I don't know if it's a skinny 'trend', I think he's just recalling the older board track racers that all had skinny tires...
Yes. That is exactly where this fad/trend is coming from. Before it was super fat tires which rode badly but looked cool. Now it's the skinny board track style bobbers a lot of the custom builders are doing. Oh well. Fads and styles come and go in the custom bike world just like clothing I guess.
I bet this particular bike will fly though. Practically no weight and all that hp/tq.
Maybe you can rotate skinnies front to back and so on.
I like the fat back. This is my third bike with the 21 skinny on the front. I believe that the smaller diameter front handles better but 21 looks better.
As for the indian, those tires can get you in trouble with pavement cracks and grooves. Here in Miss., the roads would wreak havoc on a skinny back tire on a rigid bike. My old back couldn't handle it very long.
The board track racing bikes were a purpose built racing bike back in the day and were made specifically for 'wooden tracks' hence the name "board track racer" - and the wheels and tires fit the purpose.
I get what these guys are trying to reproduce in the 'image of a board track racer' but I dont get them using 26" and larger wheels and stuff to make them look gangsta' at the same time???? that just aint right....
All this gangsta' big front wheel stuff is kinda bordering on the absurd these days!