I sure wish someone could explain to me how taking a tire and wheel off and replacing it with another one of the same height messed up handling or took away from cornering..... ?????I changed the front wheel from a 19" to a 21" with 80 spokes. It looked really cool, but it lost it's ability to corner as well. .
Didn't your Sporty Custom come from the FACTORY with a 21" front wheel, Martin?I know I may piss some people off, but as cool as that big 21" wheel looks, it really takes away from the performance. Remember, the Sportster is a "SPORTS" bike. .
The 19" tire has a wider "body" between the sidewalls. Depending on what pressures you run, it can effect the handling, because you'll have more sidewall flex. That alone can effect handling, in that it'll feel softer, and may absorb more road shock, making the front feel less bumpy or "hoppy". The difference there is your tire pressure, but the tire construction allows it. Tire pressure has long been a handling trick for riders for handling......Dave,
I don't mean to drive this subject into the ground, but I just changed my wheel to a 19" as I stated earlier. I measured the distance of travel of one revolution between the two. 21" measured 82 7/8", 19" measured 81 1/4". Thats not much difference. How about the tire patch. Surely the wider 19" will have a wider and longer tire to ground ratio. Maybe that could explain my situation. I don't know. If the weather warms up I'll try it this week end. The research was interesting though. I wasn't trying to start an argument, just trying to understand.
Thanks for your thoughts.
If the wheel heights are the same, it's the same distance from the axle to the ground, meaning rake and trail have not changed. If that's the case, then it HAS to be due to another factor.....