'09 RKC - Why retain 16" front tire?

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Sharky1948, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Sharky1948

    Sharky1948 Junior Member

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    All of the new touring bikes have received bigger rubber on the front and rear....except the RKC which retains the same size front tire. Any insights on why? Handling? Or just style?
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Why mess with perfection ?:D
     
  3. Sharky1948

    Sharky1948 Junior Member

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    The rear tire and fender on the RKC have changed.

    On the FLHR, both the front and rear tires are larger now.

    Guess they messed with perfection!
     
  4. wildspirit97

    wildspirit97 Senior Member

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    just remember when you they start going up in tire sizes the price for a replacement tire goes way up....I found that out with the new 200 mm tire on the softail. I cost me 250 dollars to put an avon on the back. but that's only about 40 more bucks that the dunlop.
     
  5. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    I would say style
     
  6. Tigg

    Tigg Junior Member

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    Dittos; to what glider said
     
  7. Retrop

    Retrop Active Member

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    The MOCO says that the Classic for this year at least will remain true to it's Classical image by refraining to adopt the new tire and wheel. Kind of like Coke did 25 years ago, it you are old enough to remember. All the touring models get the "New" tire size except the Road King Classic which retains the older size. New Coke and Classic Coke, don't you see?
     
  8. greenwaggin

    greenwaggin New Member

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    Ride quality. Continuity. Replacement cost. Handling.:)
     
  9. flhrrider

    flhrrider Member

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    Tires were one reason I bought an '08. Let time tell if the dual compound tires are actually better.
    flhrrider
     
  10. 7 Blairs

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    I don't think Harley had any $$'S left over this year for resizing a spoke wheel....?