Tire recommendations for GL1200


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Tire recommendations for GL1200

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I recently bought an '86 Aspencade. The bike is in great condition but I'd like some new rubber.
I've enjoyed "Dunlop Elite 4" for years on my 1984 Interstate but have just discovered they are
no longer being produced.
What do other GL1200 riders like? ...recommend...not recommend etc.
Thanks, Chris


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Dunlop D404 and Michelin Commander II are some of the best alternatives that you can install on you GL1200.
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I always have a Michelin Commander on the rear. Lately I've been running the Shinko Tourmaster on the front.
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Thanks for the tire recommendations.
I'll check out the Michelin Commanders ... Dunlop 404's
and Shinko Tourmaster.

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might be a little late in replying but i run shinkos front and rear
tires really seem to grab the pavement wet or dry
have no complaints on my second rear due to a nail
my brother runs the same on his 85 and he feels the same as i do
good tires for the price imo
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Not really much help, but I installed a set of Kenda K673 Kruzer's on mine at the end of last year. I read a review by a rider out in Oregon that said after his break in ride, he felt comfortable with riding anywhere on them. Time will tell this riding season.
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just a follow up for nesster
was wondering if you got new tires
what did you end up going with
also i do a lot of runs to coldwater if your interested let me know
i run an 86 aspe and my brother in coldwater has an 85 interstate
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A long winter, indeed!
Here's a photo of my '86 Aspencade in front of a local cornfield, taken
fall of '08. Lindsay Cycle called to say the bike is ready...new tires, fluids
drained /replaced etc. I won't be able to get it until the weather warms up
here. We are in a snow belt, south of Georgian Bay.
I'll let y'all know what tires were installed as soon as baby's home.
Thanks for all the input and suggestions!
-Chris
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hey
chris nice looking bike
couple more weeks and we might be riding or at least thinking really hard about it
im in hamilton so are weather going to be about the same
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A good friend (CVMG) in Essex-Kent section enjoyed a couple of rides
over the weekend. Weather is quite a bit different in the Windsor area.
I did see 4 bikes on the road here on Sunday (4-5c.) and to tell the truth,
if I could have navigated around our house I would have been out there
too. My bikes are 60-80 yards away from the street and there is a LOT
of ice yet to melt before I can get out.
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i have the same problem snow is almost gone but back yard will be really muddy when it starts to thaw
still have a few things to get ready before i can ride
like install new radio cant ride without tunes lol
have a trailer hitch to put on
new top box light bar
some wiring that i should redo
and of course she needs a bath
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Is it heated where your bike is? Not much fun working
in the cold - I defer to warmer temps for that.
I've a feeling we'll be riding a bit this month, unlike last March
which was the coldest month of the winter! Brutal
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nope no heat just a 8 by 10 shed
shed looked big when i bought it
then spent weekend putting it up
put bike inside and low and behold
should have bought a bigger boat as the saying goes
not a hole lot of room left so going to be doing a lot of work in the driveway
come spring
new radio going in this week though i think
may look at the rear top box light rail that i picked up off of kijji


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