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Well I have just a little over 9,000 miles on the 2018 and I'm down to barely 3/32" of tread left. I figure these stock tires are only good for about 10,000 miles. So now I'm starting my search for tires. There are only 2 tires every site is showing for the new wing. A set of Dunlop D423 Honda Goldwing Tires, and a set of Bridgestone G853-G Exedra Honda Goldwing Tires. The 2018+ wing has a rear 200/55/R16 and front 130/70/R18. The front tire I can get in just about any brand I want, but that huge rear tire is only made for the new wing. So I've also been weighing my option to go to the Dark Side. I tend to be aggressive when in the twisties, so my main concern is what type of Car Tire I should go with. I have been on www.darkside.nwff.info and saw that the most common size CT is a 195/55/16 for the rear. I then started listing the brands and models of tires used to see which were used the most. The following tires are what I figured were more common dark sided.

Continental ContiPro Contact 40K mile tire (replaced by)
Continental Pure Contact LS 70K mile tire.

Kumho Ecsta PA31 50K mile tire.

Bridgestone Drive Guard RF 60K mile tire.

Bridgestone Potenza Pole Position RE960AS 65K mile tire.

My question is, those of you that have the 2018+ Goldwing, what are you thinking of going with as a replacement rear tire?

For those of you that have been Dark Siding for more than 2 sets of tires, I'm curious as to what you all suggest.
 

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i Have run dark side on my ‘08 and had no issues 20+k out of each of them...ran three tires and I ran the Hankook Ventus V4 non runflat.

As far as the DCT Wing I have been curious as to what size to run because there is no 200/55/16 car tire that I could find and would be worried the DCT’s computer would throw a code or not shift right for running an improper tire size.

Let us know how you make out please.
 

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First I do not have a 2018

But I would check into a 205/50/16 as the replacement

205 makes it only a total of 5mm wider....so 2.5mm to each side..... so that should be close enough
and 205 x .50 = 102.5 sidewall height

the oem tire 200 x .55 = 110 sidewall ( I know the shape of the tire will affect this to an extent)

It would be closer in size than the 195 we all run on the earlier wings, the earlier used a narrower back tire
 
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Be aware if you're putting a hitch on, the 205 will rub.
Go with the 195.
 
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The Dunlops are much noisier than 'stones. Rougher too IMO
 

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This may not help you but I have a 2013 GL1800. I'm on the "Darkside" and have 4K+ miles on a Yokohama AVID Envigor (195/55R/16). Just got back from riding in Colorado for a week. ABSOLUTELY no problems with twistys, hairpins or wet roads. Since getting back I now have to replace my front tire. Current front tire is a Bridgestone G709 (original tire) and I've put just a few miles over 13K on it. With that mileage I'm going back with another G709.

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Update:
I went with the Bridgestone Driveguard Run Flat in a 195/55/16 with the Honda recommended 40psi in the rear tire. Up front I’m running a Bridgestone Battlax BT45 in the stock size of 130/70/18 at again stock recommended 36psi. Rides great, with short adjustment period to get used to. Got to be a little more observant to pavement conditions when riding slow, because it will want to lean with the pavement angle.
I installed the Centramatic Wheel Balancers rather than the beads, as I have had a case where the beads destroyed my TPMS.
I also installed the Rivco Trailer Hitch. However after the hitch was installed the rear tire was rubbing on the corners. So I removed the rear portion of the hitch by removing the 4 bolts holding it on. The trailing arms and vertical supports are still in place but I used the 4 bolts removed earlier to keep them from flopping around. I will be trying to figure out what size tire to go with now since the 195 is a little too wide for the trailer hitch. Comparable tire size choices for diameter are few and far between. 185, 175, and the closest of 165/60s are going to be closest to diameter, but available tires in those sizes are slim. Research, research, research.
 

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I went with the Bridgestone Driveguard Run Flat in a 195/55/16 with the Honda recommended 40psi in the rear tire. Up front I’m running a Bridgestone Battlax BT45 in the stock size of 130/70/18 at again stock recommended 36psi. Rides great, with short adjustment period to get used to. Got to be a little more observant to pavement conditions when riding slow, because it will want to lean with the pavement angle.
I installed the Centramatic Wheel Balancers rather than the beads, as I have had a case where the beads destroyed my TPMS.
I also installed the Rivco Trailer Hitch. However after the hitch was installed the rear tire was rubbing on the corners. So I removed the rear portion of the hitch by removing the 4 bolts holding it on. The trailing arms and vertical supports are still in place but I used the 4 bolts removed earlier to keep them from flopping around. I will be trying to figure out what size tire to go with now since the 195 is a little too wide for the trailer hitch. Comparable tire size choices for diameter are few and far between. 185, 175, and the closest of 165/60s are going to be closest to diameter, but available tires in those sizes are slim. Research, research, research.
Surprised ! The stock rear tire on the 2018 looks pretty fat. It is a 200/55/16. Does the stock tire rub on the hitch ?

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Many of us have been "darkside" for years. Search or go to "1800 Darksiders only". You can get an idea of what we have been using for years...Isaac
 

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I have been a Darksider for 10+ years! I have a 2018 DCT Tour. I run the 205 Bridgestone Driveguard RF car tire. Overall, an excellent tire, no rubbing, just knee scraping at every turn! :grin2:
 

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I was told that the 205 would rub with a trailer hitch, and that the guy saying that was running a 195. I got a different trailer hitch than what the other person had, and with the 195 I rub slightly on the corners of the tire solo, more so with a passenger. So I need to make some measurements and go to a skinnier tire so that I don’t rub.
 

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The 195x60 size is a good fit and is basically the same diameter as the stock wheel. I use Federal and Achilles tires and pretty much run 40-45k. This is on trike or 2 wheel however I don't follow standard darksider opinions and find the ride and longevity a plus by doing so. Nuff said :)
 

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Vegas, I would run the Bridgestone Drive Guard RF car tire! I have a 205 on mine & it’s amazing in ALL road conditions! Does not slip on anything!!
 

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What do you guys do for the tpms if ran at lower psi ?
Is there a way to change the setting so that it does not come on at 38 psi?
Would like to run 35 ish psi.
 
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