Pics at the end
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....
The riding review....
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
Yup, it can still tour