1981 GL1100 tires


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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rdmstr
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1981 GL1100 tires

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Looks like there are four brands/profiles of tires available in the U.S. market as a matched set - front(110/90-19) rear(130/90-17) - for a 1981 GL1100. They are Shinko 230 // Shinko 712 // Dunlop D404 // Kenda k657. Is anyone aware of a tire set I may have missed?? I am riding now on Dunlop D404 tires and I do not know how many miles were put on the tires by the previous owner; I have done 4,300 miles myself. The front is wearing nice, no cupping, no uneven wear and ± 1/8" of tread left. Per Dunlop specs, new front tire made with 6/32" so about 1/2 done if changed at 1/16". The rear has 1/16" tread left and will be replaced now. Any feedback on the tires I've listed above. I know there are many variables that can alter a given tire's life - watching tire pressure, two up with heavy baggage vs one rider, &, &. I'm not sure that running other than a matched set of tires, I'm not saying incorrect tire sizes, is a certain death wish, but I would say most people avoid it. Any experience or comments on this?? With the fixed cost of tire mounting and a balance job, to me, paying for a decent long life tire seems to make sense.
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Metzeler lasertec come in those sizes. Some folks had problems with Metzeler MC tires....not sure which model. Maybe someone will post the info. I'm really happy with my Michelin Commander2 tires on my 83...they don't have sizes for the early 1100s
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Thanks for the reply!!
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Metzelers are the tires I have had for the last 20 yrs. Dyna beads the last 10 yrs or so.
All on a gl1100
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I would highly recommend you NOT buy Metzeler tires for your Wing.

Time and time again they have been shown to not be capable of handling the weight of the Goldwing, causing delaminations and catastrophic blowouts at speed. We have had MANY Goldwing owners on this site who have suffered complete failures and tread separations on relatively new Metzeler tires, several of them causing dangerous crashes when they blew out. These problems are well known to Metzeler, they have been reported again and again, yet they have continued to sell the exact same tires and claim they are a good fit for Goldwings, for over ten years.

Read through these threads, look at some of the pictures, and then decide for yourself:

DO NOT PURCHASE METZLER TIRES !

Rear tire blow out
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I will also advise against the Metzler, but for a different reason: the handling went south after a while, after the edges got very scalloped. This didn't happen with any other tire I have used, even a cheap Chinese Shinko. I have Dunlops on my bike right now, and am happy.

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a few years ago I got Spitfires, I think they are bridgestones,,, I didn't care much for the dunlops 404's though,, I would not waste my money on those... :D I have a 81 introstate :lol:
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I have had good luck with Shinko on both the 1100 and the 1200,
Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!
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Thanks for the Shinko reply. I've got lots of life left on the front D404, so for this rear tire replacement I went with a D404; the front and rear most likely will need to be refreshed at around the same time and then I will try the Shinkos. Also want to see with a brand new D404 and keeping the pressure up, what kind of life I will get. Previous owner put some miles on the rear D404 I just replaced, so beyond the miles I did I don't know the total miles. Thanks again.
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This is a Dragnet post - just the facts, no opinions. I just replaced a130/90-17 Dunlop D404 on the back of my 1981 1100. I ride solo, sometimes luggage is loaded, sometimes not. I'm retired and keep the speed at a max of 60 mph. Tire pressure set to 40 psi and the replaced D404 gave me 8,100 miles. End of story.
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Hi. I own an 81 goldwing interstate and ive been riding it for 4 years since a total overhaul. It sat for 15 years before i got it. I tried experimenting with different tires. Found out that these bikes are very tire specific, and best tires are the dunlop 404s, front and rear. Save yourself time, money, and grief and buy two new dunlop tires and put them both on at the same time. I learned from YouTube how to mount and balance my own tires too. The only good things i got out of wrong tire applications is that now i know how to do my own tire work, and that these are the right tires for this bike. IMHO. I wouldn't steer you wrong on this. You can buy the right tires on ebay. Good luck, ride safe. Jim


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