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Universal Austone Taxi Tire

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. The tire I have mounted on the gl1800 rim is a Yokahama, Avid Envigor, 195x55x16..... 87V. It's only got 1,000 miles on it.
I sat it next to a rear tire for a gl1800 and it looks like it's very close to the same size. So by what you say this should fit my 1994 gl1500 se. ??

Thanks in advance. 🙂

Yes it has basically the same dimensions as the federal. I was looking at that tire at the same tire. I went with the Federal because I read the article on mounting it to a Goldwing .. Let me know how it goes and how you like that tire.

Federal Formosa 195/55/16 will be lower then OEM tire. (not sure if 195 mm tire will fit in swing arm) You will lose some road clearance. Austone Taxi 175R16 tire little taller. Make sure you readjust your rig after you install new tire. Otherwise your new tire will be eaten fast.

bentleyssq - 3/26/2018 1:23 AM

Yes it has basically the same dimensions as the federal. I was looking at that tire at the same tire. I went with the Federal because I read the article on mounting it to a Goldwing .. Let me know how it goes and how you like that tire.

Hi Bentley. Thanks for getting back to me. What article did you read about mounting the Yokahama on a Goldwing and which wing? I have this one mounted on a gl1800 rim and I at one time had it on the bike. It takes a bit of wiggle to get it in there and once in there is very little room for it. So I don't know how it will fit on the gl1500.
Like i said earlier I could not get a Austone taxi tire to fit the older gl1500 1993 that I used to have.
As far as a car tire goes on a two wheeler, I hated it as well as the Hankook I used the first time. The Hankook was completely bald in 11,000 miles straight across the tread from one side to the other. I get dang near twice that out of a M/C tire.
The E4 that's on the rig now only has 4,000 miles on it so it will be later this summer before I go to a car tire on the rig. I am leaving for Death Valley in my 4x4 and my dirt bike for at least a month on April 2nd. Then this summer when school is out in the middle of June Me and my beautiful sensitive life partner will hop on the rig and head to the southwest for two months. When I get back I will be looking to mount a car tire on the rig.
At that time I will report back here and let ya know how it goes.

Bone - 3/24/2018 10:11 AM

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 .

Austone taxi tire will fit. Clearance will be about 1/2 - 3/4" on each side of swing arm. You will have to remove only small shield on front part of rear fender( if you don't it will be taken off by tire itself)

Current: New:

180/70R16 195/55/16

Current New Difference

Sidewall Height: 4.96'' 4.22'' -0.74''
Section Width: 7.09'' 7.68'' 0.59''
Tire Height: 25.92'' 24.44'' -1.48''
Tire Circum: 81.43'' 76.78'' -4.65''
Rev. / Mile: 778.09 825.21 47.12
If your speedometer reads 65 mph, you are going about 61.3 mph

Current: New:

180/70/16 175/80/16

Current New Difference
Sidewall Height: 4.96'' 5.51'' 0.55''
Section Width: 7.09'' 6.89'' -0.2''
Tire Height: 25.92'' 27.02'' 1.1''
Tire Circum: 81.43'' 84.89'' 3.46''
Rev. / Mile: 778.09 746.38 -31.71
If your speedometer reads 65 mph, you are going about 67.8 mph

VLAD - 3/26/2018 7:33 AM

Federal Formosa 195/55/16 will be lower then OEM tire. (not sure if 195 mm tire will fit in swing arm) You will lose some road clearance. Austone Taxi 175R16 tire little taller. Make sure you readjust your rig after you install new tire. Otherwise your new tire will be eaten fast.

Hi VLAD. Thanks for posting. 🙂 I am on the fence about using the 195/55/16. I really do not want an increase in RPM or a loss in road clearance. So I may not use it anyway.
Just trying to get my ducks in a row before I need a new tire.

As far as adjusting the rig goes, I have electric tilt or lean whichever you want to call it. 🙂 Is this what you are talking about ? It's pretty handy, I use it all the time.
I have rig just like yours, except mine is red. I heard that the blue ones are faster. LOL 🙂

VLAD - 3/26/2018 7:51 AM

Bone - 3/24/2018 10:11 AM

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 .

Austone taxi tire will fit. Clearance will be about 1/2 - 3/4" on each side of swing arm. You will have to remove only small shield on front part of rear fender( if you don't it will be taken off by tire itself)

Current: New:

180/70R16 195/55/16

Current New Difference

Sidewall Height: 4.96'' 4.22'' -0.74''
Section Width: 7.09'' 7.68'' 0.59''
Tire Height: 25.92'' 24.44'' -1.48''
Tire Circum: 81.43'' 76.78'' -4.65''
Rev. / Mile: 778.09 825.21 47.12
If your speedometer reads 65 mph, you are going about 61.3 mph

Current: New:

180/70/16 175/80/16

Current New Difference
Sidewall Height: 4.96'' 5.51'' 0.55''
Section Width: 7.09'' 6.89'' -0.2''
Tire Height: 25.92'' 27.02'' 1.1''
Tire Circum: 81.43'' 84.89'' 3.46''
Rev. / Mile: 778.09 746.38 -31.71
If your speedometer reads 65 mph, you are going about 67.8 mph

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Thanks for posting these specs. This helps. Kinda looks like a 180/70/16 might be the way to go ??

I made mistake. 160/70/16 for GL1500(180/70/16 for GL1800. sorry) is OEM size motorcycle tire. Closest automotive tire 175R16.

bentleyssq - 3/23/2018 3:47 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.

Are you sure auto tire is 195/55/16 not 175/55/16?

Make sure you readjust your rig after you install new lower or higher tire. Otherwise your new tire will be eaten fast. Make sure to do adjustment after changing triple tree. Picture of new tire after 500mi since tree replacement.

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