Tires? for a GL1200 Standard
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
1984 Goldwing Standard