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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Goldwing tire wear?

My brother asked me to look at his wing over the weekend. Last year he replaced a set of Dunlops (I believe) with a set of Avons. The Avons are now showing the same wear issue the Dunlops had. About an 1" to an 1 1/2" from the center of the tire, there is a wear groove a little over a 1/2" wide. This is found on the front and rear tire, left side (driver side) of the tire.

The shop the installed the Avons said it was probably road chamber.

The groove is on the opposite side of the shaft drive, which he may be leaning the bike on a straight to compensate. (I'd have a hard time believing Honda did not engineer for this BTW)

Even considering those two things, the wear still appears farther out than what would be needed to over come those.

Has anyone experienced anything similiar?

Have any thoughts on the matter?

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Use a piece of string to determine if the wheels are lined up with each other.

Short of that the shop may be correct.


You did not mention mileage on either set of tires ....


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Use a piece of string to determine if the wheels are lined up with each other.

Short of that the shop may be correct.


You did not mention mileage on either set of tires ....


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I'd guess no more than 5K on the Avons. Unknown on the Dunlops, on the bike when purchased. He is the second owner.

I thougth about the string method, but does that still apply with a shaft drive?

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I'd guess no more than 5K on the Avons. Unknown on the Dunlops, on the bike when purchased. He is the second owner.

I thougth about the string method, but does that still apply with a shaft drive?

Yes, wheels lined up are wheels lined up.

This would reveal misalignment in the wheels, swing-arm, frame or forks.

It can be done easily on the center-stand.


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How Many miles on it now BTW ??


Don't think Wings get more than 8 or 10 K out of a set of tires.


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Thanks Blarney. I've done it on chain driver bikes, never a shaft. I'll keep it in mind.


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Don't think Wings get more than 8 or 10 K out of a set of tires.


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I'd guess 5k on the Avons.

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It's a typical Goldwing issue. It has a lot to do witht he crappy suspension on the bike - I've owned two of them and still have my 07 Goldwing. I've put the Traxxion suspension on mine, but you don't need to go that estreme. Upgrading the front suspension will fix the problem. Also adding a fork brace will help. There is a LOT of info @ gl1800riders.com. Do a search on tire wear or cupped tires.

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One addition... there is an "anti dive" device in the front suspension that has a LOT og negative affects for experienced riders. Upgrading the suspension will remove this as well.

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all the GL1800 tires wear like that, but most guys run 15k-18k on the dunlop elite 3s..

avons are notorious for quick wearing out. think 6k to 10k before they are bald.

same with the michelin and bridgestone offerings.

make sure to keep on the tire pressures, and maybe run them 5psi over recommended (36f/42r is recommended)

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Thanks gentlemen, I'll pass on the info, and he can take it from there.

Kind of sucks this is a common issue. I thought Honda was all about balancing and lowering the center of gravity.

Oh well. If it aggrevates him enough, maybe I can lowball him next spring.

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