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tire deal

Postby OnPapasWing » Sun May 04, 2014 10:16 am



I found a dealer near my work that will sell me a Dunlop E3 rear tire for $100 and $50 install. That price is for them to remove the wheel from the bike. If I bring just the wheel in they will charge me $40 for install. Front tire is $65 plus $50 for install. So for a grand total of $265 they remove both wheels from the bike, and install two new tires. Sounds like a pretty fair price to me vs me removing the wheels and only saving $20 off that price.



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Re: tire deal

Postby seelyark1 » Sun May 04, 2014 5:05 pm

Something sounds fishy. How old are the tires and do they know it is a wing? I'd be looking good if I was you.
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Re: tire deal

Postby Mh434 » Sun May 04, 2014 5:36 pm

Sounds like a smokin' deal . Question - have they ever SEEN a GL1500?? :roll:

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Re: tire deal

Postby cbx4evr » Sun May 04, 2014 7:05 pm

That's a smoking deal for both tires and labour. Is this a Honda dealer??

Ask them about greasing the splines and what type of grease they use. If they aren't using Honda Moly better look for another place. That's one thing you want to be sure gets done when the rear wheel is off.

First rear tire change I needed for my Wing I took it to a dealer who charged me $80 for labour. They greased the splines, checked the brakes and bearings. E3 tire was $250 though.
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Re: tire deal

Postby OnPapasWing » Sun May 04, 2014 8:12 pm

Yeah, I'll be sure to check the date on the tires. They have the subtotal as $532.46 less discount $367.46
New subtotal $165 plus $9.90 tax = 174.90 plus $50 per wheel install labor.
It's a Honda dealer, among other brands.

Tire sizes were 169/80B16 on the rear
130/70-18 front
Bias ply tires
I'll make sure they grease the splines even if there is an extra charge. (Prob the $367 difference) LOL

The only thing I can think is that they were having some sort of promotion going on.

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Re: tire deal

Postby OnPapasWing » Mon May 05, 2014 9:57 am

I called the dealer to set up the appointment and they won't remove the wheels due to the age of the bike. But if I bring the wheels in they will install new tires.
I guess just as well, since I can then get the chance to look at the brakes and properly lube the spline. :?

I asked about the prices and was told they bought a bunch of tires and other maintenance stuff (brake pads, etc.) to help bring the prices down and bring business in the door by passing the savings on to the customers.

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Re: tire deal

Postby Mh434 » Mon May 05, 2014 10:27 am

Hmmm - Honda dealer won't remove the wheels on a '96 because of the age of the bike???? Got to wonder if they decided the deal was a little too good & had second thoughts. After all, '96 was getting close to the end of the run of GL1500's.

It's too bad you're stuck with the extra work. I've only had my GL1500 for a short time, and I'm not looking forward to my first rear tire replacement! Thanks to the excellent instructions on this forum I know I can do it, but...

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Re: tire deal

Postby OnPapasWing » Mon May 05, 2014 11:31 am

Yeah, I don't know what the deal is. I agree with you on the excellent info here. It makes it much easier to do work on the bike and have some level of confidence that the work will be right. Besides, getting right in there and taking things apart gives a person a better understanding of what makes the bike tick. Not totally a bad thing.

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Re: tire deal

Postby Fatwing Chris » Mon May 05, 2014 6:01 pm

Mh434 wrote:Hmmm - Honda dealer won't remove the wheels on a '96 because of the age of the bike???? Got to wonder if they decided the deal was a little too good & had second thoughts. After all, '96 was getting close to the end of the run of GL1500's.

It's too bad you're stuck with the extra work. I've only had my GL1500 for a short time, and I'm not looking forward to my first rear tire replacement! Thanks to the excellent instructions on this forum I know I can do it, but...


10 year rule!
Most shops in the States live by the 10 year rule.I knew there had to be a catch.I had 2 tires installed at a dealer in NC and at $520 that was a deal.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: tire deal

Postby seelyark1 » Mon May 05, 2014 6:44 pm

Follow the directions on the DIY article and there is nothing to it. Just sounds hard, but is really very easy. Good time to check the brakes and lube the shaft. Enjoy it!
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Re: tire deal

Postby nitefuzz » Wed May 07, 2014 1:51 am

I found E-3's through Dennis Kirk, $170 for the rear and $138 for the front. Took my 98 SE to a local dealer who installed and balanced for 68 each tire for labor. Not cheap but not sure I wanted to tackle taking them off and getting them back on right.

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Re: tire deal

Postby OnPapasWing » Wed May 07, 2014 5:41 am

Hmmm, maybe that's a thought. Buy the tires from them and look for another dealer to do the install.
Downside is that I loose out on learning about maintaining my bike, which I so need to do. And secondly, by doing the work myself I'm assured that brakes, spline, etc get some attention.

<sigh> looks like I take a day or two off of work to spend on the bike. Since I've never done this before i know it will take me longer. I don't mind doing the work, it's just finding the time. Seems like the weekends get busy in a hurry.

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Re: tire deal

Postby golden highway » Wed May 07, 2014 6:22 am

There must be some deal they are getting my buddy just had the same tires installed and the deal was about the same.

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Re: tire deal

Postby OnPapasWing » Wed May 07, 2014 7:01 am

Where is your buddy at?

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Re: tire deal

Postby cbx4evr » Wed May 07, 2014 10:40 am

OnPapasWing wrote:Hmmm, maybe that's a thought. Buy the tires from them and look for another dealer to do the install.
Downside is that I loose out on learning about maintaining my bike, which I so need to do. And secondly, by doing the work myself I'm assured that brakes, spline, etc get some attention.

<sigh> looks like I take a day or two off of work to spend on the bike. Since I've never done this before i know it will take me longer. I don't mind doing the work, it's just finding the time. Seems like the weekends get busy in a hurry.



Removing the rear wheel isn't as bad as it looks. My first rear tire change I had done because the price was right. That Honda dealer is no longer selling bikes so the next tire change I decided that I would remove the wheel and change the tire at a friends. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I used the bag removal method versus the tip up. Had a chance to grease everything properly and change the rear pads too. It was actually fun to do.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: tire deal

Postby OnPapasWing » Wed May 07, 2014 11:24 am

I'll let you know if I'm on board with "fun to do" as soon as I get mine done. LOL

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Re: tire deal

Postby golden highway » Wed May 07, 2014 4:35 pm

OnPapasWing wrote:Where is your buddy at?

Southern Indiana but the tires might have been done in Kentucky. I didn't ask where he had bought them from.




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