Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-2017)
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Post by cjwill123 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:55 pm

Has anyone had experience with running Shinko tires on a GL1800. If so, please respond here and tell me what you liked, did not like, and handling and mileage characteristics that you experienced, in your opinion. Please do not respond with information on all the other tires out there, as I want to keep this short and concise. I know about the others, I want to know about Shinko for a big touring bike.

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Post by MikeB » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:07 pm

One of my riding partners had a set of Shinko tires on his 2002 GL1800.
They failed in a similar manner to the Metzler tires talked about here: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=37981

Needless to say, it keeps the rest of us away from them.
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Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:57 pm

Shinko tires on lighter bikes do okay,

on the 1800, they are not up to the needs of a bike that goes over 1,000 lbs loaded with riders and luggage.

the new Dunlop E4s are getting good reviews, and if you choose to do so, as I did, I used a "gasp!" car tire on the rear. They are actually properly referred to as PVT, Personal Vehicle Tire....

Mine is a Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 195/55/16 RF ZP all terrain and it ended the hydroplaning problems that I was having every time I added power, in any gear, the rear E3 went sideways and off the road. Never more, as the raven quotes... the PVT stopped that foolishness.

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Post by Wingsconsin » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:13 pm

My buddy ran a set of Shinkos.
After 5500 miles and several slippery moments he changed them out..
I have never seen him happier.

Other choices -
Dunlop E4's
Avon Cobra
Bridgestone for the GL1800

All better tires proven by many riders over many miles.
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Post by Pam » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:51 am

I had a Shinko on the back of my 83 Venture Royal and got lots of miles and performance out of it. I put a Shinko on my Gl 1800 late last summer and so far it has been great, smooth ride and nice cornering. Time will tell

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Post by VegasVic » Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:53 am

I ran Shinko on my RSVenture, loved them, rears lasted around 12 - 13K front around 30

Bought my 12 GL1800 just put shinko on it 2K miles ago, ride and handle great I feel
much better than the Bridgestones i put 10K since I bought it
Will know more when I get more miles on them

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Post by » Wed May 30, 2018 6:19 pm

I put a set of Shinkos on my bike a couple of years ago. The front one failed at about 4000 miles, resulting in me having to get a tow truck to bring me home. The rear one failed at about 6000 miles. Both had tread separation.

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Post by larryc » Wed May 30, 2018 10:33 pm

I'm sure not liking what I'm reading here. I just bought a set of Shinko 777 tires for my 79 Wing. I'll be watching them closely.

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Post by » Wed May 30, 2018 11:34 pm

I would also like to say that I have a set of Shinkos on my Kawasaki 1500 Classic, and they are doing just fine. The Kaw is a few hundred pounds lighter than the GL1800, and the tires are a different design. I think that they probably just don't have the radials quite right. I won't buy them for the Goldwing, but I would buy them for my other bikes.

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Post by GoldWingrGreg » Thu May 31, 2018 2:50 am

The fastest rider running the Dragon has one on the back. Basically, the fastest tires set-up for a GL1800 running the Dragon, is a Shinko on the rear and a Stone G-709 on the front. However, riders like him only get 1,000 out of a set. When it's time for a new set, in the center they'll look new.

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Post by joeincalif » Thu May 31, 2018 8:46 am

I put a set on my Shadow 750 AERO so far they handle great, but it's not a heavy bike.

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Post by Rockdog » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:26 pm

I purchased a 2002 GL 1800 with Shinko tires front and back on it… I was told they have about 500 miles on them when I bought the bike and I've put about 2000 miles on them myself… So far so good… Check tire pressure every time I ride it… set them to factory specs and haven't had a problem yet… That's a yet… Also have A 1978 gl1000 with Shinko tires on it... so far so good on them too… Check the tires every time I ride it… No problem… Shinko tires were a good review for the GL 1000… A lot liter bike then the 1800... but also tires are completely different from each other as everyone knows… I will probably ride the GL 1800 with these tires through the summer and then change them out at the beginning of next summer… But I will keep an eye on them until I do … As far is feel and performance wet or dry roads I'm not an aggressive rider so they do just fine for my purpose so far… That's my opinion and you know the old saying …...........................

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