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I'm looking into tires for my new to me GL1100 (still working on getting the title as soon asmy buddygets his new bike and I think the GLis an '82) and remember a few years back the night and day diffrence Dunlop D404's made for my '77 XS650. The GL11 is running D404's and they are hard as rocks and some lesser enlightened indavidual put the front tire on backward. :shock:



Under threshold braking the front end gets to chattering something nasty, then the head shaking starts,and I've even found it to do that cornering too and that gets your adrenaline going when it's trying to tank slap! I know the bike isn't a sportbike, I've ridden plenty of the latest and greatest and don't expect that from it, I just want some stability!



So, basically, anyone run a set of these? I've read they are great touring tires and provide enough grip to deck a side stand on a Triumph Bonnie (the new one) so I'm sure the road holding would do the trick. I'm planned on a fork brace, steering damper, and a good once over on the brakes this winter and tires seem like a good place to start in on getting this bike back up to par.



I had a nasty crash August 2008 on my Bandit 1200 and spent the last year either recovering mentally or physically. I spent ALOT of the summer on the dirt, getting myself back up to street riding level again because a return rider just getting back on a big bike can be a bad thing. It began on a Suzuki TS185, then a Yamaha RT180, up to a Honda XR250, made the jump onto my buddys XR650, then started riding a XV750 Virago (Tracker/Bobber)on the street here and there as well as the current GL1100 in my garage. I'm no where near the level I was 2 years ago, but I am ready to get back into it and a comfortable and somewhatforgiving bike like the GL seems to be my cup of tea. Not to mention I love love love love love love love boxerfour's! :)



I think I am ready to get everything together this winter and take back to the street on a bike again.





Link: http://www.bikebandit.com/avon-roadrider-am26-motorcycle-tire
 

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I haven't had this model of Avon's . I had a set of Venoms and I loved the way they rode on my 1800. They were quiet, sticky in the corners, never wobbled until I had a bulge on the rear tire. Up to that point I never felt uncomfortable on them.

I was unable to get the manufacturers reps to stand behind their product. It is only because they don't stand behind their product that I can't recommend them. Your experience with the tires may be different. If you do get a set please check them before and after every ride. It took just about 3,000 miles for mine to bulge.

Your bike is somewhat lighter than mine and I suspect you are also somewhat lighter than me. (I'm 6'4 - 270). They may work better for you than they did me.

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So far I've been very happy with the Dunlop E-3's I've put on my 82 1100i. I just can't justify spending over 100 bucks for a tire that only gets me 3000 miles between changes, I'm not made of money.

I'm looking at getting at least 12000 out of these. the rear already has over 5000 on it and hardly looks worn at all.

You may want to check the steering head bearings on that 1100, they may need to be re-torqued or replaced. I've never had the least bit of head shake or tank slap out of my 1100 since the day I bought it.
 

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Due to a description by another member in another thread about how Avons are made, if true, I would never put an Avon on even a bicycle. Dunlop E3s are a good choice, 404s are not a good tire on an wing.
 
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