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I know there are many posts on tires, but therein lies the problem.
I'm overwhelmed:


A. Front Tire ?: ___________
(have Dunlop E3 Now)

 

B. Rear Tire ?:  ___________

(have Dunlop E3 now)

What is most common tried and true Darkside rear tire?

C. Mufflers ?: ___________

(Mine are rusted)
Have stock now. Like quiet pipes.



Also, I'm very POOR!

Thx a Bunch!

 

P.S.: I've got 18,500 mi. on both Dunlop E3's now. Front is cupping bad. So might go with E3 again for front, unless I can get more miles out of a different tire.

 

I'm not a hardcore twisty freak. And I pull a trailer with my lady 2-up a lot.

 

130/70-18 front tire.
160/80-16 rear tire.


tires-easy.com
Dunlop WinterSport Run Flat 175/60 R16

 

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Dunlop&tireModel=SP+Winter+Sport+3D+DSST+RunOnFlat&partnum=76HR6WS3DROF&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/cart.do

Falken:
http://ssl.delti.com/cgi-bin/rshop....92&ranzahl=4&nichtweiter=1&pk_campaign=nextag

 
 

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I had great luck with the Elites on my former GL1200, 20,000 to 25,000 miles on the rear tire. I now have a GL1500 and I am going to stay with Elites, now the E3's. I do not have enough miles on them to know how long they will last. I do not expect to get the same miles out of them, it's just a different cycle. But it sounds like you did fairly well with yours especially considering 2 up and trailering. The prior posts seem clear that it is very important to stay with 43-45 psi in the rear tire and 40 to 42 in the front for longevity. I will not knock someone else's decision on a tire, but I believe (opinion) that cycles the size of ours, carrying a load, need a tire designed for a cycle.

The big ticket item on the mufflers is the center collection box. That is almost $1,000. The individual mufflers are about $200 each. You are correct, that is pricey. What part of your syetm is rusted? There are mufflers out there for less but I would recommend putting a note in the section of this forum for buying or selling items. You can also go to youtube and search for GL1500 mufflers and see what people are doing.
 

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There are posts on fitting HD take off mufflers for $15-50 a set and some will give them to you.
The Austone is a good CT to run. 6 ply. I have a Vredestein 175/75-16 on the rear but last I knew they are no longer available this side of the pond.
I got 10,000 out of my last set of E3s, lots of twisties for me.
 

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Many of us love the Auston taxi tire on the rear of the 1500.
Do some searches on it. Only 2 people I know of did not care for theirs and went back to MC tires.

Auston lowers the RPMs a bit, makes the bike a little taller but not much. 6ply so good stiff sidewalls, and lasts a long time. Handles well, and is quite. Great traction and handles rain very well, I been in a couple downpours cars were doing 45-50MPH and I just rolled on at 65Mph fine once I carefully passed them LOL
I have well over 10k on mine and still tons of tread.

I only ride solo with lots of gear, have not pulled a trailer yet other than a bare frame I been messing with lately.
 

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Thanks a bunch for the replies!

Definitely try the Harley pipe idea.

As far as tires:

a. I cannot find the Dunlop Wintersport Run Flat for less than about $160 shipped.

How does this tire for $97 shipped look?:
http://tinyurl.com/bsvgwxf

b. Also I can get 2 Elite 3's for $355 Shipped:

c. Is there much difference in Radial and Bias on E3's?

Thx
 

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I put a Avon Venom on the back of mine at 91K, now have 108k and they are still not down to the wear bars.

I had to get a new muffler for mine due to rust on the tail end of it. I just got a cheap stock replacement off E-Bay.

Looks like your bike and mine are twins! Same Color '90 SE
 

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I loved the E3's, averaged 15-18k.
I love the Austone more. Comparable initial cost (or a bit more) but I hope to get 20-30k out of it, runs quieter and more comfortably, much better in rain. I went with it because I love to use the center stand.
But, if yo stay MC tire there are many good ones. Just be sure they can handle the Wing's weight.

And ride it!
 

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Look at it dollars per mile:
The Austone may well last twice as long (or close to it) as the E3. I think Dusty has 25k on his now and I think he said he is about 1/2 worn is all.
That makes it around 90-100$ for the Austone for comparable life of an E3, or around 1/2 the cost over time.
Plus you get awesome rain traction, lower noise, better ride, better weight capacity...

But, if you want to run MC the E3 is tough to beat. Some seem to like the '701' tire (?) or something like that, and it costs less than the E3.

I am nearing 5000 miles on my Austone now (about 4400 miles) and I still have the rubber nubbies between the tread blocks. I am looking forward to the Oregon rainy winter.
 

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Goodyear FuelMax

This is what I use & will again..........

Oh ya, I have HD mufflers on both my Honda's........

 

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Dunlap E3's front and back are the ONLY tires I am running or will run on my wing. I have had a lot of luck with ebay recently on goldwing parts.
 

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Do a quick search to see a picture of Dusty's tire at about 25k. He posted one here a while back.
Just a note - any of the 60 series tires will make use of the centerstand much more difficult. BUT, those tires do cost less and you have several options.
 

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StereoSteveo wrote:
Now that's not bad 96, a quick search for $132 Shipped:
http://tinyurl.com/8e27q84

Seems like a really soft tire. Gut on grip, but how many miles might you suspect it will get? Thx
Well, I've now got 20,000 miles +/- with no sign of the wear bars yet. :action::action:
 

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Thanks again for the replies everyone.

I ordered the Goodyear Fuelmax per 96 from OnlineTires for the rear, and a new E3 Bias from Rocky Mountain RV for the front. About $270 total.

Now if I could just talk donr or pwhoever into selling harley muffler adatper kits!
 

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Thanks again for the replies everyone.

I ordered the Goodyear Fuelmax per 96 from OnlineTires for the rear, and a new E3 Bias from Rocky Mountain ATV for the front. About $270 total.

Now if I could just talk donr or pwhoever into selling harley muffler adatper kits!
 

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E3's replacement

Hi everyone and sorry to hijack and resurrect this thread.

I fitted E3's just over 2 years ago and done about 5k miles on them (due to ill health). The front has gone a strange shape and I am not happy to continue to use it for the 2013 season. It has a flat centre piece and 2 angled sides, which can be seen in the pictures (hopefully). Any suggestions on the cause of this wear ?

I am not one for tearing round the "twisties" but like to enjoy the ride at a reasonable speed.

I would like to keep the E3 rear, which is Ok but would like recommendations for a new front please .

I have a Michellin Pilot GT front about 3 years old and with some wear, which I took off when fitting the E3's and wondered if that would be any good ?

Thanks in advance
 

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Ron, you are right. That is a very knarly looking tire especially for such a low mileage on it. What pressure have you been running in it?
I am using an Avon tire on mine. It has about 8 or 9k miles on it now and still runs smooth and quiet. Still looks very good as far as tread wear. Looks like it will go at least twice that far before it is gone.
 
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