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Old 10-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just ordered a rear tire from AMT (American Motorcycle Tire). I stuck with the Metzeler because I decided to go with the factory recommendation since I am so pleased with the way my 'Bird handles.

Along with the lowest price I could find for this tire, AMT does not charge shipping. They respond quickly to questions and just based on my one small sampling, they have a good inventory and turn the order around quickly. If you are a Metzeler fan, it turns out they are also a distributor for this brand, meaning that there's a good chance the other dealers buy from them. They also sell pretty much every other brand. I ordered on Sunday and the order shipped on a Tuesday.

Just an FYI in case you are in the market for tires.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought there exclusively for a long time. But lately thier prices went up a good bit and now i always find any tire i look for cheaper elsewhere. Ebay sometimes, chapparel, a few others. But in the last couple years i haven't gotten the lowest price at AMT like i used to. And Yes, i count tax and shipping into the equation.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I bought there exclusively for a long time. But lately thier prices went up a good bit and now i always find any tire i look for cheaper elsewhere. Ebay sometimes, chapparel, a few others. But in the last couple years i haven't gotten the lowest price at AMT like i used to. And Yes, i count tax and shipping into the equation.
I don't buy on eBay - personal preference. That said, Metzeler ME880 200/50 VR17 (exact replacement for factory tire) was $228, delivered. No shipping/tax/etc. Also, I rarely, if ever, go past page 2 on Google. Time is money also.

The closest I found was $227 PLUS shipping, and that was subject to unspecified availability.
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Took me about 3 minutes, and you're right...time IS money ! 3 minutes=$55 saved. granted, that was better than usual. But a good $25-30 savings over AMT is always doable from my recent experiences.

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Old 10-30-2012, 11:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Took me about 3 minutes, and you're right...time IS money ! 3 minutes=$55 saved. granted, that was better than usual. But a good $25-30 savings over AMT is always doable from my recent experiences.
Also, I misquoted the original price. It was $221, NOT $228 - sorry.

Not the correct size or designation (R... should be ZR). I went to the Motorcycle Superstore site directly when I started looking and here's what I got for the correct tire:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...T.ac=SLIsearch

No savings and in fact, a lot ($19) higher. I've bought from MSS before and they do have good prices, but AMT beat them
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Nope. They:
  1. Don't have the size
  2. a similar (close size) is $240
  3. they don't charge shipping but they have a $5 "shipping surcharge", making the tire approximately $25 more expensive than AMT

AMT is still ahead of other sites mentioned in this thread.

Still waiting for a valid contender ...
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Oops, yep, you're right. I can't even find them any cheaper so it looks like they're cheapest again, on the metz at least. I stopped using them because i started seeing them cheaper elsewhere and even on others like the avon they were more. The commander wasn't bad either. $10 more than i paid but that was the absolute cheapest. I'll always hunt tho because prices vary from moment to moment and i usually find something cheap over the course of looking for a few days.
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