GL1200 darkside question

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GL1200 darkside question

Post by Yosemite Sam » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:58 am

Gotta a question, hoping I can get some good advice here...

I'm thinking of going darkside on my 85 GL1200 Interstate, but searching the internet and this forum there's not a whole lot of specific info. Some info I read says that some had to grind their rims a bit to get a good seal, and some say they didn't but I wasn't clear on what brand and size tire they used.

My reading tells me that the 15" rim on the GL1200 is the trickiest to put a car tire on, but like I said the ones who did it successflully, I wasn't clear on the specific tire.

So, as mentioned earlier, I'm hoping to get some up to date and specific info....if you put car tires on your GL1200 (with 15" rim), what tire and size is it?

Thanks for your help!!!!

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Re: GL1200 darkside question

Post by Mooseman » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:34 am

Here you go. Check out this site. Gives brands and sizes.... ... g-darkside
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Re: GL1200 darkside question

Post by Akron331pres » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:07 pm

Please read the article in the JULY 2012 Rider magazine. You may change your mind about putting a car tire on a bike.

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Re: GL1200 darkside question

Post by Ratslayer » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:14 pm

I am trying to find an appropriate CT for my 1200 as well. I have been running a Michelin PA 3 ZP 195/55 R16 @ 32 psi on my 1800 and have about 17,000 miles on just this year. Lots of research went into choosing that one. I hared comments about the Kumos having a shoulder bump to them as you leaned. Not so with the PA 3, you can't tell it isn't a MC tire. My service guy rode it right after I put it on and totally skeptical was shocked at how well it did. He fully expected to find that shoulder bump but nope. He was impressed. My front is a Bridgestone Battleax BT 45 130/70 R18 MC @ 38. The great news is that they both still look brand new. My E3's wore out in 6,000 and cupped so bad I thought I was riding on mud grips when I went into a corner. IT'S ALL GONE!! I know the 1200 has a narrower frame area and enen the stock E3's were a ****-bear to get on the rear.

Just my 2 cents

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