Fashion and about twice the horsepower . The current trend seems to be for wider and wider tyres for no reason other than style . As the new bonny is styled along the lines of a 60's bonny , 180 or larger tyres would look out of place . Triumph were stretching it a bit by putting a 130 on the standard rim . The best handling bike I ever had ( and still own ) was a mk1 guzzi lemans which has a 100 section on the front and a 110 on the rear .
With higher amounts of power, you want a larger surface area to avoid a loss of traction. This is why higher end sportbikes are now wearing 190 and 200 series tires. Cruisers are using wider tires, upwards of 300 series now, as a fashion statement as to help balance out the bulbous looks of the rest of the bike. Narrower tires will allow a bike to be more nimble and responsive. As long as the narrower tires can handle the power without breaking loose, then there's no advantage to going with a wider tire.
Without trying to find where I read it, under hard use tyres heat up, a lot. A larger carcass gives more area to dissipate heat which helps tire longevity. Under the same conditions a narrow tire sticks just as good as a large one but because it will not dissipate heat as well it wears out quicker. When racing the larger tire has an advantage.
Just curious to know if anybody has put some kind of auxiliary (LED) lighting in place of the factory front turn signals, and if so, what did you use.
I had a little boo-boo in the garage, dropped my Bonnie on its left side and busted the turn signal cover. I can buy a replacement but I'm...
What does everyone use on their chain? I've been using this stuff because it doesn't flick oil all over my back wheel: Maxima Chain Wax - RevZilla
Now I'm wondering if it does as good a job as regular chain lube does maintaining the chain. Thoughts?
I have a 2014 EFI Scrambler and am mulling over switching the turn signals/brake light. The stock UFO retro ones never really bothered me that much... until I changed the seat to a solo seat w/a rack and this changed the whole back profile of the bike. Now the whole rear light assembly looks...
The Classic triple forum has a thread for daily modifications and shop work. Lets get that going for twins as well.
Today I lowered my T100's rear brake lever. I took the pin out, the master cylinder off and adjusted the bucket and locknut. Now I won't be beside my brake pedal on that bike, I...
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