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Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by dougcaron » Wed May 09, 2018 6:45 am



Need to replace tires on my 1998 GL1500 Aspencade Presently have K177 I see a lot of bad reviews for Metzler's both 880 and 888's
What is everyone buying this year. Friends have Exedra's but I am open to all opinions. I am looking for a quiet ride that will last for a good number of miles. Live in New England so the roads are not the best. Thanks



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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by dougcaron » Wed May 09, 2018 6:46 am

Oh forgot to add not a little rider at 270lbs

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by bellboy40 » Wed May 09, 2018 8:16 am

Well these tire threads will get you a lot of differing opinions on which tire to use. I guess I'll get it started by saying which tire I use and have for many years. I have been using the Avon tires for a lot of years with good results on wear as well as quiet running. They used to make the Avon Venom but have stopped making it and replaced it with the Avon Cobra. That is what I have on mine now and it seems to be performing just as good as the former tire. Here is a link to one place to get them.

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/212-95 ... -rear-tire

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/212-77 ... front-tire

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed May 09, 2018 4:25 pm

the new Dunlop E4 tires are garnering some very good reports.


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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by NOVAwing » Wed May 09, 2018 6:59 pm

I'm in the same boat needing tires.

I am going to order the Avon Cobra's due to cost and having the bias ply option.

Tread pattern looks cool, but looks like it would be poor for rain etc, we shall see.

I wish you luck on your choice.

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed May 09, 2018 10:33 pm

I just received an Avon Roadrider for my front tire, will report on that when I get some experience with it.
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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by jim34481 » Thu May 10, 2018 4:52 am

I've put 10,000 miles on my set of Dunlop E4s since putting them on last summer. So far I'm very happy with them.
Jim

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by ekvh » Thu May 10, 2018 5:58 am

My one year old ( 5 year old born-on date) Avon Venom 160/80/16 is cracking in the sidewalks already. Lots of tread left and I have done my share of spinning it at take off and second gear.






This is on a 1500 rim on a 1200 swingarm on a 1000 frame. If you go with it, it was 1/2” wider than the original tire even though the same numerical size. Shinko? I don’t remember for sure.

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by Mh434 » Thu May 10, 2018 11:33 am

I was going to try something different this time, as I was replacing my noisy, lumpy Dunlop E3's, but in the end, I bought Dunlop MT4's. I'm pleasantly surprised with how smooth and quiet they are (no more howling in turns), and the grip far exceeds any 'Wing tires I've had.

As for longevity, I can't say, as I've only put a couple of thousand miles on them, but the harder center area of the tread is supposedly designed to significantly increase tire life, so we'll see.

At this point, I wouldn't hesitate to get MT4's again.

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by ct1500 » Thu May 10, 2018 5:53 pm

ekvh wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 5:58 am
My one year old ( 5 year old born-on date) Avon Venom 160/80/16 is cracking in the sidewalks already. Lots of tread left and I have done my share of spinning it at take off and second gear.
What chemicals are you using to keep the rim so clean? That cracking is not normal and some of these cleaners can attack rubber.
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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by minimac » Thu May 10, 2018 6:10 pm

ekvh wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 5:58 am
My one year old ( 5 year old born-on date) Avon Venom 160/80/16 is cracking in the sidewalks already. Lots of tread left and I have done my share of spinning it at take off and second gear. 1DAC25DA-D71D-485C-944C-A387F66D57A0.jpeg80C2852D-602A-4829-AFE9-909E952D230A.jpeg8DF83D81-9B44-4A77-A9C5-FFE5C1F3FF1A.jpeg

This is on a 1500 rim on a 1200 swingarm on a 1000 frame. If you go with it, it was 1/2” wider than the original tire even though the same numerical size. Shinko? I don’t remember for sure.
That looks like from some serious underinflation. I have been running an Austone on the rear and a Bridgestone Exceda Max radial on the front of my 1500. The handling is unreal and wear(with balancing beads) has been excellent.

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by saywen63 » Fri May 11, 2018 4:53 pm

on my 4th 1500 . tried everything under the sun ! This spring i tried Dunlop Elite 4s Best tire i have ever had on my wing . Looking forwards to see how long they last ...........

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Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

Post by ekvh » Fri May 11, 2018 9:09 pm

I haven’t used any cleaners on the tire. Just car wash soap. Always inflated 38-40 lbs. I picked it up off Craigslist from a guy who bought it but found out later it was too big for his bike. It was never mounted and stored away from the sun. I’m not sure what to think.

I’m thinking of going darkside with a 195/55/16 Yokohama even though it will require frame modification. But I really like this tire for overall performance. I’ve gotten to enjoy the squirreliness of the back end slipping around on hard takeoffs or second gear downshifts.



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