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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Need new tires before new season begins

2012 America as near as I can tell it's got the original tires.
There's a bit of checking between the treads, I would feel more secure with new tires.

What do people usually do?
Order from a place like Bikebandit and then get them installed somewhere?

What's a good place to have them replaced?
I'm in the Seattle area, east side so Bellevue, Issaquah would be most convenient.

While we are at it, what's a great street / road tire set for the 2012 America?

I've never replaced tires on any of my bikes, always sold them off before needing to replace them so this is brand new territory for me.
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I drive by I-90 Motorsports in Issaquah all them time, anyone have anything to say about them?
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Just put a new set of Michelin Road Commander II's on a '07 America and they were absolutely silky smooth and nice n sticky. Not a "value" tread but I can't imagine I'd ever go back after experiencing the upgrade. My .02c
Good luck in your choice. Mike
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I've had tires replaced. Local dealer tire prices are higher than buying on line. Bigger choice buying on line. Going local helps your dealer.
My local dealer says they will discount the cost of mount & balance of tires they sell(but somehow forget that when ringing up the charges) compared to bringing in tires purchased elsewhere for mounting. Whether on the motorcycle or if you carry the wheels in.
Buying on line and having an independent motorcycle shop mount & balance the tires works as well.
I will likely do the internet purchase and independent shop again.
I'm still happy with my Michelin Commander II tires. Several tire threads if you search for them.

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Thanks guys, I have seen those tires and they look good to me.
Now to see about getting a pair installed.
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Michelin Commanders for me too. Great tires and no problems even in heavy rain. Avon Cobra Chrome will be my next tires, just needs to raise the front fender a bit. Chromes have had better reviews than their predecessors Avon Cobras AV71/72 in the Rocket forum.

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I'll be different and say Avons. I needed new tires a few years ago, and the local place that does tires recommended them. I liked them so much, I put them on my other bike.
I bought a Thunderbird Sport last month, and the seller had just put new Avons on before selling. The bike handles great with them.

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I-90 Motorsports wants about $500 to put a pair of the Michelins on my bike.
Think I can do better?
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I-90 Motorsports wants about $500 to put a pair of the Michelins on my bike.
Think I can do better?
If you have the ability, if you take the wheels off and take them into the dealer, they probably won't charge you a mount/dismount fee for them having to take the wheels on and off the motorcycle. Saves them time and you some money. At least that's how Empire Cycle works in Spokane.

We bought a pair of Commander II's for my wifes 2010 speedmaster back in February and they were around the $350ish mark if I remember correctly. See if the dealer will price match tires from revzilla or bikebandit. That's what we did, because naturally you pay more at the dealer.

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I ordered from BikeBandit. About $280 shipped for the Commander II's.
There's a local guy here a mile from my home who does this work, he doesn't stock any tires but he provides the service and he will do a maintenance check at the same time, lube the chain and properly tighten it and that sort of stuff.
He was recommended by a friend who says this guys is the only one he lets touch his bike.
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