Procrastinating just isn't in my genes. I thought about the condition of those tires on the BMW and considered the number of miles I'd be riding up to Wisconsin, the possible side-trips once there, and thought there probably wasn't enough rubber left to do this trip.
When I woke up this morning, I knew I was going to jump on the bike and ride over to my favorite motorycle tire store - Discount Motorcycle Tires- and put new "shoes" on the BMW. I love this place! Lynn, the co-owner, recognizes me as soon as I walk up to the tire counter. "Back again??" she asks as she pulls the sign-in blotter towards her and starts writing my name. I give them all of my motorcycle tire business. That's 3 sets of tires a year, on average, between the two motorcycles. They're fast; they're efficient, and they have a whole staff and shop dedicated only to motorcycle tire installation.
A couple of years ago, I won a pair of Dunlop RoadSmarts from the American Motorcyclist Association. I did a few of their AMA Grand Tours in past years and earned a "Special Finisher" plaque and a pair of Dunlops. A devout Michelin user, I was reluctant to install these and had them wrapped in plastic and tucked in a back closet. Then last summer I was getting my FZ6 ready for a BBG to the IBA Meet in Denver. She needed a new chain and sprockets and new tires. I thought about this a bit, considering how much the chain and sprockets were already going to cost, and here I have these new tires, absolutely free, sitting in my closet. So I drove them over to the Yamaha dealer, and brought the FZ6 back for a full service, chain/sprocket, new tires.
During that BBG, I had plenty of different riding conditions thrown at me and was very impressed with how these Dunlops weren't fazed by any of it. They had a very positive road feel and handling
So, standing at that tire counter at Discount Tires, I hesitated only for a moment before asking if they had those Dunlops in stock in my size. They did. In less than an hour they had me back on the road, my BMW sporting a brand new pair of Dunlop RoadSmarts.