Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
In all honesty, have them do it IMHO.
Let me clarify: I'm a bike mechanic by profession. At my shop, I have access to a bike-lift with a rear-wheel cutout and all the tools I need to do it without even pulling the fender. Having pulled the rear wheel of many vstars of that vintage, including my own '07 1300 belt drive, it's certainly not a terrible job with the right setup.
But... I don't have all that at home. And with my personal VS, I had the local shop do it last time I needed tires. It was worth the $50 to not have to take my bike to the shop and spend the time to do it there. But that may be me: Ever hear the joke about how OB/GYN's have a terrible sex-life? You don't want to come home and deal with what you've been staring in the face all day.
If you truly want to get yourself set up to do your own work, then the investment (your time + money in tools/equipment) may be worth it.
If you're more a 'weekend warrior' (not that there's anything wrong with that) and won't recoup your investment by doing your own work, then it's probably better to spend the extra ~50 to have them do it.
Having said that, I would never consider doing it "on the ground". If a decent bike lift isn't in your plans or fit your space (decent home-use ones cost ~$1,000), then it's totally worth the extra money to have it done for you IMHO.
2007 V-Star 1300