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post #16 of 22 Old 01-28-2002, 12:24 PM
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Mark, I've seen so many rim's scratched it's not even funny.

I make it clear from the start "Careful with the rim's". I tell them

I'll pay more for the extra time it take's to be careful. Accident's

happen, but careless work won't cut it.

Richard, If your dealer's cost is more than that he should have

a talk with his supplier, or get online. You know what I mean?

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Just out of couriosity what is fair for 2 tires on the bike and balance??????? Thanxxx Guys

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Rich- fair is anywhere from $10-20 per wheel. Some may charge a little more but don't let them rape you and charge like $30 or more per wheel. I always stick around and watch when they mount the tires too. You can tell when someone doesn't what they're doing. Better to find out in the shop than on the road at triple digit speeds.

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There is no need to "scuff in" new tires! The only thing that makes new tires slick is the "wax stuff", called cosmolene, that is put on them at the factory to protect them durring shipping/storage. The way to remove the cosmolene is to put the tire thru a couple of good heat cycles. When the tires reach operating temp, the cosmolene becomes soft and eventually "falls" off of the tire. Dealers will recommend puting 100 miles on new tires before you start getting aggresive in turns. However, at the track, a good hot lap or two, ie fast in the straights and carfull in the corners, is enough to remove all the cosmolene, then you are good to go.

"Scuffing tires in" also removes the cosmolene, but ultimately heat is what gets all of it off, hence people using a torch!

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IMHO - The Harley shops seem to be more careful with cosmetics than other shops. I've never noticed scratches, finger prints, oil, etc. on my bike when I get it back from them. I wish I could get them to install tires on the 12. Honda shop put both front and rear tires on the CBX and gouged both rims in several places. This bike was 20 years old and did not have a single scratch on the rims until then. They said, "Sorry 'bout that... Two tires and labor... It'll be $300."


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I normally get the bike onto some stands so that I can spin the tyres. Spinning the tyre by hand and using a file, I take off the outer protective coating on the edge of the tyre for about one inch,that way, if I have to swerve in an emergency and have to crank the bike right over, I have something to grip with!! The rest of the tyre I leave alone and let the road do it's work!

I do believe in "running in" my tyres as they last a lot longer, that is if you can wait for a few hundred miles.

Don't go thinking I'm some sort of "Granny" who has a spirit level on the handlebars and keeps the "Bubble" in the middle!! LOL I'm not! LOL

Anyway, just my twopence worth.




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post #22 of 22 Old 01-29-2002, 01:44 PM
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I just got a new tire this fall. If you have a rear wheel stand, just lift the rear wheel, turn on the choke, put the bike in 3rd gear with the choke on, and while the wheel is spinning off the ground, just run sandpaper across it, lightly. worked perfect for me.


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