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« on: March 07, 2012, 06:42:03 PM »

Sprint needs new shoes (running on a slow leak to eek out the last miles on the bike) and the track bike needs rubber too.


Thinking PR3's for the Sprint, no idea for the track, likely do those at a track day.

Any thoughts? I used a place that I can't remember right now that was pretty inexpensive and reliable, but can't find any info from the past.

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2012, 07:04:28 PM »

Go into this thread.  Pull out all the various on line vendors listed and pick the cheapest.  Prices change daily so you really need to just blast through a dozen websites on the day you plan to buy.

http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,70191.0.html
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012, 07:20:15 PM »


Go into this thread.  Pull out all the various on line vendors listed and pick the cheapest.  Prices change daily so you really need to just blast through a dozen websites on the day you plan to buy.

http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,70191.0.html


Found this thread after posting.

All were within a few bucks for PR3's.  Ordered on 'clearance' from Bike Bandit, although they charged me $8.95 for shipping, almost making them more expensive...

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 12:56:53 AM »

www.swmototires.com ftw. Reliably excellent service, fast ship times, and always at or ultra close to the best price.

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Found this thread after posting.

All were within a few bucks for PR3's.  Ordered on 'clearance' from Bike Bandit, although they charged me $8.95 for shipping, almost making them more expensive...

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  An AMA membership would get you an additional 10% discount, including sale and clearance prices.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2012, 08:26:33 AM »


www.swmototires.com ftw. Reliably excellent service, fast ship times, and always at or ultra close to the best price.

IMO of course.


You may want to check again.  Since they were sold and changed the website all the prices went through the roof.  I used to buy tons of tires from there and everything was top notch.  Now, they aren't even in the same league price wise.
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  An AMA membership would get you an additional 10% discount, including sale and clearance prices.  Thumbsup


Is it always 10%?  I'm thinking about joining AMA just for this discount since it would most likely pay for itself over a summer's worth of rubber.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2012, 08:47:18 AM »

http://www.derbycycles.com/
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2012, 08:51:03 AM »

In Canada this is the best pricing we have found.  Cheap shipping and quick.

http://www.petes-superbike.com/en/accueil/
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2012, 08:58:47 AM »

I went to SWmototires for years, yeah they've gone downhill since ownership change.

Last couple tires I got from Jake Wilson, maybe not ultimate best price, but free shipping and no tax makes it nice. They're not quite as fast on shipping as I used to get from SWmoto (used to be shockingly fast, like not much more than 24 hours), but fast enough.

Haven't ordered from these guys, but a few locals have and reported good experience... (shipping takes a bit longer...)

http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Categories.bok?category=Motorcycle+Tires

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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2012, 12:03:55 PM »

Used bike bandit.  Best price, but the tacked on $8.95 for shipping, which seemed odd, but still kept them in the lowest range of the 5 or so places I checked.

Thanks for your assistance! CAn't wait for them to arrive and get them spooned on.  I've been jonesing for the riding season to the point it has affected me personally, professionally, and overall, pushed me father along the insanity spectrum than I would have liked. Smile

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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2012, 12:27:57 PM »

Ooo, I forgot Bike Bandit charges a bogus shipping charge.  So much for that idea.
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2012, 12:38:51 PM »

I've bought a few tires from these guys:

http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/index.php
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2012, 03:31:13 PM »

re: swmototires...

Ya it's been a few years now that I think about it. Sorry for the out-of-date recommendation.
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I went to SWmototires for years, yeah they've gone downhill since ownership change.

Last couple tires I got from Jake Wilson, maybe not ultimate best price, but free shipping and no tax makes it nice. They're not quite as fast on shipping as I used to get from SWmoto (used to be shockingly fast, like not much more than 24 hours), but fast enough.

Haven't ordered from these guys, but a few locals have and reported good experience... (shipping takes a bit longer...)

http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Categories.bok?category=Motorcycle+Tires





I've used sportbiketrackgear several times. Order online on the weekend or by phone Monday morning and they're delivered Thursday FedEx to Central Texas. Price is always within a few dollars, if not the lowest and no shipping charges.
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2012, 12:21:50 PM »

 Motorcycle Superstore will match anyones posted price, will not jack you around on shipping and does not PLAY THE BACKORDER GAME!
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2012, 05:59:55 PM »

I got an email saying my order would be delayed...


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We are writing to inform you that due to high demand the item(s) listed below in your order B79TT24 have been delayed from the manufacturer by 1-4 business days. We will ship your order when this item(s) arrives.

The remainder of your order has been processed and will be shipped when the delayed item(s) arrive. If you wish to have the other items in your order split shipped prior to the arrival of this item please contact customer service for a list of available options.

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WTF? And they are still charging me for shipping even though they admit its coming directly from the manufacturer...

I'll follow up, still no tracking.

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« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2012, 06:02:00 PM »

Checked the 'order status' and the front is apparently shipped...but no tracking info?

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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2012, 10:58:26 AM »

No more on-line for me. My local shop, Racer Cafe in St Charles, is the new STT Midwest Tire guy. Michelins at track prices.  They will mount and ballance, off the bike of course, while you wait.

After YEARS of buying on-line, I have decided to support the local guys.  There's not that much difference in price.

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re: swmototires...

Ya it's been a few years now that I think about it. Sorry for the out-of-date recommendation.


I just checked them for a tire for my dirtbike and they were as cheap as anyone. Plus they had free shipping, which the others I checked didn't.
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« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2012, 03:53:13 PM »

last week motorcyclesuperstore.com and jakewilson.com had the best deals on pr2s... i went with jake wilson and had them in 3 days...

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« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2012, 11:18:15 AM »

revzilla.com has a lowest price guarantee, free shipping (over $40) and their site shows that the tires is/isn't in stock.

edit 4/3/12:  Ordered a tire from Revzilla;  got hit with a $5 shipping "surcharge" - It actually says shipping fee $0, Shipping surcharge $5.   Man I hate when they do crap like that!!
But... they also give $5 off your next order for every $100 you spend.
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2012, 05:59:47 PM »

 I say that if you have a local, non dealer shop, you should support them before buying on line.  I would rather pay a few $$ more and support the local places than shop on line.
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 I say that if you have a local, non dealer shop, you should support them before buying on line.  I would rather pay a few $$ more and support the local places than shop on line.


Why?
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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2012, 01:04:26 AM »

It is an extension of what I do when it comes to my RC hobby.  I believe we should, within economic reason, support local buisness.  Let's say I want a new RC plane and the best the local shop can do is $200, but I can get it online (shipped) for $210. I will go with the hobby shop because they will be there when I need parts support or some other type of help. Were the difference say $50, I would talk with the shop and see if they could do any better before I buy the item onlline. I cannot, in good faith, expect them to be as supportive or helpful if I make my bigger purchases online and only go to them for little items like spare parts.  Infact, my local Hobby Shop has a sign with which I truely agree. It states; if you bought it on the web, take it there for repair.

Same goes for motorcycle stuff.  They need to sell things to stay in buisness, but if to many folks buy the bigger ticket items on line and then only go to the local shop for things like actually having the tire mounted it makes it harder for the shop tp stay afloat.

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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2012, 09:38:14 AM »

Well buying online is still  local for somebody.  Those jobs belong to someone.  What do I care if they live in my zip code or not.  Around here "decent" prices for tires seem to be around 20% off MSRP if they are on sale at the dealership.  Online 40% seems like more the norm for the same tire.  

Around here very few dealerships stock even common parts.  There's a 50/50 chance of getting an oil filter when you walk in the dealership.  There are exceptions to that but it seems to be getting more common.  It makes no sense to have the dealership add your items to their once a week or two order when I can click a button and have it at my doorstep in 1-2 days. Most of the time with no shipping and no tax.

Add to that the exorbitant amount they charge to mount a tire and it makes it a no-brainer to buy them online and mount them yourself.
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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2012, 10:19:05 AM »

 Did you miss the part where I said non-dealer?  I am speaking of local independant shops. In my case it is Speedwerks ( speedwerks.com ) in Dover Delaware.  Great shop and they treat you right.
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« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2012, 11:30:19 AM »

They are priced higher than the dealer most of the time. They are cheaper for mounting if you bring the wheels in but if you factor in gas getting the wheel to and from the shop it pays to do your own.
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