GL1100 tire recomendations

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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bruce swaybill
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GL1100 tire recomendations

Post by bruce swaybill » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:29 pm

I searched for this topic, but found no direct references...

Currently, I have Dunlop D404's on my '83 Interstate with about 5k miles.

A non-Wing rider I know suggested that my bike's tendency to "fall into" slow turns and the need for what seems like a large amount of negative torque on the handlebars to hold a long turn, like an off ramp, may improve with different tires. I know of some other models of bikes that also require a large negative torque to hold a curve.
(BTW, negative torque = counter steering torque, while positive torque = torque in the direction of the turn)

Has anyone else noticed this type of steering behavior with their Wing?
What tires would you recommend to improve this?
Any success stories?

Bruce S.

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Re: GL1100 tire recomendations

Post by Overdog » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:14 pm

My 83 had Dunlop Elite II on it when I got it. I replaced them with Michelin Commander II last spring and really like them. You'll have to go with a 130/70 on the front (120/90 not available). I find that they do NOT track in rain grooves, handle heavy rain very well and with the shorter front, it seems to fall into the corners easier. I put 4300 miles on them and they still look like new. They're not cheap though (Rocky Mountain ATV had the best prices I could find at the time) Best motorcycle tires I've ever used, IMO

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Re: GL1100 tire recomendations

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:23 pm

Dunlop 404s are fine, they are a quality tire, and for every day riding are suitable. You can spend all you want on a tire, but very minute differences to me isn't worth a wad of cash each time you replace tires. Regards, Johnny

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