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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-25-2018, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Bias or radial for my 88' GL1500

I've seen differing responses over quite a few years on this forum regarding this subject.
I need new tires for my 88' GL1500. There's a decent price on Wingstuff.com for Dunlop Elite 4's combo,
but there is the option for bias or radial versions.
I'm a casual weekend rider in North Texas looking for long mileage first, handling/wet weather etc second.
(Not interested in going darkside BTW)

What's the latest info regarding bias vs. radial for my ole' Bessie?

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The bike was designed for bias-ply tires.

I believe the original equipment tires are still available and folks consistently got over 20K from the rear with those. They also handle very well.

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I put a Dunlop Radial on the front of my 1500 and Avon bias ply on the rear,best handling Iíve ever had,the front Radial seems to ride smoother and some say they wallow in parking lots and slow traffic but I donít notice any difference,the rear Avon is fantastic and seems to be wearing well.

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From the history of responses I've researched and now, It doesn't seem to matter much between bias and radial.
What about the mileage difference on a Gl1500 between most brands on bias vs radial?
Just trying to get a 2019 perspective...

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The bike was designed for bias-ply tires.

Dennis,
I do NOT believe that for 1 second....
There is nothing in the suspension that requires that Bias tire be used, period.



when the bike came out, there weren't any radials ties available to be used on it.


as the two axles are not in line, you can use a Bias ply in front, and a Radial in the rear and you can't tell the difference....


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I am taking the Michelin RF off of my bike, and installing a new E4 on it...


why? I am not riding enough anymore to be completely skilled with the handling of my bike, and the E4 will present me with less "bad manners" than a car tire.....


the Michelin RF tends to make the bike want to climb up on jagged road surfaces... and it is harder for me to make short, tight turns..... I have to "push the handlebars" to keep it in a turn at very slow speeds.


Andy is getting my Michelin, I gave the other one to DaveO430... it was a brand new spare, and I realized that I was never going to need it.



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...looking for long mileage first, handling/wet weather etc second.
(Not interested in going darkside BTW)...



Perhaps your lack of interest in going Darkside is due to lack of information...


The Longest-Mileage Tire you can get for the rear is the Austone Taxi... which will take you nearly 40k miles; not great wet weather traction though.



The Best Wet Weather handling tire you can get for the rear is the Dunlop Wintersport ROF.



And the BT-45 for the front get's you ~20k miles, and does well in the rain too.




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You can do anything you want, it is your bike. I'm just repeating what the people who make tires and motorcycles say. They're the ones who actually do research on these issues.

These were excellent tires and were what Honda put on the bike.



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I tried riding a friends 2004 1800/w car tire on rear. Scarriest ride I have ever had on a bike. Just about didn`t make a left hand turn because bike didn`t go where I wanted. Then going straight I couldn`t lean to control handling, Had to force any road corrections to keep bike on road. Sorry....not for me either.
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