100 or 110 Front Tire?


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100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Solina Dave » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:20 am



Just looking for opinions regarding front tire width. Does anyone see any advantages or disadvantages, regarding performance, between a 100 front tire and a 110 front tire?
All of the following tires are available in a 130/90-17 rear tire, which I prefer for the back. But the front tire widths are manufacturer specific.
I guess my question is, do you think that front tire width should be a determining factor?

110/90-19 (front)

Shinko 230 Tour Master, Shinko 712, Dunlop D-404, Kenda K657, Metzeler Lasertec

100/90-19 (front)

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Re: 100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Old Fogey » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:35 pm

I don't know why the Shinko 230 100/90 isn't listed. I have one one on my GL1000 along with 130 rear. Great tyres.

I had BT45s on it before and really didn't like the handling from the front at all.
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Re: 100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Solina Dave » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:13 pm

Old Fogey wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:35 pm
I don't know why the Shinko 230 100/90 isn't listed. I have one one on my GL1000 along with 130 rear. Great tyres.

I had BT45s on it before and really didn't like the handling from the front at all.
You are correct sir. My mistake. My posting edit option was unavailable, so I'll re-post an updated version of the entire subject. Sorry for any confusion. I hope the updated version is satisfactory.
The main information I want is opinions regarding the pros and cons of 100 width tires compared to 110 width tires.
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Re: 100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Solina Dave » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:18 pm

Just looking for opinions regarding front tire width. Does anyone see any advantages or disadvantages, regarding performance, between a 100 front tire and a 110 front tire?
All of the following tires are available in a 130/90-17 rear tire, which I prefer for the back. But the front tire widths are manufacturer specific.
I guess my question is, do you think that front tire width should be a determining factor?

100/90-19 and 110/90-19 (front)

Shinko 230 Tour Master, Shinko 712, Dunlop D-404, Kenda K657, Metzeler Lasertec

100/90-19 (front)

Continental Conti Go!, Bridgestone Battlax BT-45, Avon AM-26 Roadrider, Michelin Pilot Activ, Pirelli Sport Demon

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Re: 100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Old Fogey » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:06 am

The 110 is not recommended (by the manufacturers) for the skinny 1.85" rims on GL1000s. The mounted profile will be different; how different will depend on how the tyre is made. But I will guess that it's been done many times, just like the 130 on the rear which is also not recommended but works well enough.


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Re: 100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Solina Dave » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:16 pm

Old Fogey wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:06 am
The 110 is not recommended (by the manufacturers) for the skinny 1.85" rims on GL1000s. The mounted profile will be different; how different will depend on how the tyre is made. But I will guess that it's been done many times, just like the 130 on the rear which is also not recommended but works well enough.

Rim and Tyre Size Chart.jpg
I'm asking for your opinion, and anyone else's opinion for that matter, regarding the performance expectation of these tires, to possibly increase my range of tire purchase possibilities.
I've had my '78 GL1000 for over 40 years and I've done many tire changes. I have occasionally used a 100/90-19 tire on the front, but by far I've used a 110/90-19, and both without any problem. I've also used a 130/90-17 on the rear for as long as I can remember, also without incident. Do you know if the '78 and '79 GL's Comstar front wheels are also 1.85" rims? Or was that the width on the earlier spoked wheel GLs only? And what is the rim width of a Comstar rear wheel?
Also the opinion I'm looking for relates to handling characteristics (braking, cornering, treadwear, etc.). Do you think these characteristics may be affected, positively or negatively, by the use of one tire or the other, since the 110 tire has 10% greater surface contact area? And why do you think that could be the case? Is more is better?. One would tend to think so. But I guess that's the question isn't it :?:

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Re: 100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Old Fogey » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:18 pm

As far as I am aware, the rims stayed the same dimenension right through the GL1000 ran ge; 1.85 front and 2.15 rear.

As for an opinion, I have never run a 110 so can't say. 130 on the rear, in spite of the chart, seems to work well. but I would rather have the 3" Lester on there with that or a 140. Doug had a 150 on a 16" Lester but that is a real pain to mount the wheel and brake.
Can't really add anything more.
Just a shame that the Shinkos are not available over here.
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Re: 100 or 110 Front Tire?

Post by Solina Dave » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:03 pm

Old Fogey wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:18 pm

Just a shame that the Shinkos are not available over here.
I've got 110/90-19 and 130/90-17 Shinko 230 Tour Master tires on right now. It's the first time I've tried them since my Bridgestone Spitfire II tires seem to be discontinued. At least the rear tire for sure. I used Spitfires for years. A great performing, relatively long-life tire, and very dollar friendly. The Shinkos are even more dollar friendly. I've had the Shinkos on for 8,118 kms. this season, which unfortunately is over. For what it's worth, they took very little, in the way of weight, to balance. They handle great, but I'm not so sure about their lifespan. I think maybe about 10,000 kms. to the wear bars, and I'm a gentle rider. I was consistently getting 15,000 to 18,000 kms. with the Spitfires. That's why I'm making inquiries, in preparation for new tires early next year.


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