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Old 06-05-2013, 07:58 AM
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Buying & Fitting Tyres in Australia

Hiya

This is a question for the Aussie riders...

I have recently got back into the bikes after a 10 year hiatus, and am starting to research new tyres for my 2012 K13. I note that our northern hemisphere brothers appear to shop around for the best price whether on the internet/retail, then take them to their preferred dealer/shop to get them fitted.

Is this practice possible in Australia, or do our motorcycle dealerships take a very dim view of this? I would be interested to hear how others get the best value for money, as my local BMW dealer here in Perth seems to have a limited variety of brands and charge like wounded bulls to boot.

I am currently leaning towards the Michelin PR3's....

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:04 AM
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Re: Buying & Fitting Tyres in Australia

G'Day Peter,
For about the past 3 years I have been buying my tyres on the internet from www.jakewilson.com in the U.S.A. They ship the tyres to my door within one working week, the service is fantastic. Jake Wilson prices have been considerably less than I would have been charged for the same tyres here in Australia. Two things have happened in the past 12 months that has made the price differential a lot less compelling (1) The US postal rates to ship Tyres to Australia has noticeably increased and (2) the A$ is now worth US$0.93 instead of US$1.05+ where it used to be.
The second part of your question asked about the attitude of motorcycle shops to fitting self imported tyres - in short they don't like it for obvious reasons and usually charge about $35.00 per wheel to fit and balance. I've heard stories of some shops charging $55.00 per wheel. I think you will find its probably not worth buying them from overseas on the net anymore but I would look for sell out stock advertised on ebay and Gumtree and any of the suppliers I have listed below. I was surprised by some of the deals available from time to time.
www.bikebiz.com.au/tyredeals
www.balmainmotorcycles.com.au
www.spmotorcycles.com.au
www.pablos.com.au
www.spmotorcycles.com.au
www.teammoto.com.au/tyre-centres.php‎
www.twowheeltyres.com.au
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Re: Buying & Fitting Tyres in Australia

If you're looking for cheap, the range will be limited.
If you're looking for a particular tyre then you have to pay the going rate. Here in Brisbane tyre prices don't vary much from one shop to the next.

I usually buy a tyre based on other riders experiences and i have never had a bad experience with any tyres, other than low mileage, but based on my last limited experience i will now be sticking with the Metzeler Z8 Roadtech.
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Re: Buying & Fitting Tyres in Australia

OEM Metzlers on my 2012 K1300R SE lasted 7500kms, replaced with Dunlop Roadsmart II's, that set lasted just over 13000kms including a 10000+ half loop of the country, the Dunlops were cheaper than the PR3's I was looking at putting on, found them to have great grip in both wet and dry, could possibly have squeezed a few thousand more out of them but they'd squared off badly from all the highway riding so replaced them with another set of Dunlops, $530 a set fitted on bike (and they gave me a new demo Wasserboxer GS to play with for the day). Up here my dealer is pretty good and with the RDC I'd much rather they buggered it up when fitting tyres than me
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In Sydney the price differs massively between dealers. I have a set of metzlers on my 09 K1300S. I have about 10k up on them & they are starting to square off slightly. Track day in August will finish them off. I was quoted anywhere from $900 to $600 to supply & fit. Ended up paying $500 cash & have had the same guys do whatever has needed doing on my bike since. I reckon find a good shop / mechanic that you're happy with then stick with them. Every now & then do a ring around to make sure you're not getting then for granted price wise. The guys I've found have been brilliant, I won't shop anywhere else now
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Re: Buying & Fitting Tyres in Australia

Hey Peter

I know a bunch of guys from a private riders forum in Perth/WA
I will post up a thread on their forum for best tyre deals in your area, and copy/paste their responses up here,
From memory some of them were buying online and fitting in Perth.
Anyway, give it a few days and I will throw something up here

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Hey Peter, he are a few ideas from the WestAussieRiders
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I buy my tyres from Rocky Mountain and they are pretty cheap and the freight is cheap too. Only $70 to get two tyres sent to Aus. Not many companies ship tyres from the US to Aus but I have used this mob twice now and am happy with the price and quick delivery. Here is the web address www.rockymountainatvmc.com

I take the wheel off and take to Motorcycle Masters in Kewdale road Kewdale and they fit the new tyre and dispose of the old tyre for only $25.
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Thanks for the info, I will check into this. Much appreciated!

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