Beating an old Horse


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WinginRold
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Beating an old Horse

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Want to go with a car tire and tpms I've done lots of reading on here glforum and gl1800 but I want what you are running in 2020 that I can buy today run flats or standard tires 1999 Gl1500SE thanks for the responses coming!



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blupupher
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Depends on what size you want to go with.
175/60R16 fits no probem, but there are very few tires that size. the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Run Flat was a popular tire, but is no longer made. The only readily available tires in this size are the Goodyear Fuelmax (have not heard good things about this tire on a bike) and Federal Formoza FD2 (in performance and all season, I have heard nothing about how it performs on bikes), neither are run flats.

The Auston Taxi tire is no longer available in the US, but there is a 175R16 Maxxis Blackwall that is supposed to be basically the same tire, but have not heard of anyone running it yet.

195/55R16 has a lot more options of regular and run flat, but I read mixed messages on if it fits or not. Some say no problem, some say it rubs, even with the same brand and type of tire.
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aj1500
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I run the Fuel Max and am very happy with it, however it is shorter than a stock tire so your going to loose a little mileage and increase RPM's. being that I have a sidecar the shorter tire works great
I mount my own tires and for that reason I will never run another ROF tire, but that is my choice, but I will say I Loved the Winter Sport when you could get them

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I have not tried this tire yet on a 1500, but it should fit on the 1500 very easy.
It is a seasonal tire, so it is not available year around.


https://tiresize.com/tires/Dunlop/SP-Wi ... -60R16.htm

What I like about it, the profile edges are more round than other RF ZP tires.
I have one in the garage that is going to be installed next Monday for my 1800.

Yes, on the 1800 the slightly smaller diameter will cause the speedo error to be off a bit more, but I want the non-slip in rain tire grip of this thing, and I want a CT that feels more like a normal M/C tire.
that is, it will lean over without me pushing the handlebars and not try to straighten back up in a twisty.

.that URL says that tiresize.com says it is not available, go to a different tire source.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSear ... iameter=17
different brand, same size

https://www.discounttire.com/fitmentres ... /175-60-16
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Elmobile
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aj1500,
I have a Austone taxi tire on my 1990 / CSC FIII which is longer than the stock one. Happy with the tire but my mileage is about 29 miles/G and gets worse on highway at 60 65 miles/hours...
What mileage do you get with your rig? Just curious...

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aj1500
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Goodyear Fuel max 175/60 R16
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I ride almost completely highway miles everyday to work and back so I rarely see 29 MPG. it's more like 25 or 6. I do see close to if not 29 MPG when riding on the weekends as I don't get on the highways at all. I only check mine every so often if I feel it's burning too much, I don't really worry about the mileage with the car hanging off the side :D. I know one thing for sure I get more Smiles per gallon then most ;)

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Elmobile
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Thanks for the reply...
I totally agree with the smiles per gallon. I am really enjoying riding with the sidecar on the twisty coastal roads of Nova Scotia!
I think I am going to stop worrying about my mileage and accept the fact that my rig is running as it should. Now I have to figure out how to increase the distances between refueling... An auxiliary tank looks like a neat project!
I wanted to make sure that all is good before I get into more work on this unit :D

I am even considering building a sidecar for my 650 Vstrom so that I can go on dirt/gravel road!!!

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aj1500
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a second tank is so nice, I have a 6 gal tank behind the seat in mine, I have a pump that I can turn on and fill the bikes tank while riding, I have a 1 way check valve in the line.
it makes all the difference in the world on longer rides

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Just wanna say thanks so much already for the recommendations! When I've done the tire comparison sizing that 175 60 16 winter sport looks incredibly smaller in a side by side comparison to a oem 160 80 16 so I'm considerably wondering if I should go back with a mc tire for a bit more time and see if any newer tires become available so opinions on it?

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Post by minimac »

Of course a 60 series tire will be shorter. There are suitable tires out there. Just keep looking.



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