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Looking for advice/suggestions for new tires on my '84 GL1200 Standard. When I bought the bike 10 years ago it had Metzler Marathon 880 tires. They seemed to be extra heavy duty highway tires, but not great for handling around town. Keep in mind the GL1200 handles quite a bit better than the full dress 1200s and, of course, itís much lighter on it's feet than later models too (600 lb. dry weight).

In 2012 I installed a set of Dunlop Elite 3 tires, with late 2011 dates codes. The handling was greatly improved around town, where I could easily make a U-turn on a 2-lane road. Highway Interstate riding was not quite as stable as the Marathons. Theyíre now 7 years old, time to change; though they both still have good tread, since I likely only ran 5-6000 miles on them (I bought a BMW R1200R after the new tires and for a few years rode that one more).

Thinking back to my first GL1200 Standard, which I bought new, Iím remembering an older Dunlop tire, maybe model K491 with raised white letters.

I recently bought Shinko tires for a 1987 BMW K75c; front and rear, for only $105 shipped! I installed them myself. I like them a lot on that bike, but itís a lighter bike and theyíre not radials on that model. Iím thinking of Shinko tires for my GL1200. The only complaint I read online is they do not last long in mileage, but they are sticky. For me I want a solid highway tire, but with good handling and good grip, dry and wet. Long-lasting mileage is NOT important to me, as now I have 4 street bikes and they all get ridden, but not a lot. They make Shinko tires for the GL1200 in both black or white walls.

So, here are my questions for this audience:
1) Your suggestion for tire brand with the reason you like them?
2) Would you mount white wall tires on a GL1200 Standard?

White walls of course are not original, but I think they might look really good on the Standard. Thanks for your feedback. JD

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Personally I thought the handling on the E3s was terrible and the Metzlers even worse.

I like the handling of the Pirelli M66 tires okay. Price is certainly right on them.

Extra care must be taken to seat them as I have noted air leaks. Bring them down here when you get them on the rim and we'll coat them with the stuff I bought.

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Cool Pirelli MT66

Hey Dennis, good to hear from you! I thought I would. Yes, we should finally meet in person this spring (it's cold up here on the mountain). I'm thinking again that Wickenburg, AZ would be a good meeting place for us! Glad to have my GL1200 in AZ again!

You know, I really never thought about Pirelli, since I owned an old Alfa Romeo back in the day. Actually, I removed an old dry-rotted set of Pirelli's from the K75 when I installed the Shinko's last year.

These are about $20 a set less than the Shinko WWW. I noted you did not comment on white walls! The old school in me says don't, but my son, an avid rider, says "go for it!" I will keep these in mind, and the suggestion coming from you means al lot. Also, the MT66 has 5-star review on RevZilla, with many comments about superior handling, wet or dry.

Please send me more opinions. Thanks, JD

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Not a fan of white walls.

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Some years ago a friend of mine put white wall tires on hes GL1200 , - i liked the look .

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Had a set of Shinko Tour Master tires on an '85 LTD, put 7000 Kms on them before I sold the bike. Worked well in the wet and dry, pleasantly surprised because of the cost. Put these tires on because of the cost and did not intend for the bike to be a daily rider, but my second when needed - sold it instead and bought a 1500. The 1500 needs tires this year.

Looked at the Pirelli, bit more expensive than the Shinko Tour Master here in Canada, look like a good option. As with JohnnyD, never thought about these. Need a new set for my '85 LTD this year.

The Michelin Commander II tires are excellent, good in wet and dry, and last for a long time. Have 30,000 Km on a set in less than two years and not at wear bars riding solo and two up. These are at the high end for cost here. Longest trip with these tires two up was 5400 Kms (approx 3300 miles). Not having used the Pirelli and with only a $40.00 difference in cost, will probably stay with the Michelin on my '85 LTD.

From Fortnine here in Canada, set of Shinko Tour Master - $235.00 plus taxes CDN, set of Pirelli MT66 - $385.00 plus taxes CDN, and set of Michelin Commander II - $420.00 plus taxes CDN. Prices south of the border are much better, but such is life.

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The Pirellis don't get the best mileage. Better than the Chinese brands but not like what Rednaxs60 is reporting for the Michelins.

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The Michelin tires have surprised me. Didn't expect this many Kms, but happy with the results. Kept these tires at 41 PSI front/rear and use Ride-On Tire Sealant and balancing formula for tire balance. 30,000 Kms is just shy of 20,000 miles.
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I like the Shinko Tourmasters on my Standard. I get about 7500 out of the rear and 12000 from the front. The lighter weight of the 1200 Standard is easier on these tires. Currently the bike is due for a new set and I recently put antique tags on it, so the new set will probably dry rot before they wear out.
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Thank you for commenting; Smeden, Rednaxs60 and BrianInPA,

So, I'm reading here about the Shinko 230 Tour Master, which is is a model of lesser cost than the one I was looking at, which is the Shinko 777. They obviously made this model for the Harley fans, though it may be an improved model. I'm thinking Shinko makes good tires and they're made in S Korea. I buy anywhere but China (when possible) and S Korea is an US ally.

Anyway, let me know if you have any experience with tires on the GL1200 or earlier models, Thanks, JD

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