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Dunlop 700's - Oh No! Another Tire Thread !!!
« on: March 19, 2015, 08:18:36 pm »
New Concours owner.  Almost time for my first ride.  Got a question about tires.

P.O. installed brand new Dunlops a couple of years back, and then decided to buy a Goldwing.  Bike has been garaged kept since and there are probably less than 200 miles on the Dunlops.  First thing I noticed about the tires is the center groove.  I suspect that means some "squirminess" on grooved pavement, or on metal grates.  But aside from that, how do the stock tires handle the day to day?   I am not a high mileage guy, and I am not dragging my knee.  Not likely to be testing the top speed potential of the bike.  Just looking for competent handling and a decent ride quality. 

I have read the threads on changing wheels to have more options on 17" rubber.  I have seen the threads on using any number of Bias-Ply tires.  Been reading the threads on the new Avons (with mixed reviews).  I am probably going to keep the Dunlops for this season, and see how things go, but interested in the collective thought on running the stock rubber, in stock sizes. 
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Re: Dunlop 700's - Oh No! Another Tire Thread !!!
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2015, 11:12:27 pm »
Well... they are round, black, fit, and hold air. You will like virtually any other tire that you may mount up a lot better.

BTW, check the date code just to be sure how old they are or aren't.
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Re: Dunlop 700's - Oh No! Another Tire Thread !!!
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2015, 12:05:31 am »
My 98 came with the stock Dunlop tires. They were replaced with Shinkos after about 500 miles. The handling improvement cannot be overstated.
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Re: Dunlop 700's - Oh No! Another Tire Thread !!!
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2015, 12:51:55 am »
As long as tires are NEW, they handle great.   These people riding on tires cause they have lots of mileage left, but are 4 -8 years old are crazy.  They also have no real idea of how that tire is supposed to handle, as the tire dries out and gets hard.  That center groove is a water channel for rain, just like on a car. My rubber has never been older than 2 years, usually 1.  The one I just got rid of was 2 years old, and the rear tire edges were hardened, causing me to loose my hard cornering ability. I have had my  06 since Feb 08.  I have used nothing but the Dunlops.  The 700 series is  a good tire.  Great all weather handling, great cornering.  Tire choice depends on bike setup, riding style, and personal preference. I just switched to Pirelli Sport Demons, only 150miles into them, but so far, they handle the same as my Dunlops did.  HTH