Panama City Area Riders

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  1. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    Adrenaline Rush....A small shop, mostly of a sport bike affiliation, but some local BMW guys have had tires mounted and valve stems plugged. You can normally just wait and they're on it. Fair prices. It's hard to find a "badged shop" that will do tires these days...unless you buy from them.

    Adrenaline Rush is a "preferred installer" for Motorcycle Superstore.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/A...96295aa5d0!8m2!3d30.175405!4d-85.647186?hl=en
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  3. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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  4. worncog

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  5. AKA HAL

    AKA HAL workin' on the noob thing

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    This is kind of a highjack, feel free to move/ delete, but thought someone else might be using the same search terms as me and find the same thread...

    I think motorcycle superstore is merging with another company and I couldn't find their preferred installers list or link to look myself.

    Background: If I can get the time off work this spring, I plan on taking my R1200GS from my FIL's house in PA to my mom's house in N FL (outside Caryville), where there's about 2 miles of dirt to get to her house. That road can get really bad... I've pulled a lot of cars and even 4WD trucks out of ditches with my grandfather's tractor growing up. My tires will likely be getting pretty bald by then and I was hoping to change out from on-road Tourance to Hidenau's or something similar prior to getting to those roads. I'm not sure if I'm going to be coming from Atlanta or Jacksonville, but wanted to find a shop that I could ship tires to w/i a few hours of there. The only shop I've found so far along either of those routes (in Dothan, AL) that would mount tires will only mount them if the tires are off the bike, and won't let me use their tools to take the tires off (yeah...).

    So... any of you guys know of a shop along either of those routes (probably near either Dothan or Tallahassee) that would either do the whole thing or at least let me use their tools? I could buy the bits and Torx driver I'd need and bring them, but would rather not have to bring my own torque wrench on the trip. Although now that I type that out, maybe that will be the easiest thing to do.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

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  6. worncog

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    Personally I have had tires replaced several times while out on the road with minimal fuss. But, I carry my own tools and always remove my own wheels prior to changing tires. Most shops prefer this as they don't need to dedicate a lift, and they usually have a tire guy to handle this event. Don't you have you basic roads tools? The gs is one of he easier wheel sets to remove.

    One of my bikes requires dropping the final drive to remove the rear wheel, so I don't want some less experienced tech fondling my machine as a learning experience. It's had more modification work done than a modern Hollywood actress. It's not rocket science, but why pay the extra funds when I already know the drill.

    I think what you're looking for just requires a little phone work. For example, I know a small shop in NJ that has done a couple rear tires for me out on long rides, so I know there are others out there that can help you. If you're coming down from PA, you will likely ride Interstate 81, unless you're a sadist and like traffic, then I-95 would be the choice.

    There is a BMW shop in Tallahassee that should be able to help get some new rubber on your rims.

    Are you changing tire choice for the road near the new location?
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  7. AKA HAL

    AKA HAL workin' on the noob thing

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    I've got basic tools, but it makes me nervous putting the wheels back on hand tight, w/o a torque wrench, and the shop I talked to said I couldn't use any of their tools... even their wrench if I had the bits for my bike. That being said, this will be the first long trip I've done w/o my wife and all her stuff too, so I should have a lot more room this time than what I'm used to. Maybe I'll just take my own wrench.

    Right now the plan is to stop in Wrightsville Beach in NC to visit a friend along the way. I'm still trying to figure out if I want to stop in Atlanta too. I didn't realize there was a BMW dealer in Tallahassee. If I come that way, I might just have them do it for me.

    And yeah, I will need more dirt worthy tires to deal w/ the roads around my mom's house. I was trying to figure out a way to get them on a little closer to there, but ATL or Tallahassee would be good.
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  8. worncog

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    Well, I know there are a multitude of tires threads, but I run Mitas E07s and typically get 10k out of a set. I push them hard and even use them in the mountain chasing or dragging my brisk riding friends around. They do great off road as well. I used them for the New Mexico BDR trip and they did very well at reduced pressures. I plan on using for an Alaska trip next year.

    As far as torqueing fasteners, it IS always ideal to use a torque wrench, but I have removed and reinstalled wheels multiple times out on the road and retorqued when arriving home...sometimes 5k miles later. I understand the GS rear wheel is a bit more particular with the torx bolts. I would say that if you at concerned, just bring a torque wrench along(if you are going to reinstall) and torque them. The shop SHOULD torque them if they do the work, but it is always best to ask the tech or service manage if it was done.
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  9. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    There's not a BMW dealer in Tallahassee. There's one in Jacksonville and Pensacola. I've gone with two local rider's to P'Cola within the last six months, one last month, and had tires installed purchased from Motorcycle Superstore. P'Cola charges a little more if you bring tires, but its just the price you pay. They will also price match and install cheaper since they came from them.

    A few have had tires installed or plugged at:
    Adrenaline Rush (Panama City)....A small shop, mostly of a sport bike affiliation, but some local BMW guys have had tires mounted and valve stems plugged. You can normally just wait and they're on it. Fair prices. It's hard to find a "badged shop" that will do tires these days...unless you buy from them.

    Adrenaline Rush is a "preferred installer" for Motorcycle Superstore.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/A...96295aa5d0!8m2!3d30.175405!4d-85.647186?hl=en
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  10. Ogre_fl

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    There is????:dunno
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  11. worncog

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    Well, I stand corrected. Sorry if I misled anyone. I thought there was one over there, but I don't usually ride to shops unless I really need a part. With a piece of carpet, a few tires irons, and a NoMar I don't see the shops very often.
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  12. worncog

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