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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 08:23 PM
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Well, I've been doing some checking, Dunlop 404s though a good low price tire (thats what is on mine too) have an average life of about 4000 miles on Goldwings according to the local bike shop and also confirmed by the local Honda mechanic. Now this applies to 80 - 81 GW Interstates and Aspys. I was told that Continintal tires last longer on these bikes for the rear tire. I guess we will see since when I bought mine it had new dunlops on it.

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You might make REDWING happy and take a look at Bridgestones.

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How much pressure do you run? If the tires have too much pressure for the weight they're supporting, theycan wear very fast in the middle.

Use the pressure that your manual specifies... don't fill to the sidewall maximum rating!

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I think the biggest problem to early GWs is they used a too narrow rear wheel (2.5" rim) and small width tire for the size of the bike. In 82 they went to a wider rim (3.0") and a wider tire 140 versus 130 and went from a 17 inch rim to a more common 16 inch. This corrected tire wear problems and as time went on better tires were produced for the more popular rim size. The later models didn't really weigh any more, but the tires could handle the weight and size of the bike better.

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The '81's had a fairly smallish back tie 130/70/17 if I remember right, so if you're riding two up or heavy, it might be all the wear you're gonna get.

Is that a Dunlop 491 ?

You may want to try a different brand tire. When I had my '81 choices were slim and tires hadn't advanced to where they are today. I had good luck with Metzler Marathon tires, but the ME880's are even better.

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I beleive the tire is a 404........ as far as presure we checked it again today and it had 35 psi in it...... I would accept the idea of it only being good with 3000 miles on it with 2 up.. no biggie.. but dont accept the way it wore.. the uneven ness of the wear.. i dont understand that.... as far as having someone follow me and watching will do that to.. we did that when i put the other tire on and everything looked fine.. beats the hell outta me.. guess will put a different tire on it.. and see if it gets chewed up..... try and keep a eye on it........ got a road trip coming up here in a couple of weeks.......... yep going north for the big one..
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Fix that shock bolt or bushing too...

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