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Most tire suppliers use the same regional tire warehouse supplier and charge what they feel their pocket withstand so having three suppliers on hand in your "favorites" will probably yield the best price. Presently I use http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/ and https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/. There are others but these work very well for me as I have never waited more than 2 business days to be at my back porch door. Last ones came from 100 mi. from me in state. Pay attention for rebates and file them your self as RM screwed me on submitting the rebate on my second tire.
 

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Rocky Mountain Motorsports has great prices and free and fast shipping.

Second that. Two last year for my son's bike and two this month for mine. Great prices. Fast shipping.


They come shrink wrapped. Unwrap them as soon as they arrive. The wrap flattens them and straight out of the wrap the bead will be harder to set.



We did my son's with tire spoons and profane language. This time I bought the Harbor Freight machine with motorcycle attachment. Less than $80. Which is probably about what you'll pay to have ONE mounted in Houston. It's $60. here in the sticks of VA.


PS - just saw your post about spoked wheels. All 4 of ours are spoked. My first time I pinched TWO tubes on the front tire. The bad news is you don't know until the tire is fully mounted on the wheel and you have to take it off. The good news is you do know before you've mounted it on the bike. 0;)


Lots of talcum powder in the tire and around the tube solved that.
 

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777 can definitely be used as a tube tire. Got 3 on our two 600's with one more to change out.

Other more experienced people, please correct me if this is wrong, but I believe any tubeless tire can be used with a tube.
 

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I usually buy mine from J&P Cycles or Bike Bandit. I think J&P actually bought out Bike Bandit now. For my Spirit 1100 I use the Shinko Tourmaster 230. They are usually around $60.00 a piece or so. I mount and balance my own tires also. To me it is a pain but saves money and a lot of the time I can get them balanced out with no weights.
 

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OK I'm just trying to decide on which brand to get now so I an get it ordered.

How much you ride is the determining factor in scope of things. Suggested tire life (date code) is 5 yrs. You want a rear tire to last 15,000 mi. (Pirelli, Metzler, etc.) or one that will last 8,000 (Shinko) which is pretty much the norm on these quality tires available. My comparison is based on VT1100C wear factors as smaller Shadows tend to get better mileage for obvious reasons.
 

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Did a shop once. Sold me a tire with dry rot and a bad tube. Ordered the OEM model and size and did them myself. A few basic tire tool and elbow grease can get it done. Got my tires and tools on amazon. Dawn soap mixed with windex spray is good at spraying the tire with and beading it on. Cost a lot less than the shop, i learned a few things and the old tube now serves as a cooler tube for the river. So bonus! 😄
 

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Last tire I put on was about two years ago I bought it from what is now Rocky mountain. I took the wheel off myself and my honda dealer charged me $39 to mount and balance the new tire and despose of the old one.
 
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