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Gordwing
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Just wondering what kind of tires I should buy for my 1800?

I would appreciate any advice

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Howdy Gordwing
I prefer the handling of the Bridgestone G709 front on my 08 and would go with the matching rear if a mc tire but went to the darkside long time ago on the rear. :roll:

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but went to the darkside long time ago on the rear.
I don't know what rules apply in the US but in the UK, using non-standard tyres designed primarily for motor car use would render my insurance null and void. Our insurance companies will use any excuse not to pay out after an accident and using car tyres on a motorcycle would certainly give them excuse. In the US, do you have to inform your insurance company if you use a car tyre on your Goldwing? And do they then adjust the insurance premium accordingly?
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Post by thrasherg »

Round ones!! :lol: the old square ones just don't work so well.. :oops: I have never tried a car tyre, but I run Avon's on my wing and love them, can deck everything and no fear of a slide, I run a couple of PSI more pressure than Honda recommend...

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Post by MikeB »

I like the Avon Cobra's also. Been using them for several years. The Dunlop E4's are reportedly very good as well.
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I would recommend sticking with the oem recommendation for tires, Bridgestone is what it came with.

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702scottc wrote:I would recommend sticking with the oem recommendation for tires, Bridgestone is what it came with.
I believe the GL1500 came with Dunlop K177 tires, not Bridgestone. I would not use them if they were available. Pretty slippery tire, especially on wet pavement.
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Post by 702scottc »

The post is for recommendations for tires on an 1800, they used Bridgestone tires from Honda. The 1500`s came with Dunlop tires. I owned a 1500 and now an 1800.

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I stand corrected. My mistake.

I read the post but glossed over the "for my 1800" and went right to his profile and saw he listed a 1992 GL1500 Aspencade.
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I've got a new set of Dunlop E4's. Only a thousand miles on them, but so far very good in all kinds of road conditions.

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stock 709 on front driveguard 195/55 on back.

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Post by Viking »

I have used Dunlop D250s, Avon Cobras and Dunlop Elite 3s. All were very satisfactory, but the Avons were super. I had an Avon rear tread seperate after less than 8K Kms though, so on the basis of that, would not recommend them. To their benefit however, they came out with an upgraded rear shortly after my fight with them for warranty. Did my fight have anything to do with that - no. They came out with the new tire at about the same time, while telling me they had never had any problems with their rear tires separating, so why a new one? The internet was full of complaints tho, so I took a credit and bought another set of D250s. For high mileage, I have had the best service with D250s, but I am working on a set of Elite 3s now and they seem pretty good. The E4s are reported to be even better for wear.
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Post by Wingsconsin »

ON my 1800 I have used up 2 sets of Bridgestone G704?709 combination
Really a good set of tires - not terribly expensive and they hold the road well...longevity is lacking a bit as I was done with them at 8500 miles and 9000 miles respectively.
Currently I have a set of Avon Cobras on my bike with about 7500 miles on them. I suspect I will change them out by 10K miles
They have been really good as well and can recommend them in all conditions. -
Waiting in the garage is a new Bridgestone Front to be mounted and I may pair that one with a Dunlop E4 just to try it out.
I ahve read many favorable reports on the E4s so they interest me -

Any of these would work well for you too.. monitor pressures is the key - keep them pumped up to the hard side
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I have read many favorable reports on the E4s so they interest me
Currently running the Dunlop Elite 4 tires on my 2006 GL1800 and am happy with them.

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Dunlop E4 is what I'm using

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I've run out 3 sets of E-3s and achieve 18-19k miles on a set. Currently 10k on my E-4s and haven't had any issues with Dunlaps. I can say the rear runs 25-30 miles with 0psi so I'd consider it a run-flat though its not advertised as such. I've not had a front flat. They too will sing once cupped or feathered; its common complaint (more-so pointed at Dunlaps) but I run them at their max psi with balancing beads and that staves of the tread wear till around 13k miles. I've been really happy with them.
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On various motorcycles I own and have owned, I do believe I have used every brand out there. Except Kenda, never tried a Kenda yet. Anyway, the only brand that has ever failed is Shinko. I have them on my Kawasaki Vulcan, and they are doing fine, however, both the front and rear Shinkos I put on the GL1800 failed. (tread separation). I seem to have the best all around performance with the OEM Bridgestones. I just ordered a G709 for the front after wearing out an Exedra Max in about 12,000 miles. I think the G709 is supposed to last a little longer. My friend has 17,000 miles on his and it is still good for awhile longer. (2014 GL1800).

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I don't know what rules apply in the US but in the UK, using non-standard tyres designed primarily for motor car use would render my insurance null and void. Our insurance companies will use any excuse not to pay out after an accident and using car tyres on a motorcycle would certainly give them excuse. In the US, do you have to inform your insurance company if you use a car tyre on your Goldwing? And do they then adjust the insurance premium accordingly?
Good points. I feel that unless coverage is specifically excluded in your policy, the insurance company would have a very difficult time denying a claim based upon the type/brand of tires on the bike unless it could be proven that it was the proximate cause of the accident. There are many 'darkside' Goldwing riders out there (myself included) so I think the actual safety data is good.
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doctorpaul wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:12 pm
I don't know what rules apply in the US but in the UK, using non-standard tyres designed primarily for motor car use would render my insurance null and void. Our insurance companies will use any excuse not to pay out after an accident and using car tyres on a motorcycle would certainly give them excuse. In the US, do you have to inform your insurance company if you use a car tyre on your Goldwing? And do they then adjust the insurance premium accordingly?
Good points. I feel that unless coverage is specifically excluded in your policy, the insurance company would have a very difficult time denying a claim based upon the type/brand of tires on the bike unless it could be proven that it was the proximate cause of the accident. There are many 'darkside' Goldwing riders out there (myself included) so I think the actual safety data is good.
In the US the insurance companies have basically said that as long as the tire is DOT approved, they don't care what you put on your bike.

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I purchased my 2012 slightly over a year ago, and have put 25,000 miles on her. The PO had the OEM Bridgestone tires on her, but I had a head-shake wobble and cupping after the tires were 50% worn. So, I tried the new Dunlop E4's next. They rode very well - no cupping - no head-shake - to the very end. Unfortunately, that was only 10,000 miles. So, I tried the OEM Bridgestone's again, and had the same cupping and head-shake problem at 5,000 miles. This set only lasted 9,500 miles as well (and I have the centramatic balancers on both wheels, so the tires are always in perfect balance). Today, I am trying the Michelin Commander II tires, since I consistently got 14,000 miles with them on my previous big bikes. I know they are bias-ply instead of radial, and the rear tire is 9 mm taller (180/65 vs 180/60), but it also has a load rating more than 200 lbs greater than the Bridgestone, and higher than the E4's as well. I will repost in a few months to let you know how they work out.


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