Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....


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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:21 pm



The 195/55/16 went on easy ,lowered bike by approximately 1 3/4”. Sidecar was bottoming out from the lower height on big bumps or speed bumps.



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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:05 pm

Here are the specs of the Austone tire compared to the Sunfull tire and some pics of mine off the rim and when I mounted it on the rim. Will be mounting this on the GL1500 on Tuesday . Hopefully the weather will cool a bit down here in Florida. I have the tire next to a Federal Formoza as I had a new extra one in the garage . It lowered the rear too much for my taste.. I used 4oz. of balance beads in the tire .
Tire Pressure Chalk Test
Understanding metric sizes
Current Tire Size:
/ R
New Tire Size:
/ R
Your Calcs (x):


Side by side Overlay



175/75-16
185/75-16
Difference
Diameter inches (mm)
26.33 (668.9)
26.93 (683.9)
0.59 (15) 2.2%
Width inches (mm)
6.89 (175)
7.28 (185)
0.39 (10) 5.7%
Circum. inches (mm)
82.73 (2101.41)
84.59 (2148.54)
1.86 (47.12) 2.2%
Sidewall Height inches (mm)
5.17 (131.25)
5.46 (138.75)
0.3 (7.5) 5.7%
Revolutions per mile (km)
765.84 (475.87)
749.04 (465.43)
-16.8 (-10.44) -2.2%
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by oldmopars » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:37 pm

bentleyss wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:05 pm
Here are the specs of the Austone tire compared to the Sunfull tire and some pics of mine off the rim and when I mounted it on the rim. Will be mounting this on the GL1500 on Tuesday . Hopefully the weather will cool a bit down here in Florida. I have the tire next to a Federal Formoza as I had a new extra one in the garage . It lowered the rear too much for my taste.. I used 4oz. of balance beads in the tire .
Tire Pressure Chalk Test
Understanding metric sizes
Current Tire Size:
/ R
New Tire Size:
/ R
Your Calcs (x):


Side by side Overlay



175/75-16
185/75-16
Difference
Diameter inches (mm)
26.33 (668.9)
26.93 (683.9)
0.59 (15) 2.2%
Width inches (mm)
6.89 (175)
7.28 (185)
0.39 (10) 5.7%
Circum. inches (mm)
82.73 (2101.41)
84.59 (2148.54)
1.86 (47.12) 2.2%
Sidewall Height inches (mm)
5.17 (131.25)
5.46 (138.75)
0.3 (7.5) 5.7%
Revolutions per mile (km)
765.84 (475.87)
749.04 (465.43)
-16.8 (-10.44) -2.2%
Please let us know how this tire works out for you. I used the same size tire on my bike (Nokian) and I was very unhappy with it. It is a really tight fit and I had to do a lot of grinding and heating of the plastic to make it fit. The additional height has caused a severe wobble with the taller side walls, it has become down right frighting. I really hope it works much better for you than it has for me.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by glk17l » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:51 pm

bentleyss, thanks for all the info and the photos are a great help. I think the Formoza would be a better choice for me since it is a smaller diameter, and I need to lower it. I am not a tire expert by any means, but it looks like the Formoza has a more rounded tread surface that looks more suitable for a bike. Besides the fact that it lowered the bike too much for your needs, how was the over all performance, handling and cornering in good and bad (rain) weather?

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:44 am

The bike rode better with the Formoza. Better braking , quieter, and the wife said the ride in the sidecar was smoother and quieter. We went from South Florida out to Arkansas and back on one trip and then from South Florida to Two Rivers Wisconsin on another trip. Bike handled great.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by glk17l » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:26 pm

Thank you bentleyss for all the info. I will make that rear tire change one of my winter projects.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:07 pm

oldmopars wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:37 pm
bentleyss wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:05 pm
Here are the specs of the Austone tire compared to the Sunfull tire and some pics of mine off the rim and when I mounted it on the rim. Will be mounting this on the GL1500 on Tuesday . Hopefully the weather will cool a bit down here in Florida. I have the tire next to a Federal Formoza as I had a new extra one in the garage . It lowered the rear too much for my taste.. I used 4oz. of balance beads in the tire .
Tire Pressure Chalk Test
Understanding metric sizes
Current Tire Size:
/ R
New Tire Size:
/ R
Your Calcs (x):


Side by side Overlay



175/75-16
185/75-16
Difference
Diameter inches (mm)
26.33 (668.9)
26.93 (683.9)
0.59 (15) 2.2%
Width inches (mm)
6.89 (175)
7.28 (185)
0.39 (10) 5.7%
Circum. inches (mm)
82.73 (2101.41)
84.59 (2148.54)
1.86 (47.12) 2.2%
Sidewall Height inches (mm)
5.17 (131.25)
5.46 (138.75)
0.3 (7.5) 5.7%
Revolutions per mile (km)
765.84 (475.87)
749.04 (465.43)
-16.8 (-10.44) -2.2%
Please let us know how this tire works out for you. I used the same size tire on my bike (Nokian) and I was very unhappy with it. It is a really tight fit and I had to do a lot of grinding and heating of the plastic to make it fit. The additional height has caused a severe wobble with the taller side walls, it has become down right frighting. I really hope it works much better for you than it has for me.
hey oldmopars..... based on what you said way back when you installed that Nokian it didn't sound like you all that much trouble but now you are saying you had all kinds of problems ? based on what you said earlier I bought a Nokian like the one you bought and it is sitting in my garage waiting for that piece of crap austin taxie tire to wear out which wont be long. It has 13,000 miles on it and is almost bald. I doubt it will go another 2 or 3 thousand miles which falls way short of what I got from a Dunlop E4. Please tell me what kind of other problems you had with the Nokian so I know what to look for or just poopcan the Nokian and chalk it up as aloss and go bak to a M/C tire.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by oldmopars » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:34 am

Ravyn wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:07 pm
oldmopars wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:37 pm
bentleyss wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:05 pm
Here are the specs of the Austone tire compared to the Sunfull tire and some pics of mine off the rim and when I mounted it on the rim. Will be mounting this on the GL1500 on Tuesday . Hopefully the weather will cool a bit down here in Florida. I have the tire next to a Federal Formoza as I had a new extra one in the garage . It lowered the rear too much for my taste.. I used 4oz. of balance beads in the tire .
Tire Pressure Chalk Test
Understanding metric sizes
Current Tire Size:
/ R
New Tire Size:
/ R
Your Calcs (x):


Side by side Overlay



175/75-16
185/75-16
Difference
Diameter inches (mm)
26.33 (668.9)
26.93 (683.9)
0.59 (15) 2.2%
Width inches (mm)
6.89 (175)
7.28 (185)
0.39 (10) 5.7%
Circum. inches (mm)
82.73 (2101.41)
84.59 (2148.54)
1.86 (47.12) 2.2%
Sidewall Height inches (mm)
5.17 (131.25)
5.46 (138.75)
0.3 (7.5) 5.7%
Revolutions per mile (km)
765.84 (475.87)
749.04 (465.43)
-16.8 (-10.44) -2.2%
Please let us know how this tire works out for you. I used the same size tire on my bike (Nokian) and I was very unhappy with it. It is a really tight fit and I had to do a lot of grinding and heating of the plastic to make it fit. The additional height has caused a severe wobble with the taller side walls, it has become down right frighting. I really hope it works much better for you than it has for me.
hey oldmopars..... based on what you said way back when you installed that Nokian it didn't sound like you all that much trouble but now you are saying you had all kinds of problems ? based on what you said earlier I bought a Nokian like the one you bought and it is sitting in my garage waiting for that piece of crap austin taxie tire to wear out which wont be long. It has 13,000 miles on it and is almost bald. I doubt it will go another 2 or 3 thousand miles which falls way short of what I got from a Dunlop E4. Please tell me what kind of other problems you had with the Nokian so I know what to look for or just poopcan the Nokian and chalk it up as aloss and go bak to a M/C tire.
Keep in mind that the reasons I had issues may have been totally my fault and unique to my bike.
First, be sure you have a radial up front to match the Nokian Radial out back. I did not and I think this was part of the issue.
Second, The tire is taller and required a lot of trimming and then I had to keep the air shocks pumped up to keep it from bottoming out. I may have been able to trim more or pull back the inner fender more to help this.
Third, I think the second problem caused a different rake that with the first problem compounded and made it handle poorly at high speeds.
Fourth and biggest. I went back to a Bias MC tire to match the front, and I still am not happy with the bike. I still get a minor wobble at high speeds and in the wake of trucks.I think that there is something I can't find wrong, or this is just normal for this vintage of GW. When I put the car tire on, the minor wobble became a frightening sway in the rear that caused the back end of the bike to swing wildly about 70 MPH. By wildly I mean the back was swinging uncontrollably about 10-12 inches side to side.

So, I do not totally blame the Nokian. It just was not a good fit for my bike. My GW is for sale on Craigslist right now. I am done with it, I need something more sporty. I know that I made a mistake when I got this bike, I had expectations that it would handle like a sports-tourer and I now know that it just can't, it was never built to handle that way. My bike is great on the straights and if you are moderate in the corners, it does just fine. But, I am used to a BMW and I just can't push this thing like I could that. No aftermarket parts or any amount of money will get me to the handling that I want. I am better to sell it and get the right bike for me.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:09 pm

oldmopars wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:34 am
Ravyn wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:07 pm
oldmopars wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:37 pm


Please let us know how this tire works out for you. I used the same size tire on my bike (Nokian) and I was very unhappy with it. It is a really tight fit and I had to do a lot of grinding and heating of the plastic to make it fit. The additional height has caused a severe wobble with the taller side walls, it has become down right frighting. I really hope it works much better for you than it has for me.
hey oldmopars..... based on what you said way back when you installed that Nokian it didn't sound like you all that much trouble but now you are saying you had all kinds of problems ? based on what you said earlier I bought a Nokian like the one you bought and it is sitting in my garage waiting for that piece of crap austin taxie tire to wear out which wont be long. It has 13,000 miles on it and is almost bald. I doubt it will go another 2 or 3 thousand miles which falls way short of what I got from a Dunlop E4. Please tell me what kind of other problems you had with the Nokian so I know what to look for or just poopcan the Nokian and chalk it up as aloss and go bak to a M/C tire.
Keep in mind that the reasons I had issues may have been totally my fault and unique to my bike.
First, be sure you have a radial up front to match the Nokian Radial out back. I did not and I think this was part of the issue.
Second, The tire is taller and required a lot of trimming and then I had to keep the air shocks pumped up to keep it from bottoming out. I may have been able to trim more or pull back the inner fender more to help this.
Third, I think the second problem caused a different rake that with the first problem compounded and made it handle poorly at high speeds.
Fourth and biggest. I went back to a Bias MC tire to match the front, and I still am not happy with the bike. I still get a minor wobble at high speeds and in the wake of trucks.I think that there is something I can't find wrong, or this is just normal for this vintage of GW. When I put the car tire on, the minor wobble became a frightening sway in the rear that caused the back end of the bike to swing wildly about 70 MPH. By wildly I mean the back was swinging uncontrollably about 10-12 inches side to side.

So, I do not totally blame the Nokian. It just was not a good fit for my bike. My GW is for sale on Craigslist right now. I am done with it, I need something more sporty. I know that I made a mistake when I got this bike, I had expectations that it would handle like a sports-tourer and I now know that it just can't, it was never built to handle that way. My bike is great on the straights and if you are moderate in the corners, it does just fine. But, I am used to a BMW and I just can't push this thing like I could that. No aftermarket parts or any amount of money will get me to the handling that I want. I am better to sell it and get the right bike for me.
In your comparison list are you comparing it to the Austin taxi tire ?? I have heard of no one having these problems you are talking about regarding the ill handling and others have been using all sorts of different sized tires.
I am using the Austin Taxi tire and the only thing I had to do was reposition that front inner mud guard or whatever they call it.
As far as the air shocks go mine are the progressive ones and and I run them with about 32 psi in them and that is with a 300 lb side car attached and a 200 lb passenger and me at 160 lbs and pulling a kwik kamp trailer with about 60 lbs of tongue weight and the bikes bags loaded as well as the trunk of the side car. My wing is a 1994 gl1500 se.
I have also been running a mix of bias ply and radials in both directions and have not had problems.
Methinks there might be something wrong with your wing ??? Steering head bearings ? or swing arm bearings ? Just a thought.
The gl1500 is a touring bike and no where near as nimble as a sport bike. Apples and oranges..... However the gl1800 damn near has that kind of sport bike handling except for the weight. I have a 2002 for sale with only 104,000 miles on it as I have 10 motorcycles and can't ride them all, some have to go and the sidecar rig has taken over and the 1800 has been just sitting.
When the Austin wears out and I get the Nokian installed I will report back here , if I can remember that long. hahahaha

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by oldmopars » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:51 pm

Yes, That is why I prefaced my statement with the fact that it is most likely my fault. I know that the first mistake I made was to buy this bike. I had expectations of it that were unreasonable for it, and I know that now. You can't make a 85 Buick handle like a Porsche. Because all the magazines at the time tried to compare the K1200LT (that I had) to a Goldwing, I thought that they must be close to the same. I now know that they are not even close. For me, this tire only made a bad situation worse.
You should be fine however, you have a side car and will not be cornering the same as I am with no side car. I also doubt that you will be riding it near as hard as I do with the side car and all the added weight from it and the people riding. I hope it turns out to be the perfect tire for you. At lower speeds it was really nice. In many ways better than the MC tire.
Please do not paint me in with the anti-dark side people. I am all for it and may try again, it just was not the right combo for me at this time.
The tire is still good and I think I will use it as a spare tire for my 65 Chevy C10. I just need to hunt down a 16in rim with the right bolt pattern.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:05 pm

oldmopars wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:51 pm
Yes, That is why I prefaced my statement with the fact that it is most likely my fault. I know that the first mistake I made was to buy this bike. I had expectations of it that were unreasonable for it, and I know that now. You can't make a 85 Buick handle like a Porsche. Because all the magazines at the time tried to compare the K1200LT (that I had) to a Goldwing, I thought that they must be close to the same. I now know that they are not even close. For me, this tire only made a bad situation worse.
You should be fine however, you have a side car and will not be cornering the same as I am with no side car. I also doubt that you will be riding it near as hard as I do with the side car and all the added weight from it and the people riding. I hope it turns out to be the perfect tire for you. At lower speeds it was really nice. In many ways better than the MC tire.
Please do not paint me in with the anti-dark side people. I am all for it and may try again, it just was not the right combo for me at this time.
The tire is still good and I think I will use it as a spare tire for my 65 Chevy C10. I just need to hunt down a 16in rim with the right bolt pattern.
Hi. Thank you so much for the reply. I guess I will just have to try it. :-) I am not a anti dark side person either. I just wish it would have worked out for me on my two wheeler gl1800. I have tried three different car tires on it looking for the right one but for me it turned a really nice handling gl1800 into a pig. Akin to a bathtub floating around in the ocean trying to be a sea kayak. :-) I'm back to an Avon Cobra on the rear and a Avon Cobra trike tire on the front and all is well.
I know with the sidecar rig it really doesn't matter as there is no lean involved and the Austin works just fine except for crappy mileage I am getting from it. 13,000 miles on it now and it's almost bald. I have a Avon cobra trike tire on the front of the rig and at 13,000 miles it hardly shows any wear. So if the Nokian doesn't get any better mileage then it will be back to a M/C tire. The Dunlop E4 had 19,000 miles on it before I changed it this spring getting ready for my summer trip and it still had some life left in it. The only advantage to the Austin was the added load capacity which I didn't need anyway. I was hoping for that 30,000 miles everybody talks about....what a joke.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:35 pm

Well two weeks ago I was going to Install the SUNFULL tire, and I finally got around to it today. Despite the 93+deg weather, I did the job in about 2 1/2 hours. I only removed the rear plastics per the Goldwingdocs picture tutorial...(THANK YOU) and the right saddlebag. While installing the tire I put moly paste on the rear splines, checked the rear brake pads, and deflated the tire before install. Also, I jacked the bike up high (as seen in picture) for clearance...…..more is better. It went on easily and I have plenty of clearance. As mentioned before this tire is only 2% bigger than the Austone Taxi tire. The better news is the price at $56.00 from PEP BOYS on "FLEABY" and get this...…..FREE SHIPPING!!!Test drive went well it seems to ride nice and tomorrow I'll go for a longer run. Forgot to mention...I used 4 oz. of Balance Beads... :D :D :D :D
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:39 pm

More pics from different angle on the installed tire.
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by oldmopars » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:45 pm

Please let us know how it works, I am very interested. If you can, get the bike over 70 MPH and let us know if there is any wobble from the rear end.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:22 pm

Will do going out tomorrow. Just to let you know I do have a Hannigan Astro 2+2 sidecar attached.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:33 pm

bentleyss wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:22 pm
Will do going out tomorrow. Just to let you know I do have a Hannigan Astro 2+2 sidecar attached.
Yes, please let us know how it works out. Glad you had no problems installing it. It looks like a nice tire. can you measure the tread depth ? the Austin had 11/32 and the Nokian I have has 13/32.
My rig has a CSC friendship 3 sidecar. A two person tub. Your set up should be close to mine. You rig is the same color as mine. :-)

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:41 am

Tread depth is 11/32 according to the specs on their website.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:04 pm

bentleyss wrote:
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Tread depth is 11/32 according to the specs on their website.
Thank you. :-)

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by bentleyss » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:32 pm

Took the bike for a ride today about 35 miles. I noticed at times I could hear a faint rub. Stopped to check and couldn't see anything so waited until I got home to really get under the bike. I noticed shiny plastic on the right saddlebag. Eyeballing the clearance the left has about 3/8" more room than the right. My bike is a 1995 GL1500SE. I pumped the shock pressure to 38 , after I found it at 22 and seemed to remove some of the rub, but maybe it had shaved enoughed plastic. Anyway, I'm going to remove the saddlebag and cut the inside slightly and move the wall in 3/8" . That should fix it for good. I'll post pics when done. The tire seemed fine at speeds and corners and straights. Got it up to 80 and NO problems as it ran true. It's a keeper for me. The extra work on the saddlebag should be minimal. :D :D :D

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:16 pm

bentleyss wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:32 pm
Took the bike for a ride today about 35 miles. I noticed at times I could hear a faint rub. Stopped to check and couldn't see anything so waited until I got home to really get under the bike. I noticed shiny plastic on the right saddlebag. Eyeballing the clearance the left has about 3/8" more room than the right. My bike is a 1995 GL1500SE. I pumped the shock pressure to 38 , after I found it at 22 and seemed to remove some of the rub, but maybe it had shaved enoughed plastic. Anyway, I'm going to remove the saddlebag and cut the inside slightly and move the wall in 3/8" . That should fix it for good. I'll post pics when done. The tire seemed fine at speeds and corners and straights. Got it up to 80 and NO problems as it ran true. It's a keeper for me. The extra work on the saddlebag should be minimal. :D :D :D
Thanks for the report that sounds promising for us rig drivers :-) Let us know what you had to do to keep it from rubbing.
Now to see how many miles it goes before you need to change it out.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:41 am

bentleyss wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:32 pm
Took the bike for a ride today about 35 miles. I noticed at times I could hear a faint rub. Stopped to check and couldn't see anything so waited until I got home to really get under the bike. I noticed shiny plastic on the right saddlebag. Eyeballing the clearance the left has about 3/8" more room than the right. My bike is a 1995 GL1500SE. I pumped the shock pressure to 38 , after I found it at 22 and seemed to remove some of the rub, but maybe it had shaved enoughed plastic. Anyway, I'm going to remove the saddlebag and cut the inside slightly and move the wall in 3/8" . That should fix it for good. I'll post pics when done. The tire seemed fine at speeds and corners and straights. Got it up to 80 and NO problems as it ran true. It's a keeper for me. The extra work on the saddlebag should be minimal. :D :D :D
Don't cut the saddlebag - just heat it gently with a heat gun until it softens up, and then use a gloved hand to push it in slightly. Easier, faster, and you don't end up with a hole in your saddlebag.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by oldmopars » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:41 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:41 am
bentleyss wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:32 pm
Took the bike for a ride today about 35 miles. I noticed at times I could hear a faint rub. Stopped to check and couldn't see anything so waited until I got home to really get under the bike. I noticed shiny plastic on the right saddlebag. Eyeballing the clearance the left has about 3/8" more room than the right. My bike is a 1995 GL1500SE. I pumped the shock pressure to 38 , after I found it at 22 and seemed to remove some of the rub, but maybe it had shaved enoughed plastic. Anyway, I'm going to remove the saddlebag and cut the inside slightly and move the wall in 3/8" . That should fix it for good. I'll post pics when done. The tire seemed fine at speeds and corners and straights. Got it up to 80 and NO problems as it ran true. It's a keeper for me. The extra work on the saddlebag should be minimal. :D :D :D
Don't cut the saddlebag - just heat it gently with a heat gun until it softens up, and then use a gloved hand to push it in slightly. Easier, faster, and you don't end up with a hole in your saddlebag.
There should be no reason to even bend the saddle bags. I did have to heat and move some inner fender plastics, but the tire was still at least 1in from the saddle bags even in the tightest of area. The one thing I did have to do, was remove the acorn nut that holds the bracket for the tool holder bracket. The nut was sticking out far enough that it would rub the tire as it went up and down. My plan was to just flip the screw around and use a flat head or counter sunk style screw putting the nut on the inside.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Sidcar » Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:32 am

You can buy 4 Austone tyres for less than £200 here (inc uk shipping) but no company seems to want to ship them to the US.
If you have a friend in the services posted over here perhaps they could bring you a couple back when the return.
The few service servicemen I've known seemed to be able to take anything back that they fancied.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Saraflynn » Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:12 am

bentleyss wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:35 pm
Well two weeks ago I was going to Install the SUNFULL tire, and I finally got around to it today. Despite the 93+deg weather, I did the job in about 2 1/2 hours. I only removed the rear plastics per the Goldwingdocs picture tutorial...(THANK YOU) and the right saddlebag. While installing the tire I put moly paste on the rear splines, checked the rear brake pads, and deflated the tire before install. Also, I jacked the bike up high (as seen in picture) for clearance...…..more is better. It went on easily and I have plenty of clearance. As mentioned before this tire is only 2% bigger than the Austone Taxi tire. The better news is the price at $56.00 from PEP BOYS on "FLEABY" and get this...…..FREE SHIPPING!!!Test drive went well it seems to ride nice and tomorrow I'll go for a longer run. Forgot to mention...I used 4 oz. of Balance Beads... :D :D :D :D
Thank you for posting! I have a very similar setup and I am so intimidated about how to jack it up to change the tires! I have had no success finding a local shop to do it either.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:39 am

Saraflynn wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:12 am
bentleyss wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:35 pm
Well two weeks ago I was going to Install the SUNFULL tire, and I finally got around to it today. Despite the 93+deg weather, I did the job in about 2 1/2 hours. I only removed the rear plastics per the Goldwingdocs picture tutorial...(THANK YOU) and the right saddlebag. While installing the tire I put moly paste on the rear splines, checked the rear brake pads, and deflated the tire before install. Also, I jacked the bike up high (as seen in picture) for clearance...…..more is better. It went on easily and I have plenty of clearance. As mentioned before this tire is only 2% bigger than the Austone Taxi tire. The better news is the price at $56.00 from PEP BOYS on "FLEABY" and get this...…..FREE SHIPPING!!!Test drive went well it seems to ride nice and tomorrow I'll go for a longer run. Forgot to mention...I used 4 oz. of Balance Beads... :D :D :D :D
Thank you for posting! I have a very similar setup and I am so intimidated about how to jack it up to change the tires! I have had no success finding a local shop to do it either.
Hi Saraflynn. Welcome to the forum :-)
I see you are in Portland, I am in Woodland , Wa. about 20 miles north of Vanc. Wa.
I can see the see see building in your avatar pic, are they still in business



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