Austone Taxi Tire on Sidecar

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Austone Taxi Tire on Sidecar

Post by Elmobile » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:19 am

I was following WingAdmin tread on the Austone Taxi tire and again it looks like a very good fit for our bikes.
Here in Canada, I can get it for around $340.00 including shipping and taxes... Because it is a very expensive tire I was wondering if anyone has some experience with this tire on a sidecar unit. I have seen positive feed back even pulling a trailer. I understand there is a small lost in rpm as it is taller than the OEM which make take off somewhat more difficult.
Anyway just looking for some feed back, thanks.
PS: My unit is a 1990 GL1500 with a CSC Friendship III

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire on Sidecar

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:42 am

If it would fit, I imagine it would be a good tire for both the sidecar AND the bike running the sidecar. Running without leaning (well, most of the time!) is its natural state, so I would think it would perform quite well for you.

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire on Sidecar

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:13 pm

I agree,

it will make an excellent drive tire, and a fantastic sidecar tire.
for the reasons mentioned.

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Re: Austone Taxi Tire on Sidecar

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:56 pm

I just installed an Austone as the pusher on my '94 with a Friendship I sidecar. I've only put about 50 miles on it so far, but I notice no difference in handling, or acceleration compared with the Dunlop Elite II that was on the bike. The only issue I have is a slight rub when I hit some bumps - not every time, but occasionally. I'm going to try and bend the inner fender out of the way, like WingAdmin did on his.

Alan Hepburn - San Jose, Ca
1994 GL1500SE with a California Sidecar

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