Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-Present)
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Busdriver54 wrote:Can anyone help me choose or suggest the best riding and wearing tire for my wing?
I have spent some considerable time reading assessements about tires for the GL1800 -
I have a newish to me bike and want the best I can get in terms of stick and longevity.
You will read variable accounts of a car tire use on the rear on the Goldwing-
I tries it for 30,000 miles on my GL1500 - It worked but I decided it was not for me - do you research if you want to look at this option.
Standard Motorcycle tires for the GL1800 currently list these variants and I will offer my opinions on them from what I have learned.
Mileage factors given by many individuals often DO NOT account for the speedo error in many early model year Goldwings which seems to be around 6% with the standard 60 series rear tire. Deflate some averages by this amount to realize actual real mileages. The 70 Series rear tire available for a Goldwing (correct size) will nearly correct the speedo error - but does not benefit from the Multi-tread designs currently available
Bridgestone G709 & G704 - very good set of tires. Averages around 8-12 K miles on the rear and near 16K on the fronts using the 60 series tire. They have a 70 series (G702) but delivers around 8-10K max miles. Sticky is excellent. Quiet and responsive. Liely the best choice currently offered at reasonable prices ; but other tires are being designed.
Avon Cobra Series - Avon offers a 15,000 mile warranty on these when installed by an authorized dealer. Pretty strong offer in my opinion but I would bet it is rife with loopholes on our Goldwings so they can get out. A good friend of mine says this is the best tire to use on a Goldwing but her longevity numbers are common and consistent with the Bridgestones. A narrow rounder profile allows these to turn in quickly and may be the best handling of the tires.
Metezlers 888 - a NEW to the Goldwing tire so not a lot of information and real world experience. They are replacing the ME880 with this tire and they are multi compound on the rear offering longer life. Metz has a track record of mixed experiences from my recollection. Some claim delaminations and other claim excellent service. Road surfaces, rider weight, and maintenance habits (tire pressures) are variables in tires one can not account for and seem to affect all tires ; but low pressure will hurt this tire. Deserve to be considered and watched as more riders use them.
Dunlop EIII - Multi tread compound on the 60 series tire only. The 70 series tire is standard compound. Multi tread offers more longevity. Reports on these vary from decent to slippery on various road surfaces. It may depend on rider aggressiveness more than anything. but all seem to agree that as these tires age they will cup and start making more noise (singing) in the corners. Longevity promises to be good with stories of near 20,000 miles on a set of tires - consider the lost 6% it is still a good tire for longevity if you can stand the slippery and noisy nature of this tire.
Those are the tires I have considered - I will be due for a new set in spring and will make a choice but I am still reading and deciding.
These are my OPINIONS based on the reading and talking to other riders I have done over the past year. Do your research and report back to the hive knowledge base your experiences.
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Busdriver54 wrote:I did not see anything???????
It is on the same forum as this one (GL1800 info & questions) and about 7 thread down from this one. I think it is titled GL 1800 tires.
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