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Got to say something good about this Dealership in El Campo, Texas--saw on the internet that they have a Goldwing specialist that had been servicing Wings since 1986--had good prices on tires too--so rode 103 miles, live North of Houston, this morning for a new set of Stones--while there told him I was gonna change the air filter when I get a chance--got 19000 miles on it--said I had heard all the stories about it being a 2 or 3 hour job--he laughed and said they could do it in under an hour and would charge 45.00---took him around 40 minutes---total bill for tires, filter, labor, and taxes was 608.00--my 1st set of Stones--always been a Dunlop man, even with HD`s--ride home has made me a believer----check this Dealer out--good folks--El Campo Cycle Center
 

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Real good deal for the filter but I am not so sure about the tires, even including labor.
 

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Got to say something good about this Dealership in El Campo, Texas--saw on the internet that they have a Goldwing specialist that had been servicing Wings since 1986--had good prices on tires too--so rode 103 miles, live North of Houston, this morning for a new set of Stones--while there told him I was gonna change the air filter when I get a chance--got 19000 miles on it--said I had heard all the stories about it being a 2 or 3 hour job--he laughed and said they could do it in under an hour and would charge 45.00---took him around 40 minutes---total bill for tires, filter, labor, and taxes was 608.00--my 1st set of Stones--always been a Dunlop man, even with HD`s--ride home has made me a believer----check this Dealer out--good folks--El Campo Cycle Center
200.00 for air filter is about what a dealer would charge. $400 for the stones installed.
 

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Got to say something good about this Dealership in El Campo, Texas--saw on the internet that they have a Goldwing specialist that had been servicing Wings since 1986--had good prices on tires too--so rode 103 miles, live North of Houston, this morning for a new set of Stones--while there told him I was gonna change the air filter when I get a chance--got 19000 miles on it--said I had heard all the stories about it being a 2 or 3 hour job--he laughed and said they could do it in under an hour and would charge 45.00---took him around 40 minutes---total bill for tires, filter, labor, and taxes was 608.00--my 1st set of Stones--always been a Dunlop man, even with HD`s--ride home has made me a believer----check this Dealer out--good folks--El Campo Cycle Center
Doesn't sound like much of a deal to me. I can get a set of tires and filter for less than $300 and have them mounted and balanced for $30. I can do the labor myself. The ride sounds good though!
 

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I think you did ok. You can't expect people to work for free, you paid a fair price over all. I would have jumped on that deal rather than doing it myself.
 

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Last time around, I paid $445. for new E-3's including mount, balance, new valve stems, disposal, and taxes. The filter replacement cost $137. total, including adjusting my cruise control while the shelter was off.


Real good deal for the filter but I am not so sure about the tires, even including labor.
 

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Tough group on here today--Fair price was all I was looking for and was very impressed how they took the bike in at 9am and was finished by 1030--like Rodfarmer, I don`t do my own tires but do all the oil changes and such--was gonna do the air filter as some shops have quoted up to 2 or 3 hours of just labor time---so hey kids, back off!!!!!:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:and hey--be safe and blessed out there
 

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Tough group on here today--Fair price was all I was looking for and was very impressed how they took the bike in at 9am and was finished by 1030--like Rodfarmer, I don`t do my own tires but do all the oil changes and such--was gonna do the air filter as some shops have quoted up to 2 or 3 hours of just labor time---so hey kids, back off!!!!!:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:and hey--be safe and blessed out there
Top line internet price for Avon's will cost you ~$325/set and my dealership has reduced their flat rate to $78/hr. I usually order the tires, pull the wheels, and take them and the tires to the dealership. They install and add dynabeads for about $125; that's ~$450 for the BEST tires. At that, you paid $158 for an air filter and you didn't get the best tires.

But look at it this way, if you're not an on line shopper, you're not aware of tire prices. So you had a good ride and a good day. You're satisfied with the results, so be happy; don't worry about other opinions. The tires and air filter will last you a few years; $608 for a few years is not bad. You be safe as well; I'll hold the 'blessed' part for those more religious than me.
 

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xregandyx,

sounds like the bike dealer gave you a fair enough shake. they have to make some $$ on each transaction to keep the doors open, there are fewer and fewer bike dealers each year,as it goes. you got what you wanted and they got you in and out the door and on the road. your wing will be good with the fresh donuts now for many miles!
there is always someone that has 'the skinny deal',,,,and will tell you about it.
these are usually the same people that will spend $500-700 on a brain bucket too,,or $500 on a jacket,,,and say "it's worth every penny",,,go figure...?
Have some fun riding on the new donuts!
Ride Safe.

take care,
bc
 

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xregandyx,

sounds like the bike dealer gave you a fair enough shake. they have to make some $$ on each transaction to keep the doors open, there are fewer and fewer bike dealers each year,as it goes. you got what you wanted and they got you in and out the door and on the road. your wing will be good with the fresh donuts now for many miles!
there is always someone that has 'the skinny deal',,,,and will tell you about it.
these are usually the same people that will spend $500-700 on a brain bucket too,,or $500 on a jacket,,,and say "it's worth every penny",,,go figure...?
Have some fun riding on the new donuts!
Ride Safe.

take care,
bc
Hi brc, we're disagreeing again, LOL.

When I first started riding many years ago, I saw an ad that stated something like:

"Picture yourself in an accident. Now, picture yourself going head first into the pavement. What thought do you want going through your mind? 1. I'm glad I bought the best helmet on the market, or, 2. I wish I had a better helmet.

I paid $400 for my HJC helmet. Yes I could have bought cheaper but see #1 above.

In the summer, I wear a $300 perforated Cortech leather jacket with armor in the elbows, back, and shoulders, and I wear shin and knee guards under my pants; $60.00. In the winter, I wear a $1000 Roadcrafter 1-pc suit with armor throughout.

At 63 years old, I'm feeling my mortality more and more every day. So yes, all of my protective gear is, "it's worth every penny",,,go figure...?

No offense, just had to comment.

Clev
 

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The man gets what he sees as a fair deal, and had a good experience. I can understand why a lot of you don't have a good relationship with any dealer, and you old women bash him and his dealer and choice of tires.

Humbug, You may need a dealer some day, and they may be who you have to deal with. At least we know what to expect. I don't mind paying premium, IF I get premium service and work.

Get off the mans back.:roll:
 

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Hey clev--tires and filter will last a few years???? are ya kidding me--some of us ride--may be about 10 months and 10,000 miles---then new ones again--and figured it was time to try the Stones--good tires--ya either ride or not--today it was 102 on the way home--right thru down town Houston--no problem--45 years of riding--almost every day--love it or leave it--and hey--BE BLESSED!!!!!!!!:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
 

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Got to say something good about this Dealership in El Campo, Texas--saw on the internet that they have a Goldwing specialist that had been servicing Wings since 1986--had good prices on tires too--so rode 103 miles, live North of Houston, this morning for a new set of Stones--while there told him I was gonna change the air filter when I get a chance--got 19000 miles on it--said I had heard all the stories about it being a 2 or 3 hour job--he laughed and said they could do it in under an hour and would charge 45.00---took him around 40 minutes---total bill for tires, filter, labor, and taxes was 608.00--my 1st set of Stones--always been a Dunlop man, even with HD`s--ride home has made me a believer----check this Dealer out--good folks--El Campo Cycle Center
they could have paid you and someone on this Board would critize you. If you happy then "forget about it " and ride!

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The man gets what he sees as a fair deal, and had a good experience. I can understand why a lot of you don't have a good relationship with any dealer, and you old women bash him and his dealer and choice of tires.

Humbug, You may need a dealer some day, and they may be who you have to deal with. At least we know what to expect. I don't mind paying premium, IF I get premium service and work.

Get off the mans back.:roll:
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happy ~!

I wish I could find a dealer I liked! I have been wrenching on my own stuff for 35 years and now that I can afford to pay someone else to do it, I dont know anyone..I have replaced the rear tire, front rim and tire, trunk lens, 3 oil changes and air filter. Took bike to a dealer 30 miles away (we have one 4 miles down the road that sucks wind) to get TPMS sensor recalibration done after front wheel change and after 2 days in shop, TPMS light came back on 1 mile away from dealership after I left with it. (light is still on). My bike is a 2010 that I bought new last July. I also have a 200,000 mile Mercury, an 09 Escape that is out of warranty, a 99 Taurus (mother in laws) a Ford Probe (daughters car) a 1986 motorhome 2 lawn mowers, weed whacker, pressure washer, edger, 2 generators, a chipper shredder and a couple chain saws. At last count I had 14 things that ran on gasoline that I maintain..If I could get same day service from a competent bike mechanic I would gladly pay his price and buy him a beer (or 6)
 

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DLP sells a set of E3's for $341.98, $100 to mount balance and put the bike together is better than you will find in these parts, Supporting a local dealer who will be there for you when you need him the most, Priceless

New shoes ain't cheap.
 

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Got to say something good about this Dealership in El Campo, Texas--saw on the internet that they have a Goldwing specialist that had been servicing Wings since 1986--had good prices on tires too--so rode 103 miles, live North of Houston, this morning for a new set of Stones--while there told him I was gonna change the air filter when I get a chance--got 19000 miles on it--said I had heard all the stories about it being a 2 or 3 hour job--he laughed and said they could do it in under an hour and would charge 45.00---took him around 40 minutes---total bill for tires, filter, labor, and taxes was 608.00--my 1st set of Stones--always been a Dunlop man, even with HD`s--ride home has made me a believer----check this Dealer out--good folks--El Campo Cycle Center
OK,

I will say it.

Tires are are easy to see that the dealer put on new ones, air cleaners, not so much.

19K on a air filter is not alot of miles, most can go 30K easily.

later..Randy
 

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OK,

I will say it.

Tires are are easy to see that the dealer put on new ones, air cleaners, not so much.

19K on a air filter is not alot of miles, most can go 30K easily.

later..Randy
I think we're thinking alike. I don't see it possible to change the filter in less that 1.5 hours. Too much to take apart. So if they did do it they are really fast to say the least.
 
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