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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #200 on: September 27, 2012, 10:09:13 am »
I would use Avon Storm Ultra 2 on front and Azaro on the rear.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #201 on: October 07, 2012, 02:54:43 pm »
After much reading here in the forum, I swapped my blistered, cupped, and otherwise hosed Metzler 880s for the bias ply Bridgestone BT45s front and back.  I've put 220 miles on them so far, a mix of in town riding and Interstate cruising.  Happy to report that the Bridgestones have plenty of road feel, lack the harshness of the Metzlers, and I experienced NO hunting in either of the riding situations, and besides the normal heavy truck canals on I-5 we have a plethora of heavy equipment surface anomalies on the local roads, enough to challenge any tire.  I am running factory recommended tire pressures front and rear.

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Not a very scientific observation, but I noticed that the Metzelers made a "shush-ing" sound when you turned the front wheel on the garage floor when backing the bike out.  Like dragging a heavy cardboard box on the floor.  The Bridgestones make a very raucous "squidgy" sound, like new tennis shoes on a wet floor.  I think this is testimony to the difference in compounds between the two brands.

Due to a change in business travel, I haven't covered a thousand miles yet on the BT45s but they still look brand new, and I spend a lot of miles on that rocky asphalt style macadam they love so much up here in the Pacific Northwest.  So far, so good.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #202 on: March 20, 2013, 11:29:30 pm »
Well going to finally do it and order up a set of Michelins a 120 70 18 road pilot 3 for the front and a 150 80 16 commander 2 for the rear.

I figure I will be ready for them by mid summer :)

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #203 on: March 21, 2013, 07:56:19 pm »
Well going to finally do it and order up a set of Michelins a 120 70 18 road pilot 3 for the front and a 150 80 16 commander 2 for the rear.
I figure I will be ready for them by mid summer :)
And unfortunately $275 lighter.  :'(
I have the same set waiting to go on.
I got 4 BF Goodrich tars on a 98 Corolla at Sam's club for $250 INSTALLED, I hate MC tars!  :'(
I doubt this PR3 will beat the PR2 I'm taking off for mileage and if the Commander gets close to the mileage I got out of my last Pilot GT I'll be satisfied.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #204 on: May 04, 2013, 10:26:37 pm »
Has anyone used 110/80-18 (58V) Avon Roadrider AM26 Universal Motorcycle Tire? It's hard to find 120/70-18 and 150/80-16 in sets... I'm looking at running 150/80-16 (71V) Avon Roadrider AM26 Rear and 110/80-18 (58V) Avon Roadrider AM26 Universal.

Can you run 130/70-18 in front and a 160/80-16 in the rear????

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #205 on: May 06, 2013, 05:09:29 am »
in the 110/80 and 150/80 sizes the Avon Roadriders, Pirelli Sport Demons and Bridgestone BT45V's are a V Rated bias ply tires that are listed as a sport touring tire. They are NOT high mileage tires. They are Sport Touring tires, albeit bias ply ones. Generally people using this type tire are quite pleased with the handing and performance of the tire. There are a few around here using the Avon RoadRiders and they work well.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #206 on: May 06, 2013, 09:33:05 pm »
I think Murph is carrying the Avon Roadrider AM26.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #207 on: June 16, 2013, 01:09:17 am »
I prefer the BT45s. The OEM tires always felt skittish to me. When I had Pilot GTs (they seemed to be the most popular replacement when they were available) the bike tracked a lot better but was not nearly as maneuverable as with the original tires. The Bridgestones wear great, handle like the OEM tires but don't dance around nearly as much.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #208 on: July 31, 2013, 04:15:50 am »
Posting before reading all the replies, taboo I know.  I got to page 7 and I'm tired.
I put new rubber on my 02 before last years rally. Shinko 005 front 890 rear, wing size.  The rear still has good rubber after 6.5k miles. I figure I will be putting on about 3k for this rally and I don't want to risk it.

What are some good wing size rears? I keep reading about the 890 being out of round and its to late in the game to chance that.
Could a person lower the front a tad and run a stock sized BT45?
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #209 on: August 20, 2013, 01:05:40 am »
Boy, I'm worn out.  Have read this whole thread.

MY rear tire is getting close.  Front looks new.  Problem front is a radial so want a radial for the real. 
No where in this thread can I find the size for wing tires we can use on the rear.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #210 on: August 20, 2013, 02:03:50 am »
Boy, I'm worn out.  Have read this whole thread.

MY rear tire is getting close.  Front looks new.  Problem front is a radial so want a radial for the real. 
No where in this thread can I find the size for wing tires we can use on the rear.
Deadeye, readin' tar threads'll sure nuff wear ya out and usually tell ya not too much.  It's the nature of tire threads I reckon.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #211 on: August 20, 2013, 05:08:59 am »
Other than the Shinko SE890 Journey Touring Radial Rear Tire a few are running, I don't think there is radial rear in Wing size. Most all the GL1500 tires are bias ply tires.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #212 on: August 20, 2013, 04:53:47 pm »
OHHHhhhhhhh NNNnnnoooooooooo..
Rev started the Goldwing tire err School Bus discussion again..   :-[

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #213 on: August 21, 2013, 04:40:10 pm »
 >:D >:D >:D

I need a ride.  I reckon a half dozen thousands of miles'll do about right.  Come on 7:00pm.  No wait, I still have to get my sissy bar on and load up.  Back in a bit.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #214 on: August 21, 2013, 06:16:26 pm »
Quit typing, and start wrenchin'.
Call me tomorrow if ya get a chance.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #215 on: August 26, 2013, 02:45:57 am »
OK, NOW I read this message.  Well, I texted ya earlier... does that count... even if it's a few days late?
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #216 on: August 26, 2013, 10:23:31 pm »
I just replaced both of my tires on my 1986 C10 with Avon Storm 2 Ultra for the front & Avon Azaro for the rear.  Paid $265.76, from Chaparral Motorsports, free shipping.  Haven't had a chance to ride it much lately so I don't know how it handles in the curves.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #217 on: September 20, 2013, 01:54:34 pm »
I bought my 1988 Concours with new Bridgestone BT45s on it.  4,000 miles later the rear is shot - flat with no tread on the center 4 inches.  The front feels like a series of spoons if you run your hand along the edge.  This is the rear.



I have kept the pressure about 3 psi higher than factory recommendations with a calibrated gauge.  I usually ride solo with very little weight in the bags.  Do I just ride too aggressively or what?  I read about some of you getting 6,000 - 10,000 miles out of these tires and I have no idea how that is possible.

I went with Pirelli Sport Demons as replacements.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #218 on: September 20, 2013, 04:11:19 pm »
Pirelli Sport Demons......well how do they feel?
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #219 on: September 20, 2013, 04:50:40 pm »
Pirelli Sport Demons......well how do they feel?
They feel all warm and fuzzy.


Actually, the Perellis are a soft compound bias tire.  They require a bit of warm up to smooth out, but once you've gone a couple of miles they are quite nice tires.  Excellent adhesion and cornering grip due to the soft rubber.  They will pretty much do what the Avon Storm/Azaro Combo will do, they just aren't radials so the ride is ever so slightly harsher.  But really not much so.

They are not a long life tire and they have a dual, wavy, center tread pattern.  They are not bad at following tar snakes or rain grooves, but maybe not quite as neutral as some other tires.  WAY FAR superior in feeling and performance (IMHO) to the OE tires or most other fitting Dunlops.

These tires are ideal for the guy or gal who doesn't get to ride a lot, but wants a solid performing tire and excellent grip.  I put these on my wife's bike for those reasons.  A longer lasting tire on a little ridden bike has a tendency to get old, but because it still looks new is not replaced even though its better traction days are over.  This tire is sticky and good for 4000 miles of spirited riding.  3000 if you're a hooligan like... some folks I ride with.  And 5-7000 if you're driving Miss Daisy. No way to get 10k outta these. But they will give you good bite all the way down. I can drag parts with em and neither of us flinches.  That all said, I usually run Avons because they are a little better grip, a little longer life, and a little smoother ride.  They're also a little more moolah.
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« Reply #220 on: September 30, 2013, 01:06:39 am »
I replaced the rear BT45 with the Sport Demon and took it for a good, long ride. 

I didn't feel it.  It was really nice not to have the inconsistency of the worn out tire making the rear end wiggle at inopportune times.  Once I took off the old tire, I saw that the center section was so worn down that it was quite flexible and probably made the tire do funny things, especially under high stress.   This tire did exactly what it is supposed to and I didn't notice it.

I still haven't scrubbed in the tire, but I took some corners I know really well and was able to maintain excellent speeds with minimal effort.  I've been riding tough corners pretty hard with a well-worn tire so my skills shine on a good tire.

Soon some bad weather and a new front tire.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #221 on: October 26, 2013, 03:50:18 am »
Hi, Reading this - So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10? I see some like a Bias ply tire.  I have had cars with Bias ply and they did not ride as smooth as the radial. Can I count on this to be true with motorcycle tires as well? From my experience in the car the bias ply tires seemed to get a thump on cold days that took a few miles to go away. Maybe a flat spot from sitting a couple days. It did go away after driving a bit. I have had my C-10 since march. It came with Dunlop 701/700 Front and back. I though it rides great. It needs tires now. Almost to the wear bars. Ride quality is as important to me as handling Also Milage as in MPG. Is there any difference between bias ply and radial?

Following this years National rally (Unfortunately didn't make) there was a great ride in Oregon - Ride The Ribbon - not far from the Rally with great roads. I would say 90% were chip seal. Those roads were - How to shorten a tires life. Well,  and trying to keep up..

Bias ply or Radial?

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #222 on: October 27, 2013, 02:38:22 am »
Bias back, Radial front.  :o
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #223 on: October 27, 2013, 03:47:56 am »
Think I will stick to radials front & back. Thanks anyway.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #224 on: October 27, 2013, 12:13:36 pm »
Good luck with that.

Many here have found the radial front/bias rear combo
gives them the ideal mix of handling, ride quality,
performance, longevity and value we all want out of our tires.

Why ask for advice if your you're going to dismiss the
response so readily?

I've gone through seven sets of tires so far, trying every
type and size available. None have performed as well as
the radial/ bias combo in the stock sizes. Just MHO. YMMV.