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I have a 2013 NC700X. Need to get a new set of tires. Anyone have any suggestions. I'm willing to spend the money on a good set I appreciate the help... Thanks Joe
 

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Depends on how you ride. For cruising and little dirt or gravel, I just put on a set of Michelin Road 5 tires that seem to be well liked.

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The Michelin Pilot Road 4 were awesome street tires that I found handled fire roads fine. Very, very good on wet pavement.

The Road 5 is the successor and it has gotten great reviews (those will likely be my next set). I’m trying Pirelli Scorpion Trails right now as I’ve been doing more “non-asphalt” riding. I hesitate to say “off road” because I’m on quite groomed but unpaved gravel and dirt roads.


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I have a set of PR5's I'd part with. They were on my bike when I bought it and looked brand new, I put about 2k miles on them and took them off to swap to performance tires for track use. I'd say they've got no more than 3k miles on them, plenty life left. People reporting these tires lasting 8-10k miles easily.

I have a box sized for 2 tires from when I bought my Dunlop Q3+ tires online, so I can ship them, but I'm afraid USPS cost would be upwards of $40ish, maybe $50. I'd let em go for $150 + whatever shipping ends up being. So close to $190-200 shipped for both, 120/70 and 160/60. They were balanced perfectly and no plugs or patches.

Brand new on Dennis Kirk they are $335 shipped for the set, and $326 shipped on Sportbike Track Gear's website, but they are offering a $50 Michelin rebate if 2 Michelin tires are purchased through STG's site.

Anyways, let me know if you'd be interested, they are just sitting in the shop collecting dust. I probably won't ever need them again.


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Checked quote on USPS shipped to Mesa, AZ and it was $54.....UPS was $88! Highway robbery.

Probably better off buying a set from STG at $326 with the $50 rebate. That's a pretty solid deal.

When I bought my Dunlop Q3+'s, they were running a $40 rebate, only took a few weeks for the prepaid $40 card to come in the mail.
 

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Checked quote on USPS shipped to Mesa, AZ and it was $54.....UPS was $88! Highway robbery.

Probably better off buying a set from STG at $326 with the $50 rebate. That's a pretty solid deal.

When I bought my Dunlop Q3+'s, they were running a $40 rebate, only took a few weeks for the prepaid $40 card to come in the mail.

Did you try getting a quote for just the tires without a box. The shipping label can go directly onto it. Might save a few $$$


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I have a 2013 NC700X. Need to get a new set of tires. Anyone have any suggestions. I'm willing to spend the money on a good set I appreciate the help... Thanks Joe

To help in getting tire recommendations suitable for you, how and where do you ride? Is it all street or is there some dirt. Is it hard cornering on mountain roads or straight road stop and go city commutes. Is it rainy or always dry? Is tire life important, or is ultimate cornering traction important?

You might say you're willing to spend the money for a good tire, but if you don't push the limits of a tire, you may actually get one more suitable for your riding style for less money than some super high performance tire that you'll never benefit from.
 

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Did you try getting a quote for just the tires without a box. The shipping label can go directly onto it. Might save a few $$$


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Heard they stopped taking tires not inside some sort of packaging. Easiest thing to do is wrap them together with shrink wrap and slap a single label on it, but I'm not sure they let that fly anymore. Plus it would be near same dimensions, as they still charge by overall length width and height. I'm not sure how USPS calculates it, but I know UPS calculates girth = 1 x longest side + 2 x width + 2 x height.

Oh well, probably not good enough of a deal to ship anyways. If I was to sell cheap enough including shipping to make it a good deal, I'd be virtually giving them away.
 

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Heard they stopped taking tires not inside some sort of packaging. Easiest thing to do is wrap them together with shrink wrap and slap a single label on it, but I'm not sure they let that fly anymore. Plus it would be near same dimensions, as they still charge by overall length width and height. I'm not sure how USPS calculates it, but I know UPS calculates girth = 1 x longest side + 2 x width + 2 x height.

Oh well, probably not good enough of a deal to ship anyways. If I was to sell cheap enough including shipping to make it a good deal, I'd be virtually giving them away.

I can't remember the last time I got a tire in a box; tires always come bare lately, even car tires.

Obviously commercial tire vendors get way,way better rates than you'd get walking in to a shipping center trying to ship a tire. I could order a $66 front tire like I use on my NC from AMT right now, Wednesday evening, and probably have it Friday morning on my doorstep with free shipping. They can make a profit selling the tire, plus pay for the shipping, and it's only $66. The shipping must be cheap for them.
 
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I have used the PR4 and stock. I have just put on a Road 5. I ride on the road and with a fair amount of rain so that is why I lean this way. I think if you are are going to do more off road you may appreciate a tire with a bit of that flavour in it.

Regarding freight it is all about volume. I work in distribution so the discounts that can be negotiated are significant.
 

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I can't remember the last time I got a tire in a box; tires always come bare lately, even car tires.

Obviously commercial tire vendors get way,way better rates than you'd get walking in to a shipping center trying to ship a tire. I could order a $66 front tire like I use on my NC from AMT right now, Wednesday evening, and probably have it Friday morning on my doorstep with free shipping. They can make a profit selling the tire, plus pay for the shipping, and it's only $66. The shipping must be cheap for them.

I just did a brief search on tire shipping policies on USPS, UPS, and Fedex and don't see anything wrong with shipping bare tires. Not sure where I heard that at before. Seems like it was somebody I knew that got rejected at the post office trying to ship bare tires, but there's no telling. Looks like you can with all 3 carriers though.

I've worked in Shipping for 12 years for my employer (Siemens Energy) and seen it all regarding discounts. First with Fedex, then we switched to UPS (corporate decision - world wide). We get killer discounts, it's insane, almost infuriating compared to what regular people have to pay. A lot of our parts have to be overnighted to power plants and are generally heavy/bulky/oddly shaped. I see rates sometimes up around $400-600 for if it were you or me shipping it, then it says negotiated total down to like $75-150. A box like I have for those 2 Michelin tires could probably be overnighted via UPS to Mesa AZ for a measly $35, Ground probably $10. Crazy really.

Funny story since we're here. We get killer discount treatment, but what we don't get is any slack when it comes to oversized packages. Not just packages that meet large package criteria, packages that exceed the girth measurement of 165" per UPS, which means they are packages too big for them to carry, but they pick them up anyways. We (used to) ship a lot of very large gaskets in flat boxes measuring around 79"x49"x3-4". Well even though the drivers still pick them up, our accounting department didn't catch all the oversize fees racking up. They used to not charge one, then started a couple years ago. $800 per package for an oversize fee, on top of regular shipping charges, so around $1,000 to ship a large set of gaskets overnight to a power plant in the US. We racked up over $40k of oversized fees in 2018....so we had to totally change our process to avoid those charges. What a mess it was.

I feel like it's kind of crazy to charge the general public so much to ship normal size packages and let companies ship for pennies on the dollar compared to normal rates. I'd sure ship a whole lot more stuff if shipping wasn't so high. So since it is, I ship very few items. You'd think they could lower the price to the general public a little and increase volume. But thanks to the Unions and the Federal Government (USPS), we pay high shipping costs. USPS rates are cheaper than UPS and Fedex, but are still somewhat high if you are shipping anything above the size of a shoe box. And to think that USPS is the largest government subsidized operation makes me even madder. They let all the USPS employees make good money and pay for great retirement, show a huge loss virtually every year, but keeps on trucking and will do the same thing next year. Brief research will bring up articles about how the government does not subsidize the USPS (conveniently on their website), but a study of their financial losses over the years that keeps getting covered by the federal government makes it clear what's happening. First heard about that from my accounting teacher a few years ago. I thought "there's no way USPS doesn't turn a profit"....but I was wrong.

Sorry, I like to chase rabbits when I get to typing. LOL
 
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