Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Juneau, Alaska, USA
Jrwms, the GL1500's were designed to ride on bias ply tires and not radials. Having said that, you'll likely get as many suggestions as replies. Personally I've changed out all but one set of tires on my 92 GL1500SE and a time or two without access to a very simple manually operated tire changer. Not something I would attempt on the road for sure. A lift is most useful and makes the task less painful. A good set of irons, bead breaker, and rim protectors are a must if you don't want to loose your religion the first few minutes into the project (once the wheel is off the bike), not to mention you want to prevent any damage to the rims. As for my preference, I've stayed with Dunlop although I did upgrade to their Elite series and still run them. Theiir mileage and ride is suited to my style and liking, so I've not tried any of the other excellent options available for the GL1500's. My opinion only and yours may very well differ. Whatever you decide, if doing the changeout yourself, I would suggest recruiting a buddy to give you a hand as it might be somewhat easier with extra hands in the mix. Good luck and be safe. Also, if you have access to a service manual for your modle year, you'll find all the specified torque numbers for all the nuts, bolts, etc.. Juneau Ron
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