Rear Tire Size


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Rear Tire Size

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Has anyone installed a Dunlop Elite 3 MU90B-16 (140/90-16) on a 1983 gl1100 standard rear rim-I would like to buy this tire,just want to be sure it will fit.


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140-90/16 is the standard (recommended) size tire for the GL1100 and yes it will fit.
Personally I prefer to use a 130-90/16 as this allows a bit more clearance between the sidewall and the drive tube. but thats a personal choice.
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1fastgl1100 I went with the Elite 3 MT90B-16-could not find anybody who put a MU90B-16 on there 83 gl1100-all put MT90B-16.On on my wing I have MT90B-16.Dont fix it if its not broke-between my drive tube and tire is about 5/16 inch-not enough room for me to take a chance.
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140-80-16 will fit just fine, its what came stock on it and the 82 aspencade.theres lots of room 8-)
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MT90B-16 (130/90-16) ordered-done deal.
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I've had the MU90-16 on my '82 Wing for 7 years and never had one rub, plenty of clearance.
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I have never had an issue with Dunlop or Bridgestone in the 140/90-16 rear but when I put a Shinko on I had all kinds of rub on the drive tube.
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Gee, I have the Avon Cobra 140-90/16 and think I need a new one. Reason, It's been having a slow bead leak for some time of which I never really gave it much thought until reading up on another post. Well someone "recommended" the Metzeler 888 140/90-16 as the best tire for a GW and considering the cost is a lil higher than the rest it may be due to this recommendation, though, tire salespersons (geez I HATE PC ) has no "vested" interest a tire brand, do they???

harummph !! I am seeking guidance or suggestions of any kind from the "Family" ......

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Slow leak often caused by corrosion on the wheel rim. Need to clean rim well for bead to seal. Had a a tire once that did that, had to clean it 3 times before it sealed.
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One of the biggest differences I've found behind the 130 vs 140 vs MT vs MU comparison is the weight rating, some 130's and MT's are rated lower than recommended. I'm running a Dunlop Elite 4 140/90-16 on my '83 and am quite happy with it.
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dnehasert wrote: Sun Jul 11, 2021 8:21 pm Slow leak often caused by corrosion on the wheel rim. Need to clean rim well for bead to seal. Had a a tire once that did that, had to clean it 3 times before it sealed.
yea, I know. Or a speck of sand or something weird. Any who, to avoid that issue, I got some Tire Bead Sealant. mainly cause I don't wanna have to do it 3 times. new tire is on the way........Metzler 888 140/90-16
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LAB3 wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:52 pm One of the biggest differences I've found behind the 130 vs 140 vs MT vs MU comparison is the weight rating, some 130's and MT's are rated lower than recommended. I'm running a Dunlop Elite 4 140/90-16 on my '83 and am quite happy with it.
Never understood the MT/MU sizing well so therefore I avoid it........Honda Dealer recommended the Metzeler 888 for my friends Aspencade. I tried to talk him outta dealin with Mother Honda but these young kids these days simply do not heed good advice. instead of beating my head on the wall, I simply said " You do you bruh" and went outside to wait for him.
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It's a leftover from the old days, before international trade brought us a different standard for measuring tire sizes. Some may remember when car tires had sizes like E78-14 then one day they where called 195/75-14. Here's more info than a guy needs: https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/m ... -101-guide
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Thanks LAB3, and yea that is a load of info..........completely unusable now I suppose. Unless your an antique like me.


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