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Old 04-02-2012, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So last year at bikes on meridian I seen some baggers that had huge front rims...I have talked to a couple of people that said it didn't effect their ride and it is just as comfortable...is this true and if I throw one on my Electra glide will I get the "wobbles" as I head down the highway?


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Old 04-02-2012, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First you need to define big front wheel. If you are talking 21" or maybe even 23" it may ride okay and installation isn't a problem, the 23 will require engine guard removal. Larger than that, like a 26 or a 30", the frame needs to be cut and raked, triple trees need to have additional rake and the front tubes need to be extended to make room. Ride and handling will be changed for sure. To install a 26-30" front wheel is $10,000 and UP. Is it worth it for a kids big wheel? Only you can answer that for yourself.
For me a bagger is meant to be ridden, not just posed upon.

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I was only looking at a 21-23"...I've always rode bikes with larger front rims, in fact the Harley has the smallest I've ever ridden on!


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Evenn with a 21 be careful of tire to fender clearance. My buddy did a 21 and at speed the tire grew out and rubbed on the inside of the fender. It got hot enough to burn the paint on the outside. Some tires grow more than others. I heard Eddie Trotta say he only uses Metzlers for that reason.
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Evenn with a 21 be careful of tire to fender clearance. My buddy did a 21 and at speed the tire grew out and rubbed on the inside of the fender. It got hot enough to burn the paint on the outside. Some tires grow more than others. I heard Eddie Trotta say he only uses Metzlers for that reason.

+1 That's a very good point Chris. I've heard Metzlers are good too. I use Avons. Haven't had a problem with them so far and my rear fender is about 1/4 inch off my tire when the air shocks are all the way down.


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