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Got 83 1100 interstate.put shinko sr777 heavy duty tires on when I acquired in nov 3 2017.replaced them with 16460 miles in jan 2019.live in South Carolina ride daily all year.great in west and dry conditions.currenty run 40 psi in rear and 42 psi front.this is my third set of sr777's one on a kr1100 and 2 sets on my wing.

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The 777's can be a little tricky. As long as you get the ones rated for a heavier load, no problem... you'll get a lot of wear out of them. Make a mistake and buy the ones for a lower weight rating, and you'll be changing them quicker than you expected.

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Cool Shinko 777

Thanks Brian and 81Marine,

I'm back to thinking the Shinko 777 may be a good idea. The "Reinforced" ones are available for the stock GL1200 sizes.

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Yes get the heavy duty.SR777HD.heavy duty not harley davidson.much stronger side wall

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Personally I thought the handling on the E3s was terrible
That comment gets my vote for the Understatement of the Month. I had a set of E3's on my 1200A, and they were so gawdawful horrible that I replaced them while they still had half the tread life on them.

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Dunlop E3 - I'd rather be pulled over carpet tacks and dipped in alcohol than EVER use another set of E3's on a GL1200. They were so terrible that I won't even consider the new E4's until I see other people use them for years with nothing but positive reviews. Dunlop seriously screwed the pooch, in my opinion.

Michelin Commander 2 - Good tires. I got slightly under 20,000 miles from mine (I actually had them on for over 20K, but I was well past the wear limit. I'd call them done at 18K) I liked the wet performance on them - to my feel, their wet performance felt very similar to their dry performance. When I wore those out, I replaced them with...

Avon Cobra - I bought them when Avon had a 15,000-mile warranty promotion. My first front tire had some kind of manufacturing defect, because it took 4.5 oz. of lead to balance. I contacted Revzilla (where I bought them), and within a couple of hours a representative from Avon North America contacted me directly. Without me even prompting them, they arranged for Revzilla to overnight me a new tire and arranged for me to return the defective tire at their expense. I was SUPER impressed with how Avon and Revzilla handled the issue. As for the tires themselves, they were okay. Their dry performance was fine, but their wet performance wasn't as good as the Commander. It's not that they felt bad, so much as I couldn't really feel anything. I knew the tires were down there, but they felt muted to me, like they weren't giving me any sort of signals at all. I just had to trust that they were there.

Time for a new set of tires. It's either going to be back to the Michelin Commander 2, or try a set of the new model of Continental Conti Tour. The Conti's have a higher rear load rating, but I'm not sure how I feel about the rear tread pattern. They advertise it as having a "solid center tread" pattern (and it does) for increased wear, but I wonder if that will cause it to behave poorly in wet weather. I know that I liked the Commanders, so it'll be down to whether I want to go with a known quantity, or try something new.

So for my money so far, it's E3 waaaay down at the bottom, Commander at the top, and Cobras only a small bit behind the Commander.


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Thanks Buddy,

Now that I am reading BAD reviews on this tire, my next set should be an improvement regardless of choice.

So far we have + votes for Pirelli, Shinko 777 HD and the Michelin Commander II.

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My 1500 had E3s on it when I bought it and they did great for me, bought the bike and rode 300 miles toward home on Interstate with no problems at all. I have seen bad and good, mine were on bike when I got it so I think I was lucky to get good ones. As I said mine was a 1500, not a 1200
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Good to hear from you Mystic - thank you!

I've done OK with mine for 6 years; OK not great. At first it felt like tip-toeing compared to the broader footprint of the Metzler tires. I owned a '98 Valkyrie for a short (forget what tires it had) and your GL1500 is likewise about 100-150 lbs. heavier than a GL1200 Standard! If they are good on a 1500, they should be work as well or better on the GL1200. Question is; did you replace them after the first 300 miles? Thanks again. JD

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My 1500 had E3s on it when I bought it and they did great for me, bought the bike and rode 300 miles toward home on Interstate with no problems at all. I have seen bad and good, mine were on bike when I got it so I think I was lucky to get good ones. As I said mine was a 1500, not a 1200

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my 2002 1800 had E3s on it when purchased 3 years ago.

I found, that for my riding style, the rear E3 would break loose and go sideways in a heart beat on any kind of loose soil, or damp surface.

it was so bad for me, that when I tried to pass a truck on I-44 and the wheel spray was bothering me, even though I was in 5th gear, I opened the throttle to pass him, and the rear tire broke loose and went sideways.

I bought a Michelin RF ZP the next day, and that ended the hydroplaning.
I have put about 10,000 miles on that tire, and it still looks like new.

I have since though, ordered up an E4 because of favorable comments and will be putting that on tomorrow to try it out... I have two rear wheels available.

my problem with the CT, is that I am not riding enough anymore to keep my skill set sharp... and I am finding the CT's tendency to want to set backup vertical, and climbing broken pavement, is more than I want to deal with now.... at 75, my balance has gone to crap.... because of the semi truck that T-boned me in 2008...

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I only had my 1500 for a year and half before I got hit and it was totalled, I only put maybe 5000 miles on it. Previous owner said it had about 3000 miles on them when I bought it, was still very good shape even after I got hit. No I never changed them, was checking out the E4 so I would be ready when I needed to
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