Wheels and tires

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Classx, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Classx

    Classx Member

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    Oh, one more thing. The dealers can't help me with new wheels for my 1999 FLHTCUI. I am leaning towards going with American Wire Wheels, they are expensive, but nice. They are also tubless! I was thinking about going with a 21" X 3.5" on the front and a 18" X 3.5" on the rear. I am having trouble finding tires. If anyone has suggestions on wheels I am open to that as well.

    Thanks.
     
  2. brownfoxx1

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    nice choice. and install a tube inside the tubeless tire.
     
  3. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    I have to agree with Steve, go tubeless.
    Ken
     
  4. karlsbike

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    Hi
    I'm running a tubeless AWW 16" with a 1" axle in the front (2000-up). I went for the stock size as I got a good deal on them, plus I like the balance of two same sized wheels. I am very happy with those wheels and whenever I bother cleaning them they look great with the fat spokes. No issues with air leakage and the chrome seems solid.

    I would be a bit sceptical to installing a 21" up front although I've never tried a tourer with such a set-up.
    But, I have been riding both the FLSTC (130 x 16") and FXSTC (100? x 21"), and to me the Heritage feels much more solid in the curves and when braking hard.
    Another thing worth considering 'while you're in there' is to install a 2002-up swingarm (with spherical bearings instead of those soft cleve blocks). I did it last winter and the difference is pronounced. I can still feel some flexing, but it's now got a tighter feel to it. Next step is test out some aluminium bushings to stiffen up the rubber/steel donuts.
    YMMV, of course...
     
  5. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Are you turning bike into a show bike?? Going to spokes is problematic enough let alone a 21" front...
     
  6. Classx

    Classx Member

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    I have been running spokes for years and have never had a problem.

    Even though I ride every day and am going to use this bike for long distance travel, every bike I own is a show bike (at least to me).

    I have read a lot about guys who have gone to the 21" on front and loved it. However, if I can't get a tire for it I may just go with the 18" wheels front and rear.
     
  7. nakkers

    nakkers Active Member

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    Anytime I see those 21" fronts on a bagger, they usually have Avon Venoms.


    I'm sure if you look hard enough, you'll find some. You can probably contact Avon directly and they can refer you to a local shop that has some in stock.


    Looks nice in pictures.
     
  8. Classx

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    I spoke with Avon, Bridgestone, Dunlop, and Michilen this week and no one has tires to fit. I just talked to Vee Rubber and they have a shipment of the sizes I need in wide white walls arriving in about eight weeks.
     
  9. gusotto

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    A friend installed a 21" on his 2001 Ultra. Looked cool but he just traded for a 2011 CVO Road Glide.

    After trading, he admitted the 21" was a big mistake.
    Handling was a chore at lower speeds.

    I wouldn't install tubes on a wheel that didn't need a tube.
    If you have a flat, it would be hard to patch while alongside the road.
    Keep it simple.
     
  10. Classx

    Classx Member

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    Wheel Help

    I have a 1999 Ultra and my friend has a 2007 Road King. We are both thinking of getting a 21" X 3.5" spoke front wheel. He will be using his stock rear spoke wheel while I am going to an 18" X 3.5" rear wheel. These will be made by American Wire Wheel and will be tubless.

    What I need is opinions from people who have actually made such a change on a bagger. I am looking for real world pros and cons.

    I already know we will have to drill and raise the back of the fender slightly, that there will be a slight change on slow handling, and the front will be raised about 1.5".

    Thanks.