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    My gumby question for the day.

    Had both front and rear tyres replaced a week ago. Noticed the old balancing weights have been removed but there are no new ones. Would that be normal/likely when balancing the wheel.

    Went for the first descent ride on the new tyres and felt more vibration than I am used to. Could this be a balance issue (vibration not a wobble sensation). Could also be that I am not used to the tread pattern on the new tyres and am being paranoid. They are Metzler tourance next.
     
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    Is always possible but rarely do you go from both tires requiring weights to neither of them.

    If you put your bike up on paddock stands you can check them for balance yourself by removing the calipers and seeing if the wheel always attempts to find the same heavy point
     
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    take it back to the place that fitted the tyres and put the question to them why the weights were removed and doesnt look like it was rebalanced.
    If they give you some bs about 'balancing is extra' ask them why they didnt sell it on the day, then never shop there again, because clearly their staff dont care.
     
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    I will take it back. Does the vibration (feels like continuosly riding over a pebbly road) sound symptomatic of balance. Could still be as simple as the tread pattern being different and me being paranoid. :)
     
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    Balancing is part of the fitting process and is not an extra, they will remove the old and then put new ones where needed. They should guarantee their work and balance for 12 months, so take it back and tell them it is vibrating and their are no weights that you can see.
     
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    a Metzler Tourance , even more the Metzler Tourance Next shouldn't have any vibration really as both are road tyres. I run Metzler Tourance on my BMW GS and feel no vibrations (they're balanced).

    They should be balanced . Check your air pressures. I'm sure the shop fills the tyre to any old hard air pressure . Then you adjust the tyre pressures to what you prefer. They should be balanced for road use.
     
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    New tyres will feel smooth and no vibrations, unless they are totally offroad knobby.
     
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    Definitely wasn't the tread pattern. Took the bike back and wheels were balanced no questions asked. All good now :)
     
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    So which shop was it?
     
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    I had something similar happen last year. Got new tyres, noticed the wheel weights had been moved to some very strange spots. Ended up with massive vibrations from 80-200km/h. Apparently a new guy was fitting tyres that day and stuffed it up.
     
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    I had new tyres fitted in the last 4 weeks or so and while I was looking the bike over before I left, I found a nice shiny lead weight on the ground right beside the rear tyre. Looking closely at the rim, there was no weight(s) attached. Took the weight back down stairs to the service department and they sorted it out before I left.
     
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    They did that to keep your speed down, didn't work hey.
     
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    Not going to name. While I was a little dissapointed it wasn't done I was more than happy with the response. Stuff happens. The test is whether or not it happens regularly and how it is responded to.
     
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