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Solina Dave
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GL1000 Owners Only!

Post by Solina Dave » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:13 pm



What tires do you use? And why do you use those particular tires?

Thanks..................Dave :D


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Post by badandy » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:45 am

I run Shinko tires on all my antique bikes.
1. Best bang for the buck.
2. I don't ride aggressively.
3. I don't ride in the rain unless I get caught in it.
4. I don't put a lot of miles on in a year.
5. You can find the sizes needed for these older bikes.
6. Made from former Yokohama equipment and technology.

I have a set of Shinko 712's on my GL1000. That is the cheapest tire you can find. I got these because I was going to flip the bike, but decided to keep it after getting it road worthy. I have put nearly 1000 miles on them and have absolutely no problem with them. I run Shinko Tour Masters on my other bikes and will go with these when the 712's need replaced.

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Post by SnoBrdr » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:16 pm

Bridgestone Spitfires last few sets.

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Post by Solina Dave » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:40 pm

SnoBrdr wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:16 pm
Bridgestone Spitfires last few sets.
Same here, for several years now. A great tire. But it seems to me that Bridgestone has discontinued them. That's why I'm curious as to what tires everyone with an early GL1000 is using, and searching for suggestions. :idea:
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Post by Solina Dave » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:12 pm

badandy wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:45 am
I run Shinko tires on all my antique bikes.
1. Best bang for the buck.
2. I don't ride aggressively.
3. I don't ride in the rain unless I get caught in it.
4. I don't put a lot of miles on in a year.
5. You can find the sizes needed for these older bikes.
6. Made from former Yokohama equipment and technology.

I have a set of Shinko 712's on my GL1000. That is the cheapest tire you can find. I got these because I was going to flip the bike, but decided to keep it after getting it road worthy. I have put nearly 1000 miles on them and have absolutely no problem with them. I run Shinko Tour Masters on my other bikes and will go with these when the 712's need replaced.
Thanks for that suggestion. I don't ride aggressively either, and feel the same about riding in the rain. An average riding season for me is 15,000 kms./9,300 miles. Those tires are probably a good possibility, but I saw a Rider Magazine review that said the Shinko 230 Tour Masters they tested, were down to approx. 77% rear tire tread remaining, and 87% front tread, after just over 1,000 miles. They said that the Shinko rubber is a softer compound to make the tire grip better, at the cost of tire life. Who knows?
Up here in 'The Great White North", probably the supplier with the widest range of potential tires in these sizes would be FortNine. Also competatively priced, as Canadian prices go. I priced out tires that fit these GLs, in pairs, as follows: Duro HF-918($149.00), Kenda K657($185.00), Shinko 230 Tour Master($203.00), Bridgestone Battlax BT-45($284.00), Dunlop D404($295.00), Michelin Pilot Active($312.00), Pirelli Sport Demon($342.00), Metzeler Lasertec($367.00). From what I've been reading from members of this site, viewtopic.php?f=10&t=37981 Metzeler's of my list anyway.
Eight possibilities. I guess just take your pick.

I hope this helps someone...............Dave :D
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Post by SnoBrdr » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:44 pm

Solina Dave wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:40 pm
SnoBrdr wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:16 pm
Bridgestone Spitfires last few sets.
Same here, for several years now. A great tire. But it seems to me that Bridgestone has discontinued them. That's why I'm curious as to what tires everyone with an early GL1000 is using, and searching for suggestions. :idea:
Yet they are still widely sold.

Wonder about the 5 year rule as they stopped making in in 2015 if not before.

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Post by Solina Dave » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:36 am

SnoBrdr wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:44 pm
Solina Dave wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:40 pm
SnoBrdr wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:16 pm
Bridgestone Spitfires last few sets.
Same here, for several years now. A great tire. But it seems to me that Bridgestone has discontinued them. That's why I'm curious as to what tires everyone with an early GL1000 is using, and searching for suggestions. :idea:
Yet they are still widely sold.

Wonder about the 5 year rule as they stopped making in in 2015 if not before.
Maybe I wasn't clear enough. I'm talking specifically about the 130/90-17 Spitfire II rear tire to fit a GL1000. I can't locate them in Canada in that size. The only supplier I'm seeing on US sites is Tires Unlimited. http://tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRES/B ... re_s11.htm They seem to stock them, but whether they'd be available at check-out, I don't know. I didn't go that far. I certainly don't see them as being widely sold at any rate. I've checked out many sites without success. If you know of someplace where they're available, let me know.
What do you mean by, " Wonder about the 5 year rule as they stopped making in in 2015 if not before."?
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Re: GL1000 Owners Only!

Post by SnoBrdr » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:40 am

Solina Dave wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:36 am
SnoBrdr wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:44 pm
Solina Dave wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:40 pm


Same here, for several years now. A great tire. But it seems to me that Bridgestone has discontinued them. That's why I'm curious as to what tires everyone with an early GL1000 is using, and searching for suggestions. :idea:
Yet they are still widely sold.

Wonder about the 5 year rule as they stopped making in in 2015 if not before.
Maybe I wasn't clear enough. I'm talking specifically about the 130/90-17 Spitfire II rear tire to fit a GL1000. I can't locate them in Canada in that size. The only supplier I'm seeing on US sites is Tires Unlimited. http://tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRES/B ... re_s11.htm They seem to stock them, but whether they'd be available at check-out, I don't know. I didn't go that far. I certainly don't see them as being widely sold at any rate. I've checked out many sites without success. If you know of someplace where they're available, let me know.
What do you mean by, " Wonder about the 5 year rule as they stopped making in in 2015 if not before."?
Rule of thumb is that if a tire is 5 years past it's manufacture date, you change it.

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Post by KCwing » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:02 pm

badandy wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:45 am
I run Shinko tires on all my antique bikes.
1. Best bang for the buck.
2. I don't ride aggressively.
3. I don't ride in the rain unless I get caught in it.
4. I don't put a lot of miles on in a year.
5. You can find the sizes needed for these older bikes.
6. Made from former Yokohama equipment and technology.

I have a set of Shinko 712's on my GL1000. That is the cheapest tire you can find. I got these because I was going to flip the bike, but decided to keep it after getting it road worthy. I have put nearly 1000 miles on them and have absolutely no problem with them. I run Shinko Tour Masters on my other bikes and will go with these when the 712's need replaced.
This is the very reason I bought the 712’s. I have three bikes and ride about 15k combined. My 78 GL1000 has these and they have worked out great! Put about 1000 miles on them so far.



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