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Old 07-25-2008, 09:07 AM
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Fat tire pros/cons

I'm in the process of looking for a custom bike to purchase unless I decide to build a bike kit. I've been doing some research on the wide rear tire and I have some questions. What is the pros/cons to a fat tire. One bike I'm looking at has a 250 rear tire. I know that most of the fat tire bikes have them for looks but are there any major pros besides that? Are there any major cons to having a fat tire? Are the rideable for long distances? Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:13 AM
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:23 AM
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I ride a 360 rigid and I lobve it.
Handles pretty good and the ride is smoother than you might think.
Except for the big bumps and turning corners 'cause my bike is 10 feet long with a 40 degree rake.
Still, I think I'd like it better if I had rear suspension.
If you have an opportunity, take a wide tire for a ride. I think yopu'll like it.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:26 AM
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First off, welcome to the site.

You'll get a million different opinions about wide vs. skinny and ridability. What is your style of riding? What is the condition of the roads in your area?

It depends on whether your riding a rigid...whether it is right side or left side drive.....many questions to answer.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I'm looking only at softails. I'm open to either right side or left side drives. Roads vary around here. Do a good amount of back road riding and not as much freeway but I want I bike that I can ride comfortably if I go a long trip. This will be my first non-streetbike. I've ridden a couple different Harleys that friends have.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:22 AM
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Plain and simple.....wide tires are for looks. There is NO advantage to a wide tire...period.

Skinny tire bikes are more balanced and will handle better everything else being equal.

And yes....I have both. My fat tire is a 250 and I couldn't imagine going any wider. If I did cornering would be even worse than it already is. Dont get me wrong. I can hold my 250 rigid w/ 42* of rake in most corners at the going pace of the pack. But nowhere near as well as I can my skinny tire Softail.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:28 AM
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm looking at softails only. I would like to take it on some long trips. All the roads here are different, some nice ones but others that are terrible. Any other information would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:51 PM
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm looking at softails only. I would like to take it on some long trips. All the roads here are different, some nice ones but others that are terrible. Any other information would be much appreciated.
I ride a 300 softail custom now. I have had other bikes with 140 to 200's on them. The max width to ride and be able to handle curves well is a 200. However, the 300 is just different and a great ride. You just have to plan the turn a little more in advance and take it a little slower. Part of the slow part for me is I scrape pipes on too sharp a turns but the bike with the 300 just doesn't want to lay way over. This may be particular to my bike and it is my opinion. One other thing I noticed is that when you ride parallel to an incline the bike wants to go downhill. If you think about it, because the back is wider than the front, in a rut in the road, the front tire is in the lowest part of the rut while the rear is riding up the side of the rut. This forces you to counter-steer up the rut. As soon as the front goes up the rut and the back goes down the opposite happens. This is just something you have to be aware of and it can make you feel like a pinball at slow speeds. Come to Ohio and ride mine. Like it and Iíll make you a hell of a deal so I can finish my next build. Enjoy!
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:50 PM
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Fat tires SUCK, unless your going straight.......................and thats the truth!

If they were SO GREAT why the hell don't they run them in the SUPERBIKE series ect?....................................

As RAMVTX said, 200mm is the MAX for great handling. Been ridin' for 38 years so I might have a bit of experience. Rode crotch rockets for about 8 years, those are GREAT handling bikes.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:52 PM
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Rick, he's asking about tires.....................not your belly!
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I have a 300 on my ride and have no complaints. With that said, I'm not too worried about handing because handling on all customs suck compared to my race bikes. Test ride a couple of different styles and judge for yourself. At the end of the day, ride what makes you feel rightous. I do!
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:36 PM
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ok, here is my 2 cents: There is ONE thing a wide tire does besides looks - Traction ant that is mostly on the launch, but realisticaly on a harley unless you are talking about doing REALLY wild things to the motor, that wide tire on the back is mainly for looks. as far as turning goes, you can turn as well on a fat tire as a skinny tire IF THE BIKE IS SET UP RIGHT. I have ridden a busa with a 330 on the back and take clovers at a 100 + . I have ridden hardtails with a 250 and been scared on clovers at 50.

If you are going to do nothing to the bike but slap a wide rear tire on. I agreee with RAMVTX don't go wider then 200. if you are willing to put in some effort go as wide as you wan't to get the LOOK you wan't.

another thing to think about is that a lot of the bikes don't turn well, not because of the wide tire, but because of the wide primary and exhaust. Take a stock softail and lean it to both sides and watch how far you can lean it befor anything touches. and ask yourself if you can imagine leaning that much into a turn. Then do the same thing with a fat tire bike and look at the differance.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:17 PM
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The handling really isn't about the tire so much. Like was said, take a 300 tire and put it on a busa, without changing ride height, without raking and extending your bike to 10' long, and it will handle fine. Now put it on a chopper with 4"s of clearance to the road, rake the shit out of it and extend the fuck out of it till you have a 10'+ bike,,,,,,,,there's where the handling problem comes into play, not because of a fat rear end!!!
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Pros - looks

Cons - hard to lean into turns
- tires are far more expensive
- more expensive to install (spacing everything)
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