Buying Tires

Tires are much more important on motorcycles then they are on cars.Tires-ShinkoDunlopMichelinIf you have a flat tire on her car you can almost always just pull off the road and put on the spare. Car tires are more available than motorcycle tires. Loss of the single tire on a car is less important than loss of the single tire on a motorcycle.

The biggest things that make people want to change their tires are traction and tread wear (how long the tire lasts).

The most common mistake people make is buying too expensive a tire to begin with. Once a tire is damaged it can’t be repaired or patched. In some places repairing a motorcycle tire is a violation of law, but even if it wasn’t it doesn’t make sense.  That’s because tires have nylon plies instead of steel and they will not hold together after a patch.  When you ride a motorcycle the tires are used very differently than when you drive a car.  You don’t turn on the sides of your car tires.

The best value in tires usually a middle grade tire. It will be a good performance and since there is so much on the road that can damage the tire, you might as well spend the extra money on a replacement tire instead of an expensive tire.

Tires-CommanderII-FrontRearIt costs about $500 to replace a front and rear tire – including tires and service. Just removing the old tires and mounting and balancing new tires runs from $60 to $90 per wheel.

In many cases, tires just come down to looks. If there is a tire that looks great on your bike and you want to use it then we can almost certainly get it and install it for you.

We will install tires that you purchase. But remember that if you choose to buy a tire and have us install, that if the tire has a defect or will not balanced correctly or has some other problem, that we will give it back to you so that you can return it. If we buy a tire for you then we will handle all the details. It will be shipped to us, and we will handle all the details of removal mounting and balancing your new tires.

Will give you our best estimate on how long it will take to do your job and how much it will cost. We hate to tell customers something and then have to change it later, but sometimes problems happen that increase costs. If these are things we can control, then we will be responsible for them, but if they are things like changes in parts pricing or availability, then will do our best to save you every dollar, but things might take a bit longer or cost more than our original estimate.