rear tire on gl1500 goldwing 1995


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rear tire on gl1500 goldwing 1995

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Can someone tell me the average mileage i should be getting on my rear tire. I ran a Bridgestone g702-160-80-16 and got 7500 miles on it. Don't know if that is good or bad? IS THERE ANY TIRE THAT WILL GIVE ME BETTER MILAGE ON MY 1995 1500 wing? I have never checked my milage before ,I just replaced tire when needed, now that it is my only transportation I would appreciate any input on the best tire life.



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Post by WingAdmin »

Well the best possible mileage would be if you installed a car tire on your rear wheel. You could get 25,000+ miles out of that.

I haven't had my 1500 long enough to wear out any tires (in fact I just put new tires on it), so I can't really answer this.

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I am just now replacing Dunlop E-3s with 22k plus miles. They both could go another 5k miles easily. Nowhere near the wear bars yet but I have developed a wobble and decided to replace. I know guys that have gotten 27k miles on the E-3s.

Double darkside this time. Front Michelin Pilot Activ (backwards rotation) and the Austone taxi tire on the rear.

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dingdong wrote:I am just now replacing Dunlop E-3s with 22k plus miles. They both could go another 5k miles easily. Nowhere near the wear bars yet but I have developed a wobble and decided to replace. I know guys that have gotten 27k miles on the E-3s.

Double darkside this time. Front Michelin Pilot Activ (backwards rotation) and the Austone taxi tire on the rear.
How about a report on the double darkside tires after the few months you been running them... I am due for tires on my '98 1500 and want to go same route...Only problem is only have 3 weeks to get them shipped to me and mounted....Will be taking off on a trip from texas to canada leaving 7/15/12 and gotta get new tires on before I go.

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This may be the exception. I don't know why we had problems and others say they don't. I Put the Austone on my bike and two weeks later helped a friend install one on his 98. The next weekend we removed them and went back to E3s. Both of us had the same handling problems that made the bike unsafe to ride. Tar snake tracking, unstable on rough roads, very unstable in high winds, (scarey), extremely unstable at speeds over 80 mph (scarey). I experimented with different tire air pressures and suspension pressures to no avail. I have rebuilt my entire front end and swing arm this winter. My bike rides perfectly with the E3s. I know of 2 other guys with the same handling problems but they are trying to "tune" their suspensions to compensate. They say it is working but not finished yet. That says enough for me. ??? Both of us sent the tires back to Universal Tire and got a refund. Universal says they didn't find a problem with either tire. My advice is, if you are planning a trip to Canada, wait until you return and have time to experiment.

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Since posting that request, I also had a talk with the atty that is handling my case from when I got rear ended last year on my trike. He informed me that insurance companies have been using the car tire to refuse to pay any damages to bikes involved in accidents with car tires on them. They are arguing that it is a known safety issue and negligence on the part of the owner putting the ct on. Also why dealers refuse to do it. So it is E3's going on this next week.

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Leave it to insurance companies to try to find ways to get out of paying their responsibilities.

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ghostvet wrote:Leave it to insurance companies to try to find ways to get out of paying their responsibilities.
Are you kidding? Insurance companies have entire departments dedicated to exactly that function.

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Now why would you want to fit a car tyre to a motorcycle. A car tyre is flat across and a bike tyre is round because the bike leans as it goes into corners and a car doesn't.

Anyway that said I use E3s and have got between 15,000 to 18,000 miles.

Tyres are a personal thing, what suits someone will not suit someone else.

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Since posting that request, I also had a talk with the atty that is handling my case from when I got rear ended last year on my trike. He informed me that insurance companies have been using the car tire to refuse to pay any damages to bikes involved in accidents with car tires on them. They are arguing that it is a known safety issue and negligence on the part of the owner putting the ct on. Also why dealers refuse to do it.
I bet you are using care tyres on your trike, and your trike is classified as motorcycle, so how does he reconcile that?
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redial wrote:
Since posting that request, I also had a talk with the atty that is handling my case from when I got rear ended last year on my trike. He informed me that insurance companies have been using the car tire to refuse to pay any damages to bikes involved in accidents with car tires on them. They are arguing that it is a known safety issue and negligence on the part of the owner putting the ct on. Also why dealers refuse to do it.
I bet you are using care tyres on your trike, and your trike is classified as motorcycle, so how does he reconcile that?
Don't really know, guess since the trike mod has a car axle and car rims, it uses car tires, where the rear rim of a two wheeler was made for a MC tire and not a car tire....Nothing ever said by an insurance company or a lawyer ever made since other than how to get money into their pockets and out of mine...

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I'm going to be needing tires in the near future and am thinking of the Avon Venom rather than the E 3's.

I've got the E 3's now but want to try something else. The front is cupped and nearly worn out. Hoping the Avons don't have the cupping issues. Anybody using them??
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cbx4evr wrote:I'm going to be needing tires in the near future and am thinking of the Avon Venom rather than the E 3's.

I've got the E 3's now but want to try something else. The front is cupped and nearly worn out. Hoping the Avons don't have the cupping issues. Anybody using them??
I put Avon Venoms on my 1100, and absolutely loved them. They're smooth, sticky, great in the wet, wear very well, and (with Dynabeads installed) I had absolutely no cupping whatsoever. I was so happy with them that when I got my 1500, with the dismal, cupped, crappy E3's that were on it, I replaced them even though the E3's had tread left on them. The Venoms I put on the 1500 are just as good as the ones I put on the 1100 - smooth, sticky and overall fantastic tires. I again put Dynabeads in them.

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WingAdmin wrote:
ghostvet wrote:Leave it to insurance companies to try to find ways to get out of paying their responsibilities.
Are you kidding? Insurance companies have entire departments dedicated to exactly that function.

Some insurance companies here are now not insuring trike conversions because they say it has been modified from original.
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Ok all, I am about to put a new front tire on my 89 GL1500. Of course I have been surfing my favorite club site here, looking for the best brand or most popular amongst you guys. I see that Avon venoms seem to be great choices. What are Dyna beads I hear people talking about?
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My experience on MY 1996 GL1500 currently at 120,000+ miles...

BEST GL1500 tires ? Michelin Pilot GTs - (no longer available)
I burned up 3 sets of these tires over 3 years. Average performance was 18,000 miles

Currently -
Dunlop EIII - front tire - 1000 miles and already noisy
Previous Front tire was Bridgestone BattlAx BT45 Sport Bike rear mounted backwards - Cupped at 11K and removed at 18K
Contrac Vredestein Car tire rear - 20,000 miles and counting

Previously
Dunlop EIIs -
Unknown miles (on bike when I got it)

NEXT SET -
AVON VENOM (if available) or TBD ...?



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papajohn315 wrote:Can someone tell me the average mileage i should be getting on my rear tire. I ran a Bridgestone g702-160-80-16 and got 7500 miles on it. Don't know if that is good or bad? IS THERE ANY TIRE THAT WILL GIVE ME BETTER MILAGE ON MY 1995 1500 wing? I have never checked my milage before ,I just replaced tire when needed, now that it is my only transportation I would appreciate any input on the best tire life.

Had the exact same tire and I got just over 10,000 and it blew out!! no damage to the bike...just a scary bang! Happened yesterday!! Just bought E-3 to replace it...always got good milage with Dunlops! I will NEVER use a Bridgestone again!!!
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Michelin Pilot Activ tyres appear to be available in Oz.

Here is a table showing the RRP (Recommended Retail Prices) of the tyres that are available in this configuration.



http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/twpro ... Product/15

If there is enough demand I will go and get a container load and ship them to you. :o
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I've only had my '98 1500 for a year now. It had 14,000 miles on it when I got it. It now has 23,000. I just put a new rear K177 Dunlop on it, as this is what was on it. I notice it was the tire designed for this bike. Does anyone still use them? Seems all the postings I come across, folks are using something different. Just wondering why? :?:
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JMMO wrote:I've only had my '98 1500 for a year now. It had 14,000 miles on it when I got it. It now has 23,000. I just put a new rear K177 Dunlop on it, as this is what was on it. I notice it was the tire designed for this bike. Does anyone still use them? Seems all the postings I come across, folks are using something different. Just wondering why? :?:
It's just that there are a number of tires out there to try..see how they feel and respond. I was sold on Metzlers for a while and the tire changed. I have tried Dunlop, Bridgestone and I find that the Dunlops suit me best. Different strokes for different folks...that's all.
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I realize this post is a couple of months old, but I just returned from a 5500 mile trip on my 88. I put new Kenda Kruz tires on it before I left and run them about 500 miles or so before the trip began. I now have over 6000 miles on those tires and they show hardly any wear. However, after about 1500 miles the front tire has gotten noisy about 35-45 MPH. At speed it seems OK. I just put a set of these tires on the 99 I just bought, so we will see if the noise comes back with a little wear on those tires. But, for the price, I am sold on the Kenda Kruz. I also have a set of them on my 1100 Virago that I am very satisfied with.
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Thanks for the report. Glad to hear a positive report on the Kendas.

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Recently sold my Vstar so all the miles are now on the Wing. Running a Maxxis on rear that is just over 19k and tread is not at wear bar yet. At 20k I will replace with my other wheel which runs a Michelin car tire. Was running the car tire when a bearing went out and I swapped back to Maxxis until repairs are made, that was over a year ago.
A Michelin 195/75-16 raises the ride 3/4", decreases rpm by 400, greatly enhanced stopping and rides so close to stock it was almost unnoticeable. Unless something happens to it, it will be the last tire I will put on bike.

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Has anyone tried a 150/90-16 on the rear? Opens up a few more choices..
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A 150 would lower the bike, lower the weight rating, mess up the speedo and play havoc if towing.



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