76 GL1000 noob with tire question


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76 GL1000 noob with tire question

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Purchased my first street bike and getting my endorsement after the bike has been rebuilt. As the title suggest, I have purchased a 1976 Honda Goldwing GL1000.

This bike has been sitting for 23 yrs in the prior owners garage with only 23K miles on it and is in very good condition. With minimal effort, I have gotten the bike to start and I am currently working on rebuilding the brake components, replacing the wheel bearings, and performing a timing belt replacement.

This thread is about my lack of knowing what tires are recommended for this bike. I do live on the Seattle side of Washington, but I have no intention of riding this bike during the winter months due to wet and or slick conditions. I am under the impression that this bike has factory spoke wheels on the front and rear.

Thanks for your assistance,
John


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Brigestone Spitfire or Battlax both work well. I run a 100/90 19 on the front and suggest a 130 90/ 17 for the stock wheels.
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Fred Camper wrote: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:44 pm Brigestone Spitfire or Battlax both work well. I run a 100/90 19 on the front and suggest a 130 90/ 17 for the stock wheels.
We don't have many options but I also run the Spitfires.
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I run Shinko tires on all my vintage bikes. Best bang for the buck.
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SnoBrdr wrote: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:59 pm We don't have many options but I also run the Spitfires.
badandy wrote: Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:20 am I run Shinko tires on all my vintage bikes. Best bang for the buck.
Fred Camper wrote: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:44 pm Brigestone Spitfire or Battlax both work well. I run a 100/90 19 on the front and suggest a 130 90/ 17 for the stock wheels.
Thank you for the response. The local bike shop tried selling me Dunlop D404's which after some quick reading of the reviews I made the decision to decline and ask the question here.

With a decent set of tires, how should I expect this bike to handle on wet roads? I do live in Washington, and have no plans on riding in the rain, and do want to be prepared for the event where I am on wet roads following a rain fall. Of the various options on tires out there (and the 3 listed above), are there any that stand out as decent general year round tires vs Summer only?

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John
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So based on the suggested sizes above and some discussion with those at work. What is peoples thought on the Michelin Pilot Activ Front/Rear tires? Michelin sells both in the suggested sizes.

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John
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So after a suggestion by the salesman at the dealership, I ended up buying Pirelli Sport Demon.

Has anyone had any experience with these tires?

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John
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johnfm3 wrote: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 am So after a suggestion by the salesman at the dealership, I ended up buying Pirelli Sport Demon.

Has anyone had any experience with these tires?

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John
Kinda a moot point.
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SnoBrdr wrote: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:06 pm Kinda a moot point.
I would disagree. The person at the dealership is one person. Asking the question here, I am seeking from those who have used these so I have a better understanding of what I hope to be a good purchase. Not much different than buying the bike first then doing further research afterwards.

Thanks for your opinion tho
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johnfm3 wrote: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:26 pm
SnoBrdr wrote: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:06 pm Kinda a moot point.
I would disagree. The person at the dealership is one person. Asking the question here, I am seeking from those who have used these so I have a better understanding of what I hope to be a good purchase. Not much different than buying the bike first then doing further research afterwards.

Thanks for your opinion tho
My point is, you already bought the tires.

I'd never buy anything nd then research it later but I guess that's why we have more than vanilla ice cream available.
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I have the Pirelli Sport Demon's on my 2013 CB1100 and I like them a lot. I just bought new tires for my 78 wing but chose to go with the Shinkos because of the value. However, I will not be riding my 78 near as much or as hard as I ride my CB1100. Alot of opinions when it comes to tires. You won't be disappointed with the Demons.
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KCwing wrote: Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:44 pm I have the Pirelli Sport Demon's on my 2013 CB1100 and I like them a lot. I just bought new tires for my 78 wing but chose to go with the Shinkos because of the value. However, I will not be riding my 78 near as much or as hard as I ride my CB1100. Alot of opinions when it comes to tires. You won't be disappointed with the Demons.
thanks for the feedback. I would be interested in hearing what your thoughts are on them as you hit wet pavement. I have no interest in riding in the rain, but I do live in Washington and have to consider that I will hit wet pavement from time to time.

John
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johnfm3 wrote: Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:18 am
KCwing wrote: Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:44 pm I have the Pirelli Sport Demon's on my 2013 CB1100 and I like them a lot. I just bought new tires for my 78 wing but chose to go with the Shinkos because of the value. However, I will not be riding my 78 near as much or as hard as I ride my CB1100. Alot of opinions when it comes to tires. You won't be disappointed with the Demons.
thanks for the feedback. I would be interested in hearing what your thoughts are on them as you hit wet pavement. I have no interest in riding in the rain, but I do live in Washington and have to consider that I will hit wet pavement from time to time.

John
I think I have only ridden in the rain once with them. They did fine but I always take it extremely careful when riding on wet roads. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary the time I rode when it was raining. Hope this helps.


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