Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Shop around. Smaller places especially. There are some GoldWing riders in the group I ride with who ride 2 and a half hours to get tires; they usually make a day of it- they all ride up there, whoever needs tires gets tires, and they go eat or whatever. That's because it's the cheapest place they've found and it's well worth the 2 and a half hour ride! (I've seen some places charge $350 just to change a rear tire; and that's WITHOUT the price of the tire. GoldWings are pricey to work on. I think at this place they get the tires changed, mounted, and balanced, INCLUDING the tire, for around $300.. on a GoldWing!)
In my case, there's a dealer out of town a ways- and I live out of town a ways, it happens to be the closest one to me! It's one of those 'dealers' with like 6 bikes in the showroom but a huge service department. I can get tires put on there for $50 if it's on the bike, $25 if it's off the bike. That's IF I buy the tire elsewhere. It's only $25 if I buy the tire from them (on the bike). Rear tires I think are like $75 or $45 if you buy from them, something like that.
The cheapest way is always to remove the wheel yourself and take it in. Otherwise, just shop around; especially smaller shops. The dealer I bought my bike from I'd NEVER take my bike to for service; they are outrageously expensive. But they are a huge dealer with a big marketing budget; so they get enough exposure to draw in folks willing to pay those prices. That's fine; good for them! But I'll spend a few minutes calling around to find that there are other places that do a great job at a much fairer price.
Working on a motorcycle, though, is always going to cost more than a car. A motorcycle shop will NEVER have the volume of customers a car shop will have. That's why we don't have any quick-oil-change or tire-and-lube places for motorcycles. That's also why it costs more. A tire-and-lube place can specialize their business, do it super quickly, and go through a huge volume of cars which is why they can afford to sell you the tires and mount/balance them for free or cheap. The MC dealers can't sustain a business like that!
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Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT