Austone Taxi Tire


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Earl43P
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Earl43P » Fri May 11, 2018 8:10 am



I'm running my second Austone Taxi Tire on my 93 GL1500I. It needs replaced, approaching the wear bars in the center tread.

My Interstate came with a single air shock. I have to keep that air shock at its maximum pressure and it does NOT bottom out with my 180 lbs. riding solo. When I say bottom out, I know that it is rubbing hard on the plastic fender liner (can see those rub marks with the tire removed).

When I add my 130 lb. wife to the back, it bottoms out much more, even on light expansion joints, like over a bridge and whatnot like pot holes and dips in the road. Very aggravating and I refuse to put up with it any longer.

For those reasons, I am going to a different car tire, likely the 195/55-16 Yoko (which I had previously run on my Valkyrie).


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Gruntled
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Gruntled » Fri May 11, 2018 10:52 am

Earl43P wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 8:10 am
I'm running my second Austone Taxi Tire on my 93 GL1500I. It needs replaced, approaching the wear bars in the center tread.

My Interstate came with a single air shock. I have to keep that air shock at its maximum pressure and it does NOT bottom out with my 180 lbs. riding solo. When I say bottom out, I know that it is rubbing hard on the plastic fender liner (can see those rub marks with the tire removed).

When I add my 130 lb. wife to the back, it bottoms out much more, even on light expansion joints, like over a bridge and whatnot like pot holes and dips in the road. Very aggravating and I refuse to put up with it any longer.

For those reasons, I am going to a different car tire, likely the 195/55-16 Yoko (which I had previously run on my Valkyrie).
Earl43P wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 8:10 am
I'm running my second Austone Taxi Tire on my 93 GL1500I. It needs replaced, approaching the wear bars in the center tread.

My Interstate came with a single air shock. I have to keep that air shock at its maximum pressure and it does NOT bottom out with my 180 lbs. riding solo. When I say bottom out, I know that it is rubbing hard on the plastic fender liner (can see those rub marks with the tire removed).

When I add my 130 lb. wife to the back, it bottoms out much more, even on light expansion joints, like over a bridge and whatnot like pot holes and dips in the road. Very aggravating and I refuse to put up with it any longer.

For those reasons, I am going to a different car tire, likely the 195/55-16 Yoko (which I had previously run on my Valkyrie).
Thanks for your feedback, it sounds like the Austone won't work for me as my wife's and my combined weight is a bit more than yours when riding double.
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Ravyn » Fri May 11, 2018 10:05 pm

Earl43P wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 8:10 am
I'm running my second Austone Taxi Tire on my 93 GL1500I. It needs replaced, approaching the wear bars in the center tread.

My Interstate came with a single air shock. I have to keep that air shock at its maximum pressure and it does NOT bottom out with my 180 lbs. riding solo. When I say bottom out, I know that it is rubbing hard on the plastic fender liner (can see those rub marks with the tire removed).

When I add my 130 lb. wife to the back, it bottoms out much more, even on light expansion joints, like over a bridge and whatnot like pot holes and dips in the road. Very aggravating and I refuse to put up with it any longer.

For those reasons, I am going to a different car tire, likely the 195/55-16 Yoko (which I had previously run on my Valkyrie).
Earl... you are the first one I have heard say the tire rubs when riding two up or with a heavy load. That tire is only about 1 inch taller then stock so that equates to 1/2 inch taller on either side. Are you telling us that the stock Honda tire is running that close a clearance ? I really don't think so. Maybe it is time for a suspension rebuild on your bike, it may be sagging way to much.

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