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Universal Austone Taxi Tire

Is there anyone that may know a shop that may have one of the Austone Taxi Tire 175R16 available? I've ordered one through Universal, but they are on back order and will be 4-weeks before they get any. I'm not sure if my current tire will carry me that long. Just taking a shot in the dark.

Is it too exspensive to ship one from the UK? There's plenty on eBay over here.
I bought one just before Xmas.

Sid

What an odd tire. Why not buy a modern tire? What are you gonna put it on?

putting it on a 95 Goldwing w/Hannigan Astro 2x2 sidecar. Tire is 6-ply and have been told can get 30k miles out of it.

The Austone has a rounded profile. Because of that lots of folks like it for the back of a solo bike. I considered it but when it's time I'll get a flat profile for the rig.

I have a Federal Formosa 195/55/16 on the rear of my GL1500 , 1995 with a Hannigan Astro 2+2. I bought another one to use when this one wears out . Got it from Easy Tires $65.00 delivered to my front door. ImthI think I have about 9400 miles on it with plenty of tread left.

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bentleyssq - 3/23/2018 2:47 PM

I have a Federal Formosa 195/55/16 on the rear of my GL1500 , 1995 with a Hannigan Astro 2+2. I bought another one to use when this one wears out . Got it from Easy Tires $65.00 delivered to my front door. ImthI think I have about 9400 miles on it with plenty of tread left.

How in the heck did you manage to get a 195 to fit in a gl1500.? A number of years ago I had a 1993 Aspy. and I couldn't get a Austone taxi tire to fit without rubbing on everything under there. I took it off and sold it. What did you have to modify ?

PS..... That 195 you are using looks to be a lot smaller diameter then the M/C tire. How much did it raise the RPM ? which I already think is to high .

Hello Bone, NO modifications at all. I installed tire on rim and inflated it, then deflated the tire......sprayed some windex on the rubber and slid it in. I had the bike jacked up some and used a piece of cardboard and some 2x4s and pieces of plywood to get the tire up a little and wiggled it in. The cardboard on the cement floor makes it easy to maneuver into place. Does NOT rub on anything. I went to Wisoconsin and back with myi wife and out to the Arkansas Rally and back with her and no problems. It really fits in there pretty easy, and plenty of room left. The tire is smaller by about 1 1/2 inches. Revs are up but not that much and the quicker Acceleration due to the smaller diameter is pretty neat.

If you have any questions just PM me about the tire. As stated above, I have another new one in the garage and a spare wheel so I'll mount that and have it ready to swap out with the next tire change. I does lower the bike so be aware of that. I have to watch those neighborhood speed s.

bentleyssq - 3/24/2018 10:38 AM

If you have any questions just PM me about the tire. As stated above, I have another new one in the garage and a spare wheel so I'll mount that and have it ready to swap out with the next tire change. I does lower the bike so be aware of that. I have to watch those neighborhood speed s.

Hi Bentley, thanks for the response. The tire on the back of the 1500 now has only about 4,000 miles on it. A dunlop E4 put on just before I bought the bike.
I also have a gl1800 two wheeler and a while back I bought an extra rim and a car tire. A 195x something.... I'll go look tomorrow and see what it is. I had it on the 1800 for a short time and took it off. The worst mod I have ever done to good handling bike. I even tried two different car tires. Nope, not for me. So when I go see what it is I'll report back here and maybe you can tell me if it will fit.