Thursday, December 01, 2005

35,085 miles

Portachuelo de Llanganuco, Peru

Lima, Peru

Replace front tire

(after 15,893 miles)

1 ea. Front tire, Metzeler "Tourance" 110/80VR19 $153.95

Tax: $9.24
Shipping from Vermont: $323.26

Total: $486.45!

(I avoided additional VAT by asking Frank's Motorcycle Sales in Vermont to list the value of the tire at $63.19.)

(The 110/80VR19, or equivalent, was non-stock in Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Delivery time was quoted in "weeks". To ship a single Metzeler tire from Williamson-Balfour BMW in Santiago to Lima, Peru would cost $800! It is outrageous for a BMW dealer to fail to stock these tires. In Ecuador, I tried to buy a tire off one of the half dozen or so new R1200GSs the dealer had. "You can then order a tire to replace it," I said. They wouldn't do it.)

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