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been reading about this here and there.. there've been reports of rapid deflation on Goldwing tires.. looks like Clutch and Chrome magazine is reporting on it now:

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http://www.clutchandchrome.com/News/MotorcycleNews0907008.htm

Harley-Davidson, Honda and Goodyear Dunlop should investigate a number of motorcycle crashes involving sudden deflation of Goodyear Dunlop D402 and other tires, attorney Billy Edwards said today. The tires, installed as original equipment or sold as replacement tires on touring and cruiser motorcycles, may need to be recalled, he added.

Five more instances of sudden deflation of the Dunlop D402 tire have been reported to the safety website, UnsafeMotorcycles.com, he noted. Four of the incidents involved Harley-Davidson classic touring motorcycles and one involved a Honda GL 1800. All occurred in the last 13 months, he said. The latest incident occurred in Marino Valley, CA, he said. Others have been reported in Massachusetts, Texas and Georgia, he said.

"We believe this is the tip of the iceberg. The defect in these tires appears to be worsening as the tires age, leading to more instances of sudden deflation and serious injury," Edwards said.

These reports join at least two lawsuits filed recently involving allegations of Goodyear Dunlop tire deflations, one in Butte, MT, the other in Atlanta, GA.

According to the allegations described in a lawsuit in the Butte, MT crash, a defect in the bead seat area of the tire allowed excessive leakage of air leading to a "sudden and catastrophic deflation" of the tire. Stephen Gageby, Butte, MT, was killed, and his wife was seriously injured in the resulting crash, the suit says.

The Georgia suit was filed in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, Athens Division,(Case no. 3:09-cv-74 ), and involved the death of a passenger Patricia Morris. Among other things, the suit alleges Harley-Davidson knew it was "false and misleading" to represent that its 2007 FLHTCU and its tires were safe for carrying up to two riders weighing more than 250 pounds each, plus their cargo and motorcycle accessories.

The Montana suit (Cause No. DV-08- 480) was filed Nov. 10, 2008, in the Second Judicial District Court, Butte Silver-Bow County. Attorneys representing the Gageby estate are Michael McKeon, with the law firm of McKeon and Anderson, PC, Butte, MT, and Billy Edwards, with the Edwards Law Firm, Corpus Christi, TX.
 

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... Howdy ... 96 ... Thank You For The Heads Up ... I Hope Goodyear Dunlop Will Issue A Recall On Those Tires Before Anyone Else Gets Killed Or Injured ... I Am Going To Contact The Tire Companies And Ask That They Step Up And Recall The Tires And Ask Others To Do The Same Before Any More Mishaps ... Happy Trails ...
 

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Welcome to the forum and thanks for the heads up on this issue. I'm sure many riders will be following this to see what is done to eliminate the problem.
 

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hello and welcome to GWOF 96goldy. that some good info you have there. anyone putting a d402 tire on a wing or a harley dresser should look at the load rating of the tire before doing so, the load rating is on the low side and with a fully loaded bike you may exceed the load rating of the tires. dunlop e3's may cost more but handle better wet or dry and have a higher load rating. anyone looking for a d402 there is a almost new one in my backyard with less than 125 miles on it
 

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The Dunlop D402 is NOT an OEM Gold Wing tire.
 

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no the 402 is not an oem wing tire but some people replace their tires with them. when i got my 1200 wing the rear tire was bald and the front wasn't much better so i got the 402 rear so i could ride, it was near the end of riding season. when spring came and it was time to replace the front the guy's at the shop told me why i wanted the e3's so i got two new tires
 

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Dunlop K177's were the OEM tire for the GL1500.
 

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This is valuable and scarey:eek: info...glad to have an open forum to find out about this stuff!.....:)
 

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I guess that's what good about having a TPMS on a bike, the 09's come stock with it but there are several after market one's you can buy and add on.
 

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i looked at the dunlop in the garage yesterday, it's a 404 and the load rating is still too low for a fully loaded wing with a passenger. i was on another forum the other day and a guy had 404 dunlop's on his 1200 wing and had deflation problems. said he put the max recomended pressure in the tires and while on a road trip with his wife the the rear felt funny. checking the tire it only had 32lbs of air in it. he felt it was unsafe to try and make it home and got a new e-3 tire on the road
 
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