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I cannot believe how different getting tires changed for a bike is compared to a car. I live, basically, in Missouri City and ride a stock 07 1200 Custom. I'm the 2nd owner and the bike has 4900 miles on it. Neither factory tire is worn out, but they are about 5 years old and the front tire is showing a few small cracks in the sidewall. I have pretty much decided that the Kenda Kruz is the best bang for the buck considering where/how I ride.

A Honda shop not too far from me is listed as a Kenda dealer, so I drop in to get a rough price yesterday. They shoot me a fair price but won't work on Harleys because they also own two Harley dealerships (their Harley shops won't work on 'sport bikes' either). If I remove the rims and bring them in it's $23 each to mount and balance. One has to wonder if they work on the used Harleys they sell there.

For grins I stop by my local Harley dealership. They are running a special, if I purchase the OEM Dunlop tires I can be out the door for $335 (about $30 more than the Honda place but they do all the work) if I make an appointment. If I purchase a non OEM tire from the parts department, they will still do the work but charge me for 2.5 hours labor at $95 per hour. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!? At that labor cost I could buy all the tools to change them myself. On the other hand we did get a couple free bags of popcorn for walking in the door.

I've never taken the wheels off a bike, I'm sure I can do it ... but I don't have to do that when I get tires on either of my cars. Also I don't have a jack for the bike and money is a little tight. So can anyone in the Houston area direct me to a dealer or independent in the Houston area that can manage to put new tires on my bike without making me feel violated?
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I don't live in Texas but a google search came up with these.
I hope they help

http://www.tejasmotorsports.com/

http://local.yahoo.com/info-19150615...tires-pasadena

http://www.motorcycles-unlimited.com/

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I appreciate the effort Khaskins. All those places are quite a ways from me (North side and East side of Houston basically).

Kind of interesting how Discount Motorcycles in Pasadena has great reviews from 2008 and crappy reviews from 2011. I think I'll avoid that place.
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I appreciate the effort Khaskins. All those places are quite a ways from me (North side and East side of Houston basically).

Kind of interesting how Discount Motorcycles in Pasadena has great reviews from 2008 and crappy reviews from 2011. I think I'll avoid that place.
yea guynn ive heard of that place as well. i have a buddy who lives in clear lake area and takes his there . he has had good things to say about that place ....might be worth the trip. im on the north side of houston ....so i havent gone there, so personally i dont know from experience ...just hear say...
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Might be worth a call then at least. I grew up in Pasadena and still have some family there.
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You may want to try Iron Mike in Bacliff.

I've had good luck with him on things I don't have the tools or time for.

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Harbor Freight Jack - $59
3 tire irons - $40
Bead breaker - $50
Dynabeads - $10
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Seriously though...think about doing it yourself. It's not all that bad. If nothing else, invest in a jack so you can pull the wheels and let someone else do the mounting and balancing. The jack will come in handy for many other tasks.


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I cannot believe how different getting tires changed for a bike is compared to a car. I live, basically, in Missouri City and ride a stock 07 1200 Custom. I'm the 2nd owner and the bike has 4900 miles on it. Neither factory tire is worn out, but they are about 5 years old and the front tire is showing a few small cracks in the sidewall. I have pretty much decided that the Kenda Kruz is the best bang for the buck considering where/how I ride.

A Honda shop not too far from me is listed as a Kenda dealer, so I drop in to get a rough price yesterday. They shoot me a fair price but won't work on Harleys because they also own two Harley dealerships (their Harley shops won't work on 'sport bikes' either). If I remove the rims and bring them in it's $23 each to mount and balance. One has to wonder if they work on the used Harleys they sell there.

For grins I stop by my local Harley dealership. They are running a special, if I purchase the OEM Dunlop tires I can be out the door for $335 (about $30 more than the Honda place but they do all the work) if I make an appointment. If I purchase a non OEM tire from the parts department, they will still do the work but charge me for 2.5 hours labor at $95 per hour. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!? At that labor cost I could buy all the tools to change them myself. On the other hand we did get a couple free bags of popcorn for walking in the door.

I've never taken the wheels off a bike, I'm sure I can do it ... but I don't have to do that when I get tires on either of my cars. Also I don't have a jack for the bike and money is a little tight. So can anyone in the Houston area direct me to a dealer or independent in the Houston area that can manage to put new tires on my bike without making me feel violated?
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Bitspitter,

I'm just about to talk myself into trying it myself. I do need a jack regardless.
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Good for you. Check on YouTube. There are a few videos out there that are great learning tools. Here's the one that convinced me.


And you don't need those fancy rim protectors that he uses. I used the cut out sides from a Tropicana plastic juice jug. Worked great!

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