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Ok this may open a can of worms but I just have to ask. GL1500 owners what is the quietest tire they have owned mounted on a 1500?

I have an E3 on the front that whines when leaned into a corner. Quiet running straight up. A Pilot GT on the back that whines straight up but quietens down leaning.
PLEASE do not tell me to turn up the radio or tunes:cool:because a LOT of time I dont like that noise either!!!!:D Anyway I am thinking of ditching both E3 and Michelins for something quiet running at highway speeds the next tire change.
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I can put up with a bit of noise in the corners and so for that reason I will probably go back to the EIII'S.I like the way the GT'S work,but the noise when upright is a bit much for me.I know wasn't what you wanted to hear,but I personally think these are the best 2 tires out there for these bikes.JMHO.
 

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I agree about these two tires being the best. I dont mind the whining in the turns as much as the constant whine of the gt upright. Was wondering what was out there that actually is quiet all round tire or if there indeed was such a tire? I have found both of these tires work well in most conditions that I ride in.
 

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I don't know if there is a tire that won't make any noise. And if there is,,,,, are you compromising tracktion????? Cause I have to wonder if thats what we hear,,,,,,, our tires gripping the road.

Not intending to discourage your quest for silent tires,,,,, just throwing some thoughts out there ;)
 

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not worried about e3's in the turns making noise. The michelin is the noisiest tire just traveling down the road. I cannot complain about either the e3 or the michelin with performance. However I would like it quieter running at highway speeds. I dont expect a complete lack of tire noise just the constant whine is a wear on me. Last year I did not notice it as much as on the trip this past weekend. 700+ miles in extreme Texas heat.
 

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You are probably not going to find a motorcycle tire that is quiet in all conditions throughout it's life. Due to the tread patterns they have as they wear the tread becomes uneven and makes noise. Back when they had actual tread blocks or linear grooves instead of the occasional rain groove they have now I don't remember tires being noisy, it may just be my memory.
 

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I put a pair of new Avon Venoms on my 1500 in january and during a trip 2 weeks ago they started the whine-howl during turns, The Dunlop k177 did the same thing.
I Don't know of any tire that stays quiet on a 1500 for long. the Avons were quiet until got some straightline miles on them, and I have run the tire pressures 43 front, 45 rear that were recommended by Avon.

Maybe a radial would stay quiet?
 

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Never noticed any tire noise with the e3's, maybe I should turn the tunes down.....:D:D:DI'm tooooooo busy enjoying the ride I guess.;);)
 

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:( hmmm guess I will have to get an e3 for the back or buy earplugs huh:D

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Must be just me, I never seem to hear any tire noise with any type of tire I've had, not doubting anyone here, wind noise I hear, just not the tires?:?
 

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I went from E3's back to K177. The engineers who designed the bike matched the best possible tire for bike for that period. I will keep using them till I make my next bike purchase.

Ride safe,

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So far I haven't heard anything out of the E-3's I put on my 1100, maybe it's because the 1100 is a much lighter bike than the 15's. The rear I put on last September and it has around 5,000 on it and the front this spring, has around 3,000 on it. Both look great with no signs of cupping yet.
 

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Must be me. In the 2200 miles on my GT's I don't hear any howl at any speed or bank angle. 43 psi front and rear and no apparent wear; 25 psi on the rear suspension.

I've never had Dunlops on any bike give me more than about 7000 miles on the rear and they follow tar snakes and grooves in the road more closely than Lewis & Clark followed Sacajawea. If the GT's can beat that (and so far they have) I won't care if they start singing a midnight sonata--the cost savings & safety will be worth it:clapper:
 

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I guess I'd recommend:




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fenry wrote:
Must be me. In the 2200 miles on my GT's I don't hear any howl at any speed or bank angle.
It's not just you. I expected a noisy tire when I purchased my Michy's last August, based on what I'd been told,but I was surprised that they were pretty quiet, straight and in turns. I've got just under 14,000 miles on them now, and they still have decent tread, but they are whining in corners. I have kept 39 PSI in the front and 42 in the rear and have never found either off by more than 2 PSI on any check. The whine in the corners does not bother me but it might if I heard it all the time going straight, but then I like to ride with my tunes a lot too, so the whine going straight might not bother me either. ;) I sure like the way they handle in the rain, and even in the 3 inches of hail I rode in during a ride in early March.:action:

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Remember, you don't get wet traction and quiet at the same time.

Pick one.
 

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The Stone I had on the rear was the quietest I've had so far.. But it only went 10k and was shot.. The best front has been a Venom.. It went 12k.. Dunlops and Pilot on the rear both cupped and sang like a canary..
Next time I'm going back to Venom's front and I'm going to try one on the rear..
You almost have to find your own way, everyone ride different...
 

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Rudy:
I like both these tires just not the driveline howl the michelin makes right now. It has always been noisy at highway speeds. Less so on lightly tarred gravel though. Roughed road surfaces do mute the noise though. The E3 has started to cup but its still a long way from needing to be replaced. Both these tires were a huge improvement over the old E2's that were on there when I purchased the bike. Have run 41f/44r consistently.
Seems I will simply put an e3 on the rear when needed. If I were doing more long distance trips per year the michelin would be gone to give my ears a rest. An interesting
observation is I could lean back toward the rear further away from the wind screen and
it was quieter than where I was sitting. I think the sound may be bouncing up off the
wind screen.
 

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Rudy:
I like both these tires just not the driveline howl the michelin makes right now. It has always been noisy at highway speeds. Less so on lightly tarred gravel though. Roughed road surfaces do mute the noise though. The E3 has started to cup but its still a long way from needing to be replaced. Both these tires were a huge improvement over the old E2's that were on there when I purchased the bike. Have run 41f/44r consistently.
Seems I will simply put an e3 on the rear when needed. If I were doing more long distance trips per year the michelin would be gone to give my ears a rest. An interesting
observation is I could lean back toward the rear further away from the wind screen and
it was quieter than where I was sitting. I think the sound may be bouncing up off the
wind screen.
I can believe that. One thing on the Michies is that they do quiet down on the back half of their life but it can get irritating for that first half if you do a lot of 70+ MPH riding for long periods of time.

I think my preference might be something like a Michie on the front and an E3 on the back as a compromise of all of the attributes of each.

Since 70 MPH is about the top of my highway riding where the drone tone is most noticeable for that first half of tread life and no noise below that, I will stick to the Michies for the other attributes they have despite the tone and the lower wear life they have vs the E3.

I think if I were running 80 MPH all the time I might hire someone else to wear out the first half of the Michies. :cooldevil:
 

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Well it may be a little early, But I have a set of Shinko 747 radials on my 1500. Right now I have a little over 2,000 miles. Not a lot , but so far. It is the best thing that ever happened to a GL1500. I have owned 1500's for 3 years. Rode several thousand miles. and I am impressed with the Shinko's. I have 2 1500's right now. One with a set of Metzlers and the other with Shinko's. There is no compairison. Radials are very smooth, quiet, and seem to be OK on wet pavement. Wet riding has been very minimal so far. But 1 day I rode 50 miles in a very solid down pour. I did feel the rear kick one time. Not sure if it was a pot hole or what. Planning on riding this bike to Montrose. That will be a great test.
 
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