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As soon as the E-3 on the rear of my 1500 wears down I want to go darkside, looking for recommendations for longevity and price, but most importantly safety. Have been reading the different threads but most I found were old, want current thoughts please. I do want to do this but I want to know what works best. Does anybody darkside the front as well? Not sure what kinda mileage to expect from the E-3 yet.
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DaveO430 used to run Michelin Primacy Alpin RF tires,

and I still do. They were getting hard to find because they are an all season tire, and only stocked in the fall/winter seasons. So, I bought two of them.

I think the 2nd one is going to be out of date before I wear out the one that is on the bike now.
It still looks like new, and has 14,000 miles on it.

It is a great tire, feels similar to the E3 that was on it before....
Except that it wants to stand up in the corners and go straight....

Once you get used to that, you forget what kind of tire is on the bike.

I really enjoy that hydroplaning is a thing of the past, not so with E3 tires. There was an E3 on the rear of my 1800 and it slid out sideways on me at least six times before I took it off. Never again, will I run a so called m/c tire on the rear of an 1800. They are just simply too dangerous IMO for me.

I ride with a hard throttle and the E3 will go sideways doing that...
With the RF Michelin, I can ride around my six acres of wet grass with impunity, not so with the E3 that was on it. It would just dig in and make ruts in the ground.
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How expensive is that tire roughly
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How expensive is that tire roughly
Doesn't matter, you can't use it. People have used a 175/60 16 on 1500s but I don't think they make that size anymore. Most use the austone taxi tire, not sure what size it is.

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I could not find that alpine, would this be feasible?
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It is a great tire, feels similar to the E3 that was on it before....
Except that it wants to stand up in the corners and go straight....

Once you get used to that, you forget what kind of tire is on the bike.
I really wondered for a long time what people were talking about that said that. From the first car tire I ran back in 2008 & for 150,000+ miles of running car tires I never had that feeling. I think I finally figured it out, if you try to keep you body straight up instead of leaning with the bike it seems to do that.

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Dave,

it tends to do that even when I make a point of staying vertical to the plane of the bike.

but, for the most part, I set up straight and let the bike lean under me.
I do that out of habit because it allows the bike to handle crosswinds much more effectively than the rider trying to "stick with the bike"...

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As soon as the E-3 on the rear of my 1500 wears down I want to go darkside, looking for recommendations for longevity and price, but most importantly safety. Have been reading the different threads but most I found were old, want current thoughts please. I do want to do this but I want to know what works best. Does anybody darkside the front as well? Not sure what kinda mileage to expect from the E-3 yet.

and, I have a big "Oops" on my post, I completely overlooked that you have a 1500.

The Austone Taxi tire is the most popular, although there are a few others that have been used.

found my bookmarks:

Car Tires on 1500s



1500 Dark Side question GWRRA

1500 Darkside tire- Dunlop 17560-16

175R16 Austone Taxi Tire - Dunlop Radial Tires - Dunlop Tires

2262009 Car Tire on a 1500

3022008 Has anyone fitted car (auto) tires to their 1500

3072008 Using radial car tires on a GL1500 - My thread I started abo (...)

3222008 Car tires on Bikes

3262008 Car Tire on Rear of 1500

4222009 CAR TIRE on 1500 the Master List thread

9102008 Car tire in rear of 1500 goldwing - asks the question no answ (...)

Car Tire on a GL 1500 mentions a car tire that fits the OEM wheel

Dunlop Austere 175R-16

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Federal Forenza FD2 Car Tire on GL1500 - good reports

Good tire for GL1500 Goodyear Assurance 175/60/16

GWRRA Message Board No Flames Please CT thread

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HT wheels - Harry Tarzian - ADVrider

Review, GL1500 w 1756016 Dunlop Wintersport ROF Radial - GL1800Riders

tires-easy.com - Details Federal FORMOZA FD2 17560 R16 82H BSW

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Using radial car tires on a GL1500 - My thread aboutTarzan's modificat (...)

What car tire fits a 1500 rear

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Where to order the Austone Tire

GL1500 Car Tire Impressions - Review of mine

GL1500 Front tire selection question -See update post #5

Car Tire Sizes for GL1500 see posts 384, 385

Austone Taxi Tire for the 1500

Austone negative comment

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GL1500 darkside options -

Dunlop Graspic DS-3 will fit 1500

175R16 Austone Taxi Tire - Dunlop Radial Tires - Dunlop Tires

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Dunlop Graspic DS-3 175 60-R16 - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

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I have been going through those posts, I want current views on tires available and being used now by our members. Things could have changed and some of those tires might not be available. I want to look at what at what's good now, not then. I thought about the Austone but I want something easier to find. If I were to have a flat that can't be fixed, I want to find 1 without waiting on shipping
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For the 1500 I think the Austone is the only option in the 175/60X16 size. I was a user of the Dunnie ROF in the 175 size . I loved the way that tire rode, but alas as mentioned it seems to be unavailable in the states now .
If I recall correctly Dusty boots claims to have run a 195 size tire on his 1500 . I have no idea how to squeeze it down to a 3.5" wide rim ? You might try to PM Dusty , I think he's more likely to answer on the NAGW pages.

Dave, I just purchased the 1800 from Halfling which has a Michie 195 . I aired it to 45, what I used to run the Dunnie ROF on 1500. It definitely would stand the bike up . I let the pressure down to 40 and its much better. I will drop a few more PSI as I learn this bikes particulars..

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