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Tires

Postby secheltbob » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:04 am



I am probably a little late in posting this but still wanted some feedback. I have just ordered a new rear tire for my 1100 as the existing one was nearly worn out and was also mismatched with the front.

I nearly ordered the wrong tire because the manual stated that the rear was a 17 in. and what is on the bike is a 16 in. :o Pays to look twice. I am thinking the the PO changed the rim in order to get a little lower ride, just a guess.

Anyway I ordered a 140/90 71H Bridgestone Spitfire S11 to match the front. I sent away to Canada's Motorcycle as they had free delivery :D and their prices were close to what I could get one in Vancouver for. Anybody have experience with these tires? Apparently they have two grades of rubber, a harder one down the center for milage and a stickier one on the sides for cornering.

Anyone know how well beads work for balancing? I have never changed a tire quite as large as this one so am wondering if anyone has any brilliant thoughts on doing it myself. removing the existing weights and using beads for balancing. I still may take it to a shop in Van. to get it done.

Thanks ahead of time for any ideas.



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Re: Tires

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:36 am

the 82 should have the 16 inch wheel on it, earlier years had the 17 inch. The correct tire is a 140/90-16. You will get many different opinions on which tire is best .I happen to really like the Avon Venoms on the 1100, cost a little more but worth it to me.
As for using Dyna Beads, they are the best thing since sliced bread. just make sure that when the tires get mounted the inside of the tire stays dry. You dont want any extra lube in there to gum up the Dyna Beads. I mount my own tires all the time and use Lemon Pledge (the furnature polish) on a cloth to act as tire bead lube (its a silicone oil, very slippery).

Keep the tires aired up to the maximum on the tire label not the pressure in the manual I run mine 41psi front 44psi rear. 8-)
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Re: Tires

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:27 am

I agree, the Venoms are superb on the 1100. I use Armor All to lubricate when mounting, it dries quickly and is fairly slippery.

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Re: Tires

Postby Wilcoy02 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:32 pm

The beads are the best thing to come along. Always balanced,no more vibration, and longer tire life. Put the beads in the tire while mounting. A lot easier than putting them through the valve stem.

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Re: Tires

Postby patbrandon1 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:44 pm

secheltbob wrote:Anyone know how well beads work for balancing? I have never changed a tire quite as large as this one so am wondering if anyone has any brilliant thoughts on doing it myself. removing the existing weights and using beads for balancing. I still may take it to a shop in Van. to get it done.

Thanks ahead of time for any ideas.


Do you have the tools to change the tires yourself? I just had new tires put on in the fall, so I can't say if the beads work for me yet. I have the Honda dealer put the tires on for $25 each, OTD, and I do some stuff to the bike while they have the tires I take to them. And you will get many different opinions on tires, because there are different riding conditions, and situations. I use Shinko tires because I like them. But I do believe there is a DIY on this site for changing the tires. I just don't like doing it any more. I'm either getting lazy, or like to pick where I expend my energy these days. :D

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Re: Tires

Postby secheltbob » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:06 pm

Thanks all for the info. I am just waiting for parts to arrive so I can start work on reassembly. I am going to try the beads to see how we'll they work. 95 % of all sites I visited have good things to say about them. Will keep you posted as to my progress (at least I hope it will be progress) :?

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Re: Tires

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:48 am

These two guys worked on me to change over to Dyna Beads for some time, Admin. Roadrogue ,,hummmm I was reluctant to try them, I have always taken great pride in my own balancing act, because I'm a master balancer :lol: [birds] but I tried them, I gotta say they seem pretty gosh darn good so far...I guess when the tire is worn out and ready to change I will drill a hole in the center of the tire with a holesaw to get the beads out so they don't end up on my floor :shock: ,,, just drop them into a bucket or not... :shock:

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Re: Bridgestone Spitfires

Postby secheltbob » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:45 am

Not that I am going to not use it but since I have already ordered a Bridgestone Spitfire S11 to match my perfectly good front tire does anyone have any experiences with them to share? (Either good or bad). All that I have read so far have not brought me to any conclusions. I guess what I am most interested in is how they perform on wet roads. I'm a senior so I don't push the limits on either wet or dry roads anymore. I have been riding for over 40 years and have well over 100,000 miles in the saddle, I still have all my parts attached in their respective places and plan to keep them that way.

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Re: Tires

Postby Greg_C » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:56 am

secheltbob,

i checked last evening and the ones you ordered are the same brand of tires that are on my new to me 1980 GL1100 project bike.
I have 110/90 - 19" on front and 130/90 - 17" on rear. They look like decent tires, and the review comments on the Canadian Motocycle site seem to support that.

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Re: Tires

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:38 pm

I had a set of Spitfires on the CX500 Custom my son rode last year.
They are a pretty nice tire. Had about 7000 miles on them when he traded that bike for the '80 GL1100.
Those Spitfires stuck like glue in the rain, and handled nice..Quiet and stylish...A nice tire.
I am going to put a set onto the GS650 Suzuki I am rescuing this summer too..
I am unsure of how they will react on a 700 lbs + bike as my experience has been on a smaller bike (490lbs).
If the load rating is acceptable -- I would have no problem using them..
The GL1100 I is awaiting a new set of Dunlop D404's at our house..The ones on it now are worn down but seem like a good tire...? :geek:
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Re: Tires

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:47 pm

I have Bridgestone spit fires I just installed on my 81, Same size as 80 model mentioned, I had dunlops 404's in the past, they are not the best in my opinion, example : the dunlops when riding over rain grooves on a highway will make the bike act eratic and such I just rode over a common road I travel with the same type rain grooves with the new BS spitfires and boy I noticed a major difference, the bike didn't sway and feel unstable, I think it's the difference in the tread design..I'm not a expert but I like them enough to buy them again..Smooth ride too..Especially when adding in dyna beads..Holy smokes these boys aren't lying ..it's smooth..I have read nothing but good things about BS's and Avon's,,they are both great.. the BS have reports of lasting a good long time, Avons too,,,I will see..I have not rode in the rain using these tires yet so I can't say...

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Re: Tires

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:52 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I have Bridgestone spit fires I just installed on my 81, Same size as 80 model mentioned, I had dunlops 404's in the past, they are not the best in my opinion, example : the dunlops when riding over rain grooves on a highway will make the bike act eratic and such I just rode over a common road I travel with the same type rain grooves with the new BS spitfires and boy I noticed a major difference, the bike didn't sway and feel unstable, I think it's the difference in the tread design..I'm not a expert but I like them enough to buy them again..Smooth ride too..Especially when adding in dyna beads..Holy smokes these boys aren't lying ..it's smooth..I have read nothing but good things about BS's and Avon's,,they are both great.. the BS have reports of lasting a good long time, Avons too,,,I will see..I have not rode in the rain using these tires yet so I can't say...



Good Information here...
I (my son also) really like the Spitfires on the CX500. The D404's on the GL1100i now seem fine, but they are nearly worn out and the comparison is weak...I like the Spitfiress too...maybe we will stick with those for the next set of shoes for the old gal...
Any one else have comments or comparisons between these choices..?
:?:


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