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Darkside List: Which tires fit which model Goldwing

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There's been a request for a centralized list of which tires fit which models of Goldwing. I figured a topic dedicated to this can't hurt.

If you have a car tire on your Goldwing, and it fits and works well, please list it here for others to refer to. Include the size of tire, and any notes about it.

I'll start, with the ubiquitous Austone Taxi Tire for all models GL1500. It's size is 175R16, which gives it a diameter slightly larger than stock. Because of this, you can encounter a bit of rubbing on the inner fender at full suspension travel. I modified my fender by warming it with a heat gun and pushing it upwards a very slight amount, which gave the clearance needed for the tire.

Goldwing: All GL1500's
Tire: Austone Taxi Tire
Size: 175R16
Air pressure used: 47psi
Notes: May need slight modification to inner fender for fit

The Austone version of this taxi tire (itself a clone of the original Dunlop) is no longer available in the US, but there are other Dunlop Taxi Tire clones available:

Maxxis Taxi Tire:
https://www.universaltire.com/maxxis-ti ... kwall.html


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This tire fits 1500 but probably rubs more than the Austone. It's 27.2 diam. vs Austone 26.8 diam..
It might do good for sidecars.
ODYKING 175R16 - $53 - 6 ply (stiffer than Austone) and stocked in the USA.
I looked and inquired for tread depth (for possible tread shaving) none found.


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The Austone (IIRC) had a 6ply sidewall. Mine never rubbed anywhere, not even that little 'flap'. I found the sweet spot for me @48 psi.
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GL1800

Bridgestone Driveguard Runflat 195/55-16 at 30psig is a commonly used version.
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GL1500

Before the Taxi Tire became the popular choice, the Vredestein was often used. It went away for a while but looks like it may be back:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.js ... &tab=Specs
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Andy Cote wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:43 am GL1500

Before the Taxi Tire became the popular choice, the Vredestein was often used. It went away for a while but looks like it may be back:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.js ... &tab=Specs
$291/tire is kind of high, especially compared to the Maxxis Blackwell Taxi tire @ ~$200, but not that much higher compared to something like a Dunlop Elite 4 @ $260.
If mileage on the Vredestein has mileage similar to the Taxi tire, it makes it more attractive.
It does look like the Vredestein is a little taller than the Maxxis (27.5" vs 26.9" listed on sites), which would make it even more likely to rub on most 1500's.
I know several have also said that with the Taxi tire the rear tire is just touching the ground on the center stand. For me, I have < 1/4 inch between the tire and the ground while on the center stand.
It is easier to get on the center stand with the taller tire though (I can actually do it while sitting on the bike.
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I installed a Westlake RP18 195/60-16 in May of 2021 on an '89 gl and put ~3000 miles on it.
It rubbed a spot on the inner fender a bit so just used a heat gun to strech the area a bit and no more contact.
The sidewall of this tire is probably 2 ply
(didnt look). Under general riding if was ok but once I spirited up the riding the tire complained, aggressively!
I upped the pressure from the stated max of 44psi to 50 psi and that settled it quite a bit. It still complains in aggressive cornering. To me it feels like a low tire so the sidewalls are flexing too much.
Ill probably use this tire till it wears out because it's not that bad but will look for a tire with more sidewall plies next to compare.
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FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH...
I tried to order 4 (minimum amount) of Austone tires from china. 'Chat' said there's restrictions our Gov. placed on imported tires.
Further checking with the import restrictions, found any tire imported MUST be DOT certified or it will be confiscated.
Most of us know anything confiscated is eventually sold at US Gov auctions then that buyer can resell or use 'X' in the States. Talk about 'Mob Racketeering'. :shock:
Also, found a 'broker' is highly suggested to import this purchase since they take care of all the paperwork & fees, which only adds to the overall cost.
So now I can understand somewhat the high cost of Austone's at Universal Tire. Still with all the extra fees, U.T. is still about100bucks over their cost.

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Any ideas of a car tire that works on a 1978 GL1000? I have a sidecar on this bike and don't really need to be able to corner anyway, and it wears out the motorcycle tires to quickly.

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Did not see any listings for GL1800 2005. I would go to the darkside but need more info.
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jerryd15 wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:13 am Did not see any listings for GL1800 2005. I would go to the darkside but need more info.
Post #4 for GL1800.
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mach1970 wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:40 am Any ideas of a car tire that works on a 1978 GL1000? I have a sidecar on this bike and don't really need to be able to corner anyway, and it wears out the motorcycle tires to quickly.

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Rob
There are more difficulties with a 15" MC wheel. If you swap to a 16" wheel, e.g., GL1500, then it becomes very doable.
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GL1800

Pirelli P1 run flat
Pirelli Snow Control run flat
Yokohama Avid Envigor run flat
Hankook Optimo H426


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