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Skeldog
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Well it seems like the wing continues to want me to spend money. I put a Shinko on my 1100 wing last summer and I was satisfied with it. now the 98 1500 needs tires.it has dunlop E-3's on it now but they're old and worn so while the wheels are off I'll spend the money I guess.- I see dunlop 404's for not too much- I know there are multiple grades. and I'd buy another set of Shinko's I guess if they're the best buy for the money.I won't put a whole lot of miles on this bike I'm sure. I just want a set that will handle the weight of two good size folks without breaking down, I'm asking what folks have found as the best buy for occasional riding without breaking the bank


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I would go with the Dunlop E4, or the Avon RoadRider.

personal preference

I have the E4 on the rear of my 1800,
and the Avon RoadRider. "rear tire" on the front.
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I recommend Dunlop E4s. Best tire I have ever ran. Pricy though.
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Shinko might be the cheapest buy at first glance but you will be lucky to get 7k miles out of them on a 1500 and will be buying tires again soon.
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Swagonmaster
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I replaced my old Dunlop E3's with Avon Cobra tires and could not be happier, much better ride and better wear.
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I tried Shinkos and I thought they were awful. My mechanic thought they were so bad he red-stamped my invoice ("unsafe to ride"). Took them off and put on E4s. Much better. Don't buy cheap tires. There are so many ways to die on a motorcycle. Losing it because you went for lowest cost on the only part of the bike that should touch the road doesn't need to be one of them.
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Post by DenverWinger »

I have Dunlop D404's on my 1100, mainly because that's about the only decent tire you can find anymore that fits the 1100.

Wasn't aware the 404's were available in 1500 sizes, although they're a good tire I'd hesitate with those, a 1500 is considerably heavier than an 1100 and likely exceeds the ratings of the 404's especially with good size passengers.

My vote for the 1500 is the Elite-4.


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