tires and handling

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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tires and handling

Postby marve319 » Sun May 03, 2015 11:36 am

Hello everyone,
I am back with some more questions. I have been feeling uncomfortable with the handling of my 1100 interstate. I am thinking it is the tires. Let me ask another question about the adjustments on each side of the fork. The one that goes from 1-4. What exactly does that do?? Also what is everyone's suggestions on the brand of tire I should put on my 1100i?? I bought my Goldwing used and the tires were already on it. I have ridden something over 5000 miles and made two trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains. I don't think the tires were new when I bought the bike. We rebuilt the front forks and progressive springs added when I bought it. That was over 3years ago. I didn't have any problems with it after that. But now it seems like it might be pulling on the right, I can't exactly pin point what it is. Is it time to change the fork oil, maybe?? How often does that need to be done??

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Re: tires and handling

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun May 03, 2015 5:31 pm

If you liked what was on the bike then get the same thing.

I prefer Metzeler Marathon tires with dyna beads for my GL1100.

My front tire is starting to sing to me so I know it is time to replace.

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Re: tires and handling

Postby redbug » Sun May 03, 2015 6:08 pm

The numbers on the side are for ride adjustment and the anti dive when you brake hard with number 1 being soft to the firm of number 4. Be sure both sides are set at the same number. I Have Dunlop E-3s front and rear. They will sing a little when you lean it over, they have been to me a good high mileage tire.
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