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Post  Andy Cote on Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:43 pm

A while back when I started looking for a new tire for my GL1500 Goldwing, I stumbled into this whole darkside tire discussion. Read everything and talked to a few folks before finally deciding to make the move. While there were only a few tires in the correct size, the favorite seemed to be the Austone Taxi Tire. I installed it and have been satisfied with performance and wear (14k and still going).

Now the Valkyrie needs a tire. For some reason, not as many stories or threads on this and many are kinda old and dated. I'm looking for some real and current feedback. It seems that the most common size is 205/60R16. So far I see the following as possibilities; all speed rating H (max 130mph) and load index over 90 (max 1323 lbs):

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
Kumho Solus KH16
Falken Ziex ZE912
General Altimax HP
Hankook Optimo H418 3 groove
Bridestone Potenza G019 GRID
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Of these, the General and Bridgestone seem to have some support. I am particularly interested in experiences with the last one as they make this in a size to fit the Goldwing as well.

Flame suit on - fire at will. Please tell me what you like or don't like about these brands.

PS: I know about the nut cage.
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Post  LadyDraco on Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:24 am

If you go to a 195 nut cages is not as bothersome...
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Post  rrounds on Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:19 pm

I like the 185/75-16 tire, with that size tire you don't have to muscle the bike around corners as much.
http://www.tiresbyweb.com/tbw_tiresearchadv2.aspx?treadwidth=185&profile=75&rimsize=16&Winter=0&Pageindex=1&choice2=All
Either one of those will last a long time, I run the Comtrac on my bike. That size tire will also lower your rpm's going down the road.

ROD

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Post  Andy Cote on Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:26 am

Thanks for the feedback so far. Please keep the comments coming.

I am not opposed to a 195 or 75. What brands on these sizes? Please share why you think these are the better choice or actual bad experiences with any.
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Post  Andy Cote on Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:20 pm

UPDATE

Thanks to Mr. Prez on the GL1800riders page I have a new Falken ZIEX 512 mounted.  Only two miles so far; no rubbing and looks wild! Here's the victim and the evidence:

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Post  rrounds on Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:16 pm

What size tire did you get?

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Post  Andy Cote on Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:47 pm

rrounds wrote:What size tire did you get?

ROD
sorry. 205-65-16
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Post  grumpybutt on Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:54 am

A 205/50/17 General G-Max that I have on the rear of my 2005 Valkyrie Rune.

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