Which are the best GL1800 tires?

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  • O.E.M. Dunlop 250's

    9 2.39%
  • Dunlop Elite 3's

    45 11.94%
  • New Bridgestones

    137 36.34%
  • Metzeler 880

    22 5.84%
  • Avon

    27 7.16%
  • 137 36.34%
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    Default Which are the best GL1800 tires?

    Which are the best GL1800 tires?

    I'm getting ready to buy my first set.
    I've ridden 10K on my original Dunlop 250's and they need replacement soon.

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    You may want to do a search on your question. I similar survey was started recently. There are also many other threads on the subject.
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    Sorry.
    I am new to this board and tried to do a search prior to this survey but my findings were inconclusive.
    Many of you have extensive experience riding Goldwings and while I've been riding motorcycles for over 40 years, I've only had a wing for 2 years.
    You're input would be greatly appreciated.
    How long does it take to vote?

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    I have only used the oes so I have nothing to input on the others.

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    I can only speak about the OEM Dunlops and Metz. I had traction problems with the Dunlops. The rear tire slipped on a wet tar snake at a speed of 10mph. I am not an aggressive rider. I think the rubber compound and lack of tread in the center are there downfall. The change to Metzeler was dramatic. Steering felt sluggish at first because of the added traction. Tread life is great on these too. The Metz have a bad rep for wobble. I thing the traction amplifies the wobble that was there to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markj
    I have only used the oes so I have nothing to input on the others.
    I felt that many of us are probably in this same situation and therefore, this survey could prove useful to a large number of riders. Because I divide my riding between 2 bikes I do not have as much experience as others that ride their wings exclusively.
    Having owned my VTX for a longer time, I can comment with more experience on tire selection for that usage but the Goldwing is a different beast altogether!

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    What "New Bridgestones" are you referring to?

    There's only been one Bridgestone tire for the rear of the GL1800, the one that was introduced with the GL1800 in late '00.

    There have been two different front Bridgestone tires... but neither would qualify as being a "new" design, as the newer of the two has been on the market for years now.
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    Its a difficult poll for most to answer since few of us have sampled all the choices. I won't buy the current Dunlop OE models due to the poor wet traction I experienced on my son's bike. I had the older B-stone front and current B-stone rear and was disappointed at poor life of rear. I have the Avons with the 70series rear now and have thoroughly enjoy them, but shudder at the reputation they have for failures with the GL1800 rear tire. The Avons have superior traction to other two brands I have ridden. I have not considered Metzlers due to the wobbles with which they are associated. The new Dunnies may be teh great hope, but who knows at this point. If I had to order today, it would be another set of Avons with the 70 series rear. Second choice would be B-stones knowing that they will only go 7 to 8 thousand miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgl02
    What "New Bridgestones" are you referring to?

    There's only been one Bridgestone tire for the rear of the GL1800, the one that was introduced with the GL1800 in late '00.

    There have been two different front Bridgestone tires... but neither would qualify as being a "new" design, as the newer of the two has been on the market for years now.
    OOPS!

    Sorry, I thought they were new.

    My mistake...


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    I'll replace my Bridgestones with Bridgestones. Couldn't be happier. 17,000+ miles, no complaints.
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    17,000 miles?!

    That's incredible!

    How would you say you ride though?

    Aggressively?

    Moderately?

    Slow?

    Everyone's input is greatly appreciated!

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    I'm on my second set of Dunlop D250's. My next set will probably be the E-3's. This is my fourth Goldwing, and I switched from Bridgestones to Dunlops two bikes ago and never looked back.
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    My experience with Dunlop & Metzeler has been totally negative. I would not run either brand for free.

    I use Stones and only Stones. LOL... Never a problem and the best handling of the bunch. About 90,000 miles on Stones and 1800's!

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    Well to date everything out there has some issues. Org Bridgestones the front cupped early and would cause a decel wobble, the rear wears too fast and and wears flat in the center too fast. Maybe the second Bridgestone doesn't cup and cause a wobble but that doesn't fix the rear tire wear issue. Dunlop GL1800 OEM tires are too slick in the wet if your ride just a little aggressively but the front did wear out without causing a wobble problem. Metzlers, good wear, good handling but the worst for front end wobble problem and boy do they get loud in the coners as they wear down. The Avons I've not used but the press and chat info turns be away.

    The new Dunlop Elete 3 is our only hope at this time for a winner (handling, traction wet and dry, and waer mileage without decal wobbling). I have my new front and waiting for the rear form HDL to come in.

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    'love the Metz. 3rd set. Changed the last at 12k miles (still had about 3k or more left, but picked 'em up in a sale).

    I would say I'm "aggressive" to "very aggressive" (depending on whether the wife is on back). Got love how much you can get away with on this bike:

    Be prepared (if buying Metz) that there is a possibility of a wobble issue. From personal experience, monitoring board, and from anecdotal evidence from friends who run them, it appears about 1 in 7 (or now more like 10?) have a wobble with new metz, although the situation seems to be less prevalent now than it was earlier on. If so, one can have it(them) replaced with the cost picked up by Metzeler. Been there, done that, got reimbursed, still buying them 2 sets later. It's worth the risk and effort IMHO, as the Metz really perform AND wear.

    PS: As a side note, many tire manufactuers are experiencing issues with GL1800 tires. Metzeler by far isn't the only one. Just take a look at what the vaunted Avon company is experiencing with their new GL1800 tire. While many believe it's a tire production issue, or a tighter tolerance requirement issue and/or 'what have you', it also comes up frequently that the mounting of them might be a key to many of the problems. Try and have a 'qualified' reputable shop that knows what they're doing mount them. This would also help if you run into the wobble and need help in dealing with Metzeler on it.
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    i have 130,000+ on the GL1800

    have used 3 sets Bridgestones,2 sets Dunlops and on 2nd set Metzlers

    prefer the Metzlers, they handle great for me under all conditions

    current set of Metzlers has 28,000+ miles and not quite down to the wearbars
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    My Wing came with the Bridgestones. I got a little over 17,000 miles out of them and never had a problem with them, wet or dry. The only time they ever slipped was while accelerating out of a sharp left turn across an oily patch of onramp and it had just started raining 20 minutes earlier. Can't really blame the tires on that, though. I think ANY tire would get loose in that situation.

    The Dunlops I have on the bike now, with about 12,000 miles on them, are a different story. These things slipped on the "fog line" when I was pulling out from the side of the road, on DRY pavement, the temperature was in the high 70s to low 80s and I had already been riding for at least an hour so the tires were undoubtedly "warm." That was several thousand miles ago. I avoid riding on wet roads with these tires. More than once I've had the feeling that I was riding on ice and I know it wasn't cold enough for that. I will never again have THIS STYLE of Dunlops on my bike.

    If the reports of the new style Dunlops are favorable, I'll consider them in the future. But my next set of tires will be Bridgestones.

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    just over 12,500 on the OE Dunlops. they were heavily cupped . Never had problems in traction , although it does not rain much here in AZ(Normally).


    a little over 2k miles on Bridgestones. No problems so far.
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    I'd just like to say thanks to all who voted and expressed information in the form of posts. I'm new to this board and I am very impressed with your hospitality! The information I've gained will go a long way towards helping me decide on my next brand of tires. I'm sure all will agree that the tires we run are the most crucial choice we'll make outside of the original purchase of the bike itself. Maybe more so...

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    Watcher,

    I have stuck with the OEM Dunlops for 20+K. I am waiting for the reports on the Elite III's.

    I would not ever purchase Avons. Too many problems to include delaminating.

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    I got over 14,000 out of the original Lops on our 03. Had just over 9,000 miles on our 04 Lops. Now have new Metzlers. Only have about a 1,000 miles on these, so can't really say much about them. The Metz seem to stick to the road a little better than the Lops. The Dunlops cupped pretty bad after about 8,000. I would be interested in the new Dunlop Elite III's.
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    Well, I did it. I ordered a tire from this guy on E-bay. $79.99 Seems like a great deal to me. $25.00 for shipping is a little steep but the delivered price of only $104.99 is still quite a bargain.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RK%3AMEWN%3AIT



    Now I'll need to find a front to match...

    Thanks for everyone's help!

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    Thanks for that link Watcher! Since I run the 'stones, this is a good buy for me as well.
    Happy trails,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mevman
    Thanks for that link Watcher! Since I run the 'stones, this is a good buy for me as well.
    Glad you could benifit from it Mevman!
    Please let us know if you come accross a good deal on a matching front and I'll do the same if I find one first.

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    Not enough selections for some of us, well me anyway.

    For mild winter I have a Hankook Ice Bear 195/50-R16 on the rear and a Avon Gripster on the front. For the really nasty stuff I put the Blizzak 205/55-R16 on the back.

    Other than that in 2-Wheel mode I prefer a set of ME800's that are on a spare set of rims.

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    metz, and ill be very hard to be talked into a change

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    I barely got 10k on original Bridgestones ('02) with major cupping on front. I know they've improved them since but those left a bad taste. Next set are Dunlops and have 15,125 with just the beginning of front cupping. Am anxious for early reports on new E-III as I'm about ready for new set. Will likely go with E-III's unless they don't get good reviews.
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    Well, I've had one set and sometimes two of each brand now. I currently have one of the new Elite IIIs on the back thanks to another flat while returning home from Georgia. So far I've only got around 850 miles on it, but it is the smoothest of the bunch. I don't know how well it will handle in wet weather yet, but it sure is solid on dry pavement. And it feels as comfy as the Avons did when I first put them on. I've still got the Avon on the front and the only thing I wish they would do is to build one of the Elite IIIs in a 70 series.

    But you know, the problem is the best thing I have (whatever it is) is the one I currently own. Before the Elite III, I liked the Avon's pretty well, but didn't care for the feeling of instability it gave me in cross winds (it was a 70 series). Perhaps Dunlop has hit a home run with this tire - I sure hope so - I'm getting tired of trying out new ones.

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    The best tire or good tire has not yet been made. Tires on the GL are like voting it's not which is the best it's which is the least bad.

    I vote for none of the above

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