GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside


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GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby 2manywings » Sat Apr 11, 2015 1:35 pm



I'm not looking for a big long drawn-out discussion, but just some feedback from some sidecar owners who have gone to the darkside. I have a '99 GL1500 / Hannigan rig and am looking to go longer between tire changes. My question is... Have any of you used a 175/60R-16 Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max SL tire, and if so what are your thoughts? This seems to be the latest tire of choice. Or is there a better choice. Any feedback would be appreciated.



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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby CCjon » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:46 am

That is the tire I mounted on my '94 Wing with Champion sidecar about 1000 miles ago. Am very pleased with it so far.
Am planning a cross country ride in June so can offer a better review in a couple of months.

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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby 2manywings » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:21 am

Thanks much for the reply. I did get it installed on the bike and all went well. It did lower the back of the bike by almost an inch, but I'll just bump up the pressure in the suspension to compensate. I think it'll be fine. Always like to get as much info as possible before venturing into un- familiar territory. Thanks again for your input... I'm very thankful!

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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby CCjon » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:35 pm

Would like to hear of your experience with that tire too. We can share reports later in the summer.

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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby SIDECARRICH » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:13 pm

I wish I did it sooner, have a 99 with CSC FSIII hack, running the 175/60-16 GoodYear for about 15k now and looks like I can get another 15k and a BT45 Bridgestone on the front in reverse about 11k and doing fine!

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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby CCjon » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:01 pm

Have about 13,000 with the Goodyear on the rear and a BT45 up front, GY not down to the wear bars yet. BT looking good. Ran the GY on low pressure for a couple thousand miles when I picked up a nail.screw/thorn/whatever... The Ride-On sealant stopped it from going completely flat and held after I aired up the tire. Whatever I picked up is still in the tire, but not leaking air now.

I expect those thousands of low pressure miles running will reduce the overall miles I can get from this tire. Happened on a 48 state Iron Butt ride, so was racking up miles every day from dark to dark.

Have no complaints on either tire so far. They handled the grooved or milled concrete just fine.

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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby Fireball » Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:20 pm

I have had a 94 1500 with a champion escort side car for a bit over a year. Had a federal formoza? on it when I bought it and I put over 13,000 miles on it with a bt45 up front. I just replaced the rear tire with the good year assurance and a new bt45 up front. I think some cupping is expected up front as mine got pretty bad at the end but I could have been more diligent on keeping up with the air pressure.Love the combo and rides great.

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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby CCjon » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:23 pm

Fireball, the Goodyear/BT45 is a good combo, think you will like it. Have not experienced any cupping yet on the BT45 front after 13,000 miles. Am running 36 psi front and back. Installed those pressure stem caps that indicate if your tire pressure goes below a certain point. Helps to easily and quickly keep an eye on tire pressure. Too bad it is so difficult to see the rear tire stem cap. Have considered getting a tire monitoring system for that tire only.

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Re: GL1500 sidecar rig going darkside

Postby Fireball » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:57 pm

Hmm my first BT45 cupped pretty good... Slightly at 10,000 but it was done at 13,000 though it may have had slightly more as it was on the bike when I bought. I really assumed it was from having the side car as I can feel it scuff at times(I do ride it hard) and I could have been more diligent at keeping up on the air pressure. That being said my rig is completely set up for the side car and handles great, I can let go of the bars and she tracks straight.

My side car tire recently broke a belt and after looking it was made in 1999, then my rear tire which was down to the bars starting going flat so the it was time for tires.The cycle shop refused to mount the car tire unitl i mentioned i had a side car lol.With all three new tires it rides sooooo smooth. They did however love the rig and complimented how well it handled.




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