My turn to vent about stealerships...
When I bought this project bike, the rear tire needed to be replaced. Fortunately, The Guest had an almost-new rear Metzler but on a crummy-looking '85 rim; so in December, I took the two rims to the local stealership and asked 'em to put the Metzler on the project rim, assuming the tire was ok. It was, so for $32, I got a new tire on the project moto.
But working on the bike this week, I went to back it out of the garage and the rear tire was flat. Put air in it and it was flat in two days. Sooo, I took the wheel back to the stealership today and said, "Can you check the valve stem?" Got a call two hours later, "Your stem is completely dry-rotted, we'll have to replace it." Picked it up to the tune of $40
, 'because we had to take the tire off the rim."
Now, I know that things don't "completely dry rot" in 4 months; so doncha think when Chucklehead went to put air in the tire after changing it over he'd have noticed that something looked bad? Granted, I didn't *say* "check the valve stem," but wouldn't a thorough mechanic think about that as he blew air into the tire??? Kinda like pulling the carbs to clean one jet, and ignoring the others.
Sadly, I still haven't mastered the art of blowing off a tubeless tire using boards, tire irons, and leverage so I can't do my own wheel work; but it was a good reminder of how important this forum is to those of us who want to do the work ourselves to ensure it gets done correctly.
Thanks for letting me vent.