Tires To Reduce Tramlining Tendency


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rkmason
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Tires To Reduce Tramlining Tendency

Postby rkmason » Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:46 am



I've just started to ride my recommissioned '81 GL1100I, and I've noticed that this bike has a strong tendency to "tramline" (follow any grooves in the pavement). It still has old Dunlop 491 tires on it that are in remarkable condition considering their age, but they need to be replaced. Any suggestions for stock-size replacement tires that would help reduce this tramlining?



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Re: Tires To Reduce Tramlining Tendency

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:41 pm

there are multitudes of different tires out there, but keeping them at the correct pressure is key to a good ride and long tire life. your stock tire sizes are...FRONT-110-90/19 62H and REAR-130/90/17 68H. the "H" stands for the speed rating. make sure you get the ones with a "high speed" rating. a good tire will reduce the "tramlining" but not eliminate it completely. a decent set of tires will run you somewhere between 60-90 dollars each.

I have used a few different makes of tires and I found that for a softer ride, kenda kruze and shinkos,(Avon's are a little pricey as are Dunlop and continentals) are pretty good and you can get them at a reasonable price. if you go onto eBay, type your tire size and when you type in your front tire size, also include FRONT into the search box and it will bring up a few pages of tires, and same goes for when you type in your REAR tire size. some you can get at a "buy it now" price and some you can also get with "free shipping". you should get at least 20,000 from a set. the dealer recommends tire pressure at 41lbs in each tire, I however run mine at 36lbs.

keep in mind that a tire,(a car tire, not sure if a motorcycle tire works the same way), increases in pressure by 4lbs once it gets hot which is in the first 3 minutes or 1 mile of driving and the only way to re-correct the pressure is pump the,(car tire), tire up to 40lbs, then drop it down to 21lbs, then re-inflate it up to its proper pressure. never check your tire once its hot, you wont get an accurate pressure reading. I used to work in a Michelin tire dealership that's how I know about the proper car tire pressure, although im pretty sure it works the same way for motorcycle tires as well.

hope this helps you,

stuart.

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Re: Tires To Reduce Tramlining Tendency

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:18 am

I put the Spitfires on my 81 and I am pleased, I used the dyna beads too, this was suggested by a few great guys here,, I was old school and used the balancing stand and weights and got it perfect everytime before, I finally tried the beads and I am pleased, the Bridgestone Spitfires are great for the grooves, I noticed it right away, I used to hate how the dunlops would make the bike wander and such in the rain grooves of the road... :shock: I don't have many miles on them right now so I can't tell you how long they go.. Smooth ride with the beads for sure..

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Re: Tires To Reduce Tramlining Tendency

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:59 am

I haven't tried the Bridgestone tires yet, so I can give you any feedback on them.

stuart.

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Re: Tires To Reduce Tramlining Tendency

Postby rkmason » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:40 am

littlebeaver wrote:I put the Spitfires on my 81 and I am pleased, I used the dyna beads too, this was suggested by a few great guys here,, I was old school and used the balancing stand and weights and got it perfect everytime before, I finally tried the beads and I am pleased, the Bridgestone Spitfires are great for the grooves, I noticed it right away, I used to hate how the dunlops would make the bike wander and such in the rain grooves of the road... :shock: I don't have many miles on them right now so I can't tell you how long they go.. Smooth ride with the beads for sure..

OK, Thx. Think I'll try the Bridgestone Spitfires myself. I would trade some tread life for less tramlining. Just got some DynaBeads so I'll save them to use in the new Bridgestones. Did your tires need much weight to static balance them?

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Re: Tires To Reduce Tramlining Tendency

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:55 am

OK, Thx. Think I'll try the Bridgestone Spitfires myself. I would trade some tread life for less tramlining. Just got some DynaBeads so I'll save them to use in the new Bridgestones. Did your tires need much weight to static balance them?


Goldwings take 2oz of beads in each tire.

stuart.




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