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post #1 of 22 Old 07-30-2012, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Where does everyone get their tires from? The shop (which I will vouch for as they treat me well) said a front for my 919 will range from $160-180 and a rear will be $200-220, plus $90 installation. I'm OK with the installation piece of it because working 40-50 hrs a week the last thing I want to do is wrestle with my bike.

So in short- where do you guys get tires at reasonable prices?

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post #2 of 22 Old 07-30-2012, 01:20 PM
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Man, those guys are charging you an arm and a tire!

They are charging for the front what you can get for the REAR on MC Superstore:

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S-20 Rear Tire - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore

I got a set of Battleax S-20's for ~$330 and installed them myself.

I took the time to buy the tools (about $40) and learn to do it, as $90 to change tires is INSANE.

Do you it yourself. You'll be glad you did after your fourth or fifth set of tires.

Oh, and I work 60-70 hours a week - three kids under 4. I can change a rear tire, including mounting, unmounting, balancing with Dynabeads, in under 40 minutes.
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You can order tires from Motorcycle-Superstore.com and have them shipped directly to one of their local installers. The prices are also on the website for tire mounting for each shop (it varies), so what you'll have is online tire pricing and decent install prices. Free shipping on anything over $90.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ike-Tires.aspx

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www.americanmototire.com Easy removal from the bike, if you have stands.

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I order from motorcycle superstore. Tires show up in a couple days & a guy I know was a professional motorcycle mechanic for a long time and I know he is a top notch mechanic.

He will do a "house call" and install my tires while I'm away at work for the day and charge me $40 for coming to my house and doing both tires.

His going rate is never more than 1/2 of anything the local bike shop would charge. For me you can't beat it.

If he wasn't my buddy I think I would be in line at the local bike shop like many others.

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All good advice. Any tire reccomendations? Also, what size does a 919 use?

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180/55/17 in the back 120/70/17 for the front. If you ride in the rain and log a ton of upright miles, Michelin PR2 or PR3. I have one in the back now and it's very inspiring in wet conditions!

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I run 190/55's in the back and like them. Lot's of threads around on why the difference, but I think it boils down to personal choice and use.

As for tires, can't go wrong with Michelin - I had 2CT's on the 919 and LOVED THEM, although you won't a lot of life - they are made to be sticky, but that's what I wanted.

Currently have Bridgestone S20's on my Tuono and so far am very impressed as well.

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post #9 of 22 Old 07-30-2012, 05:26 PM
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Motorcycle superstore gets my vote. Quick delivery and pretty good deals. And geezus dude don't buy those tires at that price. I paid only slightly more than the price of that rear for a set of
PR2's shipped to my door.

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Got my past two sets from Jake Wilson. Decent prices, free shipping on orders over $99. Got a set of Pilot Road 2s just this week for $259, shipped. Local guy does mounting for $21 a wheel, disposal is the extra $1, off the bike.

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i typically buy tires from a big dealer thats like 15 mi away.... i take rims and old tires off... and if you buy tires there and bring the rims off the bike they mount and balance for free.

Last full set of pilot power 2ct's i bought were right around 300 mounted.

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I purchase from MCSS and have them ship to a local Ducati dealer to have them mounted on the motorcycle (no wheel removal) at $30 a pop. Calling their service dept and telling them the price on MCSS usually results in them matching the price or coming close (within $15).

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Motorcycle Tires - RevZilla got into the tire business and they don't do anything half-assed. Revzilla beat MC-superstore on my last D616 purchase. Don't forget the Avon Storm ST, I loved 'em on the Bandit.
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post #14 of 22 Old 07-31-2012, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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All good advice, thanks. What's up with these Shinko tires? They are cheap but have all good reviews, sometimes better than the pricier tires. And they are rated for 150-160 mph. I don't ride that fast ever...

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I've used Jake wilson for my PR2's and my 2ct's. I may have used a promo code, or hit a chance sale, I cant remember. I am pretty sure I paid roughly the price of your rear, for a pair shipped...

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Motorcycle superstore Metzler M5's I think ran me about 270 (cant remember)
have them for about 2500 mi and love them.

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Just picked up a set of Michelin PR2's from sportbiketrackgear.com for about $260 delivered. Thread

Paid a local guy (after I removed the wheels) $50 to mount and balance both.

Once we close on our new house and move in I'll get a set up to start changing them myself.

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No one has any feedback or comments on those Shinko's?

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No one has any feedback or comments on those Shinko's?
Never used them, don't personally know anyone that has. I have heard positives and negatives on different online forums. I personally don't trust them enough to run them on my bike. YMMV.

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No one has any feedback or comments on those Shinko's?
I'm running a Shinko Stealth R003RR as my rear (bought the bike with it). No complaints, but as this is my first bike and haven't run it with any other tire I can't really say much about them.

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All good advice, thanks. What's up with these Shinko tires? They are cheap but have all good reviews, sometimes better than the pricier tires. And they are rated for 150-160 mph. I don't ride that fast ever...
I have used Shinko the last two seasons. 006Podiums last season front still on the bike getting cupped about 11k later the rear 006 lasted about 6k running a 009 raven on the rear now it has 3k on it and looks brand new both sets handled well but 009 is better in my opinion have only ridin in the rain once this year as IA is in a drought so not sure how the 009 is in the rain i ride 40 miles one way every day for the money i cant complain and i got mine off ebay mount my self my father in law is a mechanic has the tire machine etc at his shop

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Ended up going with the Shinko's and putting 1,100 miles on them the first weekend I owned them. They are holding up fine so far. Thanks to everyone for their input and advice. Have a nice day!

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