Tire choices for my 1500


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Tire choices for my 1500

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How is everyone doing today?
My question is about replacement tires for my 97 GL1500. I ran Dunlop Elite 3's with fantastic results but now I can't get them anymore due to the Elite 4 coming out. I was advised that the Elite 4 is a radial and not really suited for the 1500.
Can anybody give me some feedback on some other choices? I am looking for long wear and a somewhat reasonable price tag.
Thanks.



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Re: Tire choices for my 1500

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Actually, if you like Dunlop, E4's are available in radial and bias-ply construction.

I use AVON Cobra AV71 Front 130/70B18 69H and AVON Cobra AV72 Rear 160/80B16 81H.

But the E4 would be my next choice.
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Re: Tire choices for my 1500

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Thank you. I'll check them out.

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+1 on the Avon Cobras. Personally I bought mine on Amazon from Chapparel motorsports. 168 shipped for the rear 138 for the front shipped. Mounted myself and used dyna beads for balancing. All good so far.

I called every local tire shop in an effort to see if I could get them local. I try to support local businesses when I can. No luck. One guy told me that he buys that tire for more than I ended up paying on Amazon. Go figure.

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Re: Tire choices for my 1500

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Not much difference in price for the Bridgestone G702 rear I bought, $171 from motorcycle superstore. this has an LI of 80 (992 lbs) Don't know what the Avon LI is. That's what I use as a deciding factor-price and Load rating.

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Avon Cobra Bias Ply Rear is 81 (1019 lbs) Front is 69 (716 lbs)

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I'd say that was a good choice. Now to learn the mileage, you'll just have to ride the thing for thousands of miles 8-)

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Another vote for Avon Cobra's.
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wilmo wrote:I'd say that was a good choice. Now to learn the mileage, you'll just have to ride the thing for thousands of miles 8-)
I've only done 500 miles on them thus far. I'll post a detailed review when they reach the end of their lives. :)

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Post by minimac »

There's nothing wrong with running radials on a 1500. I've had mine for years. Unless you don't want a slightly better ride, crisper handling, better wet performance, etc. It's a touring machine....you're not running a Grand Prix circuit.

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Check with Dunlop but I think they have the Elite 4 in bias ply as well as radial. Their site: http://www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com/ti ... elite-4-2/

A dealer should be able to order them since I doubt they are stocked. There are also several other online tire suppliers that may have them for cheaper pricing. I like directline.com parts.
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Here is another happy customer of the Avon tires. I have been using them for many years on both the GL1500 and my previous GL1200 LTD. I have had very good results with them for both quiet running and long life. The last rear tire was taken off at over 18,000 miles and could easily have gone another couple thousand but I was going on a long trip and didn't want to leave with those tires on it. I have recently purchased another GL1500 and just put some new Avons on it.

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Re: Tire choices for my 1500

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I have use the Avon tire and DIDN'T like it at all I like the Dunlop Elite 3 on the rear and Bridgestone Exedra G701 on front. When the Rear wares out I might go to CT or go with New Dunlop E4.

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My current GL1500 had a Dunlop E3 on it when I got it and it roared like crazy when going around curves. I wouldn't put another one on there it they gave it to me. I can't stand the noise they make.

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Re: Tire choices for my 1500

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From what I have heard from friends, the E4 is much better in that regard. They do not wear the same as the E3.
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Well, let's hope that is the case. They certainly left a lot of room to improve in that area.

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I spoke to someone just a couple of days aga that has the E4s ago and he said they are dead quite. Those'll be my next purchase.

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someone548 wrote:+1 on the Avon Cobras. Personally I bought mine on Amazon from Chapparel motorsports. 168 shipped for the rear 138 for the front shipped. Mounted myself and used dyna beads for balancing. All good so far.

I called every local tire shop in an effort to see if I could get them local. I try to support local businesses when I can. No luck. One guy told me that he buys that tire for more than I ended up paying on Amazon. Go figure.
How long ago did you buy your tires on amazon? I can't seem to find them at that price. maybe you could send me the link? :)

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Chickenlegs wrote:
someone548 wrote:+1 on the Avon Cobras. Personally I bought mine on Amazon from Chapparel motorsports. 168 shipped for the rear 138 for the front shipped. Mounted myself and used dyna beads for balancing. All good so far.

I called every local tire shop in an effort to see if I could get them local. I try to support local businesses when I can. No luck. One guy told me that he buys that tire for more than I ended up paying on Amazon. Go figure.
How long ago did you buy your tires on amazon? I can't seem to find them at that price. maybe you could send me the link? :)
Few weeks ago. Well crud. It seems price has gone up. Sorry guys. Here are the links anyway.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011J ... ingdocs-20

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XP ... ingdocs-20



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Corkster52 wrote:I spoke to someone just a couple of days aga that has the E4s ago and he said they are dead quite. Those'll be my next purchase.
How long has he had them installed? The E3s started howling after they had some miles on them.

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Not sure, but I'll find out.

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someone548 wrote:
Chickenlegs wrote:
someone548 wrote:+1 on the Avon Cobras. Personally I bought mine on Amazon from Chapparel motorsports. 168 shipped for the rear 138 for the front shipped. Mounted myself and used dyna beads for balancing. All good so far.

I called every local tire shop in an effort to see if I could get them local. I try to support local businesses when I can. No luck. One guy told me that he buys that tire for more than I ended up paying on Amazon. Go figure.
How long ago did you buy your tires on amazon? I can't seem to find them at that price. maybe you could send me the link? :)
Few weeks ago. Well crud. It seems price has gone up. Sorry guys. Here are the links anyway.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011J ... ingdocs-20

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XP ... ingdocs-20

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thanks for the link, You got a good deal.

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Mon May 08, 2017 8:18 pm

How long has he had them installed? The E3s started howling after they had some miles on them.
He put them on in March and have 2500 miles or so on the so far.

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Re: Tire choices for my 1500

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Well I hope they stay quiet for him. Maybe Dunlop finally fixed whatever was causing them to howl so bad.
On another note, J&P Cycles was about the cheapest place I found to buy tires. This is the ones I have.

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/212-779

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/212-956

Also that rear tire I bought just a couple weeks ago was $168 dollars then. It appears tires have gone up just recently.

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Re: Tire choices for my 1500

Post by Magerton »

Hello from Gastonia NC;
I know this is an old post, but need some advice and thought id start here!
Purchased some Dunlop Elite 4s for the 96 SE in July of 18. It now appears less than a year from putting them on I have run over some type of metal object in the front. Not sure how bad it is leaking, but I can rub my fingernail over it and tell its metal. Seen where you had been using the Avon Cobras. Do they still make that tire? Bought the Dunlops because I got a good deal on them, and the bike had them on there already (elite 3s). Tried some of the links others have posted on here and it appears the Avon Cobra is now unavailable. Any feedback would be appreciated!

Thanks
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