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biggestbrian01
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best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by biggestbrian01 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:32 am



my tire gave out on a long ride across the state doing a escort. not sure why it gave out but was sure lucky I caught it. wondering what others have used since I load it down heavy and want input as to what others have used and had good results. wanting a strong tire but having trouble finding much of a selection.
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Happytrails
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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by Happytrails » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:31 pm

Your right the selection isnt that great. Sounds like you might be a candidate for darksiding. Ive never tried it but from your description it might be a good fit.
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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by Dusty Boots » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:45 pm

Looks like another Metzler delaminated. (?)
Dunlop Elite 4s have one of the highest weight ratings for a Moto tire and decent mileage. Not sure how the 4's ride as they are fairly recent and I have never tried, only the E3's, which were my go to tire.
A darkside tire will get you a very high weight rating, usually exceptional mileage (compared to a Moto tire), but some of them do have handling 'quirks'

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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by bellboy40 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:24 pm

Another possibility in a motorcycle tire would be the Avon Cobra. It is a good tire I have been using. They run quiet with good traction. It is a little higher load rating than the Elite 4 (1019 lbs vs 992 lbs for the E4).

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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by Bluewaterhooker0 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:44 pm

Was that tire out of its date range ?
Just curious what may have lead to such a failure.
I use the OEM Dunlop K177 tires. On my second set. They perform for me. The weight specs are less than others.

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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:10 pm

biggestbrian01 wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:32 am
my tire gave out on a long ride across the state doing a escort. not sure why it gave out but was sure lucky I caught it. wondering what others have used since I load it down heavy and want input as to what others have used and had good results. wanting a strong tire but having trouble finding much of a selection.
Your experience is not unique - Metzeler tires are WELL known for exactly this kind of failure. They have known about this problem for YEARS, and refuse to admit to it or do anything about it. There have been many threads on the site about people who have had their Metzeler tires fail in exactly this way, for no reason at all. Their tires are simply not up to the task of handling the load our bikes put on them, despite what their load ratings say.

There are a few options, but my personal choice (going back many years and many sets of tires) are Avon Cobras. They are smooth, long-wearing, resistant to cupping, and reliable with heavier loads.

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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:48 am

On Goldwings, I have only run Dunlop tires, getting the latest version as they were made from the old K-177 or whatever that one was thru the E3s

My front E3 is almost used up, I am contemplating getting an E4 next spring for it.

I would much prefer though to have a water shedding tread design in the middle of the tread.
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daughter named her Big Bird :lol:
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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by Shawn4245 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:09 pm

I ride more close to a 600+ miles a week and live in the Atlanta, Georgia area. The Heat here is crazy hot and I also travel on about 40 miles of grooved pavement a day, which eats tires like crazy!! I have been riding on the Dunlop E4 for close to 20K miles and have 1 summer on them and they look and still are riding like they have another 4000-5000 miles left in them. I like the way they feel and seem to be much better than the e3 ever was. The E3 would dissolve in the summer heat, when the temp would be in the 85-90 range, they would loose tread so fast it was crazy, I had what I thought good to great tires in early July and by early august, I had threads showing. The guy who changes my tires, was very upset that I drove the bike with the tread down to threads!!! I didn't try to, it was the heat and the grooved pavement. So I put on the E4 and have been a good year on them and they still look good for a few more months. I will also say the E4 track very well in the rain. I ride all weather and have never been afraid to corner on wet pavement with them. They just stick to the road and are super smooth. I also think quieter than the E3, which were very loud!!!

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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:17 pm

another good report on the E4 tires....

you call 85 to 90 High Heat???

that is just luke warm for where I used to work and live......
would wake up in the summer months from middle July thru October, and the dawn temps were in the middle 90s and sometimes even at 100+.

I recall one summer that we had 110 days straight, of 100* heat at night.... with day time temps of 118 for about two weeks....

Maricopa County, Phoenix AridZona..... worked there for 20 years. and rode the bike to work and back nearly everyday.

time to go home? walk in shower, get T-Shirt wet, put on Mesh Riding jacket and go....
ATGATT with helmet and gloves and boots, the lace up kind.

This happened 5 minutes after I got off work in downtown Phoenix.
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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by brian.peters » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:07 pm

Dang AZ carry enough stuff in the bags :) j/k

Glad you are ok after that :shock:

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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:24 pm

Well, okay is a matter of a state of mind.

3 concussions resulted in a loss of the ability to control my body's core temperature.
so, I have to dress up more to stay warm, or find air conditioning if it gets over 85*

Memory issues, now where did I lay that thing down ??
my version of a conversations does not seem to match what others think they heard??

I gained a tiny bit of money from the settlement. Trucking companies are jury rigged so that they never have to pay out much.... in this incident, there were 3 liable trucking company parties. note it is a leased truck.

all of them had the same exact insurance policy, and each of those stated that none of them would pay a dime until after all other insurance sources have been exhausted. and each of them has the same exact $1 million dollar liability value.

Lawyer got 34%
their lawyers got 25%
and I got the rest, somewhere around 440 thousand IIRC, been a long time, and memory issues. did I mention that?

I took the payout and bought a new home in cash where we live now....
retirement pension covers the bills and leaves a little bit to play with.

I will never be young again, but I'm almost 75 now, and still riding.
John
'02 Gl1800 Hot Rod Yellow,
daughter named her Big Bird :lol:
http://www.goldwingfacts.com

Shawn4245
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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by Shawn4245 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:12 pm

John, that a crazy story, Sorry it happened to you. I hate Lawyers!!! I think we all do, but you can't do much without one either!!! Your a Blessed man, to not only survive a BIG Rig vs. Motorcycle accident, but still able to ride is surely a blessing!!!



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