Help with Tire Selection and What is Available


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fatalbert
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Help with Tire Selection and What is Available

Post by fatalbert » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:31 pm



I hate to ask this old topic, but I am looking for tires for the 1975 GL1000 I just got. I would like to stick with sizes similar to stock. There does not seem to be many choices out there. The 20 year old tires on the bike are flat and not made any more.

Would prefer tube type because they are so much easier to mount. Is anyone running tubless with tubes? What about radials - I would be a little concerned about doing that.

What brand and what model and size are you using. Shinko tires seem to be available in the most sizes but are mostly tubless.

Sorry to ask this question and I did read through old threads looking for suggestions.

Thanks,
Al



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Re: Help with Tire Selection and What is Available

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:33 pm

fatalbert wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:31 pm
I hate to ask this old topic, but I am looking for tires for the 1975 GL1000 I just got. I would like to stick with sizes similar to stock. There does not seem to be many choices out there. The 20 year old tires on the bike are flat and not made any more.

Would prefer tube type because they are so much easier to mount. Is anyone running tubless with tubes? What about radials - I would be a little concerned about doing that.

What brand and what model and size are you using. Shinko tires seem to be available in the most sizes but are mostly tubless.

Sorry to ask this question and I did read through old threads looking for suggestions.

Thanks,
Al
If you have a stock 75 with spoked wheels you don't have a choice as to tube/tubeless.

You can always run a tube in a tubeless tire far as I know.

I currently have Bridgestone Spitfires S11s on my bike. Some have said they are no longer made.

The current hot tire are the Shinkos but I have no direct knowledge of them.

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Re: Help with Tire Selection and What is Available

Post by Solina Dave » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:30 am

Al,
I have a '78 GL. I had run Bridgestone Spitfire II tires for years, but now they're difficult to impossible to obtain. So I had to go on the hunt for an alternative.
I ended up ordering and receiving a pair of Shinko 230 Tourmaster tires. They've been getting very good reviews, and are priced right. But I won't be able to install them, and test them out until the spring. I believe that your '75 takes the same size tires. (130/90-17 rear and 100 or 110/90-19 front). They're tubeless, but like SnoBrdr says you'll need tubes for your spoked wheels.

I live up here in Ontario, and deal with a supplier called Fortnine. This supplier has the widest range of potential tires that work for me. But I'm sure they're all probably available in the U.S. 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). There doesn't seem to be very many, if any other tires that will fit GL1000s, but that's a pretty good selection. I would strongly advise you to avoid Metzeler tires. Check out this link: viewtopic.php?t=37981

Good luck in your hunt. I hope this helps............................................Dave
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Re: Help with Tire Selection and What is Available

Post by SnoBrdr » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:22 am

Solina Dave wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:30 am
Al,
I have a '78 GL. I had run Bridgestone Spitfire II tires for years, but now they're difficult to impossible to obtain. So I had to go on the hunt for an alternative.
I ended up ordering and receiving a pair of Shinko 230 Tourmaster tires. They've been getting very good reviews, and are priced right. But I won't be able to install them, and test them out until the spring. I believe that your '75 takes the same size tires. (130/90-17 rear and 100 or 110/90-19 front). They're tubeless, but like SnoBrdr says you'll need tubes for your spoked wheels.

I live up here in Ontario, and deal with a supplier called Fortnine. This supplier has the widest range of potential tires that work for me. But I'm sure they're all probably available in the U.S. 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). There doesn't seem to be very many, if any other tires that will fit GL1000s, but that's a pretty good selection. I would strongly advise you to avoid Metzeler tires. Check out this link: viewtopic.php?t=37981

Good luck in your hunt. I hope this helps............................................Dave
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Re: Help with Tire Selection and What is Available

Post by fatalbert » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:55 pm

Thanks to all for the advise. I will check out the suggestions. Sorry for the late reply, but have been out of town and without access to the internet grid.

Thanks
Al

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Re: Help with Tire Selection and What is Available

Post by fatalbert » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:48 am

I kind of arrived at putting the Shinko 230 tire on the bike because of price point and how much I will be riding it.

The tires on it now are Goodyear Eagle - front ML-19 and rear MT-19. This translates to 110-90-19 and 130-90-17. There is only about a 1/4 inch of clearance on either side of rub points.

Is anyone currently running the 110 and 130 on their 75-77 Goldwings? and have they had any problems?

Thanks,
Al



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