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So it's time for a rear tire.
The Yamaha place only uses the Dunlop Qualifier rear tire.
$229 for the tire and $60 for the labor. They're days behind so i'd have to leave my bike there for a few days.

I can probably find another place to put the tire on, any suggestions about what tire to use?

My bike is a daily driver, I never track it, never give it hell.

Also i've heard that you have a "break in" period with a new tire to work all the coating off, is that true?
 

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That's a bit steep for the tire man, You could probably order the tire online, have it shipped to you and get it all done a lot cheaper. I bought my 2CTs online for like 259 total I think. I spent $100 on labor to change both of em out. http://www.hardracing.com/ is where I got my tires. Yes there is a break in coating of silicone that is on the tires. They put that on there so when the tire is made it doesn't stick to it's molding. It takes APPROX (dont quote me) 100-200 miles to get the silicone out of your tires.
 

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Well save yourself some cash and buy your own tire bro...Just tryin to help
 

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www.motoxoutlet.com

they're BY FAR the cheapest i've found, but the shipping time is about 7-10 business days. for me it was going to be $125 TTD. then my local shop wanted to charge $30 for mount/balance IF i brought just the tire/wheel in instead of the entire bike with it still on the axle.
 

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i say "was going to be..." b/c i decide to spend the extra $30 extra on the tire locally at that same shop, and they knock the labor down to $20 for the install. so for a net of $20 more, i'm getting mine today. (one day after popping my rear tire)
 

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Ok, so, there's no other bike tire places around. Looks like they're gonna do it.
call your buddies that ride with you locally. either they know of a better labor rate somewhere, or they can call some other folks that might. also, you might wanna think about taking the old wheel/tire off the swingarm and taking JUST that into the shop. that should save you some $$$.
 

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I would look into a sport touring tire to save some cash. They're still more capable than probably 98% of street riders can utilize, and they last much longer. For most people, buying sport tires is just a poser thing. That, or they just don't know any better and think sport tires are necessary for sporty riding.

As for break in, you don't need to do anything to "break in" a tire. Just go ride it. Be mindful the first few times you corner in each direction, then you're good to go. I give new tires 1 lap on a track or about 1 mile on the street before I am up to pace.
 

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I would look into a sport touring tire to save some cash. They're still more capable than probably 98% of street riders can utilize, and they last much longer. For most people, buying sport tires is just a poser thing. That, or they just don't know any better and think sport tires are necessary for sporty riding.

As for break in, you don't need to do anything to "break in" a tire. Just go ride it. Be mindful the first few times you corner in each direction, then you're good to go. I give new tires 1 lap on a track or about 1 mile on the street before I am up to pace.
Your right about the sport tourer tyres, ive seen some people use them on trackdays in the slow group, no worries.
The michelin road 2 gets used quite abit for this.

Break in, 1 lap on track, or 10 miles on the road, thats because I live in the uk :lmao
 
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