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    Greeting gentle people. It seems that most of you are riding newer wings that will take a radial tire. I ride a 1500
    And of course that takes a bias tire. What are your recommendations for a DSL tire?

  • #2
    not sure what you mean by "DSL tire" but the Bridgestone 701 I've heard seems to be a good one. don't have a clue for the back tire. BTW, Welcome to the board!
    DS#1146 IBA#55800 50CC,BBG, BB1500 x2, SS2K, SS1Kx3 CERTIFIED ALL DS, PGR RC
    2010 Level3 Endeavor Reverse Trike

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    • Pooch
      Pooch commented
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      Are you looking for bias ply tires for front and rear or radials to replace the bias ply tires?

  • #3
    DST as in dark side tire. Looking for better wear without sacrificing handling. I heard that a austin cab tire was a good fit.

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    • #4
      I have a friend running a Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max 175/16 and he likes it so far, it is a non run flat tire though. The Austone Taxi tire is a good one also but may be hard to find.
      DS#1146 IBA#55800 50CC,BBG, BB1500 x2, SS2K, SS1Kx3 CERTIFIED ALL DS, PGR RC
      2010 Level3 Endeavor Reverse Trike

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      • #5
        JW, just because the GL1500 came with bias belt tires on it, does not mean you have to continue to use bias belt tires. You CAN fit radial tires to that bike, and even put a radial Car Tire on the back. It has been done before.

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        • JWnWyoming
          JWnWyoming commented
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          I have just read an interesting article about the rim construction and the bead seat. It's has me a little concerned but I have never heard about CT unseating. Have you?

      • #6
        No, I have not, but....there is a specific classification for the type of wheel rim bead...and some cars have different beads, and some motorcycles have different beads. In my opinion, you would be fine. BUT.......I would search and find someone that HAS a GL-1500...with a CT...and confirm this with them.

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        • #7
          I still have my 1500 and it has an Austone 175R16 car tire on the back. I put that on last year because the Federal Formoza 175/60R16 car tires I had been using for the last couple years were no longer available. Personally I liked the Formoza's smaller size. I felt that it was peppier off the line and sat just a tad lower than stock. It made it easier to flat foot it at stops. I went to the Austone because it is the most popular car tire for the 1500's right now. It is a higher profile than the stock tires. The Formoza has a slightly more rounded profile that most car tires which helps with their popularity but still puts more rubber on the pavement than the stock MC tires. The Formoza would slightly raise the operating RPM's over the stock tire while the Austone slightly lowers the operating RPM's. However neither one significantly impacted MPG over the stock MC tires for some reason.

          Where the car tire shines in my opinion is on wet pavement. I have had experiences with the rear MC tires breaking loose on wet pavement and it is not for the faint of heart. With car tires, you really got to try hard to break them loose.

          The one thing I do wish though was to have a RF that would fit. With the Formoza, I had to run it at 46-48 psi to get the right feel and about the same for the Austone which is right around max pressure on both. With a RF, I could run it much less than that. I ran both the Formoza and Austone without wheel weights and 3-4 oz of dyna beads.

          I was sold on car tires when one time I ran across a razor blade and it embedded in the tread. It went all the way down to the steel belts but didn't puncture the tire. If I had been riding with a MC tire, it would have gone flat. I have no plans to ride without a car tire any more. My 1800 presently has a MC tire on it but I have the Yokahama Envigor RF, I just haven't gotten around to getting it installed yet. With the weather we have been having, it will be a little while before I get a chance to ride it anyway.

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          • #8
            Originally posted by Pooch View Post
            I have a friend running a Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max 175/16 and he likes it so far, it is a non run flat tire though. The Austone Taxi tire is a good one also but may be hard to find.
            https://www.universaltire.com/175r16...axi-black.html This is about the only place you will find it but this is the place where everyone I know that uses one has ordered it. It's where I got mine.

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            • JWnWyoming
              JWnWyoming commented
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              This being a radial, what should I run for a front tire?

          • #9
            I went with a bias ply Batlax BT-45 for the front.

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            • #10
              Pw, your sayin' bias in the front and radial on the rear? That's always been a cardinal sin. It handles OK?

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              • #11
                Originally posted by JWnWyoming View Post
                Pw, your sayin' bias in the front and radial on the rear? That's always been a cardinal sin. It handles OK?
                JW, the cardinal sin has been mixing radial/non-radial on the same axle. You will be fine mixing them on a wing.
                Richard
                Darksider #390
                Murgie's FAQ

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                • #12
                  Originally posted by TravelinLite View Post

                  JW, the cardinal sin has been mixing radial/non-radial on the same axle. You will be fine mixing them on a wing.
                  Yep, what he said
                  DS#1146 IBA#55800 50CC,BBG, BB1500 x2, SS2K, SS1Kx3 CERTIFIED ALL DS, PGR RC
                  2010 Level3 Endeavor Reverse Trike

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                  • #13
                    Thanks TravelinLite. That's what I wanted to hear. I'll probably get the Austin tire for this season. Thanks for everybody's input.

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                    • #14
                      Same here BT 45 on the front 14 months 10,000 miles on it and it still looks great plenty of rubber left. I should get and easy 20,000 out of it love this tire.
                      2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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                      • #15
                        Keep the pressure on the BT-45 right around 40/41. You may get into the 30,000 mile range, I did(33,000) YMMV
                        DS#1146 IBA#55800 50CC,BBG, BB1500 x2, SS2K, SS1Kx3 CERTIFIED ALL DS, PGR RC
                        2010 Level3 Endeavor Reverse Trike

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