GL1000 Tyres


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GL1000 Tyres

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Need to get a new front tyre for the wing, seem to recall in my youth they used to say buy the pair together (Front & Back) but the rear tyre looks good with lots of tread pattern.
what make of tyre would anyone recommend.


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I'd strongly encourage you to replace both of your tires at the same time. Matching tread and construction is a key factor in proper handling. Many 'wobble' and 'weave' related motorcycle accidents are attributed to miss-matched tires. Please don't cheap out on this one, your physical well-being is at stake.

By the way, how old is your rear tire? If it's past 5 years, the rule of thumb is to replace them regardless of the condition of the thread or sidewalls. Are you really that short on cash? If so, the only concession I'd make to the comments above would be this: If you decide to only replace your front tire, that new tire should be the exact same manufacturer and model as the rear. Keep in mind, if you do this, you'll then be setting yourself up to replace just your rear tire when it hits the five year mark. That cycle will then continue, replacing only one tire at a time.

If you'd like to know which type of tires work best on early GL's, go here and read an experts opinion. Of those that are recommended, my '76 is on it's third set of the V rated Bridgestone BT45 Battlax and both the bike and I have been happy with them. I'm 6'4", 230 lbs. and I run them at 30 in the front and 42 in the rear. For my type of riding, they're perfect at that pressure. (Your pressure will vary.) I find that the BT45's 'communicate' very well. For example, when they are down just 2 lbs. they become a touch 'squirmy' in the corners, letting me know that I need to check the pressure.
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Re: GL1000 Tyres

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Have ordered The Bridgestone tyres you mentioned, its a long time since I bought motorcycle tyres but I do recall people saying get them in pairs, the rear tyre is in good condition currently but I am not taking any chances, my better half would never forgive me if anything were to go wrong.
As well as that you cant beat knowing you have some good boots under you when your pushing it somewhat.
Thanks for the info.
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Placerville, how many mile have you been getting with those tires?
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dingdong wrote:Placerville, how many mile have you been getting with those tires?
My first set were gone at only 3K but, it was my fault. I found that I wasn't keeping them at a high enough PSI. I'd been using the 'Honda recommended' pressure and that just wasn't enough. When I bumped them up to 32 in the front and 40 in the back, the ride was much more responsive and controlled. The second set went another 2K over the previous set before I had to change them. For me, if I run them at much more than 32/40, the ride gets a little to 'jarring'. They may last longer at a higher pressure (7K?) but, I'll sacrificing tread life for comfort. Randakk says the Spitfire produces the highest mileage.
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I'm on my 2nd set of BS Spitfires.

Actually the 2nd set is sitting in the cellar waiting for cold weather to change them over.

The 1st set is at the 5 year marks and they are starting to crack. So time for them to go, even with a lot of tread left on them.

I've been running the stock Honda PSI, I will have to try upping the PSI.

Got them and the tubes at Bike Bandit, $241 delivered to my house.
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Wow! I'm sure disappointed in that. 3 to 5k miles on a set of tires.??? There has to be something that wears longer. I sure wish we could still get Dunlop Elite IIs. I have 20k miles on this set but they are in need of replacing. They are also 7 years old and showing no signs of aging.


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