Perhaps I'm a bit out of date, but today I took the opportunity to support a new dealer and have them mount and balance a rear tire for my R11RS. Now, I already had the new tire (mail ordered last January before the new dealer opened) and I had removed the wheel from the bike, so the job was pretty simple. Just mount wheel on the tire changer, break the bead, pop the first bead over the rim, then repeat. Reverse the operation to mount the new tire. Then mount the wheel on the balance machine and spin.
By way of reference, my local car tire shop and the BMW car dealership charges $10 per wheel for mount and balance when I bring in mail order tires from Tire Rack and the local Honda bike shop is perhaps $12 per tire when the wheel is off the bike.
In my case with the new shop, the charge was $29.95 Plus $3 tire disposal + $1 tire tax + $1.80 shop supplies for total of $35.75 before sales tax. Now, the rim didn't appear to be scratched or damaged which is always appreciated, but there wasn't any effort extended to clean-up the old balance weight adhesive. So, the job was done adequately.
However, am I just out of date relative to BMW shop charges or were these charges on the high side? I'm honestly seeking comment from the group.
PS - Has anyone had any experience with those Harborfreight hub inserts for mounting BMW rear wheels on standard balancing machines?