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So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?

mnbikeguy

Guest
Guest
My last replacement set of tires were the Pirelli Sport Demons. Overall I've been really happy with them. Most of my miles are spirited commuting miles. Maybe a little wiggly in the rain but really decent dry. At any rate, they have 7500 on them and they still have some go in them. Back is a bit squared off but not terrible. FWIW I keep the pressures at recommended levels. Here are couple of pictures. I would be inclined to buy another set when the times comes.

Rear:


Front:
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
works4me said:
I'd really like to see a picture of that same tire at 20K miles.
Please and thank you.

:))  Not sure the rear will make that but maybe?? I am thinking around 12k or 13k maybe, that is what I used to get on my GL1500 with the E3's on the rear.

I was really thinking about putting a car tire on, but since it is so easy to change on the C10 if the E4's get high milage I will keep running them. If I get over 12 then the next time I will go up one size on the rear to a 160 and see how that does for milage before I make up my mind on the car tire. I usually put around 30 to 40K a year on a bike depending on if I take many trips or not so tires are something I get a chance to try out a lot, and part of the reason I bought a tire changer and do it my self.
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
7500 miles still look the same, I got into my first real rain ride on Saturday coming home from a lunch run to Birmingham, hit a serious squall with thunder and lightning and high winds, the whole nine yards and was quite the show. Anyway the E4's did very well in the wet and standing water as well, they shed the water great at speed on the interstate and hitting the curvys of the on and off ramps it held tight to the road, so in my humble opinion they do just fine in wet conditions.
 

schwinnman67

Training Wheels
Forum Subscriber
Need to get tires for my 86, but not sure what brand to go with... I know a few people that are not recommending Dunlops. Leery about Shinkos since I have never heard of them before (last time I bought MC tires was 22 years ago) and they sound like cheap tires. Had Avons on my CB650.

What is the best tire for these bikes?? What  brand lasts the longest? I want to put a good quality tire on this.

 

SteveJ

Member
Member
schwinnman67 said:
Need to get tires for my 86, but not sure what brand to go with... I know a few people that are not recommending Dunlops. Leery about Shinkos since I have never heard of them before (last time I bought MC tires was 22 years ago) and they sound like cheap tires. Had Avons on my CB650.

What is the best tire for these bikes?? What  brand lasts the longest? I want to put a good quality tire on this.
I used up about eight 777 Shinkos on the rear. Unless you want to hammer hard on wet corners they ride and handle well and last 10-12 thousand miles. I never had a wet road issue but I didn't push that hard on wet roads.

BTW, it pairs nicely with Angels and PR3s.

On TDY at Yoho Park in BC.
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
10,228 miles, looks like maybe another 2K left for the rear??

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Front still looks great

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works4me

Street Cruiser
I'm not overly impressed.
I got 12K+ on each of my last two 777s.
Not bad for a $90 tire.
I'm currently riding on a 230. ( $80 )
Better handling than a 777.
We'll see how well it lasts.
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
Have to agree, the rear was $150 so not real bad and the handling it great in wet and dry, but only 12K miles is not really doing it for me, changing the tire every 4 months is a no go. I have not really got around to taking any big rides yet so those will make the tie go even faster. I think I am gonna skip going to the Goldwing size, which jumps the price up 50 more bucks and just go darkside. Think I will go with the Austone taxi tire its a 175/R16 and diameter is 26.9" I think I should get a full year and then some out of one.
 

works4me

Street Cruiser
I was honestly hoping you'd go 20K on that tire.
Since my bike is used primarily for commuting,
mileage is everything.
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
Ordered the car tire as soon as I got to work this morning, and of course some jackwagon backs into the bike and knocks it over, started a thread about that, anyway once all that is sorted out I will have a new tire ready and waiting to go on. I am excited to see how it rides with this tire, I put the same one on my GL1500 and loved it.
 

zorlac

Crotch Rocket
works4me said:
I was honestly hoping you'd go 20K on that tire.
Since my bike is used primarily for commuting,
mileage is everything.
+1
I recently spooned another Commander II on, got 30K out of the last one.
 

danodemotoman

COG# 2877 WAAAD
Member
Federal brand tire installed on 15" Eliminator wheel:


Summer 2008 Concourier article on  SmugMug:

https://danodemotoman.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Concours-car-tire-connversion/Car-tire-2-Federal/
 

Kelly E

Moped
Zorlac said:
works4me said:
I was honestly hoping you'd go 20K on that tire.
Since my bike is used primarily for commuting,
mileage is everything.
+1
I recently spooned another Commander II on, got 30K out of the last one.

I am thinking about the Commander II for the rear. What are you running on the front?
 

connie_rider

Member
Member
Guys, I've read that the 2 newest radials (Avon and Shinko) for the C-10 have caused handling problems.
Both seem to have problems.
Avon 3M seems to be the  best, but some have had major problems. (manufacturing problems?)
Shinko Verge II wobbles.. (weak sidewalls?)

Does anyone know of any radial's (particularly rear) that are still being used on the C-10?

Explanation: I may use the bike for a track day and need to buy tires because of the age of my current tires.
Would prefer radials but unsure of what is available that is working ok? (particularly for the rear)

Ride safe, Ted



 

warwgn

Mini Bike
So for any interested the Dunlop E4 looked to have another 1k or so miles left on it when I took it off at 11,385, so I am calling this a 12K mile tire on the rear. The front still looks purdy good so hoping to get 20K out of it. No pics ( F you Photobucket!!)
 

Bud

Member
Member
connie_rider said:
Guys, I've read that the 2 newest radials (Avon and Shinko) for the C-10 have caused handling problems.
Both seem to have problems.
Avon 3M seems to be the  best, but some have had major problems. (manufacturing problems?)
Shinko Verge II wobbles.. (weak sidewalls?)

Does anyone know of any radial's (particularly rear) that are still being used on the C-10?

Explanation: I may use the bike for a track day and need to buy tires because of the age of my current tires.
Would prefer radials but unsure of what is available that is working ok? (particularly for the rear)

Ride safe, Ted

Shinko SE890 Journey front and rear on my C10.  I don't have any stability problems with them.  I got 8k out of the first one and expect about the same on this one.  These are wing size tires and it makes it a bit easier to get up on the center stand.
 

MichiGlenn

Member
Member
I planned to go with the Michelin PR3/ Shinko 777 combo, and it appears that the PR3 has been discontinued in the 110/80/18 size.  So I'm reverting to my old school Honda days and just got a Continental Road Attack 2 to go with a 777.  Time to get them mounted and see how they ride! :motonoises:
 

CRocker

Sport Tourer
Forum Subscriber
Jim said:
Just called the folks at Michelin.  Yes, the PR3 110/80-18 is no longer available. :mad:

...although, for those who care to use it...there are still lots of the 120/70ZR18 Road 3s available...don't see them in catalogs anymore...so, they are most likely headed the way of the 110/80ZR18s...WPS part number is 87-9775... ;)
 

zorlac

Crotch Rocket
CRocker said:
...although, for those who care to use it...there are still lots of the 120/70ZR18 Road 3s available...don't see them in catalogs anymore...so, they are most likely headed the way of the 110/80ZR18s...WPS part number is 87-9775... ;)
If that's the case I better order another one even though I'm not due. The PR3 is without a doubt the BEST wearing front tar I've had on this bike! (No cupping!)

No dice, looks like it's still available in Europe.  :-\
I've decided to wear this PR3 down to the cords and then slap on something before I sell it.
I need a layoff/retirement before the cords show.  :eek:
Since I just ordered pads & rotors it should happen pretty soon.  ::)
 

racer1735

Training Wheels
I put a set of Shinko 230's on front and rear in mid-June.  Went with them as I've had very good success with other Shinko products on other bikes (Shinko 705's).  I've only logged a few hundred mile to this point but am happy with the purchase.  Price point was very low and have decent grip (haven't ridden in the wet, yet).  Too early for mileage reports.
 

Bushy

Tricycle
After reading through this and many other discussions. I decided to replace the stock dunlops with the Shinko verge and Shinko 777 combo. I was apprehensive due to the $130 CAD price tag on the verge. I should not have been! This combo is working very well for me, I have 4000 km on this set up, showing very little wear. I do a fair amount of riding on the 401 and eastern Ontario back roads (Westport, calabogie). So far very confidence inspiring wet and dry, spirited or leisurely with no surprises, as it should be. Love this bike.
 

Kelly E

Moped
I went with the Michelin Commander II on the rear and a Michelin Pilot Activ on the front. After a 400 mile trip through the North Cascades chasing my brother on his Ninja 1000 I am very happy with this set up. :great:
 

works4me

Street Cruiser
"We're running out of choices for this bike."

I just did a quick look and found over a dozen viable options
for the front alone.
You may not like every one of them but there
are plenty to choose from.
 

works4me

Street Cruiser
Zorlac said:
works4me said:
You may not like every one of them
You got that right.
It took me 13yrs to find a front I liked (PR3) and now it's gone.  :'(

I'm on my second T-30. Long life ( 12K miles ) combined
with handling that's fairly consistent throughout its life.
I have no complaints. Cheap too. ( <$100 )
 

zorlac

Crotch Rocket
works4me said:
I'm on my second T-30. Long life ( 12K miles ) combined
with handling that's fairly consistent throughout its life.
I have no complaints. Cheap too. ( <$100 )
"Sport Touring tires developed to replace BT-023 with wide-range riding enjoyment"

Good thing, cause the 023's sucked big-time!
Battlax's on my wee work well though.
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
just turned 4000 miles this morning  on the car tire and can report it is working awesome, absolutely love it. 40 PSI seemes to be the ticket and it has done great and still looks new.
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
Also I just realized I have a touch over 15K on the front Dunlop E4, it is the Goldwing size, and it still looks really good. I might even get 25 or 30 out of it???
 

Bushy

Tricycle
Hey Warwgn,
You have a car tire on your Connie??? Sounds like sacrilege!
How does it corner??
I was looking into the goldwing sizes for their mileage, but didn't want to sacrifice the cornering ability of the bike.
 

danodemotoman

COG# 2877 WAAAD
Member
Have used a number of front Michelin 89X 110/80R-18 on the V65 Sabre and C10.

Kelly E said:
My Honda Sabre V4 uses a 110/90-18 on the front. Has anyone tried that size on the front of a C-10?
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
Bushy said:
Hey Warwgn,
You have a car tire on your Connie??? Sounds like sacrilege!
How does it corner??
I was looking into the goldwing sizes for their mileage, but didn't want to sacrifice the cornering ability of the bike.

I cant tell any difference in cornering between the E4 that was on it and the car tire in the feel of it and what it takes to make it lean, but it seems like the car tire actually holds better. I am not a peg scraper by any means but I don't think it would be any issue to do so.
 

herbie

Member
Member
MichiGlenn said:
I planned to go with the Michelin PR3/ Shinko 777 combo, and it appears that the PR3 has been discontinued in the 110/80/18 size.  So I'm reverting to my old school Honda days and just got a Continental Road Attack 2 to go with a 777.  Time to get them mounted and see how they ride! :motonoises:

I am currently running Metzler 880's in the wing size and will probably change them in the spring, going to stock sizes. I am searching through the tire threads and am interested in your Continental/ Shinko combo. I know its only been a couple of weeks for you, but what are your thoughts on this combo? Thanks
 
Kelly E said:
I went with the Michelin Commander II on the rear and a Michelin Pilot Activ on the front. After a 400 mile trip through the North Cascades chasing my brother on his Ninja 1000 I am very happy with this set up. :great:

I just did 2000 miles with the C-II and pilot activ and was very happy with the handling.  I went up Big Thompson canyon and over Trailridge road in Rocky Mountain Park and was very impressed with these tires in the twisties as well as cruising across I-80 to get back into Nebraska for the eclipse. 
 

MichiGlenn

Member
Member
Herbie said:
MichiGlenn said:
I planned to go with the Michelin PR3/ Shinko 777 combo, and it appears that the PR3 has been discontinued in the 110/80/18 size.  So I'm reverting to my old school Honda days and just got a Continental Road Attack 2 to go with a 777.  Time to get them mounted and see how they ride! :motonoises:

I am currently running Metzler 880's in the wing size and will probably change them in the spring, going to stock sizes. I am searching through the tire threads and am interested in your Continental/ Shinko combo. I know its only been a couple of weeks for you, but what are your thoughts on this combo? Thanks


So far so good on the Conti/ Shinko combination. It feels like a slight dance at times, but that might be due to being used to a pair of Exedra Max Bridgestones worn flat. Never felt dangerous, just a little like riding rain grooves, especially when on actual rain grooves. Just rode back from the Stockbridge MI all clubs gathering in off and on rain and it felt fine.
 

herbie

Member
Member
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So far so good on the Conti/ Shinko combination. It feels like a slight dance at times, but that might be due to being used to a pair of Exedra Max Bridgestones worn flat. Never felt dangerous, just a little like riding rain grooves, especially when on actual rain grooves. Just rode back from the Stockbridge MI all clubs gathering in off and on rain and it felt fine.
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Thanks for the report, I appreciate it
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
18.5K on the E4 front tire and still looks to have plenty of life left so might last the rest of the year?? The Austone Taxi tire on the back still looks the same as it did :great: gonna be a while before it needs to come off the rim.
 

warwgn

Mini Bike
UPDATE: the Goldwing size E4 on the front is just now starting to make a little noise, still looks purdy good and believe it has lots of miles left in it. 22, 226 miles on it so far and it is performing great still, rode to work in the rain today and no issues at all. I am thinking it will last somewhere in the 25k-30k miles range, very pleased with this tire and will order the same thing to replace it.
 

Jerzy Rider

Big Wheel
After pondering what to replace the hard riding, Slippery when wet, albeit long wearing set of Metzler tires, with I went with Avon HD 3D Storm's this time. The 110/80/18 front is the way to go. Now my Connie handles like a street bike. It is a  much softer smoother ride and glued to the road as well. Wear so far is not a concern. I have a lot more confidence when riding aggressively into coners, breaking and at high speeds.
 
I was just about to ask about these tyres!
I'm looking at a pair of Storm 3-D XM with a 120/70 on the front, mines the later version A9.
Its one of only a handful of tyres actually advertised for the GTR A9 here in England, and at £160 pair delivered they are excellent value  ;D
Are you using the XM type, the newer "Xtra Mileage" compound?
 

Cra-z1000

Member
Member
I love the 3dxm's . They seemed a little squirrly for the first hundred miles or so but after breaking in they are great !
 
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