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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Default 23" wheel on the Tail of the Dragon

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I have seen it posted, and been asked myself, many times about how the 23" front wheel with the raked trees affects handling. I have had it on for a few months and felt comfortable with it right away. I wanted to give it a true test, so week before last I took a road trip to the Tail and had a BLAST! I am an aggressive rider and love the twisties more than any part of MC riding. I was a bit apprehensive about getting the front end done, (for fear of ruining a great handling bike) but the wife said the "big wheels are sexy, you should do it". Well, who am I to argue....
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Low speed it is a bit harder to move around (at parking lot speeds). It takes a bit more counterbalancing and full lock to complete u turns. Not a big deal.
When coming to a stop, I have noticed (and others have mentioned too) that the bike is somewhat tippy. I have found this less so with the big wheel. Happy with that.
At speed, it RAILS through turns. It has sharp, crisp, easily modulated, turn-in. It also holds the line very well. I was most concerned about losing the "flickabliity" of the bike (as much as an 800lb bike can be). I needn't have been concerned. Wonderfully light, communicative steering. As an added benefit, the ground clearance is improved by the raising of the axle line. I only scraped once in a decreasing radius left hander, that I didn't get my body weight shifted enough in time.
Straight line is still hands off the bars, dead true tracking. No change there.
Overall I would do this again in a minute! I LOVE the look (I'll admit I love attention it gets too). In most cases it handles as well as (in some cases even better) the stock bike.

Trip miles = 1435
Saddle time total for 4 days 33:15
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Great review, greater pics
My riding buds and I are trying to plan a trip to the Dragon for next year, hope we can make it happen.

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Nice pix bro!

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Good to read nan! So tired of people rippin on big wheels that they don't get ridin.

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Sweet pics. Bike looks nice scraping those floorboards!!!


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Couldn't agree with you more luvmyride. "It rails through turns" is a very good description of the 23" front.

Great pics too.

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Nice bro, tearing those curves up!!!!! Great pics, good looking scoot too.

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Which rake kit did you use? Also, did you install it yourself or a shop? And if you wouldn't mind, what was the TOTAL cost all said and done? i.e. rake kit, wheel/tire, rotors, fender, fender spacers, paint, etc.
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Which rake kit did you use? Also, did you install it yourself or a shop? And if you wouldn't mind, what was the TOTAL cost all said and done? i.e. rake kit, wheel/tire, rotors, fender, fender spacers, paint, etc.
Yeah I would like to know too. Your review has me interested now.
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Great looking bike. That 23" wheel looks sick and apparently handles great. Good write up.

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