Tire choice for a GL1200 Naked bike

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Tire choice for a GL1200 Naked bike

Post by filupsd » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:05 pm

I would like your thoughts on tires. I have a GL1200 Naked bike and need to get a new set for the first time since I bought the bike 2 years ago. It has Dunlop E3s on it now but I'm not finding that one in the proper size (150/90-15) for the rear. There are other Dunlops and Michelins for about the same money but what about less expensive tires? I know a guy that buys, fixes and sells older bikes and he puts Shinkos on all those because they cost less and he can say they have new tires.

What are you thoughts. Remember this is a Standard 1200 so a bit lighter but I make up for the weight.

Thanks, David

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Re: Tire choice for a GL1200 Naked bike

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:19 pm

I've been wanting to try a set of S11 "Spitfire" tires. I've run Kenda Kruz, Shinko Tourmaster 230's and the E3's you mentioned on Goldwings. I don't have anything bad to say about any of them. The longest lasting tire I've ever run on the back of ANY motorcycle has been the E3, bar none.
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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