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Jan 6th 2017, 07:04 AM   #1
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Tire Change - Shop Recommendations

I've been dealing and working with the bike shop in Pt. Townsend for more than 35 years. Over the years, when they were a dealer, I bought three new motorcycles from them plus a bunch of other stuff. Last month they closed their doors and suddenly went out of business.

I do all my own repairs but used them to mount and balance tires. They sold tires close to Superstore pricing. Now I need to find a new shop for tire changes. Pavement Tested would be my "Go To Guy" but he is retiring and moving back east.

The link below is a list of shops around Bremerton & CK. Anyone recommend any of these shops?

https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=mot...remerton%2C+WA

Don't think I can justify purchasing a tire changer. I would only need it to change the Buell's tires. Can do the DR with tire irons plus I have a little balancer that works well these wheels.
Jan 6th 2017, 07:56 AM   #2
bcj
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  Jan 2016
  teh rock

  K1200RS SV650
There's Burtons M/C shop in Suquamish that's rather close by.
Might inquire there to feel it out.
I've had good service there for valve shim and chain & sprocket change.
Jan 6th 2017, 10:14 AM   #3
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
I didn't know Sean busted tires when I bought new rubber for my Ape. I went to Burt, who did very nice work. IIRC the bill was around $100 for wheels off the bike with old tires still mounted.
Jan 6th 2017, 12:00 PM   #4
pwh
 
  Sep 2016
  Bellevue

  KTM
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Originally Posted by MMcN49
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Don't think I can justify purchasing a tire changer. I would only need it to change the Buell's tires. Can do the DR with tire irons plus I have a little balancer that works well these wheels.
I do my own tire changes with just spoons/bead breaker combos from Motion Pro and a static balancer. Sounds like you're already setup?
Jan 8th 2017, 05:03 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Thank you for your responses, I appreciate them. P.T. Honda charged $25 to mount and balance tires. At 25 bucks per tire I just let them do it.

In the past I always changed, mounted and balanced my tires but these were on tube type rims, (street & dirt). I've never done a radial tubeless tire.

My concerns were with the Buell's rear tire. The rim has a drive belt sprocket on one side and a rotor on the other. Harley shops should have no problems dealing with this wheel but I have little confidence in the local dealership.

Found this link surfing:



Looks like tubeless tires are very doable. As I already have most of the stuff will give this a go at the next tire change.
Jan 8th 2017, 09:23 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by MMcN49
Thank you for your responses, I appreciate them. P.T. Honda charged $25 to mount and balance tires. At 25 bucks per tire I just let them do it.

In the past I always changed, mounted and balanced my tires but these were on tube type rims, (street & dirt). I've never done a radial tubeless tire.

My concerns were with the Buell's rear tire. The rim has a drive belt sprocket on one side and a rotor on the other. Harley shops should have no problems dealing with this wheel but I have little confidence in the local dealership.

Found this link surfing:



Looks like tubeless tires are very doable. As I already have most of the stuff will give this a go at the next tire change.
Tubeless tires are a ton easier to do than tubed. You don't have to worry about lining up the tube and making sure it doesn't spin. As far as the sprocket and rotor go, just simply remove them if you are concerned. If my neighbor was here for the winter I would just have you bring them this way and I'd use his tire machine and balancer.
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Jan 8th 2017, 01:00 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
For those who havent wanted to go to the local shops and pay over $120 for the service, I've kinda been "the guy" in our little circle in Kitsap for the last 2 years or so but I'm out of town for a while so I can't help right now.

My pricing is $25/wheel off the bike and $80 for a set if you bring me your bike. I have a No-Mar classic and have done primarily sport bike tires but am equipped with irons to do dirt tires. I use a static dalancer and can do single side swing arm wheels as well as conventional wheels.
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Edited by Pavement Tested on Jan 8th 2017 at 01:10 PM
Jan 8th 2017, 01:13 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
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Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
For those who haven't wanted to go to the local shops and pay over $120 for the service, I've kinda been "the guy" in our little circle in Kitsap for the last 2 years or so
Reenlist
Go for Master Chief
Stay in Kitsap or the PNW for a few more years!
Jan 9th 2017, 06:28 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
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Originally Posted by MMcN49
Reenlist
Go for Master Chief
Stay in Kitsap or the PNW for a few more years!
Lol! No can do. I'm spent. Time to move on.
Sep 3rd 2017, 01:05 PM   #10
van
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  Aug 2017
  Camano Island

  Fireblade
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
For those who havent wanted to go to the local shops and pay over $120 for the service, I've kinda been "the guy" in our little circle in Kitsap for the last 2 years or so but I'm out of town for a while so I can't help right now.

My pricing is $25/wheel off the bike and $80 for a set if you bring me your bike. I have a No-Mar classic and have done primarily sport bike tires but am equipped with irons to do dirt tires. I use a static dalancer and can do single side swing arm wheels as well as conventional wheels.
What do you think of the no-mar? I've been eyeing them after talking to a dealer and they said it was $50 dollars with wheels off per tire?
Sep 3rd 2017, 07:58 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
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Originally Posted by van
What do you think of the no-mar? I've been eyeing them after talking to a dealer and they said it was $50 dollars with wheels off per tire?
I absolutely love it. I've done somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 tires in the last 3 years with no issues. I've used one other brand of manual changer and I think the No-Mar is a better unit. Can't remember the name of the other changer but it's no longer made so irrelevant. If you plan on doing tires often or have the space to store it between changes then I recommend it.

I was on their website the other day and saw that they have a bunch of updated options for the Classic model to keep up with changes in styles and sizes of rims etc. Their customer support is great as well.
Sep 4th 2017, 01:30 PM   #12
van
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  Aug 2017
  Camano Island

  Fireblade
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
I absolutely love it. I've done somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 tires in the last 3 years with no issues. I've used one other brand of manual changer and I think the No-Mar is a better unit.
Yeah, right now I would probably just mount to a pallet (temporarily).

But after seeing that companies charge about $50 a tire and they only cost about $600 bucks the thing would be paid off fairly quick. (Especially if I run qualifiers.)

Edited by van on Sep 4th 2017 at 01:41 PM
Sep 4th 2017, 05:32 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  The spunk-soaked wanksock formerly known as Portland

  R1200ST, CB350
You're working much too hard. When I buy a new tire I simply put it in the 3D printer and print a new wheel inside it.
Sep 4th 2017, 08:21 PM   #14
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
What, you don't 3D print the tire at the same time? And the air?
Sep 5th 2017, 03:19 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by DocB
What, you don't 3D print the tire at the same time? And the air?
You have to change material rolls twice during the process, including totally cleaning the dispense jet, which adds to the complexity, ergo potential failure, of the process.

Duh.
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