I had a shop order a tire for me and I had it installed today. First I want to say they are a really top notch bunch of guys and their prices are very reasonable. I used to order my own tires and install them but, while I could still save some money doing it that way, their prices are so good that I wouldn't save a huge amount and I like to support guys like that. I hope they will be around when I really need them. Its a fun place to hang out, they have an open shop, they don't mind you being right being around while they are working and the owner knows more about engines both motorcycle and automobile than anybody I've ever met. You just can't stump him on any engine related topic. He almost always takes time to converse and never seems to be in a rush. Great guy.
So, I ride about 60 miles to the shop to get the tire installed. I had a plan to get there about 11am and be back on the road by about noon for a day of riding with my buddy that lives near there. Was supposed to be a great day, sunny and highs in the upper 50's.
I'm so glad I bought the tire from them. I would have felt really bad if I had brought it with me. Here's why, after trying to mount the tire for a very long time and having no luck getting it to seat in just one spot, we pulled it off the rim and right where it won't seat is a protrusion or bump of excess rubber on the lip of the bead. Immediately, they offered to order another tire but, we all agreed that was a defect that wouldn't affect safety and trimmed it off. The tire seated after trimming. I mean I was 60 miles from home and it was going on 3pm. The day of riding down the drain.
Here's my question, should I get a replacement tire? Should the manufacturer replace it? The tire was subjected to excessive pressure in the attempt to seat the bead. Could that damage the carcass? I rode the 60 miles home with no issues but, along the way, I was thinking, maybe this tire should be replaced just to be safe.