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One problem with going to a shop to buy tires is whether they have the tire you want. Its really hard for the small shops to carry an assortment of tires. Fortunately the FJR wears what is perhaps the most common streetbike tire sizes.

Can't fault a shop for charging an hour to mount a tire on-bike. An hour is a good estimate as to how much time it takes to do one tire right on a motorcycle. I'd love for manufacturers to figure out how to make motorcycles easier to service. In comparison my Tesla got (4) new tires at Discount Tire in under an hour no matter they used (4) separate floor jacks all at once to lift the car. Apparently that is "A Thing" for some models of cars these days, not to use the in-floor lift.

Speaking of Tesla, I had to order the tires in advance. Would you believe almost no one stocks a 245/45-19? Lacking a spare, I kept the best of the old tires. Don't have a rim but at least I have a tire if something happens. Plenty of places can mount the tire, if only they had a tire to mount.

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Why use a standard if a ďspecialĒ will do ! Just a saying we had at work that got applied to some engineers who were sure they knew better than anyone else.

Anyway, kind of surprised that mr musk would put odd tires on his cars, may Be a weight thing due to the batteries.

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Why use a standard if a ďspecialĒ will do ! Just a saying we had at work that got applied to some engineers who were sure they knew better than anyone else.

Anyway, kind of surprised that mr musk would put odd tires on his cars, may Be a weight thing due to the batteries.
Strangely it is not that odd of a tire. But there are so many different tire sizes that even moderately large tire shops can not stock everything.

Had a Mercedes-Benz ML320 that wore 255/50-19. Easier to get than a GL1800 tire but not stocked at Walmart.

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Wow ! Had no idea,,,, didn’t think a 19 incher was all that common, but a short, stiff sidewall doesn’t surprise me to give better handling as well as handle the weight. What does that Tesla weigh ?

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Wow ! Had no idea,,,, didn’t think a 19 incher was all that common, but a short, stiff sidewall doesn’t surprise me to give better handling as well as handle the weight. What does that Tesla weigh ?
Just under 5.000 pounds.

My Subaru has 18” tires. As does the F-150. But those are not ridiculous 45 series. 60 on Subaru, 65 on F-150.

The optional tires on Tesla was 35 series 21”.

The Model X base tire is 20”.

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Maybe you were getting a really good deal because you bought so many tires from them, but i have never heard of a shop not charging for wheel R&R.
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I’ve never been to a shop that priced it out separately unless someone asked. But I’ve never asked if I could bring a wheel in either. At the shops I’ve used, tire changes are tire changes and most folks bring their bike in whole, and leave in the same manner, albeit with new rubber. I think it’s semantics.

All that said, for $50 a wheel, I’d expect them to do the R&R.

I’ll have about $160 in tools, and I can always fall back to having it done, or forward to a NoMar. I enjoy oil changes, being able to do it without leaving the house or scheduling anything. I think this will be similar for me.

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Iíve never been to a shop that priced it out separately unless someone asked. But Iíve never asked if I could bring a wheel in either. At the shops Iíve used, tire changes are tire changes and most folks bring their bike in whole, and leave in the same manner, albeit with new rubber. I think itís semantics.

All that said, for $50 a wheel, Iíd expect them to do the R&R.

Iíll have about $160 in tools, and I can always fall back to having it done, or forward to a NoMar. I enjoy oil changes, being able to do it without leaving the house or scheduling anything. I think this will be similar for me.
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