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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Front tire size up

Well, I went for the tire size up. I needed to replace a front tire so I went with a 110 this time.

I hope i can get it put on this weekend.

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What brand/model have you been running?
What brand/model is the new tire?

Did you change brand and tread pattern or just increase size to the 110/90-19?
Was there anything in particular that you like or dislike about the old tire?
Are there any particular improvements that you are hoping to find in the new one?

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I have run a 110 Metzeler for about a year now in front. I don't think it makes a big difference in handling or ride characteristics. It does seem to make the speedometer reading more accurate though.
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I went with a Dunlop and yes I do like the lager size better.
I just got back from a test drive today.
The particular feel on the front end is different.
At least from my point of view the bike feels a little more stuck to the road in curves.

I will most likely do the rear tire when it comes time.

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Replacing the front tire with a larger one may help handling, and it seems to have been done enough to be proven safe. There are 2 reasons I stick to the stock size tire. One is simple cosmetics. I do not like fat tires in the front. I would actually prefer a skinny 21" tire, like the Suzuki 800 intruder and Vulcan 800A had. The other reason is that a larger tire is heavier and has more rotating mass. Proper balancing becomes even more important. The larger tire will have more centrifugal force, which may make it harder to turn.


But as for the rear tire, I believe it is already too big, I actually would like to go with a smaller (narrower) rear tire of about the same outside diameter, but on a 17" rim. The Vulcan 750 has the same size stock rear tire as my '85 Goldwing, which is much bigger and heavier and has a higher load capacity. It is also designed to be ridden 2 up. And unlike the Vulcan, you can't put a larger tire on it, because it won't fit. The stock 150/90-15 just barely fits in the swingarm. And the '85 Goldwing is not an "older" bike than the Vulcan. The GL1200 came out in 1984. The VN700 came out in '85. It's just my opinion, which makes it pretty much worthless, but I believe they put that huge rear tire on the Vulcan strictly for looks. I think a 130/90-17 would have been a much better choice. That's what my '97 Road King has, and it rides fine. It does not handle like a Vulcan 750, but then neither does the Goldwing. You cannot put a wider rear tire on it either, because of the belt drive. The belt comes very close to the tire.

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I went with the larger front/rear tires a few years ago.
One of the best things I ever did for handling.
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I actually love the look of the 150-90-15. Looking at the bike from behind, the wide tire i tihnk really makes it look cool. I dont understand how people can fit a wider tire in there, because you have to squeeze it in there anyway with the stock size!

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I actually love the look of the 150-90-15. Looking at the bike from behind, the wide tire i tihnk really makes it look cool. I dont understand how people can fit a wider tire in there, because you have to squeeze it in there anyway with the stock size!
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biggest front tire

just wondering what the largest tire that will fit without swapping out forks

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so i was wondering what it costs for a new tire with mount and balance cause i think this old 86 i got has the original tires
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