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Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
Would someone point me in the direction of a dark sider Link please. Thank you in advance.
 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
Thank you. Now that I have a Voyager kit on, I have to maximize the surface my tire can grip and use. Regular MC tires wear out faster with Voyager Kit. At least thats what I've heard and been told.
 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
I dont know anything about the voyager kit. Does the bike still have some amount of lean, or is it solid like a standard trike?
 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
There's a lot out there. Problem is, nobody has ever found a car tire that's spec'd for a 3 1/2" rim. The Austone taxi tire seems to be the best bet - https://www.universaltire.com/175r16-austone-taxi-black.html

However the minimum rim width is 5".
 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
I'm on my 2nd Austone. Got 26,000mi on the first one.
Pretty close to that now on the 2nd one.
 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
Running the Austone is a good idea Kai. Here's why...your set-up, and sidecars, have one thing in common. They both have to be steered instead of leaned. Steering causes the rear tire to be scrubbed, meaning dragged sideways as opposed to just leaning like on a 2 wheeler. Motorcycle tires are not designed to withstand a lot of scrubbing action, so a car tire is a logical choice here. On a two-wheeler, the car tire handles poorly due to it's configuration, though some people don't mind this. In your case, handling is not an issue so the car tire is perfect. I mentioned this a few weeks ago in a different thread, back before you revealed you had got a Voyager kit, but you didn't seem to want to believe me about the motorcycle tires failing in 5K miles. I guess you must have investigated this more and found out. I made some other derogatory comments about the Voyager kit as well, but, to clarify, that was about the kits manufactured early on in their conception. Perhaps some of the issues the early kits had were ironed out through the years, I don't know, I only have the one experience with one I helped install in the early 1990's. I wish you the best of luck with it. Truth is, I don't like the true trike kits either. I helped install a Champion trike kit, also on a Goldwing (the same one we removed the Voyager kit from), and when I rode it for a test ride, going around a corner I got it up on 2 wheels which scared the living shit out of me. I guess if you did it frequently maybe it wouldn't be so bad. I can get a sidecar rig up on 2 wheels, and it's fun and very controllable to me, but then, I have a lot of experience doing that.

Any way, like I said earlier, I really do wish you the best of luck with it. The front tire wear won't change much, you might lose a little up front but it's negligible. You may have to reconfigure your Voyager pre-load for the taller car tire if / when you make the change, but other than that you should be good to go.

 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
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I dont know anything about the voyager kit. Does the bike still have some amount of lean, or is it solid like a standard trike?

No lean at all. Its pretty solid.
 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
Spydr wrote:
I'm on my 2nd Austone. Got 26,000mi on the first one.
Pretty close to that now on the 2nd one.


What Pressures do you run in them and what front tire do you recommend.
 
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Re:Dark Sider Forum 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
I DO NOT know if this will be a useful idea, but I would check with Coker and other manufacturers of "vintage tires" as the really old ones were designed for narrow rims. I have no idea if it would be a wild goose chase, but that is where I would start.
 
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