Tires for GL1000


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Tires for GL1000

Postby mycrawla » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:46 pm



I am in the market for new rubber on my 76 GL1000. Just wanted to ask what a good tire would be, and not have to sell my body parts(heart,liver,kidneys etc.) to afford them.



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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:28 am

Do you still have tube rims? That really seems to limit availability. Many have put Comstar tubeless on instead.. The guys over at http://www.ngwclub.com/ have many 1000s, they might be better able to offer advice? Good luck!

I've bought from http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/ you can search by tire size. I don't know about tubeless?

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby goldtr6c » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:11 pm

If you have the original rims on the 76, they are tube type. If you have the later 78-79 rims (early comstar), they are also tube type. I hear of folks putting tubeless on these early comstars but don't! You're only flirting with the undertaker. I've seen them hold air just fine till you get up to freeway speed, then the sidewalls loose their seal loosing all the air very quickly.
The tubeless first appeared on the Gl1100 and the rim will be marked "tubeless". These won't fit the Gl1000s unfortunately.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby Placerville » Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:00 pm

Go to http://www.randakks.com/ and read his comments on tires for early GL's.
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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby OldGold13 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:44 pm

This is a great question, particularly since the trend in new bike happens to be larger tires. I took Randaak's advice a few years back (www.Randakks.com. I bought Bridgestone's Spitfires in stock size. After 3,000 some miles, I've had them through heavy rain, gravel covered roads and over 100 mph several times. They've given me great handling, a safe feeling of stability, and no grip worries. Bridgestone has introduced a new classic bike series with a V rating, the BT45 series. My next purchase will likely be these since I feel so confident about Bridgestones. You won't be sorry with either the Spitfires or the BT45s.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby geo steinke » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:08 pm

I replaced the tires on my 76 Wing last year. They are tube type tires. I went through J & P Cycles of Anamosa Iowa and put a set of Avon tires on front and rear. They are excellent have no complaints with them. I called there service tecs and they helped pick them out. Aslo don't forget to replace the tube band that protects the tube from the spokes. When mounting them I use Son of Gun protect spray instead of soapy water. This was a recomdation from this forum and it works great. Soapy water has some corosive materials in it and they will pit your rims. And lastly I learned this from the WIng Administer his advise was to get a product called Dyna beads to put in your tires to balance them. I think I paid $15 for enough to do both tires and they are WELL WORTH it. I have no shimmy no vibration NOTHING.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby geo steinke » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:11 pm

Sorry Forgot I replaced both tires with everything for less than $400.00 Dollars. If I remeber correctly is was closer to 350.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby OldGold13 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:02 am

An earlier comment referenced the GL1000 bike as being stuck with tubetype tires. Actually, you can buy the vintage Lester 7 spoke cast wheels on eBay that mount perfectly on the GL1000 and are tubeless. I was able to find an NOS...yeah...never used rear Lester 17" wheel. The only thing you need to watch out for is that the early GL1000s (1975 and 1976) require a 6-bolt mount in the front. The later GL1000s used 5-bolt front mount. Check your bike and the Lester wheel you're looking to buy, so you won't be disappointed upon trying to mount the front wheel. I've seen rear Lester wheels in 16" as well as the more typical 17". The front Lesters are 19". You can also install the 1983 GL1100 11-spoke cast wheels onto the later GL1000s ('77-79s). The front '83 wheel is 18" and the rear is "16. The rear wheel is more difficult to mount as you need to exchange the stock rear drive flange, changing it from a 6-bolt (GL1000 original) to the GL1100 5-bolt flange. This takes some shimming, but will work fine. Research this on the web...it's been done and discussed on Goldwing forums, possibly this forum...as it's the best out there. I will say that the old GL1000's look amazing with cast wheels...I love my Lesters. Good luck!

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby ehadams » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:33 pm

I am running Metzler ME880 Marathon on my 75. 140/80-17 Rear 100/90-19 on the Front. I am running with a sidecar and have gotten over 8000 miles on the rear and more on the front. I am running the Honda Comstar wheels on the bike, since I busted a bunch of rear spokes with the sidecar. One of the rims is labeled as tubeless the other isn't, so one has a tube and the other does not.

here is a gallery of pictures of my bike for reference.
http://adamsvt.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ ... 3919_zVABz

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby geo steinke » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:55 pm

Nice looking bike ehadams. Alot of work in it but it sure paid off, it looks sweet.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby kmassey » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:35 pm

goldtr6c wrote:If you have the original rims on the 76, they are tube type. If you have the later 78-79 rims (early comstar), they are also tube type. I hear of folks putting tubeless on these early comstars but don't! You're only flirting with the undertaker. I've seen them hold air just fine till you get up to freeway speed, then the sidewalls loose their seal loosing all the air very quickly.
The tubeless first appeared on the Gl1100 and the rim will be marked "tubeless". These won't fit the Gl1000s unfortunately.

Well said.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby thrasherg » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:38 pm

ehadams wrote:I am running Metzler ME880 Marathon on my 75. 140/80-17 Rear 100/90-19 on the Front. I am running with a sidecar and have gotten over 8000 miles on the rear and more on the front. I am running the Honda Comstar wheels on the bike, since I busted a bunch of rear spokes with the sidecar. One of the rims is labeled as tubeless the other isn't, so one has a tube and the other does not.

here is a gallery of pictures of my bike for reference.
http://adamsvt.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ ... 3919_zVABz


That's a very nice looking wing. Again love the green!! Very clean, how much time do you spend cleaning it compared to riding :D Wish I could get my wing just half as clean as that!!

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby ehadams » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:42 pm

I only was the bike a few times a year. I did manage to wash before putting it away for the winter this year. I have put a little over 4000 miles each of the last two years. I will admit that the pictures were all taken after the bike has been washed. But surprisingly the color hides dirt very well.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby OldGold13 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:39 pm

EHAdams,
I have been trying to research the possible fit of Metzler ME880 140/80-17 on the back end of the GL1000. You did have any rubbing issues on the rear right side? How well do the 880s handle compared to other tires you've ridden on your GL? Does it grip in tight curves as well and/or does it wear as well or better than other tires you've run...on this bike or others?
Looks like if you respond positively about these questions, I can plan on buying the 880s next Spring. Thanks

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby ehadams » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:11 am

I have had no rubbing issues with the Metzlers. I run between 38 and 40PSI. When I have had the bike solo I have not had any issues. In the last 16000 miles that I have put on ME880 about 2000 has been solo. They wear real well. Like I said I have gotten over 8000 on the rear with the sidecar and about 10000 on the first front one. The current front has 8000 on it and still looks good. I had a long discussion with a local shop about the tire wear and they felt that you get what you pay for. Their Even though the Metzlers are more expensive the last longer, which is crucial with the sidecar as I am only really using the center of the tires for the most part as I don't lean.

Eric

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby ehadams » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:13 am

I will try to remember to take a picture of the clearance on the right side in the next couple of days.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby curtis71 » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:44 am

just put a set of lester mags on my 77 and love it,no more tube and a lot easier to clean

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby OldGold13 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:10 pm

I'm still very interested in those who have experimented with different brands and sizes of tires for our old GL1000's. I'd especially like to try on a bigger size on the rear, although I realize there is only maybe 1/4" between the stock tire and the control arm on the right side...and I don't really want to modify to enlarge. Thanks for your responses.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby Haggard » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:11 am

ehadams wrote:I am running Metzler ME880 Marathon on my 75. 140/80-17 Rear 100/90-19 on the Front. I am running with a sidecar and have gotten over 8000 miles on the rear and more on the front. I am running the Honda Comstar wheels on the bike, since I busted a bunch of rear spokes with the sidecar. One of the rims is labeled as tubeless the other isn't, so one has a tube and the other does not.

here is a gallery of pictures of my bike for reference.
http://adamsvt.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ ... 3919_zVABz


Hello
I am interested to change tyres on my GL 1000 1978 and to use max width at the rear and interested to use 140/80-17 but worried about clearance at the rear side. How many millimetres width is your tyres? and clearance?

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:40 pm

Remember the rim size sets the width of the tire to the pavement. So if you use a 140 tire instead of a 130 on the same rim, it will be taller and more narrow. The 130 is the widest tire contact I have been told with a 16in Lester. Wider goes taller.

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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby Old Fogey » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:27 pm

Using even a 130 on a standard 2.5" rim is pushing it, according to Bridgestone's fitment chart. This is the size most of us use.
Cyborg runs a 150 on a 3" Lester but the swing arm has to be massaged somewhat to get it in, and changing tyres is a real PITA .

Not all Lesters are tubeless. Simplest way to tell: You'll either have the ones with the large valve hole to take a tubeless type valve, or you'll have the ones with a small hole for a tube valve to stick through. The real difference, as with all these rims, it the shape of the tyre bead flange.

On the original question, I put a pair of Shenko Tour Masters on with tubes and beads for my last trip over, changing from the BT45s which I was never happy with as the front seems to be the wrong shape, making the bike 'drop' into corners.
The Shenkos were bought on price, from Bike Bandit, but I have to say the difference in the ride and the handling was amazing. Admittedly have not ridden in rain with them, but after our ride to Canada and back, about 800 miles (engine trouble stopped anything more) I love them.
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Re: Tires for GL1000

Postby Haggard » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:04 am

Hello

i bought Bridgestone BT45 140/70-17 ( 139 mm on the shoulder) (rim 2.50-17) and it fits well and still 10-12 mm clearance to the driveshaft (so i guess that 150/70-17 will also fit but.... :-) )
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