Tires GL1100


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Tires GL1100

Postby echinus1988 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:06 am



Hi All,

I have to love this forum because there is such a wealth of information to be found here.

I have another item that I would like to get opinions on.

I have a 1982 Goldwing Aspencade that I am getting running. It has the saddlebags, trunk, fairing, lowers, and all the fun stuff. It also has a light bar with trailer hitch adding a little more weight.

We are getting ready for a 3,000 mile trip (my son on a 1980 Goldwing, me on the Aspencade) but the Aspencade tires are at least 6+ years old. So even though the front looks good, no way am I going to stay with those tires. The front has a Dunlop K491 and the back is Michelin but I haven't found the model on it yet. I also ride about 100 miles both ways to work so it will become my primary mode of transportation.

My question is, what is a good tire that will give me mileage but grip. I am not an aggressive rider. Money is only partly an issue since I would rather pay a little more and get a better tire.

Any suggestions for the weight of a Goldwing that will give me what I need?

As always, thanks to all of you for the help you give.

Steve



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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby CMReynolds1 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:33 am

Once I wore out the factory tires on my 82 Interstate, I switched to Metzlers. I replaced them 3 times in my time owning the bike. I would get about 13K-15K on them. I probably replaced a little sooner than I needed to, but that is my only safety stop that keeps me from getting serious road rash, or worse. I personally recommend the Metzler tires. I used a M33 Marathon on front and a M88 Marathon on back. It will be you choice as to what you do, but I did love the Metzlers!
Ride Safe,
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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby Earl43P » Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:04 am

I second the ME880's, although I just took one off and put an Avon Cobra on the rear of my 1100.
I have over 18,000 miles on that front M880 and it has tons of miles to go. The rear lasted that long too but I found the Cobra on sale and liked them on the Valkyrie before it went DD (double darkside). I ran them at 40psi. and couldn't have been happier with the handling and long life of the Metzlers.

I will say that I purposely altered my riding style for this set of tires.
I absolutely did not let out the clutch when downshifting to purposely see if it would extend the life of the rear.
I'm convinced it did and ride that way on all three bikes now, down-shifting to the appropriate gear while braking to every stop, but never making the rear tire skid by letting the clutch out. Yes, I know all about rev-matching/blipping the throttle. If I were in mountain twisties "gittin' it", yeah, but commuting instead - no need for all that.

Metzler ME880's are worth every penny, IMO.
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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby sportsfreaked » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:26 am

Whatever tires you decide to get I would recommend the Dyno Beads to balance the tires if you do them yourself. I changed the tires on my 81 Interstate and used the Dyno Beads 1oz for front and 2oz for the rear and they work GREAT!. Have fun on the trip and ride safe.
Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!
Ed

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:21 am

I too use metzlers marathon on my bike. I get about 15-19,000miles on them. I use dyna beads also.
I have a front and rear tire to put on in June for my ride to Alaska. I am switching from dyn beads to "ride on" for this trip. It balances and supposed to fix any punctures in a tire while you are still riding.

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:10 am

Ride On ? Tell me more about this product please... :D ain't no dyna beads can fix No puncture :lol: I think admin. had a 82 and he liked the avons... I have a 81 (different size) and I have spitfires, and really like the bridgestones...

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby ankgrays » Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:43 pm

Not to hijack the thread, but...

What SIZE is best for an 81 GL1100I?
I don't tolerate voluntary stupidity very well, and it seems to be rampant now-a-days.

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby CMReynolds1 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:50 pm

Not sure, but I have always gone with the widest tire that will fit without messing anything up. I want as much meat on the pavement as I can get.
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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:18 pm

ankgrays wrote:Not to hijack the thread, but...

What SIZE is best for an 81 GL1100I?

I use 130/90/17 on the rear and 110/90/19 on the front of my 81 Interstate... now back to his 82,, read some of the post from the past on the 82 tires,,,, everyone has an opinion.... Admin. really liked the Avon's so did Road Rogue..

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:55 pm

Tires are like oil. Everyone has a different opinion.

Just google ride on and you can read all about it.

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:12 pm

Oh..... Ok... :shock:


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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:09 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Ride On ? Tell me more about this product please... :D ain't no dyna beads can fix No puncture :lol: I think admin. had a 82 and he liked the avons... I have a 81 (different size) and I have spitfires, and really like the bridgestones...


I did like the Avons, but they are definitely not a long-distance tire. They are sticky, but not good for huge mileage. You can't have both! :)

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby echinus1988 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:14 pm

Well I would like to try the Metzlers but I talked to them today and they no longer make any tires in the 130/90-17 size. They still make the 110/90-19 but the rear is no longer available. Now I know why I couldn't find any!

I just ordered the Avon AM26 to try and will see how that works. If not, I'll use the Dunlop 404s that I have on the bike now but I am not really happy with the tread wear. This is especially with a commute of about 1,000 miles a month this summer. With my other riding I'll wear them out every 4 months and since I ride as late and as early as I can in the season, I don't know I can afford to keep tires on it!

Thank you to all that offered help and I'll rate the Avon's as soon as I can get a reading on them.

Steve

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:26 pm

I really do like the Bridgestone spitfires the really feel good on curves and leaning over,,, I like em...

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Re: Tires GL1100

Postby echinus1988 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:22 pm

Well, I can't say I feel too smart. I misread the years covered by that size tire (130/90-17). I ordered them and they don't fit. Thankfully I have a 1980 Goldwing that does use those that size tires. I ordered the Avon and will see how they work.

It doesn't cover the 1982 Aspencade which is a 140/90-16 which Metzler does make. I had them mounted and finally found my air leak in the suspension system. The leak is coming from the seals on the right fork so I just ordered seals today. So I hope I am only about 1-2 weeks away from fixing the bike and having it finally on the road. I'll report on the how the tires do in a later post.

I want to thank everyone here that has helped me at some time or another.

Steve




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