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99 gl1500 tyre confusion

Hi all.
I want to fit Dunlop elite 3s tyres both front and rear in the uk.

Do I fit a bias one to the rear.
And
A radial one to the front.
Or both bias or bias rear none radial front.

The tyre web sites offer either bias/radial or none radial types !
I find it very confusing please help. 🤔
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If this is on your 1500, then there is a great deal of debate over if you should stick with the bias that the bike was designed around or the radial. Since your question seems based around mixing I will add the only bit of information I found on a manufacturers site years ago. If you are going to go bias and radial mix, put the radial on the rear and the bias on the front. They cautioned against having a bias on the rear with a radial on the front front.
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1500'S were built and sent out from factory using bias-ply.
Using radials wont change much, I'm sure. It may have a different feeling while riding. Not saying its a better or worse feeling. Just different. I have an Austone radial on the rear of mine, and say the same thing about it. It's just a different sensation.
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yeah, it is just a "different sensation".

I don't think you will ever have cause to wonder if you did the wrong thing.

But, if a choice is available, I think I would want the bias ply on the rear.
and if buying both at the same time, I would use the same type front and rear.

I had two 1500s, and bias ply was the only thing I used on them.

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The body plies are perpendicular to the bead on radial tires. On bias and bias belted tires, they are at an angle (bias) to the bead, which greatly increases sidewall strength and durability. The belt on a bias belted or radial tires improves tread stability and helps reduce rolling resistance which is the radial tires main feature. M/T's construction sandwiches the belts between the body plies, which improves ride and virtually eliminates belt and ply separations. Sandwiched belt construction is unique to M/T tires only.
i only the type tire that comes with the bike. All Gold wings except the 1800 are designed to run Bias belted tires
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Stick with what the bike was designed for. Bias ply.
When the real experts discuss this, they all seem to be on the same page. Never mix bias & radial.

If you want information about tires, why not ask the tire manufacturers?
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Be aware , the radial front tire in your list , is ment for the 1800 . The 1500 and 1800 use the same tire size (front only ) , but bias or radial .

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Hi all.
I want to fit Dunlop elite 3s tyres both front and rear in the uk.

Do I fit a bias one to the rear.
And
A radial one to the front.
Or both bias or bias rear none radial front.

The tyre web sites offer either bias/radial or none radial types !
I find it very confusing please help. 🤔
my opinion only i ride a 1500 almost everyday including all this week . get a austone for the rear and your choice of radial for the front. you will proly like it very much.

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Ok for the experts out there if you do have a radial on the front and a bias on the back what can you expect, some say it should not be done but my question in why not??? I have a Bridgestone Bias on the back and a Shinko radial on the front...
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Some people use a car tire on the front and a motorcycle tire mounted backwards on the rear or something like that and don't seem to have a problem.

I say go for it.

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