I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire


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Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

Post by minimac » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:12 am



I've been curious as how you were liking the Austone. Your experience and thoughts mirror my own. I switched my front tire to a radial when I added the Austone to the rear. Although the Austone works very well with a bias tire, the handling really comes alive when it is matched with a radial front. Again, it took a little fiddling with the pressure to get the front tire right, but when it is....WOW! BTW, I just changed my Austone as it was getting near the wear bars. AT 35,000 MILES.



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Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

Post by wildanimal84 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:33 pm

Dude, I think you are making a mistake, I have rode with other wing riders who have tried the same thing, and their experience was unfavorable, but I also pat you on the back for giving it a try. GOOD LUCK COMPADRE !

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Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:58 am

WingAdmin - trust you are still pleased with your going to the darkside. Quick question - balancing. Did you go conventional or use beads, and if so 3 ounces in the rear? Thanks
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Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:02 pm

Rednaxs60 wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:58 am
WingAdmin - trust you are still pleased with your going to the darkside. Quick question - balancing. Did you go conventional or use beads, and if so 3 ounces in the rear? Thanks
Yes, I definitely am pleased with the changeover, to me the pros (incredible traction, tire life) far outweigh the cons (strange handling over pavement drops, "new" turn handling response). Particularly after an hours-long ride in pouring rain, and it was rock solid. Even when TRYING to get it to break free in the wet, it steadfastly refused, whereas my previous tire (Avon Venom) would have been going sideways.

I did use beads, I used *about* 3 oz. I say that because I managed to spill a bunch out of my 3 oz bag, and then used some of the old beads I scooped up out of my old tire as a replacement. That has worked out very well.

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Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:50 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:02 pm
Rednaxs60 wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:58 am
WingAdmin - trust you are still pleased with your going to the darkside. Quick question - balancing. Did you go conventional or use beads, and if so 3 ounces in the rear? Thanks
Yes, I definitely am pleased with the changeover, to me the pros (incredible traction, tire life) far outweigh the cons (strange handling over pavement drops, "new" turn handling response). Particularly after an hours-long ride in pouring rain, and it was rock solid. Even when TRYING to get it to break free in the wet, it steadfastly refused, whereas my previous tire (Avon Venom) would have been going sideways.

I did use beads, I used *about* 3 oz. I say that because I managed to spill a bunch out of my 3 oz bag, and then used some of the old beads I scooped up out of my old tire as a replacement. That has worked out very well.
Thanks - was going to try the new E4s, but will probably be taking the 1500 on our Alaska trip so thinking the CT will be a better fit for the trip. Thought it would be about 3 ounces of beads, the same as when I had the CT on my ex-1800.
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Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:31 pm

Picked up the Austone tire yesterday in Hawkesbury, Ontario, only place in Canada that I could find. $262.00 CDN taxes in. The gentleman that sold me the tire asked what I was putting it on, mentioned the 1500. He said that he sells a lot of these to GW owners. Nice tread profile and like the rounded versus square profile. Looking forward to installing it.
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Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

Post by Corkster52 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:35 pm

Wow! Now with Scott's endorsement, I am really going to have to consider going dark side when it comes tire replacement time.



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