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So I had planned on replacing my front and rear OEM Dunlops before heading to Denver in July. But I was up under the back end earlier today and found a 3" long slit in my rear tire. The tread has been thinning and the wear bars are clearly visible but I was trying to squeeze a few more miles out of the tire, until I found the damage. Likely the result of my road home that the county has tore up fixing to put down some new pavement in June.

Since the Dunlop AE is generally well respected around here and other bike forums, figured that's the way I'm going. Called both of the local Indy's at lunch and they both want $370 - $390 for the rear tire mounted and balanced.

Hence the "ouch"....

And of course neither will install a carry in tire so I'm at their mercy (or at the stealership's mercy).


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Good thing you caught that. It really pays to look them tires over regularly for pressure and damage. The American Elites seem to be a good tire, i know i really like mine.

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How about where you are going, or on the way? I think around me its like $550

(edit: Oh Crap gash?..forget my comment..lol)

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I would replace the front tire as well if they are both due. In my experience a worn tire combined with a new one can cause instability when riding the twisties. Also when replacing tires make sure they replace the wheel bearings as well. It's a cheap insurance to avoid the dreaded wheel lock-up...

The Dunlop American Elite is a well handling touring tire. But I have used Metzeler ME888 Marathin Ultra on my SERG. I had them on my Bimmers and they really perform well! The Metzler ME 888tire is a high mileage, high performance tire specifically designed for touring bikes. The ME 888 is a steel radial belt tire constructed with a single ply of steel cords wrapped around a radial tire carcass. This unique design feature gives the Metzler tire exceptional high speed stability. By using the steel belt design in the ME 888 touring bike tire, Metzler gives riders a more durable tire that distributes heat more uniformly. The redesigned tread patterns on the Metzler ME 888 provide better water drainage and increase performance in wet weather riding.

And in the US the company offers a special guarantee:
«If for any reason, other than those limitations and exclusions outlined in this offer, you are not satisfied with your new set of two Metzeler brand motorcycle tires, you can return them for a refund at the original place of purchase within 30 days from the original date of purchase.»
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Good thing you caught that. It really pays to look them tires over regularly for pressure and damage. The American Elites seem to be a good tire, i know i really like mine.
I hope so too. Funny thing, I put around 300 miles on the bike last Saturday and another 50 on my ride into work today. Just happened to look at the tire when I went outside for lunch and saw the slit. Good Lord watching out for me. Still gotta ride 50 miles home though.


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I would replace the front tire as well if they are both due. In my experience a worn tire combined with a new one can cause instability when riding the twisties. Also when replacing tires make sure they replace the wheel bearings as well. It's a cheap insurance to avoid the dreaded wheel lock-up...
I hear you VR and normally that's exactly what I'd do. Replacing both at the same time just isn't in the budget right now. Just dropped over $500 on bars, extended lines etc. last week and also had to do brakes on the truck as well.

I will have the Indy check the wheel bearings though while he is mounting the new tire.

New front will have to wait a month.
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too high for front

the front oem tire is only $130 on web. I called dealer, they quoted $60 labor to mount and balance. I'll pull my front tire off myself.........easy peasy. an Indy here in Tampabay quoted $235 for complete job, including install. I can't see how you can get charged $390 for the front.
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Speaking of cheap insurance, I always change out bearings with every tire change...

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the front oem tire is only $130 on web. I called dealer, they quoted $60 labor to mount and balance. I'll pull my front tire off myself.........easy peasy. an Indy here in Tampabay quoted $235 for complete job, including install. I can't see how you can get charged $390 for the front.

he said the rear tire, which is normally over $300 for just the tire.

wevsspot, you should double check with the indies on that tire. right now, jp cycles has it on sale for $220.50. they may have just quoted you a price based on the regular retail of the tire.

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he said the rear tire, which is normally over $300 for just the tire.

wevsspot, you should double check with the indies on that tire. right now, jp cycles has it on sale for $220.50. they may have just quoted you a price based on the regular retail of the tire.
Both of the Indies I usually do business mentioned that there is a rebate on the Dunlop tires right now, but I have to mail it in and wait. No biggie. Mainly just crying here into my pitty pot

The main problem I have; in my neck of the woods is there are only two Indies that everyone uses.......... and then the Harley dealership. So not much incentive for healthy competition.

But in fairness both D&D and Impact Cycles do good work. I trust them both.


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