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Oh No - Not Tires

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

  1. sir fred

    sir fred Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I use Dynabeads for balancing. Been using them for five years on my Honda ST1300, my Ducati Diavel and now the Cali.
     
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    roadventure High Miler GT Famiglia

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    They're good stuff. I don't have them in the California wheels now, but have used them on four other bikes all with great success.
     
  3. Guzzinista

    Guzzinista Just got it firing!

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    has anyone experimented with 180s instead of the 200 rear tire on the 1400?

    anyone want to speculate about how it would impact handling -- a 180/65-16 would leave the speedo within 1-2 percent of factory size 200 tire

    specifically, would it make 1400 more nimble? impact stability, gas mileage?
     
  4. caliman

    caliman Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Plenty of examples here says that the handling improves greatly but I just like the tyre big (as well as how it left the factory) not sure if it would affect insurance.
     
  5. stephenm

    stephenm Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    I fitted a Dunlop D407 180/65 3,000km ago, having worn out the original Dunlop D251 in 6,000km, followed by a Bridgestone Exedra in 7,000km. The new tyre is stamped 'Harley Davidson' and is multi-compound. On the 6.00" rim, the profile is clearly flatter than it was with the 200/60 tyres. I was conscious that the tyre change might affect the bike, but I haven't really noticed much difference.

    I have 2,000km of riding in the mountains, hundreds of corners of every shape and size, on this tyre, and I can't fault it. I loved the handling on the original tyres, and I love the handling on this 180/65. I have only been on dry roads so far, so I can't comment on wet road grip. Stability is fine. Milage was unchanged. The wear rate is very low so far.

    Stephen
     
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    bobw Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Smartleynz Tuned and Synch'ed

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  8. Perk5560

    Perk5560 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I'd be curious to see what the back of the bike looked like with a 180 on it. I like that the handling seems to improve but I still do like the look of the big tire. Can't have it both ways I guess.
     
  9. mikeaedmonds

    mikeaedmonds Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    At 14k KMs time to change the original Dunlops. Got a decent price on Bridgestone Exedra Max Radial, 300 CAD for both. Hope I get another 14k.
     
  10. kiwi dave

    kiwi dave GT Reference

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    That's gotta be close to a record for the Dunlops. If you're that gentle on tyres you get more on the Exedras. I've got 12k on my Bridgestone Battleaxe 020, and I'm hoping for another 2-3k.
     
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  11. Smartleynz

    Smartleynz Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I will try and get a photo for you.
     
  12. MJPTexas

    MJPTexas Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I put stock sized Avon Cobras on mine when I did the last change. The Avons handle very nicely.
     
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    Perk5560 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I just noticed in the 2016 MG Eldorado ad it states that the rear tire on it is a 180. Being basically the same bike other than the rims I'd say we might be good to go with the 180.
     
  14. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Incorrect in that the rims sizes are different. Both narrower 16" rims, front and rear:
    3.50” x 16” - 130/90 R16ʼʼ
    5.50” x 16” - 180/65 R16ʼʼ
     
  15. Perk5560

    Perk5560 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Sorry for my lack of specificity. I was focused on the 180 tire width which is less than the 200. I suppose to be fair we would also have to look at rim size too to evaluate performance.
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    I missed your rim comment in the first post, but yes, rim size is as important. That said, I have already mounted and recommend the 180/65 in the 6.0" Cal Custom/Tour/Audace rear rim.
     
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    Perk5560 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I know someone else also mentioned their concern with the look of the 180 from the rear as compared to the 200 and having seen both on the bike, do you see a marked difference in the look of the bike from the rear?

    Thanks,

    Dave
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Yes, the steam-roller look is gone, leaving a good looking, ever so slightly narrower 20mm/.77" tire.
     
  19. Smartleynz

    Smartleynz Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Haven't done the photo yet but I agree with Todd in that the look is very much the same, really hard to notice the bit of width missing, handling vs looks? Highway load carrying maybe the 200 is best, tighter NZ type roads 180 seems best, I gained 1.9% circumference and also 5% sidewall, but haven't noticed any distortion going on. Will do pic.
     
  20. kiwi dave

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    Not doubting your experiences, but I'm assuming correctly the better handling is due to the 5% sidewall increase allowing a slightly better lean angle? Or is it something I've missed?

    I'm contemplating doing the same as you.
     

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