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At 4500 mi, the tyres have some wear...a little cupping on front, and some flattening in the rear, exacerbated, no doubt, by my tendency to run psi over by 3-4 lbs. The dealer lowered the psi to 27, two lbs. under the recommended 29psi, to try and reverse the wear patterns. So, to look for the next set, probably needed around 7k or so. For my sporty riding style, no tyre is too good or too expensive - [ it's my butt ]

Well, there's the IRC that came with it, and the Dunlop D305 mentioned in the manual....yawn... They both seem to have the same basic layout/style. Bridgestone have a horrible looking thing...

Michelin is my first choice, and both the Pilot SC and the new Gold Standard GT would be good. I like the sipes in the GT...not that I try to ride in the wet, but sometimes... The GT is built especially for the maxi-scoot.

PROBLEM: Michelin customer service informs me that the rear size...150/70-13, is only carried in Europe, in both of their models !!

This is too bad...if anyone has a source that will ship these tyres to the US, please let me know.

There is, however, a light at the end of this tunnel...a backup plan...

Pirelli has a GTS 23 [front] and GTS 24 [rear] that are available. The pattern is a modified sport with a little water handling capability built in. Also built in is the design for larger maxi-scooters...a stiffer tyre for the bigger loads.

I wasted no time in calling Michelin back and informing them that the competition was eating their lunch, as it were...

Ah, next year in Jerusalem, as they say... A set of Pirellis [ a brand I trust ] for this season, and after that, we'll research again.
 

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An update from my last search on the subject:

Michelin is replacing Gold Standard tyres on all Gold Wing bikes...seems the weight does wierd things to them.

The article did not say what they were replacing them with.
 

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Larry,

Why do you overinflate the tires by 3-4 pounds? And please describe your sporty riding style and how you would choose a tire accordingly. I only ask because I don't know; this is my first bike and I'm trying to learn all I can.

Best, Dave
 

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Dave,

I inflated the tyres due to my bicycling experience [ 100k+ mi.]...there, the pressure is not as important as the profile. Also, because I'm 250#.

It seems that motorcycles have different forces to deal with...and I may not have known what I was doing.

The sporty riding style I described consists of tearing up country roads at the top of the speed limit, give or take, and diving into corners as fast as my guts will allow. This is still not even close to what a recent review posted on here alluded to...it's not like I'm scraping the fairing in the corners or anything...it's just fast enough that Harleys can't keep up, not to mention cars.

The Majesty seems to like being ridden this way, as long as I remember to lean it over going into corners.
 

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I routinely scrape my "pegs" on twisty roads and turn-a-rounds but have kept my psi to spec. I have 6500 miles and the front looks new while the back has a minor flat line. Looks to me like I might get another 2-3k on the rear and will change the front at the same time to get better grip. It does handle well.
 

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texascycle said:
I routinely scrape my "pegs" on twisty roads and turn-a-rounds but have kept my psi to spec. I have 6500 miles and the front looks new while the back has a minor flat line. Looks to me like I might get another 2-3k on the rear and will change the front at the same time to get better grip. It does handle well.
Aah..well, you've got that FZ-1 for practice...
 

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:D I have a set of Michelin Gold Standards on the way!!! I had to order them out of England, and with shipping, they will cost me almost $275.00(cdn). Shipping was almost as much as the tires!

I am goint to ride the crap outta the IRC this summer, and put the Golds on in September. Geez, I sure hope they start importing some decent rubber into NA! Thats too much for tires. None the less, I think they will give me better peace of mind in the rain (which we get lots of here in the Winter)!

I need to check with the fella before posting a link, as he usually does not ship outside the UK since it is extra time and effort, and he charges the same. He did me a favor in other words. But he might be interested in expanding his markets. You can get almost anything you like from him, including the Pilot Sport SC, which should make some drool! :wink:
 

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The Pirelli rear tyre was back ordered, so by Sat. I'll have a new set of Avon Viper Stryke installed. Pirelli will be the NEXT set...

I'm leaving Monday for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cheak out www.dealsgap.com for the type of roads there.
 

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Larry Newman said:
The Pirelli rear tyre was back ordered, so by Sat. I'll have a new set of Avon Viper Stryke installed. Pirelli will be the NEXT set...
Please let us know what you think of the Vipers. I'll be needing new tyres soon and would like to hear the feedback.
 

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The Majesty 400 has the same tyre sizes - front and rear - as the Honda Sliverwing 600.

Has anyone checked which brand of tires come OEM on the Silverwing?
 

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I brought home my new 2005 Majesty today and it has the Dunlop tires.

Does anyone have feedback - good or bad - on the Dunlops?

Thanks for your help.
 

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I'm surprized that a person had problems betting the Pirelli.

I ordered one and it was in the shop in 48 hrs at $82 retail. Normally it's harder to get things in Canada
 
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