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What is a good tire for the front of a 1995 1500 Goldwing trike with Motor Trike conversion (independent rear axle). Brands and tire numbers please and any info you have on them. Also why are specific trike tires better / different ?? Thank You !!
 

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Bridgestone Battalax BT45 in the size for your bike 130/70-18
it is a popular tire for trike riders and those of us who ride the darkside on the 1800s
it is a rear tire for a crotch rocket, it has deeper tread for longer life and has a flatter profile that works well with a trike to again extend tire life
It is the tire that I current have on the front of my 1800, love it
 
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Welcome to the forum. I am glad to see that you already have an answer to your questions.
 
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What @dsurley said.


Also Michelin makes a PilotActiv model that is similar.

Avon makes one too, but I have never tried it. Supposedly specific for trikes.


Oh, and Welcome to the GWOF
 

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Bridgestone Battalax BT45 in the size for your bike 130/70-18
it is a popular tire for trike riders and those of us who ride the darkside on the 1800s
it is a rear tire for a crotch rocket, it has deeper tread for longer life and has a flatter profile that works well with a trike to again extend tire life
It is the tire that I current have on the front of my 1800, love it
Thank you for the info! Now if I may pick your brain a little more,I have heard that when using a rear tire on the front you should run it in reverse rotation direction, what is your take on this and what pressure do you run ??
 

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You quoted @dsurley but I will offer an opinion. I have a 95 trike also, I run my tire in the correct rotation and put over 20k on my 1st one. I run typically around 39-40 lbs depending on ambient temp.

The idea of the reverse rotation is that when you are under braking, you are using the design of the tire as it is used under acceleration on the rear of a sportbike. I just never drank from that glass of koolaid. I run mine in the correct rotation.
 

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You quoted @dsurley but I will offer an opinion. I have a 95 trike also, I run my tire in the correct rotation and put over 20k on my 1st one. I run typically around 39-40 lbs depending on ambient temp.

The idea of the reverse rotation is that when you are under braking, you are using the design of the tire as it is used under acceleration on the rear of a sportbike. I just never drank from that glass of koolaid. I run mine in the correct rotation.
And how would you rate the braking on your trike? I have a Michelin PilotActiv on order and I am searching for answers to the same question I had......Which way to mount it!
 

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Like most vehicles about 3/4 of your stopping power is done by the front brakes. Having my Battlax mounted in the correct rotation, I have never felt that my braking was in anyway not acceptable. Even in rain. I just mounted mine correctly because if you looked at the grooves it makes more sense from a water shedding aspect that's all.

I copied this long ago from another site that I had belong to, but don't any longer. Maybe this will help your decision

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Per our phone conversation regarding the Michelin Pilot Activ, this tire can be used on the front of a trike mounted to run in reverse.

Many consumers use a rear tire and turn it around (tire is mounted opposite to the directional arrows on the sidewall of the tire) to be used on the front.

The rear tire tread pattern is designed for acceleration while the front tire tread pattern is designed for braking and stopping. So the tread pattern must be reversed to change it from acceleration to braking and stopping.

The rear tire is used in these applications because it provides longer wear.

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What is a good tire for the front of a 1995 1500 Goldwing trike with Motor Trike conversion (independent rear axle). Brands and tire numbers please and any info you have on them. Also why are specific trike tires better / different ?? Thank You !!
thank you all for the answers and comments, I have one more thing to ask, since this is my wife's trike , she wants to know if this tire will cause anymore steering effort ?? It has an Avon trike tire on it now and steers fairly heavy. Will the Bridgestone cause much change in effort ??
 

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Does the trike have the EZ Steer assist option???

Let me also add that my 95 does not and although it takes some muscling, I personally never had any issues. When my trike had an Elite 3 tire on it and I changed to the Battlax I did not notice any additional resistance caused by that tire change.

I hope that answers the question for you
 
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No easy steer, just stock as far as I know. She gets along ok with it now, I just didn't want it to be heavier for her. THANK YOU for your input !!
 
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