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My rear tire just took another nail but that's alright cause it was time for a change.
Anyway I just checked out Newbonneville and they don't carry the rear tire for
my 2001 Bonnie. My local mechanic charges $148 for the stock Bridgestone BT 45 130/80-17
is that about right? If it's over priced can you recommend a website? (I live in the US)
I might also change my front tire (Bridgestone BT 45 100/90-19) how much for that?
Does anyone use the Metzler tires what do you think do they
perform any better do they look kool:)? Last question, is there a high quality tube I can use that's not ridiculously expensive instead of the stock tube and where can I can them?

peace & smiles,

-kAj
 

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www.denniskirk.com

pretty reasonable prices - not the best prices on the net, but way better than dealers typically, even by the time shipping and handling has been added. I then take the tyre along to my dealer for fitment. I always buy a new inner tube from the dealer. My particular dealer doesn't care whether I supply the tyre or they do - they still charge me the same to fit it. They do a good job too.
 

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I just bought new tires in November - priced all the popular joints on the 'net and wound up with Motorcycle Super Store, two Metzler LaserTechs for, I think, $202 delivered.
Bought the Metzlers 'cause I got 11k miles from the stock set. The rear has a nicer tread pattern than the original. Mounted them myself - well, along with my over-the-hill buddy Tom.
Oh, by the way, I did not get new tubes. Think the tubes from the factory are Pirelli? Never had a nail or anything so I kept the same ones.
 

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Check out Southwest Moto Tires: $107.95 for your rear tire. However, you need to add freight to the equation. You also have to pay to have it mounted and balanced. I can get that done at a local "metric" bike shop for $22 a tire (the dealer is out of the question - way too much money).

I also recommend Michelin tubes. They hold air better than the OEM tubes (Kenda, I think).
 

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Well, I just did a little price matching, and those three dealers are pretty equivalent. They each win out by a couple of bucks depending on which particular tyre you want, so that's 3 good sources I guess. Always good to have around. I think I'll pop this thread in the info sticky for future reference.
 

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I used to buy tires online for my cage. But last time around two of the four tires were damaged, there were bulges on the sidewalls. The installer said the tires were bad, the online folks said the installer damaged the tires. No one would take responsibility and I ended up buying new tires.

That's just one guy's experience, but if you buy the tires from the installer then you know who to deal with if there is a problem.
 

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Could someone tell me which tube size to get? I found this.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/203/9021/ITEM/Metzeler-Tube.aspx

I decided on the stock.
http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/tpl/t...e=&catId=&productId=p543054&leafCatId=&mmyId=
The sizing info on this page says it will support Bonneville 2002-06. My bike is 2001?
The manual says 130/80 the website says 130/80H don't know if that's a problem.
Look here - all that stuff is explained:
http://www.motorcycleanchor.com/motorcycle/how_to/mc_tires.html
 

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The rear stock size is 130/80-17, so that size inner tube should be right if you buy the same size tire.
 

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Hell I'm glad you told me that! I'm about to splurge on a new pair of tires for the Ninja, and pretty soon for the Bonneville!

Thanks man! :thumbsup:
 

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Any tube that is the correct size should be compatible. It looks like the one you picked is sized for 100/90, among others.
 
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