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Pulled the trigger on new tires

I went to the stealer Saterday and ordered a set of Metzelers WHITE WALLS👍 For the scoot. I had sticker shock when he told me the price. I guess he notice that cause he told me they would service the driveshaft free of charge, so I think Iím happy😳. The tires will be in some time this week, but the scoots gonna be laid up for about a week at the stealers, so Iím gonna ride her as much as I can before she goes in.
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Staying on top of tire condition is a great idea.

I had those tires on my C50C.

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The tires need to be broken in gently the first 100 miles. Be careful as they have slippery release agents on them to free them from the mold
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I didnít know that, thanks for the info Iíll be extra careful on the way home from the stealer. About how many miles can I expect to get out of these tires. I donít hotrod it, and most my driving is on country highways between 55-60 mph, and I ride solo. Again thanks for the info about new tires being slippery for the first 100 miles, thats really good to know.
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New tires slick, so true. My son found out the hard (painful) way. Be very careful first 100 miles.

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First off, please quit calling them a "stealer". They are a business owner, trying to survive in a world of click and collect shopping, where specialty retail is being killed by the internet. Yes, their prices are higher - because they have to pay things like taxes and wages and health care and rent. Without their existence, you'd be on your own to mount and balance your own tires, fix your broken stuff and the myriad of other services they provide when You Tube can no longer deliver a solution. So try treating them with a little respect..

The tires will last as long as they last. There is no mileage warranty, but the Metzlers tend to go well beyond 10k miles.
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first off, please quit calling them a "stealer". They are a business owner, trying to survive in a world of click and collect shopping, where specialty retail is being killed by the internet. Yes, their prices are higher - because they have to pay things like taxes and wages and health care and rent. Without their existence, you'd be on your own to mount and balance your own tires, fix your broken stuff and the myriad of other services they provide when you tube can no longer deliver a solution. So try treating them with a little respect..

The tires will last as long as they last. There is no mileage warranty, but the metzlers tend to go well beyond 10k miles.
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Sometimes the word "stealership" applies! I just had a rear tire installed on my Street Glide. I called 4 different "indys" in my area and they quoted me a price within $10 of each other. This was to ride the bike in, purchase the tire, have them remove the rear wheel, mount and balance the new tire, and then reinstall the rear wheel (not an easy job on a Harley bagger, btw). Every "indy" was between $292-$300 for the whole thing. They also have rent to pay, employees to take care of, etc.

I then called the Harley Davidson dealer in my hometown, and they quoted me a price of $425, and that was with 30% off on a tire sale they had running at the time! They wanted MORE for just the tire than the "indys" were going to charge me for the whole thing. And they acted like they were giving me a great deal with that price. When you can get the very same service done for $125 LESS at lots of other places, than you can at a Harley dealer.....then to me<--------THAT is the epitome of a "stealership".

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Sometimes the word "stealership" applies! I just had a rear tire installed on my Street Glide. I called 4 different "indys" and they were all within $10 of each other. This was to ride the bike in, purchase the tire, have them remove the rear wheel, mount and balance the new tire, and then reinstall the rear wheel (not an easy job on a Harley bagger, btw). Every "indy" was between $292-$300 for the whole thing. I called the Harley Davidson dealer in my hometown, and they quoted me a price of $425, and that was with 30% off on a tire sale they had running at the time! They wanted MORE for just the tire than the "indys" charged me for the whole thing. And they acted like they were giving me a great deal with that price. <--------THAT is the epitome of a "stealership".
Harley dealership just might have higher; rent/franchise fees/wages/benefits/insurance costs than your local independent.
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Sometimes the word "stealership" applies! I just had a rear tire installed on my Street Glide. I called 4 different "indys" in my area and they quoted me a price within $10 of each other. This was to ride the bike in, purchase the tire, have them remove the rear wheel, mount and balance the new tire, and then reinstall the rear wheel (not an easy job on a Harley bagger, btw). Every "indy" was between $292-$300 for the whole thing. They also have rent to pay, employees to take care of, etc.

I then called the Harley Davidson dealer in my hometown, and they quoted me a price of $425, and that was with 30% off on a tire sale they had running at the time! They wanted MORE for just the tire than the "indys" were going to charge me for the whole thing. And they acted like they were giving me a great deal with that price. When you can get the very same service done for $125 LESS at lots of other places, than you can at a Harley dealer.....then to me<--------THAT is the epitome of a "stealership".
Harley sells lifestyles. You can't have expensive show rooms, free Starbucks coffee and bikini washes every Saturday on Tshirt sales alone. Besides, Harley sells special Harley branded tires that automatically up the price 50%, but it does make your hair look thicker. It's all part of the marketing campaign behind the brand.
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