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Preference for Front Tire Size

I been "lurking" here readin' about 900's. What are the pros and cons of the "80/90 X 21 front tire vs the 130/90 X 16? Not tryin' to start a war, just curious.

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It's preference I think. The shorter/wider 16" will feel and rider more stable, but will feel more bumps. The taller/narrower 21" will roll over bumps better, but you'll feel more ruts in the road. Just my observation riding both sizes.

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Haven't ridden a Custom but my wifes Honda Shadow has a front wheel similar to the custom (though not as big in diameter)

I prefer the larger wheel myself, it's more stable, smoother, doesn't follow grooves in the road. To me, it's a better choice for the type of distance riding and commuting I do, just an all around more comfortable ride.

However, my wifes bike has a lot more road feel, and that skinny tire effortlessly lays into corners; I've heard that about the 900 custom vs the classic as well. I sometimes steal my wifes bike just because of how nimble and fun it is! Of course; it likes to follow grooves; which my wife hates!

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I've moved from the 80/90-21 to the 90/90-21 and finally settled on a 120/70-21. The smaller tires will follow every crack in the road and since I've moved to the 120 I like it alot better.

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Hey rescue what rim and fender do you have and how much? I hate the skinny tire almost lost it in Richmond on my way to n.y.

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I'm running the 120 on the stock custom front wheel, as for the fender I'm still looking for one. I was going to run by a local custom Harley shop and look through their fenders for one that will fit.

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I'm running the 120 on the stock custom front wheel, as for the fender I'm still looking for one. I was going to run by a local custom Harley shop and look through their fenders for one that will fit.
So you just have a naked wheel with the 120? No fender, no bracket? Wow, this is the first time I hear about anyone using a bigger size than the 90/90 (which I understand fits all the stock parts well with sufficient clearances...)

Can you possibly post a picture of the front end of the bike?

I am due for a front tire replacement soon, so I would love to hear any views of such an alternative...

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I've ridden both, my brother's classic and my custom. Regarding the front tire, I feel that the skinny tire is a little more agile, but honestly it comes down to personal preference. I don't like the look of spokes and I don't care for floor boards. My bro was the opposite.

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The number one reason is it looks very nice. The bigger wheel is a chik magnet. It scares the bad guys. It misses lots of rocks, nails, and screws... the fatter tires get them all. It is so easy to air up, I sometimes just blow in it like it's a balloon. It smoothly divides the water on the road in rain allowing back tire more suction(yes! suction).

Ok thats all i can think of right now.
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I'm running the 120 on the stock custom front wheel, as for the fender I'm still looking for one. I was going to run by a local custom Harley shop and look through their fenders for one that will fit.
doesn't mean anything until you have pics. PICS,PICS,PICS

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