Tire wear on GL1800 Trike


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Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby felon » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:04 am



I just bought a GL1800 Trike and am seeing cup wear on the front tire after only 3000-4000 miles. Does anyone have any answers as to why? I am brand new to the Goldwing family.

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby trike lady » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:24 am

Hello and welcome to the forum.
Check the tire pressure.
The roads in Florida crown to the right and the right side of the front tire is cupped.
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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby felon » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:33 am

I just bought the trike in Tennessee and rode it home to Arizona. Tires looked good upon leaving Tennessee but after I got home and put a few more miles in it, I noticed the wear. The wear in right in the middle and the trailing edge of the tread is what is wearing badly.
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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby trike lady » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:03 pm

The front tire on mine has worn from the center to the right side of the tire where it is cupped and feathered the thread. Tire pressure, wheel balance and crowned roads ruin my trike's front tire. You may want to use a rear tire of the same size on the front of your trike, many trikes have had good results by doing this.
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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby WA9FWT » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:21 am

Here is a good place to start with your tire problem.
http://www.rattlebars.com/tirewear/index.html

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby Ghostman » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:27 pm

If its a stock GL1800 front radial you'll only get 7-8000 miles on it. This is why a lot of the trikers switch to a Bias Ply rear tire from a crotch rocket. The tires are Bridgestone BT45 Battleaxe(my favorite),MPA michelin Pilot Activ, and Metzler ME880. These are all bias ply REAR tires used on the front of a trike and mounted on the rim reversed because of being a rear tire. Your front tire wear will be in the 20,000 mile plus range with these.

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby felon » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:48 am

I am a bit confused here. Why would putting a rear tire on the front backwards make any difference on my trike. Besides rear tires are the incorrect width for the front rim. Does this mean I need to buy a different rim also? You are the second person to suggest that, but I am curious as to why this would work. :?

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby Ghostman » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:14 am

You are replacing your original front tire with a non radial rear tire of the exact same size as your original front tire. The radial tires wear 3 times as fast as a bias ply tire. The bias ply rear tires have twice as much tread as a front tire and because they are bias ply they also steer easier because youre not fighting the sidewall. If you ride less than 4000 miles a year I wouldnt wory about it. Supposedly by putting a rear on the front some of the tires have arrows that show you to reverse mount them. Something to do with the way the tire is constructed and the differential in forces from front to rear on acceleration versus braking forces.

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby felon » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:11 pm

Upon looking at my front tire, I find I already have a Michelin Pilot on the front. So I'm Going to try a device called Centramatic. My local trike guy here in Tucson swears by them so I'll give it a try. If it fixes the problem it will have been worth the money. If not, I'll know and have to look further into this. :?

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby Ghostman » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:06 pm

I have centramatics on mine and Ill never go back to stick on weights. People dont understand how much of a difference they make until they drive a bike or trike with them on. If you're running an MPA make sure its aired up to 41 lbs. Too low of a pressure will sometimes cause cupping.

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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby themainviking » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:39 am

felon - another thing you might try is adding two pounds of air to the tire. When my front tire was cupping (calls for 41 lbs) I upped it two pounds and got 15K miles out of it. I don't think two pounds will hurt the tire in any way, but it stopped the cupping. Keep in mind here that I do not have a trike, so what you experience may be different from what I did.
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Re: Tire wear on GL1800 Trike

Postby Red Ron » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:08 am

Myself and a lot of 2-wheel wings I ride with are starting to use the rear battleaxe on the front because we are tired of changing the front tire 2 or more times in a season (we use various car tires for our rear). We do not reverse the arrow when mounting the BT45 "axe" in the front. Apparantly in years past tires were made in layers that might seperate if the tread was reversed. Somebody please respond if I am wrong or if you have more info. Also reversing the tread may affect the watersheding ability of the tire.




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