Carry my tires....or ship?

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  1. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    So I have looked into geting some tires for my trip, with intentions of changing them before hitting up the Dempster. Question is....for those who have carried your tires,was it a huge pain in the ass? Were you swearing and cursing those damn tires? My ride will be approx 5 to 6 days across Canada, camping along the way.

    One, the heavier rear, should be able to fit right behind me on the pass.seat, the front, well, I havent quite figured that out yet.I don't carry lots of seperate loose bags that have to be bungied on and off ,everything is neatly packed into hard bags.

    The shipping to Dawson City will be around 120/130 bucks. As I must keep my costs down, this seems like alot when I add up the tires....300, the tire change.....100......and shipping, so now I am in for around 500 just for tires.

    I was kinda hoping to hook up with an inmate who is also doing the Dempster or will be in Dawson to get some help changing them myself, I dunno, just thinking out loud here.

    Thoughts,ideas,opinions and comments?
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  2. The Dick

    The Dick CFDVN/BRICK

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    I don't know where you got the $120 from. I have had tires shipped here last summer from A Vicious Cycle in Toronto by Canada Post for around $30.You just wrap clear poly wrap around each tire and mail them taped together or seperate.
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  3. willys

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    Hey buddy ....can I offer a suggestion?
    If you have two tires lieing around at home that you can strap onto your bike for a weekend's fun riding......just to try it out so to speak.....load them on and do a overnight camp and see what you think. That may be enough for you to decide one way or the other...? Plus I would take those tires to the post office and get them weighed and ask how much to Dawson City.....that will give you a better idea of costs. I have a venture one card or whatever it's called for the post office that I think knocks 5% off, but you are welcome to use it if you want.

    I'm still carrying mine, but if it's only $30 I will be shipping them for sure! Hope you got lots of space Dick....lol The other 2 in our group will be doing the same if you accept.:freaky
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  4. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    I left on a 4000 mile trip last summer, (not to Alaska) with a new TKC 80 on the rear. in the first 500 miles it had lost half it's knob height. I panicked and bought a tire to carry along. (Didn't need it, The TKC 80 lasted the 4000 miles.) This is how I carried it.

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    If I had needed a front tire also, it wold have stacked on top of this one. It didn't really get in the way. I could still fill the tour tank, and get into my cooler with it there. That said if shipping is reasonable ship them. Why have more crap to lug around, and load and unload?

    Walter
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  5. theshnizzle

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    I got that price from Petes Superbikes in Montreal. He has great prices on tires and they usually show up the next day. I WILL take a set to the post office and get a quote though. Did you get that price from aviscious cycle because you bought the tires there as well?

    That seems really cheap,30 bucks,

    Heys, Willys....thanks!
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  6. The Dick

    The Dick CFDVN/BRICK

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    Shipping by truck is way expensive. With enough lead time you only need to mail by regular ground parcel post. I don't think that mailing costs was a favour attached to buying the tires. Vicious is the least expensive I have been made aware of and they have taken care of their customers so far. American riders have used them and had the tires mailed to me and it avoids all the customs issues. I generally have a couple of used pairs of TKC80s on hand with at least another trip up the Dempster in them. I have also shipped some used tires up to Eagle Plains for emergencies and bought Stan the axle tool for the 1200GS's.
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  7. friar mike

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    and there will be a small new pile of take offs (TKC's tourance's and the like) coming up this D2D to hand out at Dick's for the unprepared I will have in the back of the bus room allowing of course.
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  8. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    I carried me replacement tires when I did my trip in 2010. Carrying them was fairly easy and wasn't too much of an issue unpacking. My trip was close to 11,000 miles round trip. Having the tires was kind of nice knowing I had a spare with me if needed.
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  9. TSD

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    Hey Shnizzle - Have pondered the same issue ad nauseam. After plowing through endless threads, advice and a few trial runs, I decided to just buy the tires in AK, mount them up and not deal with any more weight hanging off the bike while trying to make good time for the 1st 3,000-4,000 miles... However, I am a bit of a newbie to this adventure riding stuff and figured whatever decision I make, I will regret it at least part of the time.

    Certainly doable, carrying on the back, and gives the flexibility of mounting them when you need them. OTOH, I figured that if I need to run a couple of hundred miles to get the tires, what the hell, that's what I am up there for. Sure don't mind giving the folks up worth a little business at the same time. Everyone I have linked-up with has been immensely helpful and tolerant of my stupid questions...

    I made arrangements with Friar Mike and hope to get over to Wasilla to mount 'em up before heading to Faribanks and the Dalton...

    BTW - got prices for shipping from the Phila area and it was about $60 - a little cheaper than buying in AK, but...
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  10. theshnizzle

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    Hey, TSD, Yep I hear you. I have been stuck on this one detail now for a while. The tires I will be useing for the Dempster I will use all the way home as well. My OEM'S , which suck, should be done when I get there. Thank God.

    Since I am small and will be carrying significant weight already, I hesitate to bring the tires. When my bike has anything in the bags, if I park on an uneven surface or any sort of slope, I have a hard time getting it off the kickstand....I'm short!

    I will be looking into varioous shipping options......
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  11. beamertwin

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    The best way to handle the issue. I have carried tires for great lengths and it is an unrewarding experience. More riders should be so intelligent.
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  12. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I have very few tire choices that will fit my bike...TKC DO NOT fit. Pirelli MT 60, Michelin Distenza,Pirelli Scorpian Trails...and thats pretty much it for a semi-knobbie type tire that will fit my wheels......
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  13. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Sorry, I meant Avon Distenza.....by the way I love Avons, I got 28,000 out of a set of storms on my busa....very happy with Avons....
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  14. TSD

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    A couple of shops seem to stand out in the discussions I have had. Most will order the tires for you and have them there when you arrive. TKC 80s seem the norm for gravel and dirt while Heidenau Tires have been pushed by a number of folks in AK and YT. I am sticking to the tried and true TKC80s for the Dalton and Top of the World. Might even give the Canol a shot. These shops/operations seem to come highly recommended:
    Friar Mike - the Abby - I made arrangements with Mike for my tires.
    Adventure Cycleworks (Fairbanks) - Highly recommended, but need to be headed to Prudhoe Bay
    Dawson
    Downtown Hotel - Dawson CIty - Can order and mount tires for you
    Avoid Whitehorse Honda - apparently overpriced, but give good service.
    Alaska Leather (Anchorage) - Highly recommended (happens to be out of my way)

    Also Trails End in Fairbanks has offered services - didn't get much info either way...

    Price difference to ship didn't seem to be worth my while compared to the prices in AK/YT. Convenience is more the issue. Have gotten comments indicating that carrying the tires is a real PITA or not so bad. Depends on the commenter.



    Hope this helps.
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  15. The Dick

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    OMG, you kids have way too much anxiety time, maybe just get on the bike and fk off and life will be better!

    There is me and Friar Mike in Dawson during critical time for those needing something in Dawson before the Dempster and Alaska and from Alaska Leather and the shops in Alaska when you go that way first, you are way better covered than I could ever be when planning a simple road trip in the lower 48 with all the sharks on a feeding frenzy for fresh meat!

    Shit boys and girls, a couple of simple contacts and you have the best in the world covering your ass, relax and get on the f-in throttle! Oh, wipe the shit eating grin off of your face as often as possible, you might get caught in the midst of an orgasm.
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  16. TSD

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    Same conclusion I came to after weeks of stressing. Order a set of tires, load up the bike and just ride. Figure it out on the way...
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  17. theshnizzle

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    I went to the post office today to get the tires weighed and what a fiasco!! Dude kept trying to lay them flat on the little weigh tray,I was gently suggesting he may want to stand it upright holding it with his finger,but he refused to acknowledge me.

    He went into the back and came out with a piece of cardboard which he then lay flat with the tire on it and tried to balance it that way. He refused to place the tip of his finger on top of the tire because he said the weight of his finger would be there but made no mention of the weight of a piece of cardboard on the scale......hmmmmm

    Then to his horror I picked up the rear and wanted that wieghed as well.....I thought he was going to go .....POSTAL!!!!!!

    Then he lay the big rear down flat,trying to balance it on that little tray....what an idiot.....

    So anyway.....Canada Post from Port Hope On to Dawson City........85.00
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  18. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    I highly recommend riders call Alaska Leather @ 907-562-2324 or The Abby @ 907-376-6919 and tell them what tires you want in what size and then if you buy from them they will have 'em in Dawson waiting for you.

    Good luck, Mark H.
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  19. willys

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    As soon as I get this laundry room finished I'll take mine in to get them weighed too and see....but at $85...I'll carry them!:deal
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  20. Beezer

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    what AKdoc is suggesting is that you can buy tires from an AK vendor. since the suggested vendors are going to D2D, the tires will make it to Dawson by sag wagon for little or no extra $$$.... works good if you are there around D2D
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