Do the latest gold wings have premature front tire wear?
Are you getting cupping on the front wheel? I’m just wondering if the new front suspension is helping with premature wear.I get about twice the service out of the front as compared to the rear. This is, for me, consistent to my experience with the previous generation.
Modest cupping on mine, nothing dramatic. The suspension is too weakly sprung and under damped for my total satisfaction. In a stock to stock comparison, the newer model handes better than previous edition.Are you getting cupping on the front wheel? I’m just wondering if the new front suspension is helping with premature wear.
No tire cupping and a much smoother ride too..the old model would transmit the road shock up thru the handlebars like when going over railroad tracks..of coarse Traxxion fixed that with the AK20's, but this new model is plush...and the front end with this new model is more ridged than the old models even with the aluminum trees installed ..its amazing how tight and how well this new model rides and handles even with its soft suspension. The old model needed suspension upgrades right away mainly because the front end would transmit nearly every bump up through the handlebars and the rear would bottom out easily, not to mention you couldnt stop the front tire cupping without suspension upgrades....but this new model just feels plush and when it does bottom out the rubber bumpers sure make it plush....Ive never felt the suspension bottoming out myself, even with a 150lb passanger.Modest cupping on mine, nothing dramatic. The suspension is too weakly sprung and under damped for my total satisfaction. In a stock to stock comparison, the newer model handes better than previous edition.
I have the same year but non-touring and I also have 14,000km. I am wondering if anyone measures tread depth rather than wear indicators? I am so used to using tread depth at replacement, I don't even notice the wear indicators. Minimum Tread Depth F 1.5mm (2/32?), R 2mm (3/32?)I bought a 2018 DCT last spring that came shod with Dunlop tires and it now has almost 14,000km. I was wondering the same thing as the OP. My front tire is almost to the wear bars but no cupping, and the rear appears to have more life left in it.
Fyi.I bought a 2018 DCT last spring that came shod with Dunlop tires and it now has almost 14,000km. I was wondering the same thing as the OP. My front tire is almost to the wear bars but no cupping, and the rear appears to have more life left in it. I assumed (yeah, I know) that it was from using the excellent brakes to haul over 800 pounds to a stop. I also took a trip through northern Ontario where the roads have course pavement to combat the winter weather. That may also have contributed to the wear on the front.
I love the way my bikes ride with a new set of tires front and rear. I generally get fairly even wear so when one tire is worn out there is never too much life left on the other one. I always change them at the same time. I currently have a new set of Dunlop tires in the garage waiting to go on when I cannot squeeze any more life from the set that are currently on it.
It's not uncommon for vehicle manufacturers to have more than one OEM tire brand supplier. In past , BMW R1200RTs came with Michelins or Metzelars (or Continentals? I don't remember which.). Anyway, multiple tire suppliers is nothing new.Here, the 2018+ Goldwings came with Bridgestone or Dunlops and I have not been able to determine why he variation. The Dunlop site specifically mentions the tires have been developed for more aggressive riding and that suggests less tread life.
Quite a few of us do, the dunlop elite 4's. So far those are the only set in the exact OEM size. I have not had mine long enough to comment on how long they last but everyone is reporting great wear. I can comment in handling. They are smoother and quieter than the OEM stones. Grip both wet and dry is excellent.Do any of you run dual compound tires? Seems to me that would be a must on these bikes, considering the reported tire wear (of relatively short tire life), and how easily these bikes can gobble up the miles....