Tires - Edumacate me


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mrbreeze
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Tires - Edumacate me

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I just bought my 2012 GL last September. I have put about 3500 miles on it and I'm thinking about tires. What do you guys recommend for good handling, long miles, and wet weather? I'm not interested in the dark side.

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Welcome to the forum ,I have had good use from Bridgestone and Dunlop .But 12 to 14 thousand miles is very good for these tires ,air pressure is a key thing to watch .I run 40 in front and 41 in the rear.
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mrbreeze wrote: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:14 pm What do you guys recommend for good handling, long miles, and wet weather? I'm not interested in the dark side.

Thanks
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mrbreeze wrote: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:14 pm I just bought my 2012 GL last September. I have put about 3500 miles on it and I'm thinking about tires. What do you guys recommend for good handling, long miles, and wet weather? I'm not interested in the dark side.

Thanks
Good handling? m/c tires will give you the typical feel you are accustomed to.

Long miles? nope, nearly all of them will be gone somewhere between 10-15 k miles.
There have been a few reports of the E4 giving more miles than 15k.

Wet weather? maybe the new E4 tire, but even that can't hold a candle to using an all terrain car tire as they have rain grooves to shed water from under the tread. Plus the CT has at least 1.5 times more load handling capacity of the weight of the entire bike.

The E3 in my opinion and experience, is the most dangerous tire I have ever experienced....
Dangerous under power on wet or muddy surfaces, it goes sideways so fast that unless you are an experienced dirt bike rider, you will likely go down.

There are better reports on the new E4, but it is recent enough, that not many of them have been worn out yet.

Yes, the car tires do take a bit of getting used to. They tend to want to make the bike want "stand up straight" at slow speeds in corners. They also tend to want to climb up and over ruts in bad roads.

That said, after you ride for a few hundred miles, you adjust to that just like learning to ride a bicycle the first time. Do you remember that wobbly "what the heck is going on here feeling"?

I have about 10,000 miles on my first car tire, a Michelin Primacy Alpine RF ZP and it still looks new.
If it ever looses air, I just continue to ride for another 50 or 100 miles at reduced speed until I can get it off the bike. You will never have that "Insurance factor" with a motorcycle tire.

YMMV, and it is up to you... but that is the truth about car tires.

Your original statement was answered in a very short manner by DaveO430, you can't have all 3 in the same tire.
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I've had both Bridgestones and Dunlops, and prefer the Bridgestones way more that the Dunflops. I'm a Darksider using a run-flat, and I'll never go back to a MC tire on the rear of a Goldwing. Other bikes, not a problem with standard tires.
But Bridgestones are highly recommended by me, (If that means anything). ;)
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AZgl1800 wrote: Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:39 am


Long miles? nope, nearly all of them will be gone somewhere between 10-15 k miles.
There have been a few reports of the E4 giving more miles than 15k.

I never got much more than 8000 miles out of a mc tire on an 1800, what few I actually used. Out of those the absolute, no question worst traction was bridgestones.
I rode with a guy that got a whopping 3000 (that is three thousand) miles out of an E4.
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I have used a few brands on my GL1800 with the following results:

Bridgestone G702/G704 combination - decent tires- grip in wet and dry- quiet- handling good longevity about 9500 miles rear is done.

Avon Cobras - Good tire in wet and dry, handling, a bit noisy but not bad, 12500 and counting right now -

E4s (on my sons 1800) - Test is too new to be determined

Metzelers - Riding buddy hated them - slippery and poor wear - took them off at 7500 miles cause he hated them so much



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