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I have done my due diligence and research on tires because I will need new ones when I pull the old girl out of storage in the spring.

I have a 2004 Sportster 883c and this will be my last year with it. The wife has given me the green light for a new Road Glide, January 2016.

My current tires are dry rotted and worn and I don't think I'll get another 5,000 miles out of them so I need new. My 2 part question is...

Where do you guys buy your tires? (Online, dealer, Indy)

And since I'm only keeping it another year, should I spend less money on a lesser tire or spend more money on a set of Metzeler ME880's? And what would you recommend?

Thanks in advance for any advice given.


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Check with your dealer if you have them do your work. Mine and others in this area charge extra to mount and balance if you don't buy the tire from them. Your indy may not.
 

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Get good tires, you'll still have to use them and if you only get caught in the rain once you'll appreciate the little bit extra spent. I put Metzler tires on my Dyna last winter and was very happy with them this season.

If you want to maximize your savings buy tires online after the Holidays, there will be online sales at sites like motorcycle superstore etc. Get the tires while they are on sale. For max savings swap the tires yourself. You don't need a lot of tools to do this just do some research ahead of time and have patience. It's a rewarding experience and will make a man out of you. If that doesn't appeal to you take your wheels off in the spring and have a shop swap the tires, you'll still come out ahead. I wouldn't even talk to a dealer, in general they are overpriced to the point of shame if you ask me.
 

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Thanks guys. From the little bit I have seen, Rocky Mountain is the cheapest at $217.98 shipped for the front and rear Metzeler ME880's. Motorcycle superstore is $242 for the same deal


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Before you pull the plug, check J&P Cycles, they are running low prices and free shipping until tonight. Also check the ME888, not the 880. Triple 8 is a far better tire.
 

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The 888's are an extra $60 bucks for the pair. Is it really that much of a difference? Remember, I will be selling this bike end of this year / beginning of next year so I will only need 5,000 miles for them this year.


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The 888's are an extra $60 bucks for the pair. Is it really that much of a difference? Remember, I will be selling this bike end of this year / beginning of next year so I will only need 5,000 miles for them this year.


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A quality set of tires may help in resale/trade in of your bike. One less thing some one can nit pic on price. Who knows things could change, have to put off purchase of a 2016.
 

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Before you pull the plug, check J&P Cycles, they are running low prices and free shipping until tonight. Also check the ME888, not the 880. Triple 8 is a far better tire.
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Ditto for Motorcycle Superstore but twenty five bucks is twenty five bucks. As long as the final price to your door stays the same, it's the same tire and you're not riding this winter so who cares if they take an extra day or even a week getting to you so I'd go with Rocky Mountain.

It's amazing how much difference a good set of tires can make over an average pair; a difference that is more than worth the cost when you amortize it over a season of riding. I can't get more than one season per anyway living in San Diego.
 

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Many online retailers and box stores match prices. I took an online price to Iron Pony, which conveniently enough is near me, and they matched the price and gave me a discount on mounting and balancing because I carried the wheels in. Got a pair of Michelin Power Commander II's for a little over $300 out the door. I don't want to steer this thread into another "Which Tire?" thread, but they are nice tires. A big improvement over the dunlops IMO
 

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Thank a lot guys. The bike currently has what I believe to be a stock set of dunlops. So I think anything would be an improvement. I think I'm going to go with the ME880's for price, quality and name.


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I would never skimp on a tire; it's the only thing between you and road. And in the event that something comes up, and you are unable to get the new bike, you are not riding around on a lesser tire. Just my two cents worth.
 

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Got a pair of Michelin Power Commander II's for a little over $300 out the door. I don't want to steer this thread into another "Which Tire?" thread, but they are nice tires. A big improvement over the dunlops IMO
Running a Commander II 200 series tire at 7000 miles. Still tread for another 1000+. Dunlop's were unsafe at 6K. My 2 cents
 

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if you want a good tire at a low price. try SHINKO tires.they last as long as most tires and have a low price.******
 

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Depends. I don't run Metz but for avons motoxoutlet.com has always lowest on them.

For Dunlop elites jakewilson.com was cheapest.
 

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Lord knows I have tried them all, but I keep going back to the Dunlops. I get good ride quality, decent miles/life, good handling and they are in the middle of the road for pricing.

I personally use https://www.americanmototire.com

Shipped to your door for free and their prices have never been beat. I have an indie shop I bring my wheels in and he mounts and balances for $25 each.
 

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Just a thought if you haven't already bought anything yet, I came upon American Motorcycle Tire this summer while replacing the rear tire on my chopper. Not only did they beat every deal I found in an internet search, the tire got to me the day after I ordered it and the shipping was, (as I recall), either way cheap or free! I was impressed.

In my neck of the woods stuff like that is tantamount to the definition of porn, "Shit that never happens to you!"

You might want to check them out.
 
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