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Allan10
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Tires

Postby Allan10 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:39 pm



Here's a question am need of a rear tire for my 82 1100 which has a conti on it and am going to replace it with a MC tire was wondering what people belive is the best tire for the money. Ive been looking at some Metzlers and Dunlops just looking for more info. Thanks Allan10



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Re: Tires

Postby harvey01 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:40 pm

Tires are sort of like oil, everyone has his opinion of what is best. Due to the age of your wing I suspect Honda specifies bias ply tires. I like the Dunlop E3 Bias Ply.

Some will suggest upgrade to radials, and I really like the handling of radials on my 04 Wing but then it was designed by Honda for radial tires.

I have used Metzlers with great success, and have a set on my CBX right now but they are ageing and need replacement before any serious riding. I know many folks who swear by their Avons!

I can not address the quality of the tire but you might also look at the Shinko. They are usually a little cheaper and I have not heard of any problems.
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Re: Tires

Postby minimac » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:16 pm

Buying a tire based on price alone is never a good idea. With Shinkos, its a crapshoot. For everyone that likes them, there's another that had problems. Personally I had cracking between the treads on the rear tire. Thirty five hundred miles and it was junk. I'll never buy them again. There is nothing wrong with running radials on an older bike. I run radials on my 1500 and the handling is far superior to any bias tire I had on it. The key is adjusting the pressure to suit your riding style.

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Re: Tires

Postby MikeB » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:37 pm

Take a look at American Motorcycle Tire. http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/

Also, check Randak's site http://www.randakksblog.com/tire-recommendations/.

From what little research I did, your tires are Front 110/90/19 and Rear 130/90/17.

Lots of reputable manufacturers out there. Dunlop, Pirelli, Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone, Avon to name a few. If I were you I would stay away from the Shinko brand. I have read about too many bad experiences with them. I've also had personal experience with Metzler's and multiple tread separations.

Also, it is a good idea to stay with Bias Ply tires if your motorcycle was made to use Bias Ply.
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Re: Tires

Postby deanbw » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:47 pm

God please...shoot me now. OK now that we have that out of the way (another tire thread) I don't care what you buy, if you get them online you can't check when they were made. I have bought Metzeler and had them be crap, I have bought Shinko (which were Yokahama, Shinco bought the motorcycle line) and had them be great. If you buy an old tire from some warehouse online it can be shot before you ever use it. the rubber dries out, gets hard and cracks. right now I have 777 Shinko's on one bike and Pirelli on the other. Both handle well except the Pirelli's are wearing fast (they are on a 600 dual sport). I have never been a fan of Dunlop or Bridgestone myself, but it's personal preference. Buy what you want, check the year date....The age of motorcycle tires may be determined with the help of the DOT number. This number may be found on the side of the motorcycle tire.
Example:
DOT EB V3 BRD 1200

The DOT numbers have had four digits since the year 2000. Since the 1st of January the DOT numbers have been stated in four digits. The first two digits state the calendar week; the last two digits indicate the production year.
Example:
2305 = 23rd calendar week 2005

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Re: Tires

Postby Allan10 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:51 am

Thanks for the info guys! it never hurts to get different opinons, The rear tire is a 140/19-60. And for Deanbw you are right about the age thats the problem I am having right now the rear is older than the front and is starting to ck. Allan

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Re: Tires

Postby minimac » Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:33 am

MikeB wrote:Also, it is a good idea to stay with Bias Ply tires if your motorcycle was made to use Bias Ply.


Please explain why. Using that logic, one should never use radial tires on older(classic) vehicles because "they were designed for bias tires". One shouldn't upgrade shocks, electrical systems, lighting, brakes, or anything else because the factory engineers didn't design it that way? HOGWASH!!!! The only reason to keep the bias tires are if you're doing a completely stock restoration.

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Re: Tires

Postby MikeB » Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:52 am

I'm not an expert on tires/suspensions for various vehicles and I will not advise someone to change to radial or bias ply tires based on an opinion.

Staying with the tires the MOTORCYCLE is designed for is never a bad idea.


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