new tires for my 1500


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Windguy
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new tires for my 1500

Post by Windguy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:17 am



I'm sure this topic has been covered numerous times but here we go again. I am needing new tires for my 1995 GL1500. I need a stout tire that I can get great miles on rough Oklahoma and Texas roads. I also would like a smooth quiet ride at the same time without breaking the bank. It's a lot to ask I know. It is difficult to find match set for my bike in many tire models. I'm not sure if I could or should go with a radial or just stay with bias tires. Bike suggested tire is the Dunlop K177 but they look like they would be noisy and are quite pricey. I was also considering the Elite4. Open to suggestions. Thanks!


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Re: new tires for my 1500

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:18 am

personally, if I still had a 1500 ( a 94 and 98 )
I would install the new E4 tires.

IF, and some folks don't like the idea, you might wish to look at using a CT on the rear and then you have a "forget it for 20,000 miles tire )

the old standby, Austone Taxi cab tire
http://www.universaltire.com/dunlop-tir ... black.html

or this one is a good replacement and has some good comments:
http://www.tirefactory.net/vredestein.htm
they used a 195/55/16 SUV light truck tire from those folks.
fit the frame a bit easier than the Austone
~John

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Re: new tires for my 1500

Post by Windguy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:16 pm

I have been considering the E4 tires. Bike has E3's on it now but they are nearly 11 years old and I am Leary of riding very far until I get them replaced. I have heard mixed opinions on whether or not to use radial or bias on the older bike.
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Re: new tires for my 1500

Post by Fiberthree » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:20 pm

I put on a set of bias ply E4s in December and now have a little over 4K on them. They have a slightly harder compound in the center which should give you good mileage. The handling is just as good if not better than the E3 in the turns and our rain grooves don't seem to affect the 1500 at all. I was averaging a little over 20K per set on the E3s and was very pleased with the handling and mileage. Whatever tires you choose to run be sure to check the pressure regularly.
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Re: new tires for my 1500

Post by Windguy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:55 pm

Thank you for your input. I will definitely take that under consideration.
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Re: new tires for my 1500

Post by saywen63 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:29 pm

Im on my 5th wing ! Ive tried everything under the sun when it comes to tires .
This spring , i tried Dunlop Elite 4 for the first time . Best tire ive ever had on a 1500 !
12000 km and the tires perform great . Very little noise ( compared to the 3 series ) .
I know what im buying next time - if i still have a 1500 ! :-)

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Re: new tires for my 1500

Post by Windguy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:37 pm

Thanks! I appreciate your experience with the E4 it seems as that is the trending recommendation. Looks like I may have been on the right track. I also have a conversation going on another forum and it seems to be the tire of choice for the 1500. Still mixed opinions on running radial or bias, but I believe I will stick with the bias play since I can get the E4 that way. Seems like the best option for the bike.
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Re: new tires for my 1500

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:04 pm

Honestly I don't think you will be able to tell the difference between radials and bias ply.

and you can use a radial on one end and a bias ply on the other.
it is not like a car or truck where you MUST use the same type tire on the SAME axle.

lots of 1800s running around with radials on the rear and bias ply on the front.
Me for one, I have a radial on the back and a bias ply on the front.

can't tell the difference period.


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