Dark side tires. Going blind and head spinning


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tsrincgy
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1999 GL 1500/6 SE with MTC Voyager trike kit

Dark side tires. Going blind and head spinning

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Yes. I know there seems to be hundreds of posts on here regarding the pros and cons of dark side tires. I have been reading everything I can find but not what I need. This is my dilemma. Just purchased last year a 1999 1500. Bike came with the MTC Voyager trike kit. (Wife thought I needed a trike due to my knees). The one’s that are removable. Time to replace the back tire on the bike. Just did the front last month. Would like to go to a CT on the rear. BUT having issues trying to figure out what will fit. Any suggestions would be appreciated


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ncdave
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Re: Dark side tires. Going blind and head spinning

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ncdave wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 12:31 pm this is the one I mounted....

https://www.universaltire.com/maxxis-ti ... kwall.html
Same one I have. It is the "replacement" for the original "Taxi tire" that has been used for a long time.
I did have a little rubbing on the inner front fender well but was able to ziptie it back.
Seems there have been a few running a Vitor tire (175r16) that looks to be very similar to other "taxi" tires that others have used, but only $90 instead of $170.

A 195/55/16 and 195/50/16 are popular choices, but some have fitment issues (while others have none).
A 175/60/16 fits no problem, but finding a tire in that size that works well is getting hard to find. There used to be several run flat tires in that size, as well as a few winter tires, but not anymore.
Current ride: 2013 BMW K1600GT

Former rides: 2002 GL1800A, 2001 CB750, 1994 GL1500 SE, 1994 VT1100C , 1984 VF500F, 1982 CB750C, 1982 GS250T, 1981 CB900C, 1978 CB125s, 1976 TS185
tsrincgy
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:43 pm
Location: Didsbury, Alberta, Canada
Motorcycle: 1979 CM185 (sold)
1980 CM 400 (sold)
1984 GS 850 (sold)
1978 GL 1000 LTD (sold)
2000 GL 1500 (sold)
1981 GL 1100 (current)
1999 GL 1500/6 SE with MTC Voyager trike kit

Re: Dark side tires. Going blind and head spinning

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Ok. I was kind of figuring that the 175/80-16 would fit and really not sure as my bike has the MTC Voyager kit on it. I would have to be able to make sure there would be clearance for the tire to fit since some of the hardware is mounted on the axle. Hopefully I can source something here in Canada. Can’t really afford to buy a tire. Get it mounted then find out it won’t fit.
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I bought during closed border covid last year. Had a heck of a time finding an available tire in Canada that would fit. I ended up with a 195/60. Had slight Tupperware interference which a heat gun fixed. I wouldn't recommend it for 2 wheels, too much sidewall give but on a trike would be fine I'm sure.
Also takes a complicated install which I documented in the main darkside thread,,, Darksiding, No taxi tire now what? The post is dated 23/05/21 to ease finding it. Good luck on your quest.


Enjoying the Darkside
Fred
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