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Did you settle on a tire? I run a 155 16 R van tire. I've done 40,000 miles and it's time for a new one. The present tire makes the gearing higher than stock which means slipping the clutch to move away. The clutch has stood the abuse but ideally a smaller circumference would be easier.

What is your sidecar? Look's very stylish from the rear.
 

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OK my Austone Taxi tire is ordered.
 

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I have spent several months researching this subject and I was just about to pull the trigger on the Austone when I found out it was being discontinued. They have some, but the future of that tire is bleak. I did not want to fall in love with a tire I could not replace, so I went with the Nokian C Line Cargo 185/75R16C D/8PR. It has a load rating of 1800lbs. I figure it should hold up to anything I throw at it and be stiff enough to eliminate the wallow that some car tires can have. I have read of others running this or similar tires and having good luck with it. Price was not too bad at $131 and free shipping from tires-easy.com
 

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Look at simple tire for a 175/75R16 (oem size) or a 185/75R16 (Austone size).
They will be a van/truck type tire,
 

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Sidecar Tires

We just acquired a 98 Gl/Sidecar rig. It's going to need tires and soon. What is the current choice for the rear? A search here brought up a recommendation for the Austone Taxi tire.
I have a 95 GL1500 with a Hannigan astro 2+2 and get excellent mileage and handling using a Goodyear Assurance 175/60 R16 on the rear. I get 21K on this rear tire and I am on my 3rd one. This tire is about 3/4 inch smaller in diameter than the original tire and changes the Rev's about 300 RPM higher in all gears. No effect on gas mileage since the car tire has much lower rolling resistance. I like the higher Revs, since at about 35MPH I was always sort of between gears and the smaller tire fixed that.

FYI I also use a Continental 130/70-18 M/C Bias ply ContiGO on the front. This is a rear tire that is mounted backwards since it's on the front. It has about 1/8 inch deeper tread than a front and I get about 11-12K on these.

Gerry
 

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Might be true. A "wider" contact patch has lower rolling resistance than a "longer" one.
 

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Taxi tire arrived. Looks pretty nice. I found a deal on a Bridgestone 709 for the front. I'll try that combo for a while to see if I like it.
Right now I'm cleaning up the front wheel with some Boms-Away that I have had on the shelf. It's amazing how that stuff cuts through the oxidation.
How someone can let the wheels get so bad is beyond me.
 

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Taxi tire arrived. Looks pretty nice. I found a deal on a Bridgestone 709 for the front. I'll try that combo for a while to see if I like it.
Right now I'm cleaning up the front wheel with some Boms-Away that I have had on the shelf. It's amazing how that stuff cuts through the oxidation.
How someone can let the wheels get so bad is beyond me.

Are you going to use dyna beads or static weights? If you go with the beads, be careful not to slosh a bunch of bead lubricant inside the tire, it could cause the beads to clump up. They're very small little guys. After seating the bead, I had to let the air out of the tire so I can get it past the final drive. Some people don't. Not sure why that is but ya never know. You may experience a little bit of a new feeling when going into long turns. This will pass once you get used to it.
 

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Are you going to use dyna beads or static weights? If you go with the beads, be careful not to slosh a bunch of bead lubricant inside the tire, it could cause the beads to clump up. They're very small little guys. After seating the bead, I had to let the air out of the tire so I can get it past the final drive. Some people don't. Not sure why that is but ya never know. You may experience a little bit of a new feeling when going into long turns. This will pass once you get used to it.
Gonna start with the static weights. Not worried about the handling as it's a sidecar rig. However I do run a CT on my 1800 and love it.
 

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Hello everyone, (Help!)

I have a '95 SE and I haul almost everything I own behind me in a '92 camper/trailer. I put 30k miles on the bike in the last year, at least 1/3 of the time hauling the camper. I'm on my third set of tires and I'm tired of having to replace them every few months. Most of my riding is flat, and I'm not a speed demon in the curves, though moderate speed is fun. I want to go dark, but after reading, and reading, I'm more confused than when I started, oddly enough. I want a run flat (can't afford to go into a ditch again - once is enough) that is stable in curves and is reliable. I know everyone has differing ideas, and most of the posts I've found about what tires are usable are old. Anyone have new information about what tire would be good in my situation? I'm riding 500 miles this week to visit family and will need to change the tire there. (Small town.)

What I'd like to see is your concise list of CT (sizes) that you KNOW, and perhaps a rating first to last? Is that doable?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Yogi,
The Austone Tax Tire used to be the single most popular tire for the 1500.
but Universal tire is trying to cut back on importing it from the UK.
https://www.universaltire.com/175r16-austone-taxi-black.html


Here are some links of tires that some folks have used.
https://ssl.delti.com/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=135&Cookie=froogle&details=Ordern&typ=R-139954&ranzahl=4&nichtweiter=1

Here is a thread that discusses all the tires being used as of the date of that thread
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/3136201-post3.html

here is another thread
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-goldwing-technical-forum/594513-why-michelin-primacy-alpin-pa3-rf-zp-195-55-16-a.html#post4327170

that link is to a single post, you will have to scroll backwards to find the questions that I referenced.

this is a threads dedicated to the Austone
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/5-general-motorcycle-discussion-forum/374422-austone-taxi-tire-1500-a.html

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-goldwing-technical-forum/507593-austone-wear-pics-18-000-miles.html

more threads
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/5-general-motorcycle-discussion-forum/504858-darksider-porn-you-want-look.html

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/5-general-motorcycle-discussion-forum/562729-dunlop-graspic-ds-3-175-60-r16.html

a Goodyear tire
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-goldwing-technical-forum/395445-gl1500-car-tire-impressions.html

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-goldwing-technical-forum/443201-gl1500-front-tire-selection-question.html#post3028793

This is a list of all the tires that Universal sells as of today
http://www.sylmar.ca/autoville/tires/universal.html
 

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I also have a 95 SE; mine has a Hannigan 2+2 Sidecar attached that weights 350+ Lbs. I use a Goodyear Turanza 175/60R16 that I get a consistent 20 to 22K miles between changes. I also have a spare rear wheel that I use to cut down the time it tales to change the tire.

If you want to call me and discuss what other things I have done tire wise, my phone # is 386-763-zero zero one zero. Leave a message with your phone # if you happen to get my answering Machine. I am very happy with the tire mileage on my rig which probably weights at least as much as yours with a passenger and luggage.

Gerry
 
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