Tires on a 1975 to 1981 Goldwing


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Tires on a 1975 to 1981 Goldwing

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If you have a 1975 through 1981 Goldwing, with factory wheels, what brand of tires are you using? What size tires do you have? (front and rear) Why do you use them? How long have you used them? How's the handling, and how's the mileage? etc. etc. etc.
The tire spec. for the '75 to '79 GLs is 3.50 H19 front and 4.50 H17 rear. The '80 and '81 GLs are 110/90-19 front and 130/90-17 rear. I've been using 110/90-19 and 130/90-17, on my '78 GL, for years without any issues.

Thanks for any comments.............cheers...Dave


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Re: Tires on a 1975 to 1981 Goldwing

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I will tell you that the Shinko 712 front on my '79 is big enough to rub the fender at highway speeds. I removed the rubber cushions from the fender mount to allow some movement, and gave the fender a bit of an "urge" to clear the front edge.

Was my front fender bent at some time over the years? Dunno...

Once I removed the cushions and pryed up a bit at the front edge, all has been well.
Bought because the PO had mounted a Shinko 712 rear tire. The front was shot, with a DOT date code of 279.

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Re: Tires on a 1975 to 1981 Goldwing

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Ob1quixote wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:36 pm
I will tell you that the Shinko 712 front on my '79 is big enough to rub the fender at highway speeds. I removed the rubber cushions from the fender mount to allow some movement, and gave the fender a bit of an "urge" to clear the front edge.

Was my front fender bent at some time over the years? Dunno...

Once I removed the cushions and pryed up a bit at the front edge, all has been well.
Bought because the PO had mounted a Shinko 712 rear tire. The front was shot, with a DOT date code of 279.
Thanks for getting back Ob1. That's a mystery about the tire rub. I've got Shinko 230s right now on my '78 without any tire rub problem so maybe your fender was bent at some time. One would think that a 110/90-19 would be consistently sized regardless of which tire you had. Especially tires from the same manufacturer.
I just replaced my tires a couple of days ago with the same brand Shinko 230s. The old ones had 9,764 kms./6,067 mi. I might have gotten 1,000 kms. more out of them but i like to feel as comfortable as possible on my tires. So, they perform quite well, and stick to the road. But with the softer compound, they don't last as long as I'd like.

Cheers...............Dave :D
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