best tire that has long life and best ride

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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by brian.peters » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:10 am

I'm following as I need new tires. The "new to me" bike has E3s with a lot of tread but they howl, vibrate the front end at 80, are 5 years old by the date stamps and the shell is cracking at the wheel. I'm sure I could ride the rest of the tread off but they need to go. After reading all of this it seems the only real choice is the dunlops unless I use a car tire on the rear. I assume the benefit to that is the extra load capacity anything else? Seems like the handling would be way wonky with such a "flat" tire on the back, but I see folks love them and some just ran them once and not again. If you put 10-15K on a tire it can't be "way wonky" maybe just a bit wonky :)

So the bike is getting E4s now but in the future there maybe more 2 up riding and possibly a camping trailer so the car tire is interesting.

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1996 GL1500 Aspencade - Pearl Blue
1992 GL1500 Aspencade -Candy Red
1980 GL1100 - Custom Cobalt Blue
1985 GL1200 Aspencade Brown
1983 CX500 Custom Red
1982 CX500 Custom Blue
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Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

Post by Wingsconsin » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:16 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:09 pm
The Michelin disclaimer is usually found in the nearest trash can, as that is all the value it has for knowledgeable motorcycle riders.

I know for a fact, that the Michelin Alpin PA3 run flat 195/55 16 is one superior tire on the GL1800.

I have one on the ground, and one on the shelf ready to ride when it is needed.
I know this disclaimer is going to be (has been) ignored.
There are many who have ignored these types of manufacturers 'warnings' and used things like car tires...(gasp)
BUT - do not complain to the tire manufacturer if things go badly --
we all choose to use what we want on our motorcycles (which is inherently a risky proposition to begin with)
I have used a Car tire ; and ridden while texting ; and exceeded both the load limits and speed limits.

IF Michelin mad a Goldwing specific tire for the GL1800 it would be on my bike today -

But I have chosen to use the recommended motorcycle tire fr my ride and just change tires more often -
I made that easy by purchasing an extra set of rims and I always have new rubber ready to go on .
My average per year is around 11,000 miles so a new set every year is typical for me.

Postings are my opinions based on experience and acquired knowledge.
Your results may vary. Universal disclaimers apply.

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