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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
The fat rear tire was mostly a Japanese thing. While the Japanese have tried to copy Harley with most of their cruisers, Harleys never used fat rear tires. For one thing, they wouldn't fit with the Harley belt drive system. Harleys still use relatively skinny rear tires compared to Japanese cruisers. Victory has designed a belt drive system and swing arm that allows the use of oversize rear tires, and Harley clone builders mostly just made the primary wider to accomplish the same thing. I like the larger diameter wheels and smaller rear tires used on older bikes. Then when the Kawasaki Mean Streak came out, I thought it looked so much better than the 1500 Classic, and the 18" rear wheel had a lot to do with it. I have also seen Classics modified with an 18" rear wheel, and thought they looked much better as well. Unfortunately (for me) there is no way to modify the Vulcan 750, because of the cast wheel.
I actually love the way the Vulcan 750 looks (and works) but some things I like better than others. Many do not like the "ears". To me, that small diameter rear wheel with the huge rear tire is one of the least attractive parts of the bike. Just personal opinion. Fat rear tires seem to be all the rage these days. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike