16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000


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16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby tchap » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:39 pm



Renewing an old Goldwing and was surprised to see that this one has a 16" rear wheel. I'm guessing the tire size is 130/90-16, but would appreciate any information. Every spec., I have been able to locate has referenced a 17" rear wheel.



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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:35 am

Yep, 17 is stock..is it a spooked wheel? , or a lester maybe..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby tchap » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:38 am

Thanks for the post. I think it must be a Lester wheel. Any idea of the size of 16" I should mount on it?

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:09 pm

The size you mentioned above is correct. I run the same Lester and the 130/90-16 is the largest that any brand will fit without modification of the swing arm. With certain brands a 140 can fit but I would not risk it as the 130 is a fine choice. A couple of hints, the brake rotor must be removed to get the rear wheel out. This means the studs have to be removed and replaced with bolts. No big deal. Also the center stand is a bit low now.

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby tchap » Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:19 pm

Thank you for the good information. Will get my new tire ordered right away.

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby PoolDude » Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:22 am

Dang you guys are good. Just getting ready to put on a set of Lesters I picked up and was wondering the same thing about the rear tire. Any other tips that might help? I have found it helps to let others make the mistakes first and learn form them.

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:00 am

Essential to remove the brake rotor studs and replace with high quality grade 8 bolts. Some put in thread inserts into the hub as it is aluminum. But to be honest, the rear wheel does not come off that often so I am putting that off until new treads are helpful.

The rotor has to be slid out of the caliper before the caliper can be pulled aside. Only with the caliper pulled aside can the 16 inch rear sneak out.

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby sfruechte » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:12 pm

Is it really necessary to remove the rotor from the Lester wheel? Even with the stock wheel I have to move the caliper, isn't that enough with the Lester? (I still have a brand new Lester wheel that I have never used, yet anyway).

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby Fetacheese » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:29 pm

Nope. The rotor does not need total removal. Just loosen the bolts that hold the rotor enough to bring the rotor away from the hub by a half inch or little more . You will then be able to slide the caliper over the rotor and clear the Lester rim . Once in place tighten and toque to specified pounds. My 75 has the 130-90-16" mounted on Lesters . So I know you don't need to do anything other than to loosen the rotors bolts . And by the way . At 70 you'll be running 150 RPM's higher than the 17" stock wheel. Have fun.

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby PoolDude » Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:14 pm

Thanks, sounds good. As high geared as this bike is I doubt will miss any top end, might even help. I was more concerned with height of the bike.

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Re: 16" Rear Tire Size 1976 GL1000

Postby Fetacheese » Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:27 pm

Only other inconvenience with the 16" wheel will be only if you are weak like me:>) getting the bike on the center stand. I don't have a center stand on mine but when I did, I carried a piece of 1"x 4"x 4" just enough wood to run the rear wheel on. Man's gots to do what the Man' gots to do,eh? :>)




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