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I run a 3.50-19 Avon Speedmaster on the front of my bike. Handles fine, classic looks, plenty of clearance.
What about 18 inch on the rear??
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The Avon Safety Mileage rear is a nice match to the Speedmaster front, as is the Continental K112. Both come in the 4.00-18 size and are nice tires.
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yes that avon looks like a nice tire and I hadn't thought of them before. I am leaning towards it for the rear.
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I just purchased a set of Bridgestone S11 Spitfire tires from Dennis Kirk who beat everyone elses prices. It was hard to find a matched set with the 90/90 front and the 120/90 rear but these are the best for my 77 I could find.
P.s. The aluminum rim issue is folklore at this point. I did the research years ago and read all the original info I could find. They were never declared to be a safety issue.
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The S11 was my preferred tire from '94ish until they jacked the prices in '13. Love them, but got angry about paying 1/3rd more. It adds up fast when there are lots of horses to shoe.

I swapped to the shinko 712s and have been happy. They wear about a third faster than the s11, but are often half the price. They grip well and are fair in the rain.

I run 19/18 on my 59h, the sprint with borrani replicas, and my big flattie also with borrani replicas.

On all three, I run 100/90-19 on the front and 110/90-18 on the rear.

Keep in mind if you are a big dude you may hate these tires. I ride light bikes and am not a big dude. The shinkos work great for me. One of my buddy's is 275 and rides a GL1100. The 712s are a little squirrelly under heavy braking for him, and his tire wear rate is much higher than mine. Part of the wear is his utter disrespect for tire maintenance and the rest is cause it's a soft carcass tire and the goldwing is heavy to begin with. . No free lunch.
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On my 71 (original owner) with original aluminum rims with stainless steel spokes I have used: Dunlop D404 110/90 Rear
Dunlop D401 90/90 Front
Shinko 712R 110/90 Rear
Shinko F250 90/90 Front
Bridgestone Spitfire S111 110/90 Rear
" S111 90/90 Front
At 68 years old my footpegs don't scrape the pavement any more, so as far as handling they seem the same to me. Shinkos are by far the cheapest, almost half the Dunlops. All three have given me about the same milage from the rear tire, about 5000 miles.
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