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post #21 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 09:14 PM
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The problem with the E-3 was they made the bike feel much heavier than it really was. I felt it both on a 1200 and a 1500. The bike just wouldn't go anywhere without some serious work. I had the same experience with Metzlers.

Normally, with decent tires, any 'Wing I've ridden reads your mind and goes where you look, with no fuss or effort.

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As I said they were on the bike when I bought it and it is the only 1500 I ever rode so I wouldn't know the difference between it and any other tire
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Some people like the feel, I guess. What I heard (read) most from that group was they liked the "planted" feel.

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I am putting on a rear E4 today after it warms up a bit.


I will go take a ride around the block and report back how it feels to me....


the front already has an Avon Roadrider in it, a rear tire mounted backwards as per Dave's recommendation.

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I put a set of the Shinko 777HD on my '85 1200 last year and have been very happy with them.
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Normally, with decent tires, any 'Wing I've ridden reads your mind and goes where you look, with no fuss or effort.
I came into this liking the idea of whitewalls on my beautiful Standard, after having one good short-term experience with Shinko on a much different bike. This statement, coming from Dennis who has likely ridden 10x the miles I have on GLs, is the most convincing argument I have read here.

Thank you, Dennis! Would you purchase another set of Pirelli 66, if cost was not a consideration? Or would you go Michelin Commander or another brand?

I do really like the tread pattern of the Pirelli's front and back. Thanks, JD

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I'm on my third set of Pirellis.

I haven't ridden on the Michelins but Last time I changed tires I looked at several brands and ended up with the M66s again.

One thing that I really like about them is they don't develop the head shake most other brands do when they get some miles on them.
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Cool Pirelli M66

So, yesterday I purchased a set of the Pirelli MT66 tires from Revzilla for $185 shipped. I decided to forego whitewalls on the Shinko 777 and go with the advice from Dennis. I'll take handling over looks any day and Dennis has given me good advise on a half dozen repairs over the last few years.

Tires will arrive here on Tuesday. I have the tire tools and now that I've done three sets on other bikes, I'll change the rubber. I've used dynabeads on my other bikes with good results. I ordered a bulk pack of Counteract beads this time.

Thanks again Dennis. I will write an update after my install and a few rides. It may take awhile, as they are predicting a few inches of snow tonight, up here on the mountain! Thanks to all! JD

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When you install them, it may be wise to sand off the little nipples on the sealing surface and maybe even use a sealer on the bead. Both Frank and I have had trouble keeping air in the last sets we've installed.

Didn't have issues previously, when installed by a shop, so maybe it was just me. However, after remounting and using the above precaution they haven't lost an ounce of air.

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When you install them, it may be wise to sand off the little nipples on the sealing surface and maybe even use a sealer on the bead. Both Frank and I have had trouble keeping air in the last sets we've installed.
I just order some Slime Bead Sealer on Amazon! Thanks, JD

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