2000/1500 SE Tires?


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2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby huntsman47 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:31 am



I could sure use some help in picking out new tires for my bike. I want to plan a long trip which will probably be 8 to 10,000 kilometres in length. I currently am running Dunlop elite 3 tires front and back but as I have been away from riding for a long time I have lost touch with current tire market. I want to replace both tires before starting any trip so all help will be appreciated! Thanks in advance!



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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby artgrantz » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:08 pm

I put 140,000 miles on my 1500 before I sold it, the majority of that was with E3s and I was very happy with them. The only other tires I used were Avon Venoms. The Venoms were certainly good but the E3s felt better to me, especially in the wet.
Both brands lasted about the same mileage, around 20K front and 16 K rear.

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:06 pm

I'm a big fan of the Avons, and I've been using them on both 1500 and 1100 for years now.

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby Bigbiker0 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:43 pm

Michelin commander are certainly the best for long distance.Usualy my Venture need new shoes every 8 to 10,000k I have now 18.000 k.on michelin and they are about 1/2 way i wear and the front one is 1/4 wear.The handling is very good (similar to the Vernon) and very quiet .
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby Happytrails » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:31 pm

I did a lot of reading up on tires before I bought mine. Seems like Dunlops, Metzler and Avons were the ones most people were buying. There were some Bridgestone advocates but I also read something about problems with them. My bike came with Dunlop E3's. Overall they sound like good tires but some complained about the wet wether handling. Metzlers were praised for handling and wet weather traction but some said it was a noisy tire. I went with Avons. They were said to have neutral handling, good traction and were a very quiet tire. And the Metzlers and Avons were said to be a softer compound than the Dunlops.
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:17 pm

WHAT!!! :D no one is going to mention the darkside..

Bridgstone Turanza(non run flat car tire) on the rear and a Battleax BT45 on the front

Austone Taxi

Lots of opinions about the darkside..from totally unsafe because of the bead design to greatest tire for wear and wet traction.
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby madmac742 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:32 pm

I have run Elite 3 I got 23000 on the front tire and 26000 on the rear. At 1200 the front tire would bounce at 40mph when you let go of the handle bars. The Elite 3 were extremely slick on water. After 16000 miles riding became a dreaded chore. I just wanted to know what they could do. I put a set of Metzlers on and got 9000 on the front before it cupped so bad I didn't trust it. I have run three back Metzler tires and each threw the tread around 8000. Metzler did pay half for the last tire. They stick like glue wet or dry but are noisy. My current front tire is a Shinko SR733F and I am trying a Bridgestone Excedra on the rear. The Shinko is wearing extremely well and handles well wet or dry. This tire is a little light duty for a wing and wonders just a little. Shinko makes a Journey tire that fits the 1500 but it is not heavy enough for this bike. They road walked so bad at 50mph that I could barely keep it in one lane. The Bridgestone has a harder feel than the Metzler but makes no noise and handles well wet or dry. It seems to be wearing well. I have not tried any other brands.

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby huntsman47 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:47 pm

A heart felt thanks to all who replied to my query! All of your answers were very helpful and helped me to make a decision. Keep well all!

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby dingdong » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:24 am

What? :shock: Not going to clue us in to what tire you chose?
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby huntsman47 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:50 am

Sorry I should have said what my decision was and I have decided to try Avon Venoms this time and see how they preform! Again thanks to all!

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:28 am

huntsman47 wrote:Sorry I should have said what my decision was and I have decided to try Avon Venoms this time and see how they preform! Again thanks to all!



Good choice. I am using those myself and am very happy thus far. Don't think they will give me the same mileage as the Dunlop E3 though but we'll see .
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby SgtCharlie » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:34 pm

RBGERSON wrote:WHAT!!! :D no one is going to mention the darkside..

Bridgstone Turanza(non run flat car tire) on the rear

Lots of opinions about the darkside..from totally unsafe because of the bead design to greatest tire for wear and wet traction.


Ok, so I've been running through all these posts about CT's on my 1995 GW and I'm more confused now than I've ever been.

If I choose the Bridgstone Turanza, what size do I need? Also, I'm not yet comfortable with running a CT on the front, so I'm just looking for someone to answer me with the "Best/Safest" CT for my ride, as this will be my first CT on my first GW.

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby bstig60 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:07 pm

I will be replacing tires in the spring and am thinking of going with Kenda Kruz front and rear. They match the 1500 manufacturer specs for load handling. I have used Kenda's on other bikes and have been pleased with them. My Avon's I have on the bike now are radials and I understand they are not particularly safe on the 1500 rims. My front is a Venom, but the rear is an Avon Az aro ll AV36 radial and it isn't wearing very well at all.
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:54 am

most often used is the Austone Taxi tire - 175 / 80 / 16

but here's a copy of a posts I have seen

Car tires on 1500

I'm running a Federal Formosa - 165 / 70/ 16

also choices - Austone Taxi tire - 175 / 80 / 16

General G Max AS - 195 / 55 / 16

Dunlop Wintersport 3 Runflat

175/60/16 Dunlop runflat with no problem

175/60/16 If I had it to do over I would have gotten a 65 instead of 60 for height... Running higher rpm and a little less mpg, However I will prob never go back to MT.. I am using the Goodyear assruance Max

Federal Formoza FD2 at a reasonable price.. Was reading before about these, some say they run them, others say they won't fit. Size 175-60-16 for a GL1500..Any input??

Dunlop Wintersport Runflat (175/60/16)?

195/55/16 Michelin Alpin Run-Flat. It's actually a snow tire. I put two ounces of Dyna beads in also. Tirerack.com.
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby madmac742 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:36 am

Hey Bill take notes and reply back. Kenda is one of the few brands I have not tried.

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby daveinozbikes » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:14 am

Been riding bikes for 50 years and Goldwings for 15. Best tyres I have ever used are the latest Bridgestones.

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby madmac742 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:02 pm

Hey daveinozbikes can you tell me what the name or model of the tires are and how many miles you are getting on them?

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby SgtCharlie » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:04 pm

madmac742 wrote:Hey daveinozbikes can you tell me what the name or model of the tires are and how many miles you are getting on them?


Ditto. Thanks
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby Happytrails » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:17 pm

Shinkos are getting some nice reviews.
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby daveinozbikes » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:40 am

OK......Bridgestone Front G701 Rear G702 Front size 130/70x18 Rear size 160/80x16 Both H rated(which is good) I"ll never buy Avon or Dunlop or Michelin again. Wish I"d found them years ago. All the Best Dave :)

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby SgtCharlie » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:13 am

daveinozbikes wrote:OK......Bridgestone Front G701 Rear G702 Front size 130/70x18 Rear size 160/80x16 Both H rated(which is good) I"ll never buy Avon or Dunlop or Michelin again. Wish I"d found them years ago. All the Best Dave :)


Oh, these are motorcycle tires... Nevermind. I thought you were talking about Car Tires.

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby bstig60 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:37 am

SGT. this is a motorcycle site!
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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby SgtCharlie » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:31 am

bstig60 wrote:SGT. this is a motorcycle site!


Cute. Yes, I know this is a Motorcycle site. Thanks for making sure I knew though...

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby madmac742 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:18 am

madmac742 wrote:I have run Elite 3 I got 23000 on the front tire and 26000 on the rear. At 1200 the front tire would bounce at 40mph when you let go of the handle bars. The Elite 3 were extremely slick on water. After 16000 miles riding became a dreaded chore. I just wanted to know what they could do. I put a set of Metzlers on and got 9000 on the front before it cupped so bad I didn't trust it. I have run three back Metzler tires and each threw the tread around 8000. Metzler did pay half for the last tire. They stick like glue wet or dry but are noisy. My current front tire is a Shinko SR733F and I am trying a Bridgestone Excedra on the rear. The Shinko is wearing extremely well and handles well wet or dry. This tire is a little light duty for a wing and wonders just a little. Shinko makes a Journey tire that fits the 1500 but it is not heavy enough for this bike. They road walked so bad at 50mph that I could barely keep it in one lane. The Bridgestone has a harder feel than the Metzler but makes no noise and handles well wet or dry. It seems to be wearing well. I have not tried any other brands.

I have used Bridgestone Excedras front and back since the original post. I will never go back to Dunlop E3 or Metzler. he rear Excedra last around 10,000 miles and I have 14,000 0n the front and half the tread is still there. It handles great wet or dry. They are smooth and quiet. I will recommend them to anyone. Has anyone tried the Duro or Conti?

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Re: 2000/1500 SE Tires?

Postby SgtCharlie » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:30 am

madmac742 wrote:
madmac742 wrote:... before it cupped so bad I didn't trust it.


I'm telling you, IMHO, the absolute best preventative measure that can be done to completely eliminate cupping, is putting DynaBeads in the tires. There's a little bit of preparation that should be done to the inside of the tire; i.e. cleaned and dried very well, before the tire is installed on the rim, but as long as the DynaBeads are able to freely move around inside the tire, there should never be any cupping even if you run the tire to completely bald and slick! (I don't work for them and I don't receive any endorsements or anything, I'm just a very satisfied customer and spread the good news about DynaBeads to anyone who will listen.)


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