Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?


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Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by erkmann » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:20 am



I've been following the darkside discussions and see that the forum-favorite Austone Taxi Tire is no longer available. Is there a consensus on the new darkside favorite? Consensus....yeah, right.



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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:16 pm

I've got an almost new Austone tire that I'm selling for $7500 - it's attached to my 1994 GL1500SE sidecar rig...
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by Charlie1Horse » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:17 pm

Alan_Hepburn wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:16 pm
I've got an almost new Austone tire that I'm selling for $7500 - it's attached to my 1994 GL1500SE sidecar rig...
Seriously??? Nobody's going to pay that much for a tire. You can buy a whole bike for that much.
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:35 pm

Well, yeah - you buy the tire for $7500 and I'll throw in the bike and sidecar... :lol:
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by smokinmad » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:36 am

Alan_Hepburn wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:35 pm
Well, yeah - you buy the tire for $7500 and I'll throw in the bike and sidecar... :lol:
Lmbo....Varrrooomm...that went right over his head...lol

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by minimac » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:44 am

smokinmad wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:36 am
Lmbo....Varrrooomm...that went right over his head...lol
and didn't even slow down! :D

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by GoldWingRev » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:50 pm

This is a great question. To me it boils down to “what size will fit between the swingarms.” There are two options in 175/60R16 (including one run flat from Dunlop). I cannot get a straight answer about what will fit between the swingarms, and I’ve run the Austone but I don’t remember what size. I’m currently trying to see the widest that will fit on the front currently.
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by erkmann » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:30 pm

Goldwingrev, the owners manual for my '99 1500 calls for 160/80-16 75H, and the only dark side rear I'm seeing forum support for outside of the nolongeravailable Austone is the Yokohama Avid Envigor ZPS 195/55 R16 run-flat run at 46psi. Unless better info comes in here I'll be going with that in about 4K miles/4 months. Mahalo.

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by GoldWingRev » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:24 am

So the 195mm will fit? That’s what I’m asking. I am only confident with the 175/60R16 which I can find 3 dozen of anywhere I go. It fits a Scion iQ. So...if a 195mm tire fits the 1500 let me know right away, I’ll get a Bridgestone DriveGuard. But on my bike personally I think that is way too wide.
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by minimac » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:02 am

Here's a link to what others have used.

https://darkside.nwff.info/?p=tires

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by GoldWingRev » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:51 am

Yeah I’ve read it...but idk how a 35mm wider tire fits back there. And no one ever changes up the front tire, which was my original question. I’ll probably have to remove the front fender go accommodate the extra width (10mm).

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by brettchallenger » Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:57 am

Perhaps you should get really outrageous and put on a tyre that is actually designed for a motorcycle.
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by aj1500 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:05 pm

I'm running the Goodyear Fuel Max 175 60R 16 it is shorter so your RPM's go up a little but it has been a very stable tire, even before I had the sidecar
not many tires out there anymore for the 1500's, I have read differing opinions as to a 195 fitting between the swing arms on the 1500, a few have said yes it will fit and others say it rubs. I rode an 1800 with a 195 and I have to say that was just too wide for my comfort, I could feel it hop up on it's edge and then sit back down on the flat. never ever felt that with the 175 on the 1500. but that's just my preference and experience

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by GoldWingRev » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:42 pm

aj1500 wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:05 pm
I'm running the Goodyear Fuel Max 175 60R 16 it is shorter so your RPM's go up a little but it has been a very stable tire, even before I had the sidecar
not many tires out there anymore for the 1500's, I have read differing opinions as to a 195 fitting between the swing arms on the 1500, a few have said yes it will fit and others say it rubs. I rode an 1800 with a 195 and I have to say that was just too wide for my comfort, I could feel it hop up on it's edge and then sit back down on the flat. never ever felt that with the 175 on the 1500. but that's just my preference and experience
Perfect. So there’s variation. I’ll just stick with the narrower tire—although now I don’t need the car tire, I’m still noting it. Thanks.
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:34 pm

Has anyone tried this tire on the 1500s ??


Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D DSST RunOnFlat - Size: 175/60R16


https://tiresize.com/tires/Dunlop/SP-Wi ... -60R16.htm 
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by GoldWingRev » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:53 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:34 pm
Has anyone tried this tire on the 1500s ??


Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D DSST RunOnFlat - Size: 175/60R16


https://tiresize.com/tires/Dunlop/SP-Wi ... -60R16.htm 
I have seen some people use it, and that’s the one I am going to use for the Dalton Highway (since the rear wheel is such a pain if I get a flat). Hence all my questions about fitment. From what I’ve read, it’ll work.
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by RoadRogue » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:09 pm

I have said it before and will say it again. I am using a General Tire Altimax 195-55-16 on my 97 1500 with no issues at all. It does NOT rub the swing arm, it does NOT ride on the sidewall. This tire works well for me, I like to toss it around in the twisties here in the mountains of British Columbia. 8-)
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

Post by GoldWingRev » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:45 pm

RoadRogue wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:09 pm
I have said it before and will say it again. I am using a General Tire Altimax 195-55-16 on my 97 1500 with no issues at all. It does NOT rub the swing arm, it does NOT ride on the sidewall. This tire works well for me, I like to toss it around in the twisties here in the mountains of British Columbia. 8-)
Probably twists pretty well too. Car tires seem to carry in in the direction you point them better than normal. Okay, I’ll believe you. Maybe my measurements are off.

Jealous. I love the parts of BC I’ve seen, and totally agree with your license plate motto.


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