So just stick with a 130, it didn't look like it would rub, or should I try a 140?Got to worry about the sides
This is from my experience of owning many brands and I guess close to 50 bikes since 1968, and having changed quite a number of tires in my shop, I found that in every case the bikes would accommodate one up-size with the stock swing arm. All bets are off on custom jobs. Just to be sure, I always measured the sidewaqll clearance and the prospective new tire with a caliper. Do your own measurements and make sure. Take from it what you will, but always verify.So just stick with a 130, it didn't look like it would rub, or should I try a 140?
What size tire is that, that it fits, your sportster looks like mineSome Sportsters came with a 150 -80 x16 rear tire. It's a Dunlop d401. It is designed to fit on a three and a quarter inch wide rim which is basically what the factory rear Rim is. Your issue is going to be the sidewall of the tire clearing the wider belt that comes on a 2001 versus the narrower belt that came out in 2004. The other thing you're going to run into is clearance of the sidewall at the rear fender strut. Different tire widths and sizes and Brands can all determine at a plus or minus 7% size variants what will or will not fit. Sometimes it's hit or miss. Changing to a chain drive will give you room. I've dome that... View attachment 819351
It looks exactly like mine so would a 150-80-16 fit, I presume?150-80x16 D401 Dunlop
bike is a 2008 883, now a 1200.
Ok I will base my decision off that fitting for you and if it doesn't ill stick with the 130Dont know. I can assume. for reference:
My rear fender is 8.25" wide between rails and 7.25" at top width.
My belt is just shy of 1.25" wide. I have the newer style pulley. not the old one with circles in it.