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Better Handling/Front Tire Sizes

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  1. Cabdbft
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    A buddy of mine has an 2000 RSV and runs a 130 on front and says it handles much better than the stock 150 that came on it. My new 98 RSTD has a 150 on the front and seems very heavy. My 1986 Goldwing has a 130 on the front and handles like a dream at all speeds. Your opinions please.

  2. Jonezpoj
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    I noticed one thing on my 98 Royal, that when the tire was close to replacement the handling went away. Maybe your there....

  3. hik4z
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    A buddy of mine has an 2000 RSV and runs a 130 on front and says it handles much better than the stock 150 that came on it. My new 98 RSTD has a 150 on the front and seems very heavy. My 1986 Goldwing has a 130 on the front and handles like a dream at all speeds. Your opinions please.
    I put Avon Venoms on mine.. with the MTB90 front (which is basically a 130) and the difference is remarkable.. But then the stock Birckstones were terrible from day one!!! Stock 150 or 130 in an Avon, Michelin or Metz will be better than the stock front.

  4. elyajmer
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    I have an '08 Gold Wing and an '07 RSTD, both with stock tires. I am 71 and do not ride aggressively. The Wing handles curves better than the RSTD. I assume that this is due to the "skinny" tire but the placement and weight of the 6-cyl engine may be factors. There is a tradeoff, the RSTD handles bumps and potholes better. Also, side-by-side, the "fatter" tire enhances the looks of the RSTD.

    I ride a lot. 7,400 miles on the Wing since May and 10,000 miles on the RSTD since last November. IMO you can't beat the Wing for touring 2-up on an interstate, but for all purpose riding, I prefer the RSTD -- particularly when you factor in price.

  5. N1FOL
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    I really think that skinny tires than stock will give better handling, but sometimes I am also more for the looks so I may stay with stock and keep up with my weightlifting regiment to handle the beast.

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