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Oh No - Not Tires

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by abbienormal, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

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    2013 Griso: Just put a set of Continental Conti Motions on.
    Went for about 100 mile ride.
    Ride nice, very smooth & seem to handle well on wet roads.
    Very easy to lean into & come out of a corner.
    We'll see how long they last.
     
  2. John L

    John L Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Had exactly the same problem on my Eldo when I replaced the original tyres with 888's. A friend had dropped mine at about 80kph and I had the tyres replaced while repairs were being done so I just assumed the fork brace got slightly twisted in the accident. Couldn't see any run out in the rim just a very slight amount in the tyre. Did exactly the same as you and bent the brace slightly to get clearance and haven't had a problem since and have gone through two sets of 888's since then and just about to change them for a set of Avons just to try something different.
     
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  3. FrankZ

    FrankZ Tuned and Synch'ed GT di Razza Pura

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    Thanks, John. It's apparently an issue with the 888s. It seems to have a little more grip on tar strips with them, although I have hit a spot or two where it got squirrely on me, so I'm not 100% convinced of the improvement. I assume temperature could affect grip also.
     
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  4. Kevin Ballowe

    Kevin Ballowe Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I was thinking about a 200/60R-16 Bridgestone BT-020 for the rear (963 lb rating), and a Bridgestone G709 Excedra 130/70R-18 for the front of our 2017 California Tour 1400.

    We use that G709 on our GL1800 Gold Wing and also on a 2014 Yamaha Roadliner and have been very happy with it. Never had a BT-020, so no experience there.
     
  5. Guzziboy

    Guzziboy Just got it firing!

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    I had to replace my factory Dunlop at 1500 km's due nail damage. Bought another Dunlop $350 and at 3000 Km's and careful air pressure monitoring the middle is wearing very quickly. Definitely going to try the Bridgestone next time. Buy the way I like to let er rip but rarely off the line.
     
  6. Naked Dave

    Naked Dave Just got it firing!

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    Metzeler have apparently announced a new range of tyres (tires?) that sit above their 880 range. They are called Cruisetec.

    cambriantyres.co.uk/metzeler-announce-new-cruisetec-v-twin-tyre/

    They seem to have the right sizes although the rear option closest to Guzzi 1400 is 200/55 16".

    I am not sure what impact the slightly different profile might have on the handling or if it is even an option.

    Anyhoo, these are shipping in January (admitedly not prime riding season but I would be interested in the experience of anyone who plans to get some when they show up in the store.
     
  7. Chet Van Aken

    Chet Van Aken Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Just put on my third rear. Dunlop lasted 9000 miles and the Bridgestone Exceedra lasted over 13000. Put on another Bridgestone. Changed the gear oil and lubed everything. Instructions in the forum are good just watch out the shock buffer carrier does not separate when moving the wheel sideways, that is a hassle and scratches things up.
     
  8. bobbyfromnc

    bobbyfromnc Just got it firing!

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    I went with Avon Cobras and have gotten 11K plus out of both tires.
     
  9. Robert Gibson

    Robert Gibson High Miler GT Contributor

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    I have the Avon Cobras on my Cali 1400, a vast improvement over the original Dunlops. Certainly my tyre of choice now.
     
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  10. steveford

    steveford Tuned and Synch'ed GT Famiglia

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    My last post about my use of the Bridgestone Excedra Max tires on my 1400T was Dec. 28 2014 @ 19000 miles. I'm at close to 60000 miles and still using the Bridgestone tires, and still a happy camper. I pull a bunkhouse camper with this bike with no adverse effects as far as tire wear. These are very reasonably priced tires compared to everything else out there, so that helps. I sure wish they still made the Dunlop 491's. I could get 15 to 20000 miles out of those depending on how much trailer towing I was doing, but thats a different story. :)
     
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  11. Italia chris7

    Italia chris7 Just got it firing!

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    Hi all how many 1400 California custom owners have replaced the 200/60 rear tyre with a 180/70 and did it affect the ABS or traction control or can this all be re calibrated thanks Chris
     
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    stephenm Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    I use a 180/65, which has a similar circumference to the 200/60.
    The ABS should be unaffected.
    I can't remember if I had to recalibrate.
    (I recalibrated on one occasion, and apart from the challenge of maintaining an exact speed for a set distance, which took a few goes, it was simple enough.)

    Stephen
     
  13. Italia chris7

    Italia chris7 Just got it firing!

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    Thanks for the reply Stephen did you notice an improvement in the handling cheers Chris
     
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    stephenm Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    I liked the handling with the 200, and I like it with the 180. Towards the end of its service life, the 180 starts to resist turning a little. The rim is at the width limit for a 180, so it does flatten the tyre profile somewhat. I run a dual compound Dunlop, which gives me 15,000km. The stock D251 gave me 6,500km. I have just returned from 2000km in the mountains, and the handling is neutral and easy.

    Stephen
     
  15. Italia chris7

    Italia chris7 Just got it firing!

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    I'm just in the process of ordering new tyres I've gone with the Metzeler 888 marathon ultras, have decided to stay with the factory sizes thanks for your input cheers Chris
     
  16. GTM®

    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Chris, first welcome and congrats on the 1400. Please add your info to the Registry here; https://guzzitech.com/forums/threads/cal1400-registry-pics-thread-add-your-bike.11538/

    I’ve merged your post with this thread. 16 pages covering your question. Always try a search first... think you’ll find the decade of info here worth the time to spend a few minutes reading. ;)
     
  17. Smash Zilla

    Smash Zilla Just got it firing!

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    I just replaced the OEM dunlops. lasted 6800 miles of average riding. I put on Avon Cobra Chrome 92s. Wow what a difference. Headed to Rolling Thunder in DC I'll give my 500 mile review on Monday
     
  18. Didier

    Didier Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Bonjourno, I only have 5600 miles or 9000 km. on the rear tire and it's gone already, is that normal for a California 1400, I ride solo most of the times, I check the pressure often ??
     
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    PaulDavies Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Sounds about right...depends on how you ride of course as well as road surface quality etc. I replaced my OEM dunlops at 11000km but they were squared off by then even though they technically had some tread left
     
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    I'd be happy to get 5600 miles out of mine....
     
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