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Tires

Postby tbruno » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:54 pm



Hi, I bought a 2010 Goldwing in March of 2011, I had put 15,500 in eight months. I am looking for a set of tires. Can anybody tell me what kind of tires are the best and are the new Bridgestones that come on the 2012 any good. Thanks.



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Re: Tires

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:53 pm

If we didn't have oil and tires to talk about the forum would be a snooze fest.

I personally like the Dunlop Elite 3's.

Somebody else will say they hate them and like Bridgestones or Michelins, or Kenda, or Metzler.......... You get the picture??
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Re: Tires

Postby thrasherg » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:54 pm

I have to agree with CBX, you will get hundreds of opinions.. I run Bridgestones on my Goldwing (Because I loved them on my R1, CBR900, etc) different tyre model, but I like the brand.. As stated the Dunlops are very popular, but I like my Bridgestones.. You could also look at fitting a car tyre as that seems to becoming more popular, althought I still have my doubts and don't intend to try one just yet..

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Re: Tires

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:20 pm

I ran Bridgestones when Dunlop was on strike but have since gone back to E-3s. It's hard to explain, but I just like the way they feel on the road (interstate and twisties).

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Re: Tires

Postby themainviking » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:30 pm

I kinda like the Dunlop D250s that came stock on my wing. I liked em so much I searched down and bought another set. I may try something else next go round. If Michelin made tires for this bike, I would buy them. I liked Continental Conti tour tires for my Harley, but the new Continental tires just out last year for the Wings were quite inexpensive enough to scare me off.
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Re: Tires

Postby wayne ian » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:41 pm

I installed Continental Cobra's on mine last year and so far so good. I had 880 ME's on it as well as my other bike and would never buy them again.I find them to be inconsistent in the compound. One set good, one set not so good.

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Re: Tires

Postby dragon2000 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:18 am

themainviking wrote:I kinda like the Dunlop D250s that came stock on my wing. I liked em so much I searched down and bought another set. I may try something else next go round. If Michelin made tires for this bike, I would buy them. I liked Continental Conti tour tires for my Harley, but the new Continental tires just out last year for the Wings were quite inexpensive enough to scare me off.


I agree in the OEM D250's are a good tire and do provide a great ride. I was going to install E3's at change time as I have E3's on my Valkyrie. The one thing I find is that the D250's are smoother and quieter, especially after tire begins to wear.
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Re: Tires

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:08 pm

I Dragon 2000

I installed tires E3 for over 20.000 km, the only complaint is that they are soft to roll, sometimes on certain road I have a small vibration in the handlebars when I turn.
Given the road is very good.

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dragon2000 wrote:
themainviking wrote:I kinda like the Dunlop D250s that came stock on my wing. I liked em so much I searched down and bought another set. I may try something else next go round. If Michelin made tires for this bike, I would buy them. I liked Continental Conti tour tires for my Harley, but the new Continental tires just out last year for the Wings were quite inexpensive enough to scare me off.


I agree in the OEM D250's are a good tire and do provide a great ride. I was going to install E3's at change time as I have E3's on my Valkyrie. The one thing I find is that the D250's are smoother and quieter, especially after tire begins to wear.

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Re: Tires

Postby rabbott5 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:44 pm

I just changed tires on my 08 for the first time. I bought it used last summer and the oem tires (9700 miles) were cupped really bad. I'm running Avon tires on my 98 Concours and really like them. So I thought I would try the Cobra on the Goldwing. Since I live in Illinois and I changed them in January, I only have a couple hundred miles on the Cobra's. The Storm/Azaro combo on the Connie have around 5000 miles. Still have good tread. I really liked them on our 2500 mile trip last year that included the Blueridge Parkway and the Tail of of Dragon. I'll post back later this year when I've logged a few more miles. Maybe after our Colorado Rockies trip in June.

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Re: Tires

Postby carbco » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:59 pm

I'm riding a CSC Trike and it came with a Dunlop 250 on the front and it was shot in 4000 miles. Read several opinions on front tires for trikes and some recommended the Bridgestone Excedra for the front and I've gotten over 7000 miles from it so far and still have some to go. I'm going to try the MPA rear tire for Goldwing bikes on the front and reverse it as many say you can get up to 20K from it. I ride a lot of twistys here in the foothills of the Cascades and get a lot of scuffing on the sidewalls of the Stones. Will try the Michelins next and let everyone know how they work for me. I run 41lbs in the front tire and have centramatic balancers. Smooth ride.

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Re: Tires

Postby Red Ron » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:41 am

I am one of those guys that have been runnin' the car tires for a while. There are about 1,400 or 1,500 of us over on another forum, and others on other forums. I don't have a tpms system and if I ever do I will probably switch to run flats. Right now I am getting about 28,000 to 30,000 on a set of tires. I am running a General G-max 195x55x16 on the rear and a Bridgestone BT-45 on the front. The BT-45 is a rear bias motorcycle tire that fits our front perfectly. If you run more slab than twisties the BT-45 might be for you. With the BT-45 I would not recommend mounting it in reverse rotation as some have as they have expirenced "cupping" and I figure it might also affect the water shedding ability of the tire.

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Re: Tires

Postby carbco » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:59 am

Thanks Red, I'll sure keep your information in mind. I was also looking at the BT45 for my front. Thanks again.

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Re: Tires

Postby Peteswing » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:20 am

On my second E3 not happy with them i have less then 10,000 miles on this one. Always cupping not lasting used dyna beads in my 1st stock dunlop, but with this one its been rebalanced and checked 3 times. Will be trying a different brand next time around. Also going to put on some All balls and a set of Centramatic wheel balancers for a better ride and tire life.

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Re: Tires

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:06 am

I Peteswing

This is a problem for GoldWing, how much air pressure you put ?
I already install E3, I made with 20,000 pounds I put on 38 pounds of air pressure.
I did not like his tire, they are noisy and hard on the road.
Now I have Avon Cobra, much softer than road noise.
Maintain your air pressure of 38 to 40 pounds for the front wheel.

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Peteswing wrote:On my second E3 not happy with them i have less then 10,000 miles on this one. Always cupping not lasting used dyna beads in my 1st stock dunlop, but with this one its been rebalanced and checked 3 times. Will be trying a different brand next time around. Also going to put on some All balls and a set of Centramatic wheel balancers for a better ride and tire life.

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Re: Tires

Postby Starfire62 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:18 pm

I agree with REDRON. I have a 2008 Wing. I'm running a car tire on the rear (Hankook 195x55x16@42psi) and a Bridgestone 709 on the front@40psi. The original D-250's cupped bad and wore out at about 12,000 miles (Good mileage for a Wing I'm told). I replaced the D-250's with the Bridgestone 704/709 set. I lost the rear (704?) to a nail at 6,000 miles. I replaced it with a used Avon tire (All they had that would fit.) That tire lasted 5 weeks and delaminated. NO MORE AVON TIRES FOR ME! The car tire has 8,000 on it and looks great. The 709 has 16,000 and is worn out now, but no cupping! I'm going to try the BT-45 rear tire on the front, but if it doesn't work out, I'll go back to the Bridgestone on the front.

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Re: Tires

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:53 pm

I Guys

You must not have had a good tire, I have done with 10.000 km of it are in good condition, no copping and not delaminated.

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Re: Tires

Postby Paulcf » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:33 pm

I'll add my 2 cents worth...I have Dunlop E3's and they are fine. What is somewhat "different" about my tires is that I have those Centramatic discs and let me tell you, they work! I have not noticed any wear on either tire in over 8,000 miles (I own a USA model, live in Canada). I reported on the Centramatics elsewhere that they actually make my breaking much better/shorter and I never have any wobble at any speed and I know my tires are 100% balanced, putting down as much of a patch of rubber as possible, all the time, which is important on a motorcycle of course.

Any of the modern brands of tires designed for the Wing I suspect are fine products, but the Centramatic balancing wheel discs will enhance them for longevity (distance), non cupping/wobbling, and safety with better braking (Note: this is my observation, yours may differ!).

I DO know that by now, based on other Wings and BMW touring bikes I've owned, that given the same distances and the extreme heat I have encountered in the USA on trips that those tires on those non Centramatic disc bikes would be worn or ready soon for replacement. My K1200LT cupped the front tire so bad after a mere 3,000 miles. Yes, I am sure something was wrong but now, I don't worry about it on the GL1800.
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Re: Tires

Postby themainviking » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:22 pm

I wrote earlier that I had ordered D250s to replace the stock tires that were on my bike that I got good service from, but then I neglected to come back to say that the D250s were out of stock, so I took a set of Avon Cobras. I loved those tires from the get go. They rolled smooth, were great in rain and on curves, were quiet, and suffered belt separation at 8,000 miles, so I reordered the D250s and they are running down the road now, just as quiet, but not as sticky as the Cobras, and hopefully no early delamination. Oh, by the way - Avon rejected the warranty adjustment on the belt separated tire with no reason given. I am still working on getting a reason for the arbitrary rejection. There is a lot of information on the web on belt separated or delaminated Avon Cobra tires.
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Re: Tires

Postby poolshark375 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:07 pm

rabbott5 wrote:I just changed tires on my 08 for the first time. I bought it used last summer and the oem tires (9700 miles) were cupped really bad. I'm running Avon tires on my 98 Concours and really like them. So I thought I would try the Cobra on the Goldwing. Since I live in Illinois and I changed them in January, I only have a couple hundred miles on the Cobra's. The Storm/Azaro combo on the Connie have around 5000 miles. Still have good tread. I really liked them on our 2500 mile trip last year that included the Blueridge Parkway and the Tail of of Dragon. I'll post back later this year when I've logged a few more miles. Maybe after our Colorado Rockies trip in June.


Be careful with those AVONS. Had a internal failure on the front and the cords seperated on the rear with less than 6000 miles on them. I switched to BS and have not had any problems except tire mileage. I average about 5-7000 miles a year so changing is a every year deal for me. Noticed that a lot of wingriders are changing to rear Coar tires and I'm looking for a bike that has them on to maybe ride before I have to change tires again

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Re: Tires

Postby canuck623 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:07 am

I just took off a set of Stones. They were my second set but I bought a new EIII with the MT compound. Not many miles on them yet but I like the way the bike feels with the on compared to the Stones. The Bridgestones were nice tires on the freeway but i didn't like them in tight maneuvers. The Dunlop just seems more stable to me.
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Re: Tires

Postby JerriEric » Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:26 pm

I have used Dunlops since riding Wings since they were OEM tires on all my Wings if I can remember correctly. I have been riding GL's and Wings since '76. I have had E3's cup as quick as 7k. My latest E3's started to cup and show signs of wear at 15,000 miles. Paying attention to air pressure seems to be the culprit but I am not convinced. I run Dyna Beads but again not sure if that prolongs the tire life. I changed my last E3's at 17k just because I was in for fork maintenance and figured it was time. They do get loud as the miles pile on. I went with Bridgestone's this time since I read allot of people like them. They do ride a little different than the E3's on the front. But after 3k I am getting used to them and like them. We will see if they can go as long as the E3's. If they only go 10k or so, I will be going back to the E3's.

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Re: Tires

Postby canuck623 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:10 pm

The Stones get noisy in tight turns after about 10K too. Not as loud as the Dunlops but they do growl quite a bit. I got 15K out of a set of Stones but they were totally trashed and almost showed cords on the rear. I have to add that this was very sudden. At 13K they still looked pretty good but by 15 they were gone completely. I got 19K on the old style EIII's so I am looking forward to seeing how long the new compound lasts. I use beads for balance and watch the pressure. If I see a little odd wear a quick trip through some twisties and they get their shape back.


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