Rear Tire Maximum Width???


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Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby t_reister » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:05 pm



The manual says the rear tire should be 130/90/17 on a 1981 GL 1100. I have seen that a 140 would fit. Anybody have any real life experience they would care to pass on? I would like a wider tire but don't want to find out the hard way.



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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby trashtruck » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:06 am

it depends on the manufacturer. 82 stock tire is 140/90/16 and some tires rub. if it aint broke, dont fix it.
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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby Dakotaman » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:54 pm

How bad of a rub dictates replacing tire???

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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby trashtruck » Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:21 pm

any tire rub needs to be investigated. this is a serious safety situation.
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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby Dakotaman » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:27 pm

I brought the bike back to where I bought it. They checked things out, and determined that 140/90/16 is the problem, and replaced it with another Dunlop one size smaller for free.

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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby trashtruck » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:17 pm

what tire size did you end up with? just curious.
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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby Dakotaman » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:38 am

He told me it was a Dunlop 130/90/16, if I remember correctly. I am not positive, cause I still have to pick the bike up when the weather down here gets a bit better. I'll come back and post when I find out for sure.

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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby Dakotaman » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:49 pm

Got the Wing back today. He put a 130/90/16 MC on the back.

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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby trashtruck » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:33 pm

good to see you got that worked out. i can say from personal experience, high speed blowouts are far from fun.
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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby psp4956 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:40 pm

I have a similar problem: I have 2- 1980's and a 82. The 80s have 17 inch rears and the 82 has 16. Is this correct and why? The 82 has a squatting problem, (suspension) and it wont set on its side kickstand without falling, OOps, embarrassing. Curious as to the size differences

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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby trashtruck » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:12 pm

in 82 honda modified the transmission and the rear tire for better fuel economy, thus the size difference.
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Re: Rear Tire Maximum Width???

Postby plumbermullins » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:46 pm

82/83 swing arm is indented a small amount more than an 80/81 also allowing for a wider tire.a friend of mine put a larger tire on an 81 and found scuffing on the side wall. after examining my 82 we determined that the 82 had a wider opening for the wider tire, he obtained an 82 swing arm and installed it with the 82 drive gear is happy with the results tach's a little different but gives him the ability to rum wider tire.




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