Friday I took my LT to the the dealer to change both front and back tyres. The front was still the original Metz that had come to the end of its useful life (still had tread left, but better safe than sorry) I had changed the rear a while ago to Michelin. I got way better mileage, but nothing compared to the world record mileages that some of you guys in the USA get! Any how, after reading this thread today, I'm going to apologise to my friendly bike-tyre dealer for calling him a rip-off-artist! $225 for front and rear, balanced and fitted with my bike washed as well! Compared to what you guys are paying, this was a bargain. And as for the poor guys in Britain - well, you can almost buy a small bike for the price of their tyres!
The question is, our tyres (tires for the US guys) are all made in the same factory and shipped out around the world. Granted the different makes are made in different countries, but why do we all pay different prices for what should be a McDonald's Big Mac standard? Are we sure that Enron hasn't started up again and cornered the market in - BIKE TIRES?! :
Hi, Allen - question for ya. I've been all over the Michelin website looking for a rear tyre that fits the LT specs (160/70-17 79V) and so far, haven't found it. I thought their older model Macadam 50EM would fit, butt apparently no longer made? Anyway - just wonderin' what model Michelin you found that works with the weight rating, etc. for the LT? I did find a front tyre that works, butt not keen on mixing brands and models. Thanks in advance, Allen.

BTW - great price for your recent set. Almost less than we pay for just a rear tyre here.
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Granted the different makes are made in different countries, but why do we all pay different prices for what should be a McDonald's Big Mac standard?
Big Macs have wide prices variances, even in the same country... Enron struck again???

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Here in AU, we pay $200 for a front ME880 and $269 for the rear. I think you lot had better stop your whinning.

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I was wondering why the Metz dealer was not doing any business at the MOA rally. He was there but there weren't any tires with him. Anyone have a story on that?

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The guys on the VTX site have come up with a sollution for the rear. They simply mount a car tire on the back.

http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopi...asc&start=1725

I have seen this done on Valkaries and Goldwings.


They say you have to use the bars more to lean into a turn but the sure footedness of the car tire is inspiring in corners. Obviously it is very comfortable on the Highway.

I will try one on my VTX first to see if I like it and if I do it might be worth a try on the LT.

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The guys on the VTX site have come up with a sollution for the rear. They simply mount a car tire on the back.

http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopi...asc&start=1725

I have seen this done on Valkaries and Goldwings.


They say you have to use the bars more to lean into a turn but the sure footedness of the car tire is inspiring in corners. Obviously it is very comfortable on the Highway.

I will try one on my VTX first to see if I like it and if I do it might be worth a try on the LT.

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I wonder how that handles in corners? If it does at all.

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The guys on the VTX site have come up with a sollution for the rear. They simply mount a car tire on the back.

http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopi...asc&start=1725

I have seen this done on Valkaries and Goldwings.


They say you have to use the bars more to lean into a turn but the sure footedness of the car tire is inspiring in corners. Obviously it is very comfortable on the Highway.

I will try one on my VTX first to see if I like it and if I do it might be worth a try on the LT.

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This silliness comes up from time to time. I DOUBLE-DOGG DARE someone to mount a car tire on their LT! What a hoot!!!
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I was wondering why the Metz dealer was not doing any business at the MOA rally. He was there but there weren't any tires with him. Anyone have a story on that?
You could buy your tires from them at the rally - just had to go to the Milwaukee dealer to get them installed.

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Last week I took my rear wheel (off the bike) to my local BMW dealer and had a new Metz 880 installed. The price came to $284. That seemed high at the time but after reading this I guess it was not so bad. I probably could have ordered the tire cheaper and had it installed cheaper somewhere else but I do believe in supporting my dealer. They have been good to me and I DO NOT want them to go out of business.
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I just put front/rear installed $425.00. I guess the guy seen me coming.
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I realize that tires are a matter of preference, but if you have not tried a set of Avon Storms....I strongly recommend that you give them a shot.

I ordered another set this morning to keep in stock. www.swmototire.com gave me a price of $238.90 for the pair delivered to my door. I have also never seen an easier set to mount.

Right now I only have about 2000 miles on them but they are so nice and quiet and handle great. Time will tell on the mileage thing.

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I just put front/rear installed $425.00. I guess the guy seen me coming.
no, that's about the going price. I paid that and it was with a 10% discount because I bought the two tires at the same time.

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Hi, Allen - question for ya. I've been all over the Michelin website looking for a rear tyre that fits the LT specs (160/70-17 79V) and so far, haven't found it. I thought their older model Macadam 50EM would fit, butt apparently no longer made? Anyway - just wonderin' what model Michelin you found that works with the weight rating, etc. for the LT? I did find a front tyre that works, butt not keen on mixing brands and models. Thanks in advance, Allen.

BTW - great price for your recent set. Almost less than we pay for just a rear tyre here.
Hi Dick, just been into the garage to check the writing (rating) on both front and rear Michelins. Rear - Michelin Macadam 160/70-17 M/C Reinforced (so aparently still made - I bought another one today to keep in my garage @ $114 - bargain?). Front - Michelin Pilot Radial 120/70.
On the original Metzler rear I got 13000Kilometers and the canvass was starting to show! I replaced it with Michelin as above and got 15500km. Smooth but not through to canvass. (Could have eked another 1000kays I reckon)

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Hi Dick, just been into the garage to check the writing (rating) on both front and rear Michelins. Rear - Michelin Macadam 160/70-17 M/C Reinforced (so aparently still made - I bought another one today to keep in my garage @ $114 - bargain?). Front - Michelin Pilot Radial 120/70.
On the original Metzler rear I got 13000Kilometers and the canvass was starting to show! I replaced it with Michelin as above and got 15500km. Smooth but not through to canvass. (Could have eked another 1000kays I reckon)

Let's see how the front pans out. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the info, Allen. I'm not at all sure that the tyres you can buy there are available for us here in the states. I'm checking with Michelin USA to see what they say as far as weight rating (58V for the front and 79V Reinf. for the rear).

Thanks again for the reply, Allen. BTW, whilst looking around the Michelin site, I found a recall page that may be of interest to folks running the recalled tyre. Check it out here --- good luck, all.
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OK man, why are you paying to have your tires mounted when you can come here and bleed for free?
Yeah, I saw how easy it was for the FIVE of you to get them off, I can't wait to try that myself. Well, maybe the next set but I am getting about 15k out of a set of 880's so I do not have to change them too often.

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It Figures.....

I need a new rear tire for my LT and was going to search on here for advice on brands to get better mileage. Now i see this thread and my jaw is still wide open.......

I have tried both the bridgestones and michelins.....I think the last one i had installed a few months ago was $140 installed (front) so I guess I should start strecthing for the big "bend over and take it" deal.

I am only getting about 9K on a tire....seems very poor to me. What brands do you guys reccomend for longer life? My other bikes (HD's) get MUCH better tire life. I am riding the LT a lot and love it, but the tire life and prices are killing me!!!!!

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I am only getting about 9K on a tire....seems very poor to me. What brands do you guys reccomend for longer life? Steve
Me 880's for long life but some say that the tires slip in the wet. I have not had this problem.

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Me 880's for long life but some say that the tires slip in the wet. I have not had this problem.
That's because you're not paying attention. We said "wet" not prodigious flood.



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post #40 of 42 Old Aug 15th, 2007, 12:03 pm
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Yeah, I saw how easy it was for the FIVE of you to get them off, I can't wait to try that myself. Well, maybe the next set but I am getting about 15k out of a set of 880's so I do not have to change them too often.
You think that's fun, you shoulda seen me doing it alone and by hand before Thor fixed my tire change machine.



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I need a new rear tire for my LT and was going to search on here for advice on brands to get better mileage. Now i see this thread and my jaw is still wide open.......
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Too bad you weren't closer. A freind of mine has a No-Mar tire changer. It works great. Takes a donation of $15 for two tires. Unless you wanna drive here. Take your top case off and strap the tires on.

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You think that's fun, you shoulda seen me doing it alone and by hand before Thor fixed my tire change machine.
I remember you mentioning bad words and blood being involved, maybe even a bruise or two.

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