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I will be touring the four corners area and Joshua Tree/Salton Sea this fall. Live in New England, probably 8,000 mile trip. I may need a new set of tires and an oil change while on the road, and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good dealer out there. Probably coming home across Texas Gulf Coast, Natchez Trace to Blue Ridge-Skyline. If anyone has a favorable recommendation, or unfavorable warning, it will be greatly appreciated. I will be riding a 2004 R1100S, putting new tires on next week, most likely Pilot Roads.
Two up trip with camping gear, any tire recommendations? Expect some rain in the fall in Southern Utah, two people with gear around 370-400 pounds. Speeds up to whatever we can get away with.

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In the southeast BMW Atlanta and BMW Touring Sport in Greenville, SC are both good places to stop. I've heard good things about Hammersley BMW in Lynchburg, VA too, but don't have any personal experience with them.
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If you can do your own wheel removals, then Cycle Gear can be a great source for tires. Prices MUCH below any dealer for tires, and under $30 for 2 tires, mounted and balanced, when purchased from them. I suspect most would let you do an oil change out back, as well.
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If you're in the Ft. Collins area of CO, Steve and Roxanne are great- http://www.beemersandmore.com/
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If they are still available the Avon 45/46 tires are a great choice for a long trip like yours. They will last 8-10K & handle fine in wet & dry at speeds well over the posted limit. I used them on a 7500 mile trip several years ago & they still had decent tread left at 9k when I replaced them.
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The BMW/Honda dealer in Grand Junction, CO has a great reputation for taking care of riders in distress out this way. Not sure about prices, but I believe they are fair.
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Don't forget Iron Horse in Tuscon, Az. One of a handfull of the absolutely top BMW dealerships in the USA.
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+1 on Iron Horse. And you can get this shirt there, the only place I've ever seen it available.
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Cycle Gear is a great idea. Do a location search and find a couple along your route. They usually put tires on for free if you buy them there. I believe they do oil changes too.
You'll need to have your own filter.

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If you can do your own wheel removals, then Cycle Gear can be a great source for tires. Prices MUCH below any dealer for tires, and under $30 for 2 tires, mounted and balanced, when purchased from them. I suspect most would let you do an oil change out back, as well.
http://cyclegear.com/
If you're in the Ft. Collins area of CO, Steve and Roxanne are great- http://www.beemersandmore.com/
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Cycle Gear is a great idea. Do a location search and find a couple along your route. They usually put tires on for free if you buy them there. I believe they do oil changes too.
You'll need to have your own filter.
Nope, they got that covered too. Cycle Gear sells K&N oil filters, pn KN-163. Installs with a 15mm socket (IIRC) rather than the BMW/Mercedes/VW wrench.
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We don't have a Cycle Gear here, but I've visited a couple. I don't understand why someone didn't think of a nationwide motorcycle accessory store before. Great idea.

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