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Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by offcenter » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:40 pm



Just did a search and I can't find anyone in the US who carries them
anymore.
Universal Tire now carries a Dunflop taxi tire.
Don't know how good that one would be.
Anyone know what happened to the Austones?


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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:17 pm

I can't seem to find it anywhere either. I sent an email to Universal Vintage Tire, which is where I bought mine, to find out what's going on.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by offcenter » Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:11 pm

Universal is where I bought mine too.
They even mentioned on their website that the tire was
a favorite for heavy touring motorcycles.
It would be a darned shame if we couldn't get them anymore.

P.S. I'm glad I bought mine when I did. I've had it sitting here
for two years waiting 'til I wore out the tire that was on the bike.
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:59 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:17 pm
I can't seem to find it anywhere either. I sent an email to Universal Vintage Tire, which is where I bought mine, to find out what's going on.
I got this email back from Universal Vintage Tire today, when I sent them an email asking if they still had the Austone:
Yes we do.

We have it at $164.00 per tire

I have 20 left in stock.

Please give us a call to order that tire if you need it.

Danny Menendez

Sales Representative
So it looks like it is just a web site error. I let him know of the issue.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by offcenter » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:24 pm

That's good to know.
So far, I'm loving the one I just put on my bike.
I'm wondering if I should order another one to keep as a spare,
but it might be a long time before I wear out the one I have.
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by FM-USA » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:53 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:59 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:17 pm
I can't seem to find it anywhere either. I sent an email to Universal Vintage Tire, which is where I bought mine, to find out what's going on.
I got this email back from Universal Vintage Tire today, when I sent them an email asking if they still had the Austone:
Yes we do.

We have it at $164.00 per tire

I have 20 left in stock.

Please give us a call to order that tire if you need it.

Danny Menendez

Sales Representative
So it looks like it is just a web site error. I let him know of the issue.
Odd, my last Austone order was Sept 2018 cost $183.87. Was I ripped?
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I searched Austone's & found PLENTY in the UK but they will not ship to the USA. MANY other parts of the world sure. "Why is that?"

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by offcenter » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:19 pm

FM, I noticed that too. They ship just about anything else to
the USA, why not a tire?
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:57 am

Bad news.

I just got off the phone with one of the sales reps at Universal Vintage Tire. The news is not good. He said they have 19 tires left in stock, and once they're gone, they're gone for good. He said the factory is no longer making them, and a quick check on the Austone (manufacturer) web site seems to bear this out, as the Taxi Tire (Austone CSR 81) is no longer listed there, either. I sent an email to Austone asking about them a couple days ago, but did not receive a reply.

With this in mind, even though my current tire is fresh, I bought another Austone Taxi Tire from Universal - so now they have 18 left. The only way you can buy them is to call and place an order on the phone, because it no longer shows on their web site.

If you're considering an Austone Taxi Tire for your 1500, or if yours might need replacing in the near future, I suggest you buy one NOW before they're gone. I was unable to find ANY other vendors in the US still selling them.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Wing--Man » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:12 pm

I have two in my stock.
Maybe I should get a third? Blowouts, etc..
Will these two tires out live me? :o

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:56 pm

How many miles are you guys getting out of your Austone ? I have one on my 94 gl1500 side car rig and it has about 6,000 miles on it now it is more then half way worn out. So if gets another 6,000 miles that's less then what I got on the Dunlop E-4. It lasted 19,000 miles and still had a bit of tread left. I had an Austone on my 93 1500 two wheeler and it didn't last much longer and I hated the way the bike handled with that car tire. I know everybody has there own likes and dislikes but so far I am not to crazy about the Austone. On the other hand I have heard of people claiming 30,000 miles or more from the Austone. I find this rather hard to believe.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Wing--Man » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:11 pm

What I read on the Austone tires is range of 50,000 to 80,000 miles.

Through the years I have read hundreds of posts about car tires on motorcycles. More good news than bad.
It seems those individuals who are staunch bike parts only on bikes are overenthusiastic about posting extreme negatives on this subject. Death will ensue or crash and burn, very poor fuel mpgs, poor lifespan, etc..

But 6,000 miles on the Austone, it seems something mechanical is wrong.
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:33 pm

Wing--Man wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:11 pm
What I read on the Austone tires is range of 50,000 to 80,000 miles.

Through the years I have read hundreds of posts about car tires on motorcycles. More good news than bad.
It seems those individuals who are staunch bike parts only on bikes are overenthusiastic about posting extreme negatives on this subject. Death will ensue or crash and burn, very poor fuel mpgs, poor lifespan, etc..

But 6,000 miles on the Austone, it seems something mechanical is wrong.
Well I'm not one of those overenthusiastic people posting about negatives for car tires. And I said it looks like it might make around 12,000 miles not 6,000. I doubt there is anything wrong with the set up on the rig as it was set up by Ca. side car the maker of the side car and it handles perfectly. the Donlop went about 19,000 miles and the 93 wing I had before only went a little over 12,000 miles down to the wear bars on the Austone. As far as handling goes on the two wheeler I simply didn't like the difference. On the rig it doesn't make any difference as you probably know they don't lean.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Wing--Man » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:12 pm

hummm.. maybe it's the yaw & wide tread that is fighting each other. A bike tire will slip easier with less friction.
BUT, I do not know, I never had a sidecar.
I read somewhere the sidecars toe-in needs a smidgen more on certain occasions. Passing on thoughts.
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by minimac » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:13 am

I had around 35K on mine when I changed it out. It still wasn't at the wear bars. I replaced it with a bike tire, because I'm contemplating selling the bike, but I'm sorry I did. I'm ordering one today just to have in case I decide to keep the bike.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:58 am

Wing--Man wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:12 pm
hummm.. maybe it's the yaw & wide tread that is fighting each other. A bike tire will slip easier with less friction.
BUT, I do not know, I never had a sidecar.
I read somewhere the sidecars toe-in needs a smidgen more on certain occasions. Passing on thoughts.
I hear ya wing man. But that does not explain almost the same mileage on my 93 two wheeler I had. it went somewhere in the 15 or 16 thousand mile range down to the wear bars. I would expect a little less mileage on the rig because of the heavier weight but this is way less then what I have got with a M/C tire. The rig is set up good and it has electric lean so I can compensate for the crown in the road and cross winds and such.
When I have the lean set properly "but it is always changing" I can set the cruise and take my hands of the bars and it goes straight down the road. The tire wear on the Austone is straight across the tread, not bias to one side or the other. ??? I just don't understand why mine is getting such crappy wear while others claim to be going so much further. ????

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by offcenter » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:52 am

I just ordered one from Universal for my stock.
They have FIVE left.
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:52 pm

If all I am going to get is 12 to 15 thousand miles out of that tire then I don't want another one.
When the tire was new tread depth was 11/32. Now after only 6,000 miles the dread depth is a little under 6/32 of an inch.
Not so good !

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by baba67 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:22 am

I just ordered one from Universal for my stock as well...
They have Three left.

Contact person at From: Universal Vintage Tire is Chris Eckert


2994 Elizabethtown Rd
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Toll Free: 800.233.3827 Extension 453

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by tsandvik » Wed May 01, 2019 10:47 am

Just contacted Universal vintage tire and ordered a 175/16. Had 4 in stock. When asked if this would be the last of the tires the reply was...No, we will be restocking this tire into the future.
Seems it is just not being displayed on the web page as available. Their phone...717-534-0715.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by MasterDaniel904 » Wed May 01, 2019 12:12 pm

Just bought the last one. Dan at Universal says he's getting another tire shipment in the middle of June and MIGHT have a few more in there. He sold the 31 he received two weeks ago!
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by tsandvik » Wed May 01, 2019 12:36 pm

Boy, glad jumped on mine just as they opened. Could not wait for June.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by glk17l » Thu May 02, 2019 10:32 am

Dose this tire lower or raise the rear end, or is there no difference? I am looking for one that will lower the rear end.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by glk17l » Thu May 02, 2019 10:40 am

I just hung up the phone with Universal Vintage tire... All sold out as of May 1, 2019.

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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by DenverWinger » Thu May 02, 2019 10:49 am

That isn't the tire you want anyway then, it raises the rear end slightly.
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Re: Speaking of Austone Taxi Tires....

Post by Ravyn » Thu May 02, 2019 10:52 am

For those of you using the Austone Taxi tire or if you have a new one could you measure the tread depth ? I would like to know the depth of the tread on a new one. I posted mine as being 11/32 and I am wondering if I made a mistake on that figure when I measured it new. After 6,000 miles I have 6/32 tread depth left. This is not so good so I am wondering if I measured wrong or wrote it down wrong.
I just back from a 1000 mile trip and the tread wore down 1/32 of an inch from 6/32 down to 5/32.
If someone could post the depth I would appreciate it.

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