Tire Wear


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Tire Wear

Postby winger05 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:35 pm



What kind of "realistic" mileage should I expect to get out of the factory Dunlop tires :?:



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Re: Tire Wear

Postby Bouvier1 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:47 am

Constant use about 7/8000miles, occasional use up to 10,000miles
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Re: Tire Wear

Postby Keyboard » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:04 am

I've gotten 18,000 out of Dunlops. I keep the tire pressure at 41 front and 41 rear. I ride them until they reach the wear indicators, but no thinner. I ride an average of 9,000 miles per year.

Caveat: The first set on my 2003 I only got 12,000 using Honda's recommended tire pressure. I've since ignored Honda and keep them at 41/41. And, I don't notice any significant difference with the ride and handling. Now I get approximately 18,000 per set. The first thing I did with my 2010 GL1800 was set the tire pressure to 41/41. All of my GL1800 tires have been Dunlop D250's.
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Re: Tire Wear

Postby winger05 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:14 pm

Keyboard wrote:I've gotten 18,000 out of Dunlops. I keep the tire pressure at 41 front and 41 rear. I ride them until they reach the wear indicators, but no thinner. I ride an average of 9,000 miles per year.

Caveat: The first set on my 2003 I only got 12,000 using Honda's recommended tire pressure. I've since ignored Honda and keep them at 41/41. And, I don't notice any significant difference with the ride and handling. Now I get approximately 18,000 per set. The first thing I did with my 2010 GL1800 was set the tire pressure to 41/41. All of my GL1800 tires have been Dunlop D250's.


Thanks Keyboard for that tip on the air pressure. I will do the same and see how it goes. Just curious, do you always run Dunlops? are they your preference in tires? Once my original tires wear out, should I be considering another brand that may give me more mileage?

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby winger05 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:18 pm

Bouvier1 wrote:Constant use about 7/8000miles, occasional use up to 10,000miles
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Thanks Bouvier1, you confirmed my suspicions.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby Keyboard » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:42 am

winger05 wrote:
Keyboard wrote:I've gotten 18,000 out of Dunlops. I keep the tire pressure at 41 front and 41 rear. I ride them until they reach the wear indicators, but no thinner. I ride an average of 9,000 miles per year.

Caveat: The first set on my 2003 I only got 12,000 using Honda's recommended tire pressure. I've since ignored Honda and keep them at 41/41. And, I don't notice any significant difference with the ride and handling. Now I get approximately 18,000 per set. The first thing I did with my 2010 GL1800 was set the tire pressure to 41/41. All of my GL1800 tires have been Dunlop D250's.


Thanks Keyboard for that tip on the air pressure. I will do the same and see how it goes. Just curious, do you always run Dunlops? are they your preference in tires? Once my original tires wear out, should I be considering another brand that may give me more mileage?

Yes, I've always used the original Dunlop D250s (not the Elite IIIs). I'm a moderately aggressive rider. I.e., I like to push the bike to 80-85 MPH on the highway, and just before peg scraping on back roads. Yet, I haven't had the issues that some report with their Dunlops. So, I don't have any reason to "experiment" with other brands or models. However, having said that, If you don't get the performance you expect from the original Dunlops, then you might want to try other brands.
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Re: Tire Wear

Postby canon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:04 pm

The Bridgestones are favored on the 1800 GW. Better handling on wet roads,quieter,& better mileage,less cupping of front tire. I have gone to the Darkside on rear tire & won't ever go back to a m/c tire.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby winger05 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:40 pm

I have gone to the Darkside on rear tire & won't ever go back to a m/c tire.[/quote]



Do you mean that you are using a car tire on the rear??

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby canon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:52 pm

Yes car tire on rear. Gets twice the mileage, quieter,lower costs, better handling, run flat which is much safer in a blowout.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby winger05 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:58 pm

canon wrote:Yes car tire on rear. Gets twice the mileage, quieter,lower costs, better handling, run flat which is much safer in a blowout.



Very interesting, thanks for the tip.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby dragon2000 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:49 pm

Like Keyboard, I used to go by the bike recomended pressure on my Valkyrie. With this the most mileage I ever got from a set was 8K miles. When I went to 40 PSI front & rear on the same bike it went up to 18K miles for a set.

Based on this I am now running 40 PSI front/rear on my GW.
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Re: Tire Wear

Postby docgood » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:45 am

I have looked into the ct and will go that way when time is up on the original. What do you use.I have heard that the Kumho run flat is quite good and will get you home no matter what hapens.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby myYellowbird » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:54 am

What kind and size car tire do you use on the rear. Read a lot of wing owners use them. I will be trying the Dyna beads got them on order will be in this week.
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Re: Tire Wear

Postby snackpak » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:35 pm

Im right at 12000 miles. but will be putting some Elite 3's on. Unless I decide to change over to a Car tire for at least the rear.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby canon » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:19 pm

Car tire for rear of 1800 GW size most use is 195/55/R16. Runflats are safest & Kumho or Pirelli are mostly used but there are at least 20 other car tires that work good too. I have 20k on my present rear tire & should get another 8k miles before I change.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby docgood » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:40 pm

Yes cannon those are the most popular here in Australia too, but we are careful about getting into that subject at depth. Can be a matter of severe differences, particularly from those who preach from theory and not from practical experience. Few more k's on these originals and I will be going Perilli at this stage. I read somewhere that the Kumho will get you home with a 13 mm hole from a hole saw in the wall. There is a lot on the net about the subject from all around the world.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby dtebh916 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:20 pm

Love my car tire - Kuhmo 195/65 x 16, run flat. Much safer and no change in handling performance - and only slight change in feel, which only lasted 1/2 mile - never looked back! Factory dunnie only went 8K, I'm conservative on the treadwear and take no chances, and we ride everywhere 2 up and we live in East Tenn - lots of twisties - we ride the Dragon and Cherohala every few months.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby docgood » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:53 pm

The way to go. Just as a point of interest what does a Kumho cost in TN.

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby dtebh916 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:34 am

Ordered it from a local dealer - $150, and he mounted it for free. He couldn't balance it, but took it to CycleGear and they balanced it. The front factory Dunnie went 12K and then I put on a Bridgestone. It's a higher mileage tire, works well, very smooth also. Adding the progressive springs didn't hurt the ride either!

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Re: Tire Wear

Postby 2008retiredplb » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:50 am

I have a 2009 GL1800 with the original dunlop D250 tires. I installed Centramatic Wheel Balancers at 6,000 mile and now have 17,000 mile on that set. I still have at least 3,000 miles of tread wear left before they will have to be changed. The Centramatic's do improve the handling of the bike along with increasing the tire life. Get very little cupping compared to running without the balancers.

Prior to that I also have a 2001 GL1800 that has its second set of Dunlop Elite III's on it and have not put the balancers on it. I have around about 50% tire tread wear left and around 6,000 or 7,000 miles on them. They are very noisy and next set will be Michelins'. One other thing is the rear tire is an oversized 70R tire (corrects the speedometer reading) which I also think will get just a little better wear. I also guess that I would get at most maybe 15,000 miles on that set. That is close to what I got on the previous set of Elite III's. I would have to dig out my old records to confirm that mileage.
Another thing that determines tire wear is the load. I ride about 50% of the time 2 up and together we take the bike over the suggested weight limit of 400 lb. We also pull a Bunkhouse camp trailer maybe 10% of the time. I run 38 to 40 psi on front and 41 to 42 psi rear.

Overall I am not overly impressed with Dunlop Elite III tires. When it is time to replace them I will be trying Michelins'.


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