Tires '83 GL1100


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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moewoz
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Tires '83 GL1100

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Hi all:

I have an 83 GL1100 (not an Interstate - it's naked except for small windshield) which I bought used last year - 24,000 km
The tires on it are Kenda (date 2611) size: rear 130/90 16 front 110/90 18

I want to buy new tires.

I downloaded an 83 GL1100 Interstate Owners Manual which denotes sizes as rear 140/90 16 and front 120/90 18.

What is difference - bigger tires for the heavier Interstate? Should I stick with the smaller sizes? ( ie. mine is not an Interstate). What would be noticeable differences?
I am finding good prices here in Canada for Shinko. What do you aficionados recommend for casual solo riding (very rarely 2 up). Please recommend some alternative brand names.
Thanks so much for any input.


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Re: Tires '83 GL1100

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look on the frame of the bike down by the rear wheel, behind the kickstand and there should be a plate. This will tell you what size tire for that particular bike.

tires are like oil== whatever your particular taste are.

I am a Metzler fan for the 1100.
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I really liked the Avon Venom X on my 82Aspy, they are no longer available and have been replaced by the Avon Cobra. Good grip wet or dry,light neutral handling, good mileage. I still use them on the front of my 1500, Darkside rear.
What ever tire you choose make sure it is rated for the weight of the bike, not all tires that fit are suitable for a heavy bike like the Wing. Price is secondary. 8-)
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moewoz
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Wilcoy02 wrote:look on the frame of the bike down by the rear wheel, behind the kickstand and there should be a plate. This will tell you what size tire for that particular bike.

tires are like oil== whatever your particular taste are.

I am a Metzler fan for the 1100.
Yes the sticker was there - stated the larger sizes.
What will I notice in the ride/handling with the slightly larger tire?
ie. rear 140 vs. 130; front 120 vs. 110
Thanks
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RoadRogue wrote:I really liked the Avon Venom X on my 82Aspy, they are no longer available and have been replaced by the Avon Cobra. Good grip wet or dry,light neutral handling, good mileage. I still use them on the front of my 1500, Darkside rear.
What ever tire you choose make sure it is rated for the weight of the bike, not all tires that fit are suitable for a heavy bike like the Wing. Price is secondary. 8-)
Thanks for heads up on weight. I'll check tire codes
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I'm sold on Michelin Commander 2 tires. 130/70 18 on the front 140/90 16 on the rear (I think they have a 110/90 front). Stick like glue, wear like iron. I have just over 10,000 miles on the front and 9500 on the rear and there is lots of life left. Not cheap...over 300 for the pair.
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I run the 130 on the rear of my '83 though it calls for the 140. I cannot tell any difference but ride by myself with very little load. Dunlop Elite 3 is my favorite and can get 17,000 plus miles out of them. I ride in all weather but snow (did happen a few times though) very cold (15 degrees is my best) and very hot weather also. The 130 is a bit cheaper but please buy a quality tire as your life may depend on it! (not a fan of Shinko, Cheng Shin, V-Rubber or Duro). May not be anything wrong with these but I do not buy them.
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Thanks for great advice. I'll be looking 'round for sure.
PFenstermaker
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Hey,
Sorry to derail the topic, but what windshield do you have on your bike? Just picked up a naked '80, and I've been trying to figure out which ones will fit/work..
Thanks!
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Anyone running a Car tire on there 83 GL1100?
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I have a friend that put a car tire on his last model Goldwing. He has years of experience riding and is one of the safest riders I know. When he put the car tire on he immediately noticed difficulty handling at slow speeds (he even drop the bike a couple of times). After that he went back to a motorcycle tire. Said the cost and extra mileage from the car tire is not worth it.

Later, Bud...
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We all have friends that have "tried" something, but, "his last model goldwing" does not address the specific model I inquired about. Loads of people darkside their 1500 and 1800 and I was wondering if anyone had done it on a earlier model. I appreciate your input, as useless as it is, Thanks.
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I don't think there's a car tire narrow enough to fit in the 83 swingarm. It is possible to adapt a GL1200 swingarm although I don't know what is involved. I think the rim needs modified a bit to fit a 15" car tire


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