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Reply from Dunlop regarding air pressure in E III tires
Vic,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the proper inflation pressures for the Dunlop Elite 3 motorcycle tires fitted to
your '84 Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing Aspencade. For the tire sizes of MT90-16 front and MV85-15 rear, we suggest inflating your tires to
36 psi front and 40 psi rear when the tires are cold. The maximum pressure for use in these tires is 40 psi cold. Therefore, it is
acceptable to run them at 40 psi front and rear if you prefer. Recommended inflation pressures are available on our website at:

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Make: Honda | Model: GL 1200 I, A, L, SEI (84-87) - Gold Wing Front Rim Size: 2.50x16 | Rear Rim Size: 3.00x15

Recommended Front Tire: Elite 3 | Size : MT90B16 | PSI/Loaded : 36

Recommended Rear Tire: Elite 3 | Size : MV85B15 | PSI Rear/Loaded : 40



"Dunlop Tire"
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07/17/2007 08:12 PM
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#1 07-20-2007, 10:34 AM,
The reason for that inquiry at Dunlop is that I am a very heavy rider and I ride two up often and I ride hard around the corners so I felt that 36 PSI was a little low in the front tire. By raising the front tire pressure to 38 or 40 PSI I feel more secure on my bike in the corners and I feel less wallowing in the straights. If you weigh less stick with the lower (36 PSI) tire pressures for best results or experiment to find your own best tire pressure within the range of 36-40 on the front but stick with 40 PSI on the rear. These pressures are measured when the tires are cold.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#2 07-29-2007, 11:47 AM,
Vic,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your motorcycle tire questions. We apologize for the delay in response time. We
have been attending various motorcycle rallies around the country and have gotten a little behind in e-mails. The minimum
recommended cold inflation pressures for the Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing are 36 psi front and 40 psi rear. The maximum recommended cold
inflation pressures for this vehicle are 40 psi front and rear. If the vehicle seems to handle and operate better at the higher
inflation pressures, it would be acceptable to run at those pressures as long as you don't exceed the maximum inflation pressures
stamped on the tires' sidewall.



"Dunlop Tire"
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To
07/05/2007 09:26 AM
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#3 08-01-2007, 05:37 AM,
vic, is there a reasion for cupping after 10,00kms, oh on both front and rear.? other than air or balance? thanks mikee
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#4 08-26-2007, 10:20 AM,
There should be no reason and there could be a million reasons mikee.

Loose wheel bearings, loose axles, loose swing arm bearings, loose steering head bearings, cracks in the frame, worn shocks, malfunctioning shocks, even the roads you drive on can all add up to the cupping and then throw in how you drive. Now if you combine several combinations of these problems you have a mix that is just about impossible to isolate so all you realy can do is start at square one and go through the bike and ensure that each one of these items is text book correct in specifications, then examine the roads you frequent and determine if they might be setting up oscillations that can cause the cupping in your tires. Also study your own driving habits to determine if you are twitching the bars as you drive. Some people do this unconsciously so it's something to watch for. I wish I could give you a black and white answer mikee but it's pretty much up to you to do the checking and testing to see what you find. Good luck.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#5 08-26-2007, 04:25 PM,
Hi there,
to quote someone else "as Vic said ", put tire age not milage on top of that list. As I recently discovered my own tires were dry rotted and split and here I was on this site asking about cupping.
Bob & Lori.
1984 1200GL INTERSTATE.
1994 1500GL ASPENCADE
BRUNSWICK NY
WHATS STOPPING YOU FROM RIDING TODAY?
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#6 09-11-2007, 04:39 PM,
i have noticed that after 15,000 miles the LTD started cupping the front tire. i seemed worse on a dunlop than with the current bridgestone i have on now.the bridgestone does have a novel idea on their
tires, a wear bar. just about there after 17,000 miles so i will be replacing it. not sure if i will get an E3
or stay with the bridgestone on the front but as for the rear only the E3 will do.

as for pressures front 38cold, rear 40 cold

i weigh in at 170lbs., the wife 120lbs, dakota(18y.o daughter about 170), steven(17 y.o. son) 175lbs,
and jessi(24y.o. daughter) 80pounds soaking wet.
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#7 07-24-2008, 07:41 PM,
If you look closely you'll find that the Dunlop tire also has wear bars built in.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#8 07-25-2008, 04:12 AM,
admin Wrote:If you look closely you'll find that the Dunlop tire also has wear bars built in.


as far as i can tell the dunlops i have used (k491, e2) i never seen them unless they are smaller in size than the ones on the bridgestone. on the E3 i would not know where to look
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#9 07-29-2008, 02:45 PM,
On the EIII you look in the bottom of the grooves of the treads and you will find raised sections of rubber placed periodically throughout the tire. When these raised sections of rubber are at or near the face of the tire it is time for a replacement tire. These wear bars are very much needed on the EIII because this tire looks bald even when new.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#10 07-30-2008, 04:57 PM,
admin Wrote:On the EIII you look in the bottom of the grooves of the treads and you will find raised sections of rubber placed periodically throughout the tire. When these raised sections of rubber are at or near the face of the tire it is time for a replacement tire. These wear bars are very much needed on the EIII because this tire looks bald even when new.

thanks for the info Big Grin just had a new bridgestone installed on the front. getting 20,000 miles out of it sold me on the "stone" for the front but will stay with the E3 for the rear. so far i have 10,000 miles on it and no wear bars showing.do you know what kind of miles i can expect out of the E3 ? i run 38psi in
front and 40psi in the rear.
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#11 07-30-2008, 06:00 PM,
I know of one fellow who got just over 17,000 miles out of his rear EIII riding hard and mostly two up so we should expect that much or more from our EIII's.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#12 07-30-2008, 06:20 PM,
admin Wrote:I know of one fellow who got just over 17,000 miles out of his rear EIII riding hard and mostly two up so we should expect that much or more from our EIII's.
That is music to my ears Vic. I feel lucky if I get 6500 miles on a rear tire on my Pacific Coast. About 8500 on the front.(about average mileage for these bikes) I get a rear tire mounted about every 5 weeks. The tire shop loves me. :lol:
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#13 07-30-2008, 06:27 PM,
admin Wrote:I know of one fellow who got just over 17,000 miles out of his rear EIII riding hard and mostly two up so we should expect that much or more from our EIII's.

i ride my LTD everyday. it is my daily driver.i average 168miles round trip from apple valley ca to
long beach ca where i am a structure mechanic on the mcdonnell douglas C-17.then on the weekends i may ride 500+ miles. out here in socal we can and some of us do ride year round.thanks again for the info. i'll let ya know when i replace the E3 how many miles it got.
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#14 07-30-2008, 07:53 PM,
Looking forward to your tire report. Make sure you keep the inflation at 40 PSI for best wear.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#15 08-02-2008, 04:34 PM,


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