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So here is my first set of questions. I'm sure you've seen some version of these before.

What are good replacement tires for this bike, front and rear? I had stock Bridgestones on my last bike and did not like them at all. I expect I'll want to replace these as well.

Can I replace the front tire with a 150 width tire? Do I want to go wider in the front?

What is the max width I can use in the back. Does a wider rear tire affect the handling?

I'm a big guy and so is my woman. How far can I stress the load capacity of this beast? Any body regularly put 500 pounds on this bike? If so, what has been your experience?
 

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As for tires, I am running the Michelin Commander II tires front and back right now. The front is a 130/90 (stock size), and the rear is a 180/65, wider than stock but it fits under the fender and inside the swingarm just fine. Great tires so far, way better than the Bridgestones. I can't speak to going wider in the front. Wider front tire might affect handling (?). Generally, wider tires like to "stand up" more; takes a little more to put them over in a turn. But the difference between a 170 and a 180 is not that much, probably not enough to feel from the seat.
 

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+1 for the commander tyres. I think a wider front will slow your steering down, I am happy to be corrected about this, perhaps wiser folk will post.
correct tyre pressures, rear shock settings and pressure should sort out the weight.
inflate the rear shocks by the book or you could blow them out.
happy trails
 
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