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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:50 pm



hugger-4641 wrote:
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I quite often practice my high speed maneuvering skills by slaloming the reflectors on the 4 lane highway near my house late at night when no one else is around. If I do this at 70mph, I am really throwing the bike back and forth pretty hard.


??? After Dark?

I have quit riding after dark, too many 4 footed critters that wander into the road, and I don't bounce as well as I used to.


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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by patbrandon1 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:50 pm

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Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:31 pm

I mount all my own tires - and while I've done it in my garage with tire irons and sweat, I now cheat a bit - I have a friend with a professional motorcycle tire mounting machine in his shop.
Does your buddy need any more friends? ;) Or I could have my lovely lady friend make him a pie or cookies. I want to try a Darkside tire once to check it out. But I fear that mounting it myself may prove too challenging, because from what I understand they can be a little tight to get on. Do you know if any dealerships might do this, or do you think it would be a liability they wouldn't want? :?:

Although Strongsville, is 260 miles away from me, my Wing, a tire, and myself (along with the pie and cookies of course) could make it there in about 3 hours. And tell your friend for me that Annie's cookies and pie are really, really good.

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:54 am

I used to get my Taxi Tire - HERE

I have a Harbor Freight tire changer and do all my own tires, including run flat.







Here is the Yok run flat mounted with a worn Dunlop E3 behind it. ....





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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:59 am

patbrandon1 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:50 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:31 pm

I mount all my own tires - and while I've done it in my garage with tire irons and sweat, I now cheat a bit - I have a friend with a professional motorcycle tire mounting machine in his shop.
Does your buddy need any more friends? ;) Or I could have my lovely lady friend make him a pie or cookies. I want to try a Darkside tire once to check it out. But I fear that mounting it myself may prove too challenging, because from what I understand they can be a little tight to get on. Do you know if any dealerships might do this, or do you think it would be a liability they wouldn't want? :?:

Although Strongsville, is 260 miles away from me, my Wing, a tire, and myself (along with the pie and cookies of course) could make it there in about 3 hours. And tell your friend for me that Annie's cookies and pie are really, really good.


I may be wrong, but AFAIK, there are no CTs that fit a 1200, unless you change out your rim (and possibly final drive?) for that of one from a 1500

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by bellboy40 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:08 am

patbrandon1 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:50 pm
snip... Although Strongsville, is 260 miles away from me, my Wing, a tire, and myself (along with the pie and cookies of course) could make it there in about 3 hours. And tell your friend for me that Annie's cookies and pie are really, really good.
That is some pretty fast traveling! :shock: I don't know about averaging almost 87 mph in those 260 miles.

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by hugger-4641 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:07 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:50 pm
hugger-4641 wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:28 pm
I quite often practice my high speed maneuvering skills by slaloming the reflectors on the 4 lane highway near my house late at night when no one else is around. If I do this at 70mph, I am really throwing the bike back and forth pretty hard.


??? After Dark?

I have quit riding after dark, too many 4 footed critters that wander into the road, and I don't bounce as well as I used to.
Yeah, I have had some close calls on some two lane roads. But after 30+ years of driving the same roads, you do get some idea where the most likely places to see them are. I've got a bottoms near my home that is about two miles of bridges and swamps, but has 4 lanes, a middle emergency lane and two full lanes for shoulders. It's about as safe a place as you're going to find to play around at night or day.
I also added some fog lights to my forks that are pointed outward to see the sides of the road better. They have saved me a couple times by letting me see deer that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by patbrandon1 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:40 am

bellboy40 wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:08 am
That is some pretty fast traveling! :shock: I don't know about averaging almost 87 mph in those 260 miles.
Yes it is a pretty fast average. These Wings like higher RPMs right? And if a guy were to help me change and mount a tire, I would want those cookies and pie to be as fresh as possible for him. ;)

After seeing it in your reply, I believe I meant to hit the 4 key instead of the 3 key. My fat fingers got in the way I think. :oops:

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by bellboy40 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:25 pm

patbrandon1 wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:40 am
bellboy40 wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:08 am
That is some pretty fast traveling! :shock: I don't know about averaging almost 87 mph in those 260 miles.
Yes it is a pretty fast average. These Wings like higher RPMs right? And if a guy were to help me change and mount a tire, I would want those cookies and pie to be as fresh as possible for him. ;)

After seeing it in your reply, I believe I meant to hit the 4 key instead of the 3 key. My fat fingers got in the way I think. :oops:
LOL!! Yes, you wouldn't want to serve the guy some stale cookies or some old pie! That reminds me, I need to pester my wife for some more of those chocolate chips cookies of hers. Yummy. :D

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Wing--Man » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:04 pm

For what it is worth, measurements are approximate.
Gives you an idea what the contact patch looks like.
Front tire is a rear tire.
Rear tire is the Austone.
Snow depth, about 1/2 inch.


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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by MarkSki » Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:32 pm

I have Continental 195x55R16 on my smart car. I have 68,000 miles on these tires and I drive this car on back roads like a go-cart. I have never rotated the tires and the right rear is now shot. The other three are about 3/4 used but not at the wear/replace marks.

The grip is great on wet and dry roads. Another tire some might consider.

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by RBGERSON » Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:29 pm

So what's the difference between Yokohama Avid ENVigor ZPS 195/55R16 and the Yokohama Avid ENVigor 195/55R16..other than it's a lot cheaper..what does the run flat give you in everday riding over teh non-run fat???

Alos there are several brands that sell that size why do darksiders stick with the YOKO or Austone???

Also it seems going from 160/80/16 to 195/55/16 is a big change.thsi runs on the 1500's right?? not just 1800's???
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:39 pm

The run flats and the Austone have much stiffer sidewalls, so there isn't near the flex of a 'normal' car tire, which I found lead to rather squirrely handling, especially exiting corners somewhat aggressively!
The Yok 195/55RF16 ENVigor run flat fit on my 1500 (very tight fit) while others reported it wouldn't

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by RBGERSON » Tue May 01, 2018 8:12 am

BY tight you mean width wise close to the swing arm/brake brackets etc. so it sounds like auto is a fender rub issue and the yoko swing arm issues are possible..wonder if it's a year to year issue with teh yoko as it works with some and not others..any difference in swing arms year to year??

Second question if I can't find a shop to install the tire..how hard is to do by hand IE tire irons..
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by WingAdmin » Tue May 01, 2018 8:23 am

RBGERSON wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 8:12 am
BY tight you mean width wise close to the swing arm/brake brackets etc. so it sounds like auto is a fender rub issue and the yoko swing arm issues are possible..wonder if it's a year to year issue with teh yoko as it works with some and not others..any difference in swing arms year to year??

Second question if I can't find a shop to install the tire..how hard is to do by hand IE tire irons..
Have a look at How to remove and remount your tires. While it's definitely doable....it's HARD work. You will be sweating by the end of it. If you have somewhere that will mount it for you, I highly recommend going that route.

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Dusty Boots » Tue May 01, 2018 9:37 pm

RBGERSON wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 8:12 am
BY tight you mean width wise close to the swing arm/brake brackets etc. so it sounds like auto is a fender rub issue and the yoko swing arm issues are possible..wonder if it's a year to year issue with teh yoko as it works with some and not others..any difference in swing arms year to year??

Second question if I can't find a shop to install the tire..how hard is to do by hand IE tire irons..
By a tight fit, I mean .....











I didn't have any rub issues with the Yok!







As for your question about changing tires with spoons..... it's been so long I can't remember! :P





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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Stew » Wed May 02, 2018 12:16 am

I was looking at different 16" tires the other day and ran across one that's a 185 width, which is a little wider than the Austone's 175. It looks to be ever so slightly taller than the Austone as well. It's the Vredestein Sprint Classic. Just mentioning it in case someone's looking for an alternative or just wanting to be different. It has a max load of almost 1500 lbs so it's a stout tire.
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed May 02, 2018 12:38 am

Stew wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 12:16 am
I was looking at different 16" tires the other day and ran across one that's a 185 width, which is a little wider than the Austone's 175. It looks to be ever so slightly taller than the Austone as well. It's the Vredestein Sprint Classic. Just mentioning it in case someone's looking for an alternative or just wanting to be different. It has a max load of almost 1500 lbs so it's a stout tire.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.js ... mpare1=yes
VredesteinSprintClassic.jpg
that extra width will probably prevent it from being mounted on a 1500.
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Wed May 02, 2018 1:51 pm

That's an expensive tire!

It seems that 195/60R16 is a popular size for the GL1500, even wider than this one, AND the Austone...
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by RBGERSON » Thu May 03, 2018 7:59 am

Anyone know of a shop in the Phoenix, AZ area that will install a car tire on a Mc wheel???
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by ZAN » Thu May 03, 2018 11:53 am

RBGERSON wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 7:59 am
Anyone know of a shop in the Phoenix, AZ area that will install a car tire on a Mc wheel???
Bring the wheel into any shop and tell them it's for a sidecar. :twisted:
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Ravyn » Fri May 04, 2018 9:00 am

Do like Zan says... tell them it's for a trike, or a spyder or a sidecar. I have an auto motive garage here in town that charges 8.00 dollars . :-)

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by RBGERSON » Sat May 05, 2018 7:58 am

WOW that's a deal..$8 are they still living in the 50's??? which they were closer
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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Ravyn » Sat May 05, 2018 9:38 am

RBGERSON wrote:
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WOW that's a deal..$8 are they still living in the 50's??? which they were closer
Well, there shop labor rate is about 125.00 dollars per hr. So I doubt that they are still in the 50's. :-) They have some fancy pants tire changer and it only takes them a few minutes to do it. :shock:

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by GillesGLW » Tue May 08, 2018 3:02 am

Hello everyone,

Situation is simple in Switzerland, a car tyre on a bike is forbidden. So I don't even have to think about it.

But for my knowledge, how does the side tyre structure reacts in a curve? Here in Switzerland it's hard to find a straight road so I'm spending a lot of time on the side of my tyre. :D

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Gruntled » Tue May 08, 2018 6:54 pm

I've read pretty much every thread regarding the Austone tire. Most have had great luck with it, a few have had trouble mainly with rubbing.

Question: For those who have had no problems riding solo, has carrying a passenger (say 150# in my case) caused any rubbing problems?

Thanks much!


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