Tire recommendations


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Tire recommendations

Post by goldwing1078 » Thu May 03, 2018 6:06 pm



Looking for my second set of tires since I inherited my '78 GL 1000. I've seen recommendations for the Bridgestone BT45 and Spitfire S11, but I’m having trouble finding front and rear available in the Spitfire. Does anybody have experience with Metzeler (Lasertec?), Dunlop D404 (I had these for my last set and liked them, but I don’t have experience to compare), Michelin (Pilot Activ?)?

Thanks for any input, recommendations and suggestions.
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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by SnoBrdr » Thu May 03, 2018 7:41 pm

goldwing1078 wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 6:06 pm
Looking for my second set of tires since I inherited my '78 GL 1000. I've seen recommendations for the Bridgestone BT45 and Spitfire S11, but I’m having trouble finding front and rear available in the Spitfire. Does anybody have experience with Metzeler (Lasertec?), Dunlop D404 (I had these for my last set and liked them, but I don’t have experience to compare), Michelin (Pilot Activ?)?

Thanks for any input, recommendations, and suggestions.
The Spitfires aren't made anymore.

The Metzeler's are supposedly good tires altho I have not used them.

I am still running Spitfires but this is the last year for them

Will probably be going to the Metzelers as there are very few options available.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by dingdong » Fri May 04, 2018 7:08 am

Read this regarding Metzler tires.
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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by badandy » Sat May 05, 2018 2:08 am

If you aren't an aggressive rider, Shinko Tour Master. Run them on all my vintage bikes and no trouble.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by goldwing1078 » Tue May 08, 2018 8:35 pm

badandy wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 2:08 am
If you aren't an aggressive rider, Shinko Tour Master. Run them on all my vintage bikes and no trouble.
Thanks, I've heard and read good things about the Shinko, grippiness, V-rating, price... but concerned a bit about the durability.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by Jim Garrett » Tue May 08, 2018 10:26 pm

I have 3000 miles on my Shinko tourmasters on my 79 and they still look brand new. I love the way they stick and would buy them again without a second thought.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by kndw » Wed May 09, 2018 2:01 pm

I used to run BT45's. They stick nicely, but they wore out too quickly (5k km). Now I am on my 2nd set of Avon Roadrider tires. These appear to be a bit more durable, stick well, and are quite affordable.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by goldwing1078 » Wed May 09, 2018 5:15 pm

Jim Garrett wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 10:26 pm
I have 3000 miles on my Shinko tourmasters on my 79 and they still look brand new. I love the way they stick and would buy them again without a second thought.
Thanks, I'll reconsider them.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by spoiledsaskhunter » Sat May 12, 2018 9:27 am

i just took off a shinko tour master......hadn't had any trouble with it, but wished (don't we all) that i would have lasted longer. 10K doesn't seem long enough to me...am i wrong (old bike get ridden quickly, but never gobs of throttle)?

that's 10K in Kms, by the way.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun May 13, 2018 7:48 am

spoiledsaskhunter wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 9:27 am
i just took off a shinko tour master......hadn't had any trouble with it, but wished (don't we all) that i would have lasted longer. 10K doesn't seem long enough to me...am i wrong (old bike get ridden quickly, but never gobs of throttle)?

that's 10K in Kms, by the way.
I've found that 10K on a rear tire is good, prob close to 2x that on the fronts.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by spoiledsaskhunter » Sun May 13, 2018 10:34 am

..........yes, i usually change them two to one, no matter what the mileage is.

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Re: Tire recommendations

Post by Mfnheff » Sun May 20, 2018 9:57 pm

Shinkos. I've ran different models of Shinkos on a few different bikes now, and have been impressed with them on those bikes.
Just got a set for the 76 I'm getting all the old man off of



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