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post #261 of 336 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 01:29 PM
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Ran the tire pressure up to 45 psi, rear shocks up to 50 psi and had the same squirrelly ness. Ran the front shocks up to 8.5 psi from 3 psi and it made a huge difference. Still not as solid as before, but much better. That make sense?

Jeddy i admit it took a lot of research before i had the balls to try the Austone car tire,but in all the research i did,i found out the Austone is a 6ply tire and the high majority of riders use right at 48lbs air pressure.I started out lower than that (40lbs) thinking the ride would be better and to allow for air increasing on hot pavement.Well....THEY were right! At 48lbs that tire tracks perfectly on my bike,and in 100* temps,2 up,loaded to the hilt,and pulling a 476lb trailer to Yella stone,the air pressure only increased 2-3 pounds.That made me feel way safer than what i have experienced in the past with MC tires so hot and tight,ready to bust.I had a Dunlop MC tire air up to 87 lbs on a hot 104* July Texas interstate just riding 2 up.

I HIGHLY recommend you try 48lbs in that tire and i think you will be amazed what difference it makes.
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Thank you all for the input.
newday777 , I had the forks rebuilt in May of last year, I'll check on the bearings. Thanks.
FM, I've played with the tire pressure & shock pressure (front and back) and ridden the 'roller coaster' bridge after each adjustment....I've either found the correct combination or, as you put it, learned to "let the wing do it's thing". Each run seems to improve.
With the improving weather, I hope to get in enough miles to learn to love it as well.
I'll let you all know how it goes. Thanks again.
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Buckfarrack, Interestingly enough, I settled in at 47 lbs. I'll go to 48 based on your input. Once I get comfortable...or should I say confident, I'll hook up the trailer & see how that goes. Other than that stretch of 'roller coaster' bridge, I've not had any other issues at all.
I'm pretty sure I'll not regret my choice. Thanks.
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I have my front wheel currently off waiting for new wheel bearings, its got an E3 made in 2004, has some minor cupping, I want fresh rubber on the front.

MCDarksiders seems to be gone, what is the current best tire for the front of a GL1500?

Battleaxe BT45 130/70-18 rear tire mounted backwards? It does have a 639lb load rating, most max weights on the 1500 are under 450lbs, and thats with LOTS of gear.

Or what is the current choice of a CT, for the front?


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I have my front wheel currently off waiting for new wheel bearings, its got an E3 made in 2004, has some minor cupping, I want fresh rubber on the front.

MCDarksiders seems to be gone, what is the current best tire for the front of a GL1500?

Battleaxe BT45 130/70-18 rear tire mounted backwards? It does have a 639lb load rating, most max weights on the 1500 are under 450lbs, and thats with LOTS of gear.

Or what is the current choice of a CT, for the front?
As far as I know there isn't a CT that will fit the Wings front.
Yes, Battlax is the reigning champ for the application.
Do understand, the more mass weight you put on the front wheel the more input you need to exert.
That spinning mass takes a little longer to turn, not a lot but enough to be concerned until your used to it.
I got used to it after the first turn, tho I am a quick learner.
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My next Battlax is 140 wide, currently 130. THAT should be interesting.
Unmounted, this tire is HUGE... considering.
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I wonder why Trojan never made retread tires?
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Thanks, I was going to use some Shinkos until I heard about a reversed rear tire up front, I am a very casual straight up rider, but most important was I wanted a heavier tire for my terrible Alaska roads, and heavier still for a loaded GL1500.


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I am using a Michelin Pilot Active rear tire on the front on my 1500SE.

Not saying it is better than another,and although it did start cupping around 7000,it has always been smooth and quiet.Just don't know how much worse it is going to get yet.
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I am using a Michelin Pilot Active rear tire on the front on my 1500SE.

Not saying it is better than another,and although it did start cupping around 7000,it has always been smooth and quiet.Just don't know how much worse it is going to get yet.
I have the same tire. It has the same # of miles as the Austone (around 15,800 I think?). The tire looks a little cupped but it rides smooth and I do not notice any noise or anything- plenty of tread left, too.

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I just did a little bit of research, on two of my other bikes the 1983 CX650 and my 1989 Yamaha Venture Royale I have bought Shinko 230 Tourmaster tires, the pricing is great, the tire itself is solid, they are made in Korea I understand from Yokohama dies, they are said to be slightly on the soft side.
But I see they have a different line, more for heavy cruisers.

http://www.shinkotireusa.com/tire/se...-touring#sizes

The SE 890 Journey Touring Radial 130/70R-18 front tire is rated at a 72 which is 783lbs at 42psi.

http://www.bridgestone.com/products/...e/on_bias.html

And here we see the load ratings for the Bridgestones, and they are at a 63 for the BT45 front and rear.

Since I have been impressed with the Shinkos I may continue buying them.
And their rear tire is even more impressive, its rated at 1019lbs at an 81 rating, thats pretty darn good if you ask me. At the least I may get the front tire as its a higher load rating than the BT45 Bridgestone REAR tire.

The SE890 Journey Touring Shinko tires.


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...MCDarksiders seems to be gone, what is the current best tire for the front of a GL1500?

Battleaxe BT45 130/70-18 rear tire mounted backwards? It does have a 639lb load rating, most max weights on the 1500 are under 450lbs, and thats with LOTS of gear....
Yes, that's the one; I am currently running one on both my bikes, and on a friends as well; all are mounted "forwards" although some run it "backwards" as well.

It is a Great tire... I've only got perhaps 10k miles on both mine so far, but am really impressed with it. I took one on a 2k trip through the mountains and it's starting to cup (very minor) at the 5k mark; the other has only seen freeway riding (5k) and no cupping at all so far.


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