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    F'ing tire prices <--Rant Alert

    So I need a new rear, at least the two inch strip in the middle ( commuting) I look around at a few discount websites and the average is about $150. Cycle Gear (really don't like this company, too gucci) advertised the tire on their website for 135 w/ $5 shipping so I figure why order from the internet when there's a Cycle Gear right down the road from my office, and I can take some twistier roads home. Ride out to the store, wait for the squids in shorts to finish buying flashy lights and chrome for their R1's and then the girl at the counter throws a bill for $160 at me!!! Another $20 to mount it when it gets here. I just kinda feel like the tire racket is set up to screw you. This was for a Pilot Road btw. In about a month I'll need a dunlop qualifier to match the front I have for the track, anyone have a spare?

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    From the Raleigh website, last time I saw the owner he told me he'd gone into a curb (how?) and over the bars. Then he offered me his front brake rotor. Poor little Hawk

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      #3
      I will join your rant. At my local Honda dealer here in Canada, the cost for a new Continental Sport Attack rear tire installed and balanced is $265.00. Now that is sick. On the other hand, I need it to ride.
      1986 Honda NS400R
      1988 Honda Hawk GT

      Keep your feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked.

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        #4
        qualifier front from cycle gear: $130
        qualifier front from ebay: $80 shipped

        cost to mount/balance tire at cycle gear purchased there: $20
        cost to mount/balance tire at cycle gear not purchased there: $25

        yeea... guess what i did.

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          #5
          Do you guys always miss match your tires?

          I always thought same tire brand front and rear was best. NO?
          BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
          Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
          "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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            #6
            Originally Posted by Doc
            Do you guys always miss match your tires?

            I always thought same tire brand front and rear was best. NO?
            well, NOW i run qualifiers front and rear.

            when i first bought the hawk, it had michelin front, and sportmax rear.. i really liked that combo for daily riding.

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              #7
              Do you guys always miss match your tires?
              manufacturer recommends that, but why???

              another part of the scam if you ask me
              the tire manufacturers and the repairshops are all in cohoots together! lol


              this is why i have started to mount my own tires
              added benifits
              1 if the paint on the rim gets scratched its my falt and only mine
              2 cost a lot less (currently take them in to get balanced for $7 per wheel)
              3 its much more important to me to put everything back together right because my life depends on it and not some random michanic that i dont even know.

              some time this summer im going to buy a bubble balancer and do it all my self

              a set of tire spoons cost like $10 i got two sets and i plan to spend about $100 on the balancer, i use a 2x4 and a rubber malet to brake the bead

              i will take some pictures next time i change tires show you guys how easy it is to do your self. the real trick is not scratching the paint on the rim.
              1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                #8
                Originally Posted by Doc
                Do you guys always miss match your tires?

                I always thought same tire brand front and rear was best. NO?
                I run the pilot roads on the street. I got a free rear w/ the bike when I got it so I have a new pilot road on the front. The same guy I got it from has a Dunlop Qualifier 110/70 front that he'll give me cheap for track use. Once I find a 160/60 Qualifier for the rear I'll have a set of track tires.


                Originally Posted by MrDude_1
                qualifier front from cycle gear: $130
                qualifier front from ebay: $80 shipped

                cost to mount/balance tire at cycle gear purchased there: $20
                cost to mount/balance tire at cycle gear not purchased there: $25

                yeea... guess what i did.
                Those bastards told me $30 if the tire was from somewhere else

                On the other hand when I first changed out my tires I had a friend of a friend use his flimsy home shop tire changer. He took it to a gas station air pump but couldn't seat the bead. I took it to Cycle Gear and the guy (happened to be the Hawk owner, recognized the wheels) pumped them up and balanced them for free, which I thought was cool but more related to Hawk ownership than standard store practice.

                We should find a company to sponsor the forum and give us all free tires

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                  #9
                  -NEVER LET YOUR FEARS STAND IN THE WAY OF YOUR DREAMS-
                  Most of the pics I have of my Hawk/Mods: http://gallery.me.com/stevenhowell

                  "Arseing about with my bikes will end in tears." -Keno04

                  "Dress for the slide, not the ride" - ParcNHawk

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                    #10
                    balancer 69.99
                    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=39741

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                      #11
                      well im getting set of diablos for $300 with free install..... dealer speacial on there new tire.
                      A Link to the pics I have taken for the 2007 Scavenger hunt.

                      http://bikepics.com/members/deadlego/p2/

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                        #12
                        Get yourself a Harbor Freight changer and DIY.With the fleet of bikes,it more than paid for itself in less than a season not to mention I'll do anyone else's for lunch.

                        FWIW,I balance my rims and forget about it.~8 years of not balancing tires and no harm done.

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                          #13
                          I have a feeling that the online tire places sell older tires. I have a friend that just dropped her bike off at the local tires place. I will check date of manufacture and see how recent it is. Has anyone purchased a tire online lately? Post the date of manufature. It is molded into the tire as a 4-digit number with the week followed by the year. ie. 5106 would be the 51st week of 2006.

                          Maybe the discount tire places get a deal on old stock.

                          I am somewhat skeptical of the discount tire places because in the 28th month of 2005, I bought two sets of Metzeler Lasertecs manufactured in 4104. The tires quickly began to show tiny dryrot lines.

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                            #14
                            Originally Posted by cafebaltimore
                            . ie. 5106 would be the 51st month of 2006.
                            Last time I checked there were only 12 months in a year.

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                              #15
                              I think he meant 51st week of the year,
                              Mike/Kilter
                              They smile because I'm different--I laugh because they are all the same

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