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post #11 of 60 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 02:13 PM
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Ok dave, I like the what I see with the avon, rave reviews, even saw yours, great reviews with the michlen as well.. tossed a coin and the avon won.. I may have payed a little more than amazon price, but bought it through an inde who is also going to let me use his shop to do this in..
Let us know how the UPgrade goes. I'm considering darksiding my VT1100C if I don't get more than 8,000 out of this new tire. Also cosidering darksiding the GF's GL1100I (but that's gonna take her approval).
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Idk what kind of of value my opinion will be as this is my first darkside experience. As with all my endeavors it either all in or none, so I just decided to go all the way.
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I need a new tire on the rear of my VTX 1300. The Dunlop that was on there when I bought the bike has 6000 miles and near done! What would you "Darkside " gurus (Dave0430,AZgl1800...) suggest/recommend? Back only, front and back? Does it require new rims and a whole bunch of other expenses in addition to the tires? Back is 170/80/15 and the front 140/80/17 on spoke rims.
Looking to do the deed when I get to Casa Grande ,Az in mid October. AZgl1800...any Phoenix shop suggestions?


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for maintenance type work in the Phoenix area, there is only one (1) shop that I would trust.

Mark and Mel over at * D&D Discount Motorcycles
they are located in Tempe just south of Loop 202 on McClintock.

Mark is the mechanic, Mel is his helper and Inventory Control Manager/Sales Manager. They are equal partners and run a well oiled machine there.

Took care of my bikes for years and years... He don't care if it is a Honda, or a Harley, he will fix Suzuki's too... or whatever you ride in on.

I have asked him for some special things to be done, and Mark talked me out of them because he said "you will just end up spending $1,000s of dollars and won't get any benefit from it".... turn down a commission on sales? yep, they do it every day.

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I need a new tire on the rear of my VTX 1300. The Dunlop that was on there when I bought the bike has 6000 miles and near done! What would you "Darkside " gurus (Dave0430,AZgl1800...) suggest/recommend? Back only, front and back? Does it require new rims and a whole bunch of other expenses in addition to the tires? Back is 170/80/15 and the front 140/80/17 on spoke rims.
Looking to do the deed when I get to Casa Grande ,Az in mid October. AZgl1800...any Phoenix shop suggestions?


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John & Dave.......Thank you for your responses and help/ recommendations. Will definitely check out D & D in Mesa. Liked the Pirelli's I put on the 08 BLVD so will look at one for the rear of the VTX.


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OpenCarryUSMC, you might have a problem going darkside on the GL1100I. Mine is currently running darkside on the rear, but the tire is no longer available. I am running an Avon Turbo Steel 165/80-16. It rubs just a tiny bit. I think the perfect size would be a 155/80(or 90)-16, but good luck finding one. It's a shame. I love the darkside on mine.

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Can someone keep it simple for us old folks? I ride a 2013 GL1800. If I were going Avon or Michelin what size should I get for the front and the rear? If someone is running dark and could post pics of the tread pattern that would be great.

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Can someone keep it simple for us old folks? I ride a 2013 GL1800. If I were going Avon or Michelin what size should I get for the front and the rear? If someone is running dark and could post pics of the tread pattern that would be great.
I would just back up to DaveO430's last post as to the one he is running now. The Avon on the front and the Yoko on the rear in RF, not the actual one he mistakenly ordered which is not a RF tire (which he wanted)

I have an E3 on the front, and the Michelin listed in my signature on the rear.

so far, so good. The E3 on the front will most likely stay there until it starts cupping and aggravating me, as they usually do around 6k-10k miles. Depends on your riding style.

The Michelin I have is a winter tire, and not available year around, so getting one "right now" is problematic.... I bought mine and 2 weeks later, Dave needed one and they were "out of stock" again.

If I knew how much I will ride every year, I might take a gamble and buy two Michelins at the same time.... but if I took too long to use up the first one, the date code might catch me before the 2nd one was put in use.

You just have to make a decision and go with it.

Or, just go back to post #1 and roll down and make a punch list of what tires have been mentioned along with the comments of each user of that tire....

I like using a spreadsheet for that, as it gives me a lot of room to store comments.

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I also has a 2013 gold wing. I had a Yokohama avid run flat that I got 20,000 miles on. I have a mc tire on now, but will be going back to the ct when this wears out.

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Can someone keep it simple for us old folks? I ride a 2013 GL1800. If I were going Avon or Michelin what size should I get for the front and the rear? If someone is running dark and could post pics of the tread pattern that would be great.
The front tire is going to be the same size as the one on it now, a lot of us just use a rear tire in that size because it has a lot more tread on it. A 195/55 16 has the same profile (height) as the stock 180/70 motorcycle tire. You can go to tirerack.com and view the tread patterns of all the tires in that size, choose one that has directional tread. IMO the michelin alpin PA3 ZP is the best handling tire of the bunch, and I have tried several.

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