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prodriver583
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best tires

Postby prodriver583 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:39 pm



I have been studying tires for the wings, and have't come up with anything difinitive. I would like to run radials, but the tire mfg's dont have a good solid tire on the market. I would like a siped tire, or at the least, a GOOD center groove, and good water drainage grooves. /This would make the tire last longer, and adhere to the road better. Anyone have good suggestions, or experiences?



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Re: best tires

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:32 am

my tire experiance on the wings, e3 dunlop. kenda challenger on the 450 and some type of dunlop on my other bikes
'99 ST1100, '93 se
'75 cb750k, '79 cb 750f, '79 cb750 superK
cb 450sc, sunL70
'06 st1300a
.... william

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rlsapp
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Re: best tires

Postby rlsapp » Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:17 pm

i agree the Dunlop Elite 3.

moldor
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Re: best tires

Postby moldor » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:50 pm

I concur on the Dunlop E3's. I have Avons on my GL1500A, and the sidewalls are deformed. They just cannot handle the weight of the bike.

The tread is good, but if you lean over the fairing at 50k (not recommended !!) you can see the profile of the tyre changing.

They also give the wobbles at slower speeds into corners.

Dunlop E3's aren't cheap (here in Australia around $600 a set fitted) but from all the research I've done on them they are definitely worth it.

prodriver583
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Re: best tires

Postby prodriver583 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:40 am

Thanks for the input. I have e3 on rear, and e2 on front. My understanding is that the rear e3 is a radial, and the e2 on front is bias. If I change the front to e3, even if they match tread and class, the front e3 is still a bias ply tire. I cannot get my mind around my learning that your ar'nt supposed to mismatch radial, and bias ply tires. I have confirmed this fact with several tire mfg's.

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Re: best tires

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:18 am

Interesting - what are the weight specifications of the Avons - and what is the weight of your bike, with you & gear on it, when you're seeing the sidewall deformation?

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Re: best tires

Postby moldor » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:47 am

To be honest I have absolutely no idea - they were on it when I bought it, but the sidewall is thinner than the E3's and while they will run on the bike they're just not "made" for the Goldwing

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Re: best tires

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:56 am

I asked that because I JUST put a set of Avon Venoms on my 1100 - haven't ridden them yet. They haven't even borne the weight yet, as the bike is on the stand in pieces waiting for shocks. Hmmm.

paustin
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Re: best tires

Postby paustin » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:46 pm

I have Metzler ME880 front and rear on my 1999 SE. They seem to get very good mileage and are rated to 992 lbs for the rear.
They handle well and feel solid. Just a note on the mixing radial and non radial tires. I am supprised the rear radial has not come off the rim as the bead and the rim are different on radials than on bias ply. E3's are available both ways, I had E3' bias ply on my GL1100 and they were wonderful, better mileage than the spitfires that were original equipment.

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Re: best tires

Postby aurora » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:24 am

I have 241,000 on my 1999 wing.. I run all over the USA on all sorts of roads and conditions, I run nothing but E3's all the time. it just holds up to all that I can find to ride on. UPDATE: I now have 250,128 miles on the wing and the E3s are still going strong.




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