Tires for 1987 1200 interstate


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Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby douglas » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:55 pm



Hello best recommendation for tires for Gold wing 1200 interstate. SHOULD I TRY AND FINDDUNLOP ELITE 11 491 OR OTHER TYPE THANKS IN ADVANCE. Bike is 1987



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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:57 am

douglas wrote:Hello best recommendation for tires for Gold wing 1200 interstate. SHOULD I TRY AND FINDDUNLOP ELITE 11 491 OR OTHER TYPE THANKS IN ADVANCE. Bike is 1987

if you do find Dunlop e2's those tires are old and have been sitting in the shop for some time now. if you want dunlops get the e3's
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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby oldishwinger » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:11 pm

Tires are a personal taste really, its a matter of trying to find the ones that suit you.

However in my very humble opinion, either the Dunlop elite 3, or the Avon Venom x would be a reasonable choice.

The elite 3 has a lighter but slightly harder feel, and will give a bike a bit of a sportier feel.

The avon venom x also handle well, with a more softer feel.

These are my own personal opinions and may not nessaccarialy fit with others,

whatever tire you choose, make sure it is rated to take the weight of the goldwing.

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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:18 pm

I've tried a lot of tires over the years. Unfortunately, it wasn't until I owned a "big" motorcycle that I became aware of the significance of matching the "Load Capacity or Load Rating" of the tire to the motorcycle on which I planned to put the tire. I don't know, looking back on it, why none of the places I used to buy tires from, never asked me what I planned to put them on... but they didn't.

Perhaps that is one reason why I always felt I got deplorable life out of tires. I bought tires I liked the looks of, over tires that had the attributes, particularly proper load rating, that I should have sought out.

Having written those words, I'll echo that has been written about the Elite 3. I have one on the rear of my 1200, and it is wearing better than anything else I've ever used on a motorcycle. It does make a little bit of a singing noise in the curves, but since I've taken up the wearing of ear plugs for all my riding (my hearing is leaving me as I age), I rarely notice the sound anymore.

There are plenty other options. I've got a set of Kenda Kruz tires waiting for when the E3 wears out. I'm going to try them. If I like 'em, I'll buy more. If not, I'm going to try a set of Shinko 230 Tourmasters... and if I don't like those, I'll try a set of Bridgestone S11 Spitfires... and if I don't like any of them, I'll go back to the E3's because I know they ride and wear well.
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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby oldishwinger » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:06 pm

The recommended ratings for the tires, from Honda, are 67H for the front, and 74H rear. Also these days there are V rated tires, which will do the job just as well.

You can find the explanation for these ratings usually on the manufactures web sites, along with recommended minimum psi for each tire.

Dont use the 1200 manual for the psi in the tires these are for and older tire available, when the 1200 was first manufactured. For instance, the minimum pressures for the elite 3 and the avon venom x is 36psi front, and 40psi rear.

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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby bwagner6 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:45 pm

I'm rolling on Shinko 230 Tourmaster front and rear.... I keep 38psi up front and 40psi in the rear. Love these tires for ride comfort and handling and the price is hard to beat.

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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:51 pm

I'm curious as to how they wear? I've read good and bad reviews of them and never could quite get a "miles per tire" report.

It is good to read that you like them.

bwagner6 wrote:I'm rolling on Shinko 230 Tourmaster front and rear.... I keep 38psi up front and 40psi in the rear. Love these tires for ride comfort and handling and the price is hard to beat.
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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby bwagner6 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:06 pm

HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:I'm curious as to how they wear? I've read good and bad reviews of them and never could quite get a "miles per tire" report.

It is good to read that you like them.

bwagner6 wrote:I'm rolling on Shinko 230 Tourmaster front and rear.... I keep 38psi up front and 40psi in the rear. Love these tires for ride comfort and handling and the price is hard to beat.

I just put my second front tire on at 13000.... Still could have stretched it out but I run a tire and auto shop so I'm over cautious when it comes to tires. The rear I changed out at 9000... Not great mileage but for the cost not bad. I have my guys change them at my shop so no cost involved with the changes.

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Re: Tires for 1987 1200 interstate

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:52 pm

I don't think 9000 miles on a rear tire is bad at all, especially when you consider the cost. I usually get double the mileage out of a front than the rear out of a "set" but that is based on poor wear (5000 miles or so) on a rear tire... so, I'd say you did pretty well.

Thanks for letting me know

bwagner6 wrote:I just put my second front tire on at 13000.... Still could have stretched it out but I run a tire and auto shop so I'm over cautious when it comes to tires. The rear I changed out at 9000... Not great mileage but for the cost not bad. I have my guys change them at my shop so no cost involved with the changes.


I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.


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