Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:29 pm

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2016 BV350 White
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:29 pm linkquote
I asked a local independent scooter repair shop for a quote to replace the rear tire on my BV350. BTW, this guy has a very good reputation. He thought it would take 3 to 4 hours of labor at $92 an hour plus the cost of the tire. Rate seems fair, but not the number of estimated hours. He stated that he wouldn't even order the tire until he received the bike in his shop so that he is not left holding parts for customers that didn't show up. He also stated that I would need to drop it off one day and pick it up the next day assuming that I brought the new tire with me when I dropped it off. I think this guy is used to working on smaller scooters.

So by my calculations this would put the total cost at about $480 to $500. This seams like alot for just a tire change. What are the rest of your paying? Is this the going rate?

If it is, I'm going to have to get some equipment to do it myself. I can take the wheel off the scooter myself, but I don't have the right equipment to change the tire myself.

Is it normal to take two whole days for just a tire change with an independent shop?

I like to support independent local shops when I can.

If Greasy would answer his phone when I try to call him, I would take it to him and bring his cat some fresh tortilla chips. I'll try him again in a month or so when I need my valves adjusted.

I'm going to check with my local dealer, Vespa Sherman Oaks, and Massimo's.

Sherman Oaks can do it while I wait but it is 30 miles each way in ugly Freeway traffic unless I go in the middle of the day. Probably the same thing for Massimo's. Both would have reasonable prices.

If my local dealer has a tire in stock or will have one ready when I schedule an appointment, and will do it for a reasonable price, possibly while I wait, I'll think I'll go there. These are all questionable since my local dealer is 95% devoted to dirt bikes and ATV's. I haven't tried to establish a service repair relationship with my local dealer since I have doubts that he will be around for the long term with Piaggio service. I guess I'll give him a try this once and see how it goes.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:05 am

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LX125 (in bits) , Honda sh300i & NC750x
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:05 am linkquote
Whilst i can't comment for your area and typical rates as i live in the UK. I have owned a BV350 and have had the rear tyre changed several times.

If you are familiar with scooters, you understand that taking the rear wheel is usually a lot more involved that a single swing arm motorcycle.

From memory to remove the rear wheel on the bv350 Involves removing the 3 exhaust bolts, loosening the exhaust clamp , plastic guard, brake caliper and exaust bracket before access to the wheel.

Its not a difficult job and can be done with conventional tools, its been a while since i've timed myself but 30-45 mins would be reasonable. Note you can damage the exhaust gasket if not careful and depending on age it may need replaced.

Reassembly takes longer and using a torque wrench say an hour?

2 hours probably excluding fitment of the tyre if being conservative.

In the UK I get charged a flat fee for remounting a new tyre and balancing and including disposal of the old one . £15 GBP per tyre (around $19 USD) and not an hourly rate.


i think 2 hours plus the tyre labour is more acceptable.

The question is, how do you value your time?

FYI, Coincidence that I currently have both wheels of my Honda SH300i off and getting changed at the moment.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:13 am

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:13 am linkquote
Re: BV350 Rear Tire Change - Reasonable Shop Rate?
bean counter wrote:
So by my calculations this would put the total cost at about $480 to $500.
Holy crap

I've got more time than money. I do everything. I even swap the tires with rim guards and tire spoons. Then I go to Cycle Gear and they balance tires for free. But I have a special sleeve for this so Ride-on will work fine for you.

There are plenty of posts describing rear wheel removal and there's plenty of us MV'ers willing to walk you thru it. Tire off the bike shouldn't cost more than $40 dollars. If you buy the tire online from Cycle Gear and have it delivered to the store, they'll swap it for $25. Don't order from the store or it'll cost more than buying online. $95 no shipping cost for in store pickup.

https://www.cyclegear.com/tires/michelin-city-grip-scooter-tires

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:41 am

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:41 am linkquote
Local vespa dealer did both tires mounted incuding the tires for much less than that! Left the bike, came back later.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:41 am

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:41 am linkquote
I can have the rear wheel off the bike in 15 minutes. Once you've done it a couple of times it's easy. Like Breaknwind I install my own tires with tire irons at home, but I use a truing/balancing stand to balance them myself. And, I might add, it works much better than the dynabeads the dipshit tech put in the wheels when the scooter only had 1000 miles on it and I took it to the dealer due to vibration (I told them it was an out of round rear tire, but they spent a week screwing with it before they agreed and gave me a new one). There are good techs out there and people who charge reasonable prices, but the only way I'd pay 4 hours for a rear tire replacement would be if it came with a belt replacement and valve adjustment thrown in!
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:14 am

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:14 am linkquote
I get that LA is expensive, but 4 hours to change a rear tire?
I don't think it took me that long the first time I did it on my BV 500.
Especially considering VSO can do it while you wait, I'd say it's worth the ride to go somewhere, almost anywhere, else.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:24 am

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:24 am linkquote
It often takes me 2-3 times as long to do most work. Probably because I clean parts and do more to the bike than I started to do.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:29 am

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:29 am linkquote
$480-$500 to change a rear tire on the BV sounds like a con job. Even in LA.

For a comparison, call Scooter West and ask for Wayne in Parts/Service. See what they charge.

Good luck!
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:56 am

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:56 am linkquote
Download the Service Manual.
Follow the instructions while being patient with yourself.
Once you've done this once, it becomes very easy.
Take the wheel to Cycle Gear for installation of the new tire. If you buy the tire through them they have a lower price than if you bring your own.
The biggest challenge, by far, is removing and installing the axle nut. It's quite tight and should be torqued back on. I use an electric nut driver to remove the nut and tighten it back with a torque wrench.
BTW, California mechanics are no more ripoffs than mechanics from any other part of the world.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:40 am

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GT 2.4
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:40 am linkquote
I'm not as familiar with the process on the BV350, but I do know that on the Vespa models there is a spacer that people who don't have a lot of experience with these models will sometimes put on the wrong side and chew up the bearing.
If you take it to someone who is going to learn by doing, you will be down the road when you find out if they did it wrong.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:06 pm

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:06 pm linkquote
We just replaced the rear tire on our BV350. $105 for the tire and $40 labor. $65 if you don't buy the tire from them.That was done at the local Aprilia shop. My son called and asked for pricing. After they gave it to him he said for them to go ahead and order the tire. It came in the next day and the day after he rode over, they swapped the tire while he waited. Basically the same thing happened when AF1 changed my flat rear on the GTS earlier this year on my way to meet up with cannonball people. Heck even renting a truck to take the scoot to them it plus an extra hotel night still cost me less than $325 including truck rental and hotel.

It doesn't take 2 hours to change a rear on a scooter much less 4. Heck, we changed one that was pre mounted on a spare rim (cannonball scooter) and it took us less than 30 minutes. Before I'd pay $300+ in labor to change the rear tire I'd remove the rear tire, take the rim and replacement to a shop and have them do the mounting, that's what we did with the one I changed and my son has done a couple of times.

My local independent shop is further away but price is about the same as the Aprilia dealer. All of them will do it while you wait.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:13 pm

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:13 pm linkquote
I just spoke with the parts and service departments at Scooter West. Here is your ala carte menu with costs:

Labor to change rear tire: $131
Exhaust crush washer: $35
OEM rear tire: $90

You can bring your own parts if wanted.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:35 pm

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:35 pm linkquote
I've done a video of a Beverly rear wheel removal. It was my first time and I am not usually a guy who does this sort of thing. It probably took me twice the time of someone who knows wht they're doing.

You are welcome to view it. It looks like it might be in German as I prepared it for my buddies on the German forum ... but it's in English most of the time.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mELlt0JvqTIZN3o1Xbp0xlwOONLIMf85

Alan
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:25 pm

Hooked
2012 LX150ie
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:25 pm linkquote
Earlier this year I bought two new Michelins,
From my local guy, Tires mounted, with labor, plus an oil change and a filter, all for $285.

That was in Austin. You could move here, but we are currently full. I hear that Dallas is nice.
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:56 pm

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:56 pm linkquote
Re: Earlier this year I bought two new Michelins,
Jimjar wrote:
From my local guy, Tires mounted, with labor, plus an oil change and a filter, all for $285.

That was in Austin. You could move here, but we are currently full. I hear that Dallas is nice.
AF1 Racing or someone else?

Curious as I live just to your south and visit on occasion. On a scooter.
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:36 am

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Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:36 am linkquote
A professional tech will have the rear wheel off the BV in 20 mins. The tyre change will take another 15-20 mins to remove and replace with the new one. Getting the old weights off the wheel and re-balancing takes about 6-10mins. Removing the exhaust gasket and replacing that takes another 5-6mins (and it should be replaced if it is scheduled work). A quick clean of components before reassembly and then reassembly should take another 30 minutes. It's not rocket science and shouldn't cost as much as the OP has been quoted. That tells me the shop doesn't really want the work, or they don't know the BV very well and you should be wary. Or, they may just be trying it on, hoping you don't know anything about doing this sort of job and will just pay anything they ask.
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:03 am

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2021 Vespa GTS300 HPE Racing 60's, 2022 BMW R1250GSA 40th Anniversary, 2019 Ural Gear Up
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:03 am linkquote
To put it in my native language you are being hosed. Might be worth the trip to Sherman Oaks but I understand all too well the desire to avoid heavy traffic.
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:02 am

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2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:02 am linkquote
Harbinger wrote:
To put it in my native language you are being hosed. Might be worth the trip to Sherman Oaks but I understand all too well the desire to avoid heavy traffic.
Why does that bring to mind the great Canadian cultural ambassadors Bob and Doug MacKenzie?
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:51 am

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Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:51 am linkquote
Most modern 2 wheelers are not designed for easy do it yourself maintenance. And rear wheel changing is involved if you haven't done it before. I could remove my BV350 rear wheel in less than 30 minutes, with all tools nearby. Cycle Gear couldn't/wouldn't change the tire on that size of wheel! And if they could have changed it, they charge $50 if you don't buy the tire from them, $25 if you do. The local Kymco/Genuine dealer did it for free if tire purchased from him. Pays to shop around.
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:52 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:52 pm linkquote
Breaknwind helped replaced my rear tire last year and it was a pain, but it saved me a lot of money. My local dealer also quoted me around $500 labor + parts to replace the tire themselves.
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:15 pm

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Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:15 pm linkquote
waterboysh wrote:
Breaknwind helped replaced my rear tire last year and it was a pain, but it saved me a lot of money. My local dealer also quoted me around $500 labor + parts to replace the tire themselves.
Remind me not to visit that dealer, and if I do, to leave my wallet at home!
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:49 am

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Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:49 am linkquote
waterboysh wrote:
Breaknwind helped replaced my rear tire last year and it was a pain, but it saved me a lot of money. My local dealer also quoted me around $500 labor + parts to replace the tire themselves.
You forgot to tell them that the guy at Cycle Gear put the tire on backwards. We had to tell him to put it on the correct rotation.
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:13 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:13 am linkquote
pricing is only reasonable if you agree to pay it.
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:43 am

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Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:43 am linkquote
old as dirt wrote:
pricing is only reasonable if you agree to pay it.
And don't bitch too much afterwards?
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:04 am

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2006 GTS 250
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:04 am linkquote
I take my tires to be mounted and pay $25. So what you mentioned is way too expensive when you are removing the tire from the bike. And I have a chance to buy the cage free chicken eggs that he sells on the side!

Another guy here in town quoted me $80 which I thought it was outrageously costly.
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:30 pm

Hooked
2016 BV350 White
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:30 pm linkquote
Okay, good information about cycle gear. That will be my save money and "do it myself" plan.
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:33 am

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Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:33 am linkquote
Fly me out there later this winter on a cheapo SW air tic and I'll be yer scooter boy for free for a few days? I might need to test ride it part of the week?
I wouldn't own scooters on that level of a tire change out. No wonder we live beyond our means here in non-California.
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:55 pm

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Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:55 pm linkquote
caecilius, Awesome video showing how to change the rear tire on a BV350. Thanks for posting.
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:52 pm

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Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:52 pm linkquote
Take alook/ see on amazon @ the tire mounting spray called "1.7 Formula 8"
It's my magic goop of the decade. Here's an e.g. of just how good it works- You can spay the bead on a scooter/motorcycle tire, sit the tire on a bare rim sitting on the floor on a pad-like a movers blanket,etc., Then push with your bare hands and the tire's first bead(the lower one) will slip onto the rim. I use one handed woodworkers clamps for the 2nd bead and my wife stands on the tire while I work the last bead on. Motion-pro makes a lever set that's the best I have seen. They have several but the better choice is the one having the small lever inside the end. You'll also need a set of their plastic rim protectors-the big version not the little white nylon type that like to go inside a tire. Easy peasy. If you can get the wheel assy on and off that's all you need except a balance device. I use a HF cheapo version. You may need adapters for hub centers on the HF version. I have found that 3/4" drive or larger 1/2" drive sockets can serve as centering devices.
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:28 pm

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Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:28 pm linkquote
FYI, I called my dealer and he quoted me $89 for a City Grip and $75 to install, (plus tax, and possibly a recycling fee). I have more respect for my dealer now that I've seen how reasonable he is. It's three days of shipping time before they could get a tire in their store and you have to prepay in advance for the tire, but you can schedule an appointment for installation and they'll do it quick.

I ended up taking the rear tire off myself and will have Cycle Gear mount it for me once they get it in their store. I ordered it online and am having it delivered to the store. It was $95 plus tax. It's only $25 to mount and balance if you buy your tire from them. They will mount it for me while I wait.

Cycle Gear tells me that they do not carry on hand any tires smaller than 15 inches since they are not that common. So I had to preorder my 14 inch rear tire, but I can walk in anytime for my 16 inch front tire.
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:49 am

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Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:49 am linkquote
bean counter wrote:
FYI, I called my dealer and he quoted me $89 for a City Grip and $75 to install, (plus tax, and possibly a recycling fee). I have more respect for my dealer now that I've seen how reasonable he is. It's three days of shipping time before they could get a tire in their store and you have to prepay in advance for the tire, but you can schedule an appointment for installation and they'll do it quick.

I ended up taking the rear tire off myself and will have Cycle Gear mount it for me once they get it in their store. I ordered it online and am having it delivered to the store. It was $95 plus tax. It's only $25 to mount and balance if you buy your tire from them. They will mount it for me while I wait.

Cycle Gear tells me that they do not carry on hand any tires smaller than 15 inches since they are not that common. So I had to preorder my 14 inch rear tire, but I can walk in anytime for my 16 inch front tire.
your dealer is better priced because the labor he is charging for is removing the wheel from the scoot and reinstalling it and for $75 that pretty dam good.
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Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:43 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:43 pm linkquote
caecilius wrote:
I've done a video of a Beverly rear wheel removal. It was my first time and I am not usually a guy who does this sort of thing. It probably took me twice the time of someone who knows wht they're doing.

You are welcome to view it. It looks like it might be in German as I prepared it for my buddies on the German forum ... but it's in English most of the time.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mELlt0JvqTIZN3o1Xbp0xlwOONLIMf85

Alan
I just want to bump this thread again cause I just used your video, AGAIN, to remove the rear wheel of a BV350 in the family. This time, I used the impact driver with torx and allen bits ready, and was able to yank it off in less than 30 minutes, allowing me time to still netflix and chill with the Mrs. that same evening.

That's the good news. The bad news is the Michelin tire is original and from 2013, so Cycle Gear refused to replace the broken valve stem -- snapped off due to dry rot after being parked outside for 3 years -- without me ordering a tire.

The badder news: Pirelli Angels went up from $85 to $100 in less than a gear. This inflation nonsense is hitting us from all sides, init?
Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:58 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:58 pm linkquote
That's not surprising. I have already replaced the valve stems on my '13 BV350. They are cheap and not worth gambling my life on. The originals were definitely cracking.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 4:01 pm

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Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Tue Sep 20, 2022 4:01 pm linkquote
good on you for the quick tire change without any problems!

that sucks to hear about CG pulling a jerk move like that.

I had somebody come in the other day with a tire for their MP3, just popped in a new stem while it was all apart. no biggie.
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