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Green_Goblin2011-04-06 00:19:44 +0000 #1
Hey guys

I'm fairly new to bikes and was wondering if anyone knew of a good place to get tires mounted on my spoked wheels. I called Bayside and they don't do spokes, and the HD dealership wants $55 per wheel. I have the wheels off the bike and can just bring them down to get them changed.

Also, does anyone know why it's so expensive? Should I just mount the tires myself at my buddies shop and get someone to balance it? $55 per wheel is pretty expensive in my opinion, I can get car wheels done for less than half that.

BTW, the bike is a 72 CB350, so it may not be a sportbike, but this seems like the best local bike forum (and no I'm not building it to be a cafe, everyone is growing facial hair, buying useless leather jackets from the 80s and putting clip-ons and cafe seats on their bikes cause it's apparently the "cool" thing to do. haha)

Thanks guys.
bottomfeeder2011-04-06 00:29:39 +0000 #2
I know Daytona Surrey will mount those for you. I used to work there. Unfortunately, I can't remember how much per wheel. I think spoked wheels cost more because of the added risk of pinching a tube that they would have to pay for. It is also more fiddling around in general with a spoked wheel.

good luck

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Coastmaster2011-04-06 00:53:50 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Green_Goblin

Hey guys

I'm fairly new to bikes and was wondering if anyone knew of a good place to get tires mounted on my spoked wheels. I called Bayside and they don't do spokes, and the HD dealership wants $55 per wheel. I have the wheels off the bike and can just bring them down to get them changed.

You could always buy a set of tire irons and do it yourself. It really isn't that difficult.
gxr jo2011-04-06 01:40:39 +0000 #4
its not that difficult if you have done it before

u will sweat your bag off first time

find someone with previous experience
Green_Goblin2011-04-06 01:38:29 +0000 #5
Sounds good guys, thanks for the info. I'll take it by my buddies shop and use his tire irons. I've changed tires on bmx's and cars so that's why I wasn't sure why the dealership wanted so much money. I guess I should know from cars that dealerships make their money from small stuff.

Thanks again.
Pee Wee2011-04-06 01:34:35 +0000 #6
Depends on what your wheels need. Spokes need to be tensioned, wheels need to be trued, you need tubes and rim bands as well. Not as simple as on and off like a mag wheel. Even a retard like me can (and does) do those in 15 minutes.

We charge 1/2 per wheel, especially if it's a MX wheel with rim locks. Pain in the fucking ass for sure. That's doing it by hand with spoons. Wheel machines tend to fuck things up a bit, pinching tubes sucks ($29 a pop of HD ones).

Try doing a wheel on the floor of your garage.....20 min of swearing, banging knuckles and bending brake rotor's, you'll be happy to pay someone $100 to have it done right.
Mechannibalism2011-04-06 02:51:32 +0000 #7
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Try doing a wheel on the floor of your garage.....20 min of swearing, banging knuckles and bending brake rotor's, you'll be happy to pay someone $100 to have it done right.

Ya and use some chinese tire irons from Canadian Tire
the newf2011-04-06 01:35:34 +0000 #8
motorcycleworld in Surrey is y the hour for spokes as well. depending on rim locks, etc. usually end up at $30-$35 a rim.

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