Sunny side vs Dark side?


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Sunny side vs Dark side?

Postby huntsman47 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:36 am



I have been wondering which tires to use on my 1500 SE (2000) and wow there are a lot of choices. I am presently running Dunlop elite #3s. From what I can gather they are not supposed to be that good for rain and seem to cup early? I have recently talked with a person from the dark side and they seem to have nothing but good to say about a car tire on the rear? Can anyone tell me why I cannot use radials on my year of bike? All your help is greatly appreciated so THANKS in advance---Dennis.



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Re: Sunny side vs Dark side?

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:05 am

I tried searching on some Darksiders forums but not a lot of very recent info, or I am looking at some older forums, I swear they are underground...hmmmm


The tire most seem to prefer because its nearly identical to the stock size in circumference is the Austone Taxi tire, its a radial, has a 6 ply sidewall.

Thats pretty good for a car tire, 4 ply is considered heavy. The next in line is the Goodyear Assurance, its what the Prius uses, can go up to a max pressure of 51 psi, and many say that is when it performs the best. Tire Rack carries the Goodyear. That may be the one I will put on the rear of my 95. I actually know very little more other than what I just posted.
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Re: Sunny side vs Dark side?

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:54 pm

Already a lot of info about tire and the Darkside here on site. It's a hot subject.

Try this link:

http://goldwingdocs.com/SearchSite.asp? ... j2433489j8
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Re: Sunny side vs Dark side?

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:27 pm

As for running radial bike tires you can, if you find them in your size. Back when your bike was designed and built radial bike tires did not exist for it.
I run the radial Austone taxi tire on the rear and a Avon Venom bias on the front (just to add to the confusion).
I didnt like the E3 , good wear but slips too easily in the rain for me. I really liked the Avon Venoms on my gl1100 ( 3 sets in a row). I am sticking with the darkside as it gives me more traction in all condition and longer tread life.
Bottom line is there is no perfect tire for everyone for every condition for every bike. 8-)
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Re: Sunny side vs Dark side?

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:53 pm

WOOO! the darkside.. here are some links lots of -and + debate...

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-g ... -tire.html

lots of tech info with lots of responses for and against...
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Re: Sunny side vs Dark side?

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:33 pm

I have two CT brands on my short list right now, the Goodyear Assurance and the Bridgestone Touranza. I prefer the latter as I actually want a stout tire on the rear, these two have that particular size that may fit the GL1500 rear, the GL1800 apparently has more room I hear.

These two I can get through Amazon, the most popular CT is still the Austone but it comes from one place, Universal Tire.
I would rather get one that is a wee bit easier to procure from most tire outlets.
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Re: Sunny side vs Dark side?

Postby redial » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:03 pm

Have you checked out Cooper Tire Co, they have a significant interest in Austone, which is a listed brand that they carry. There are many other options for Austone if that is the flavour you prefer.


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