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JuanPoop
Fransvdm wrote:
In my opinion, cost shouldn't be a consideration over safety. I ride the best tyres that I can get, which is Michelin Commander.


I agree mate and I wont compromise price vs safety - just seeing if these prices are about right. 

To me I make the best choice (based on safest/performance/looks - whatever is the driver) and look for a decent price - in that order.

If MC3s come out as the preferred choice, I will look for the best deal.  It's just what I do...

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Fransvdm
JuanPoop wrote:


I agree mate and I wont compromise price vs safety - just seeing if these prices are about right. 

To me I make the best choice (based on safest/performance/looks - whatever is the driver) and look for a decent price - in that order.

If MC3s come out as the preferred choice, I will look for the best deal.  It's just what I do...


I understand - I prefer to support my local dealer so he can also pay his bills. If I need him in a hurry, he'll remember me. I build relationships for the long term, even if it cost me a few dollars extra. It's just what I do.
To each his/her/their own I suppose
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JuanPoop
Fransvdm wrote:


I understand - I prefer to support my local dealer so he can also pay his bills. If I need him in a hurry, he'll remember me. I build relationships for the long term, even if it cost me a few dollars extra. It's just what I do.
To each his/her/their own I suppose


Actually you raise a good point.  I am not sure what a local dealer looks like at the moment.

The shop I got the quotes from will not be an Indian service agent, so its only really the tyres I am talking to him about.  

If I could take the tyres to an Indian service agent to be fitted and balanced, I would look at that.  

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Outcast
FWIW, I paid about $720 fitted for a set of white wall, Avon Cobra Chromes here in Cairns...

That price included a freight charge because they were considered a 'special order' as well as an upcharge for getting White Walls...

In terms of performance & grip, could not be happier & that includes riding my Chieftain in torrential tropical rain as well as on those slippery, just wet roads that seem to appear after a period of no rain...

Cheers
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Dr.Shifty
JuanPoop wrote:
I am not quite ready to swap out yet, but have been making some enquiries to see what the outlay will eventually be.

My local motor cycle shop (with a good reputation!) has quoted me the following prices (fitted and balanced):
 - Michelin Commander 3             - $700  (3 weeks delay on delivery)
 - Pirelli Night Dragons                 - $600
 - Avon Cobras                             - $600
 - Bridgestone (Exedra Max?)      - $600

Looks up there, but I haven't bought new tyres in years!!

Are there any views on these prices?


Those prices look OK compared to mine late last year.
When I put the night dragons on the bike they quoted me about $100 more for Michelins. I paid $280 plus $320 for the tyres and $75 fitting / balancing and disposal. It was done with a major service so the labour cost might have been more if the tyres were the only thing I was getting done.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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JuanPoop
Thanks for the replies.

The pricing is looking OK, just got to decide on the tyre now . . .

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Outcast
JuanPoop wrote:
Thanks for the replies.

The pricing is looking OK, just got to decide on the tyre now . . .


Maybe not your thing & I will acknowledge they are a pain in the butt to clean but, white walls on the classic looking style of Indian are, IMHO absolutely gorgeous....

Chieftain & White Walls.jpg    
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Numbat
Agree Outcast - am a fan of the whitewalls and anything retro or vintage looking.  😎
Brad - SoR, Perth WA

2018 Indian Chief Vintage (Willow Green & Ivory)
Stage 3 116 Big Bore Kit, Stage 1 Pipes, fishtails & air cleaner
Beach Bars
IMRG: AU102531
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JuanPoop
Outcast wrote:


Maybe not your thing & I will acknowledge they are a pain in the butt to clean but, white walls on the classic looking style of Indian are, IMHO absolutely gorgeous....


Numbat wrote:
Agree Outcast - am a fan of the whitewalls and anything retro or vintage looking.  😎


Looks great and definitely in the thinking!!  

Especially now - sheesh!!

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Outcast
We are helping!! Helping you spend your cash that is... LOL...😂😂
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Croc
I must admit, I Love the look of the whitewall tyres.  Got them on my Vintage & have had them on other bikes (eg Softail Heritage Harley).
However, I know they are a great pain in the ars3 to keep clean, especially the rear tyre on the Indians.  Unfortunately, the retro look fenders on the style of bikes I like make cleaning tyres or getting air into them problematic.  hehe, that's why my rear tyre looks almost black.  sigh, just not dedicated enough to do the cleaning work nowadays. ðŸ˜– (got the air bit covered tho!)
I'm Not Completely Useless . .
I Can Be Used As A Bad Example!

Kwinana W.A.

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JuanPoop
Dr.Shifty wrote:


Those prices look OK compared to mine late last year.
When I put the night dragons on the bike they quoted me about $100 more for Michelins. I paid $280 plus $320 for the tyres and $75 fitting / balancing and disposal. It was done with a major service so the labour cost might have been more if the tyres were the only thing I was getting done.


Hey Kim,

I thought about your suggestion to blow off some cobwebs and how highly you seem to rate the Brisans guys.  A ride up to Newcastle for the service might work very well with a daughter and her family living about half way there (Central Coast).  

I sent them a request for a quote through their website at 1pm today - and they responded within about an hour, which was quite impressive!  

I asked for quotes on the 16,000km service and for new Night Dragons - fitted.  They came back with $535 for the tyres plus $80 fitting and balancing - which seems about right.  They also quoted $456 for the service, which seems a little high, I think, although it did include the Indian Oil Change Kit ($105).  All prices quoted above include GST.  They sent the full service schedule, which I assume would have come directly out of the Indian handbook.   

It is hard to gauge from forum feedback on what this should be, given all the activity around dealership changeovers. 

Would certainly appreciate your feedback on the above - and I welcome views from others on the forum about the service pricing.

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Mark R
Would not take my bike to Brisan after having problem with the service department when I had my Scout. Still waiting for the phone call from Brisan 4 years ago.The Scout had a lot of running on when releasing the throttle, which Brisan said it was the way I ridding the bike.
Couple of weeks later when on  the Indian ride back to Alice. Lance Whitelock from Indian was on the ride, a couple of days riding we got talking about the Scout issues he remap my Scout did not have any more problems. Since  then my bikes have been serviced in Sydney by Indian 

I have bought 4 bike in 5 years from Brisan  the sales team is not to bad for sale people in saying that I am still waiting for a call to take a challenger for a test ride  it has only been 6 weeks maybe  they don't want my money lol


Mark R
Central Coast NSW
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Harro
I left heaps of phone messages & emails with them & it would be rare to get a follow up reply.
Cheers,
Harro

Red Vintage
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JuanPoop

Mark R wrote:
Would not take my bike to Brisan after having problem with the service department when I had my Scout. Still waiting for the phone call from Brisan 4 years ago.The Scout had a lot of running on when releasing the throttle, which Brisan said it was the way I ridding the bike.
Couple of weeks later when on  the Indian ride back to Alice. Lance Whitelock from Indian was on the ride, a couple of days riding we got talking about the Scout issues he remap my Scout did not have any more problems. Since  then my bikes have been serviced in Sydney by Indian 

I have bought 4 bike in 5 years from Brisan  the sales team is not to bad for sale people in saying that I am still waiting for a call to take a challenger for a test ride  it has only been 6 weeks maybe  they don't want my money lol


Mark R
Central Coast NSW


Thanks Mark, appreciate the feedback.

I have also been happy with Ashfield Indian, but it’s not there anymore, so looking for options. 


aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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JuanPoop

Harro wrote:
I left heaps of phone messages & emails with them & it would be rare to get a follow up reply.


Not sure if things have changed, but I have received immediate responses from three contacts so far. 


Really keen to hear what their servicing quality is like. 


aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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