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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-11-2009, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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How miles on a set of tires? - touring bike

I'm considering picking up a used Road King. The bike has a little over 9000 miles and the owner says the tires are in very good condition (original tires). The bike is not local so I'm trying to figure out as much as possible before making a trip to look at it. To me that (9000 miles) seem like a lot of miles but perhaps for a touring bike it's not that much? Also, anyone know how much I'd be looking at to have new rubber put on a Road King? (I'd be taking it to a dealership).

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I have stretched touring Dunlops to ~15K.


Would guess replacement cost in the 300-ish Range.



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Yea i was told when I had my HD that 15K is the norm.

Just call a dealership to find out how much they charge to change out tires instead of getting a guess


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Thanks for the info! ...at least it sounds like I wouldn't have to change the tires right after bringing it home. I'll call the dealer if I get a little more serious about this but was just curious as to a ballpark figure.

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I've seen guys on HD touring models who are easy on tires & pay close attention to pressures get 12k - 15k out of rears & closer to 20k from fronts. I think Dunlop D402 & D402F are OEM.

With a more aggressive rider or less than ideal pressures, a rear could very well be shot by 6 to 8k though.

As for cost, I suspect HD dealers would quote you $300 to $400 for 2 new tires mounted with tax. I can vary a bit depending on if the wheels are spoked (need tubes) or cast (tubeless), & whether or not you want white walls.

Last time I checked with Wild Fire in Villa Park, they did free mounting if you bought from them & the tires were just under 3 bones.
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In addition to tread, check the manufacture dates on the tires. If they are very old (more than 5 years), you might keep a good eye on them for signs of failure, delamination, etc. Also, no matter the age of the tire, check carefully for dry rot (cracks that often are in the grooves of the tread), failure to maintain pressure, etc. and replace immediately if you see any troubles.

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Thanks again all..... if I get the bike I will just plan to go ahead and replace the tires soon after regardless (it's an '04 with original tires) so I'll just factor that into my initial out of pocket expense.

edit: I also called a dealer ship (IL HD) today and they quoted me a $378 for tires and labor (but also said there would be a charge for weights but he wasn't sure amount..approx $15).


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If you get serious about buying this bike, check around with the dealers in the area are willing to work on it. Some dealers have gotten selective on how old a bike they are willing to work on. Some dealers will only work on older bikes if they are known to them and the bike has a history of being worked on in their shop. Some dealers won't work on anything that's 10 years old or older. The policy varies from dealer to dealer. The upside is that there are numerous independant shops that specialize in HD's that won't turn you away no matter how old your bike is...and most times things like tires are often had cheaper from them.

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What year is the R/K? I wouldn't try to get another 6000miles out of ten year old tires. I will say the stock HD dunlops are pretty durable tires and pretty good in the rain.
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The bike is an '04 Road King Custom and I did win the auction (hoping to pick it up from down by Indy on Monday) so I guess I need to start growing my beer belly ASAP I spoke with the owner again today and he said the tires looked good which kinda surprise me since my dad, who rides elelectra glide classic, said he only gets 8000 miles on a rear tire. We'll see but I'll probably spring for some new rubber soon regardless of how they look.

The sad part of this deal is that my '05 ZX6R is going to have to go to make room in the garage, so if anyone is interested let me know (bike is super clean and low miles...mostly street but handful of beginner/intermediate track days). I haven't figured out an asking price yet but I will price it fairly to sell...I need to get it back into street plastics first though (it's currently in race glass).

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