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Where to get great deals on tires?

Call me a sheep bey bey! I want some PR3s.

Where do you guys generally get your tires? Online or local?

Can you recommend a one stop shop to purchase and mount? Austin TX metro area preferred. Thanks.
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I mount my own but prior to that would pull wheels myself and take to a local independent shop for mounting. Dealers are usually the most expensive option and often won't do installs on tires you've purchased elsewhere but many will. Call and ask for wheels-on/wheels-off prices etc. CycleGear (if in your area) is another option. Again, prices won't be the lowest and you have to pull wheels but they do have some options for road hazard warranty if you want that sort of thing.

I generally buy online and check jakewilson.com, stores.sportbiketrackgear.com, www.tireexpress.com and a few others. Can always save a buck if I search forever but those three have been reliable regarding stock on hand, shipping right away, and fast delivery time via ground.
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Best price for my last set of PR3 was off Amazon. Free shipping, no tax. I've got a bud who mounts them for me. I use Dynabeads for balancing. Every other set I give the bud a $50 Outback gift card... Which he is very reluctant to accept.

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I get mine from

https://www.americanmototire.com/

They have good prices and selection. I just bought a set of BT023 for $231 that I will mount this weekend.


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I also mount my own tires ,I buy from Dennis kirk you can pay with bill me later. That option gives you 6 months to pay.(no minimum payments or interest) you might have to spend 199.00 so I usually buy 2 tires.
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I've bought all of my tires off of Amazon. Always been the lowest price and fresh stock.
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I usually get my tires from www.jakewilson.com But this last time with the GF's oldest son we were going to go with them again for tires for his GSXR-750 we got a price from them then called Riders Discount they matched the price and gave us a forum discount that made them by far the best price we were able to find. Ordered them at 2:00pm and they were delivered before Noon the next day. Great Price and they are sponsors of our forum..

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PR3 Rear only

I have a rear only that was bought and mounted new earlier this year.
I purchased the bike and wanted to change over to a set of black wheels
that I owned with different tires already mounted.

The PR3 has 362 miles on it and I do plan to sell rather hold it until I wear out
the set currently mounted.

So, if interested send email as it is the best way to reach me.
Will sell shipped to Austin from here in Arizona for $110.00
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I know the OP is in Texas but if anyone is reading this thread from Canada, I've found Pete's super bike in Montreal is the cheapest. They have a flat rate shipping charge of $20 so it is cheapest to buy 2 tires at a time. Michelin Pilot Road 3's were $137 for the front and $167 for the rear.

http://www.petes-superbike.com

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I wouldn't necessarily write off the dealers entirely. All three in my town (excepting the H-D shop, which I understandably didn't check) weren't too far above "regular" online pricing. I ended up ordering from the Triumph dealer. They charged me $20 per wheel to mount and balance, but I'll eat that to not do it myself and to support a brick-and-mortar establishment

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I've used (and been happy with...) http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/ when I'm in AZ, and have discovered I can get pretty much the same prices in Canada at www.canadasmotorcycle.ca .


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If you do not mount yourself I would deffinatly talk to your dealer/local shop. I get all my tires from my local indy shop. He will order them from Parts unlimited and have them the next day. His cost is slightly more than online dealers but no shipping. I bring in my wheels and pick up later that day. He charges 15-20 a wheel if I byy from him. Definatly makes it cheaper than a online shop then getting them mounted.

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I would mount yourself. All that is required are a bead breaker (recommend Stop and Go) and 3 tire spoons. Dyna beads are $2 a tire. The first tire is a pain but after that there is more time and effort involved in taking wheel to shop than swapping tires yourself. There are lots of good how to vids on YouTube.

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Where do you guys generally get your tires? Online or local?
I would say that the most significant issue is whether you will mount them or not.

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I ended up ordering from the Triumph dealer.
Although I have no local dealer I used to travel to a place with several dealers for work. I stopped by the nearby Triumph dealer and bought a front tire for my Versys - I really needed one - and then got home and found out that I got a pretty good deal.

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The first tire is a pain but after that there is more time and effort involved in taking wheel to shop than swapping tires yourself.
I think that changing tires is a pain unless you do it more regularly than I do. If it is once a year or less frequent, then there will always be some amount of frustration when changing tires. Perhaps it is only me and I have not been doing this long enough. I still curse at the process after several times through it.

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Every other set I give the bud a $50 Outback gift card... Which he is very reluctant to accept.
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I would say that the most significant issue is whether you will mount them or not.
I think that changing tires is a pain unless you do it more regularly than I do. If it is once a year or less frequent, then there will always be some amount of frustration when changing tires. Perhaps it is only me and I have not been doing this long enough. I still curse at the process after several times through it....
One of the BEST pieces of advice I ever got regarding changing tires, is to WARM them BOTH (leave them in the sun) prior to starting. This spring (FIRST time I used that advice -) my set of Metzler Tourance tires (SECOND set I have installed) were probably the easiest tires I've EVER installed , while a 'cold' set of ContiMotions I installed a year or so ago were the TOUGHEST!

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I have bought several sets from Chaparral Motorsports and have been happy with the price and shipping time.
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