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Old 08-24-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Hi,

Heading out Thursday (a few days). Honda Goldwing 1500. It's a 1991. I plan on 750/day. Done my research (sure I have)...

Anyway, I have considered putting a "moe aggressive" rear tire on for the Dalton Highway. I have contacted two shops in Fairbanks to do it.

Both said no. One said they don't work on Hondas. The second, a Honda dealer said the don't do work on 1991 Hondas. Too old.

So, anyone know of a mechanic that might install a car tire with more tread on my bike in early Sept?

Or, should I not even be thinking along those lines?

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Old 08-25-2014, 07:27 AM   #2
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:29 AM   #3
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no one will install a car tire on your motorcycle, and then admit it online.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #4
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Not sure why you want to go with a car tire. Seems to me you should be able to find a "more aggressive" tire that will fit. You can tire slime it and have fix a flat if you are worried about a puncture. Bring a spare tire too if you want, many do that.

Overall in my opinion, on that bike, you really aren't any better off on gravel with a different tire, especially not changing it just for that area.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:31 PM   #5
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Why a more aggressive tire on the rear? If just one "more aggressive" tire, I'd have it on the front. That is if you are looking for more traction, not more miles. I'd rather be able to brake and steer than just forward notion. I have found that on gravel/dirt the rear tire makes little different, mud the rear is important. But do you really plan to take a GW in mud?
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:43 PM   #6
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Gold Wings can't do the Dalton... Just ask ALCAN Rider... Or ask the fella on a Gold Wing that Jack led up to Deadhorse. Towed a trailer as far as Coldfoot, then got a speeding ticket just south of Deadhorse for doing somewhere north of 70 MPH.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:57 PM   #7
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I saw two goldwings truckin on the the dalton, I'm pretty sure dan refuses to work on Hondas, especially a goldwing. Spoke with him on the subject once upon a time.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:07 PM   #8
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Why a more aggressive tire on the rear? If just one "more aggressive" tire, I'd have it on the front. ... be able to brake and steer ...
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:34 PM   #9
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I distinctly remember Dan telling me "no harley, and no hondas" while i was there.

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Old 08-26-2014, 10:18 AM   #10
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Dan has great taste in bikes and really likes DRs! I found that out when he replaced a bearing on my DR that was making noise after I returned to Fairbanks from a ride on the Dalton Hwy. He really went the extra mile and saved my bacon, for sure. Now I carry extra bearings in my tool kit when I go on long rides.

AlcanRider sometimes rides with a car tire on his dual-sport Goldwing. I think it's a snow tire.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:56 AM   #11
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Dan has great taste in bikes and really likes DRs! I found that out when he replaced a bearing on my DR that was making noise after I returned to Fairbanks from a ride on the Dalton Hwy. He really went the extra mile and saved my bacon, for sure. Now I carry extra bearings in my tool kit when I go on long rides.

AlcanRider sometimes rides with a car tire on his dual-sport Goldwing. I think it's a snow tire.
Must have been drinking heavily that week.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:37 PM   #12
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Not sure why you want to go with a car tire. Seems to me you should be able to find a "more aggressive" tire that will fit. You can tire slime it and have fix a flat if you are worried about a puncture. Bring a spare tire too if you want, many do that.

Overall in my opinion, on that bike, you really aren't any better off on gravel with a different tire, especially not changing it just for that area.
Just a guess... that you haven't "dual-sported" a Wing all that much, especially over that road. Slime and/or Fix-a-flat won't help much when a rock puts a one inch cut in the tread or sidewall. And if you sat alongside the Haul Road watching, you'd see a very, very tiny percentage carrying a spare. In fact, I don't ever recall seeing anyone carrying one on the Haul Road. Not wise up there, where keeping your balance can already be a chore in some spots.

It doesn't have to be a knobby or snow tread, although that seems to be what most darksiders prefer. Just a tire made to carry all the loads that might be imposed on it offers a safety margin that can be very crucial when you're hundreds of miles from help.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:57 PM   #13
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I may have seen the OP today, as I was heading south in my work truck near Pump 7. There was a tan/beige Wing riding with a Strom/Versys type bike heading north. When you guys got to the stretch north of the Yukon where DOT was watering the shit out of the road, I hope you did OK. My pickup was all over the road, as it was slick as snot. Good luck!

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Old 09-14-2014, 11:10 PM   #14
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Any follow up, OP? Did you make it?

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He made it................

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