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    Wide tires on some cycles

    Well, two hours after buying my first bike, I hurt my back so that I can barely walk (injury unrelated to the bike)! So, during my down time, I thought I'd post random motorcycle questions I have. One is, what's with bikes that have the super wide tires? Why are they needed/desired?

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    The really fat (or is that phat) tires on cruisers? That's so they look good sitting in front of the bars. The measly power from their engines can't possibly use all that rubber.



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    It's a looks thing. I think the concept started with "custom" bikes, but of course now the mainstream manufacturers have picked it up. However, many bikes with super-wide tires handle poorly, and engineers can only do so much to compensate. I've ridden a Victory Hammer, and it wasn't bad, but it did require steady pressure on the inside grip to keep it leaned over; the Victory Kingpin that I rode the same day handled much more nicely, with it's conventionally sized tires.

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    Its a great way to completely ruin the handling characteristics of a motorcycle.
    The whir of gear driven cams makes me giddy.

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    You can blame the likes of Paul Sr and Jr for that.
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    Right away the assumption is sport bikes don't come with 180 or 190 series tires from the factory...
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    Quote Originally Posted by asp125 View Post
    You can blame the likes of Paul Sr and Jr for that.
    Ron and Rand Paul?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Shack View Post
    Right away the assumption is sport bikes don't come with 180 or 190 series tires from the factory...
    Psshh.. skinny compared to the 200+ sizes some riders stuff under cruisers. I think the OP was talking about the super wide tires.. like 250-300mm gum balls you see on choppers. I think the VRod comes stock with a 240.
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    Exactly. I google imaged what I was speaking of and the site I was led to mentioned 240-300 mm tires.

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