Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
Considering where I live the cost to change front and rear tires at a local shop is just over 600 dollars, it comes out to 250 dollars after I remove the cost of the tires.
I have changed a total of four sets of motorcycle tires with the No-mar manual tire changer not including the rear tire on this Yamaha Star Venture, so that is 250 x 4 = 1,000 dollars add in the cost of the rear tire on this Star Venture and figure a minimum of 150 due to removing the saddle bags and mufflers and I am up to 1,150 dollars and that would be half the cost of the powered machine so it would not take me long to make it pay for itself.
That does not include my truck when I bought new rims and tires for it after I bought the truck. I did those on the No-Mar as well. So the No-mar paid for itself in 3 1/2 years for me as it cost me about 1,150 dollars. I have no problem with the cost of a powered tire changer, it is for my own benefit.
You still need to add in the cost of labor as your time is still valuable and has to be counted.
The problem where I live is trying to get a shop to change the tires on the rims alone is they want you to leave the tires and they will get to it when they can so three days later you might get your tires back and here they charge 50 dollars per wheel/tire so it is going to cost 100 dollars, I use counteract balance beads so balancing is a non issue. Some shops just refuse to do it giving you a 1001 excuses as to why they don't want to do it.
We know why they don't want to do it is because they either want the entire job or they feel they are punishing you by making you run around town until you can find someone who will change the tires.
So for me I save 250 up front by doing the work myself, then I save 100 from not having to pay a shop to mount the tires on the rims so that is 350 dollars up front per set of tires. Just 7 tire changes on the motorcycle would pay for itself but add in my truck and my wife's car and it would likely pay for itself in about 4 to 4 1/2 years time for me.
Last edited by American; 06-24-2018 at 07:47 PM.