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Old 10-25-2012, 12:36 AM   #1
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Why the desire for the fat tire?

I've noticed in my V Rod research that a lot of people are recommending later models due, partly, to the fatter tires.

Is that an aesthetic thing or a performance thing?

I'm guessing "aesthetic". Some people hate the look of fat tires as part of the OCC "backlash". I have not made up my mind which I like better-I always liked V Rods, but never really looked closely at them until now.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:43 AM   #2
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If you have to ask what the desire is for a fat rear tire then obviously you don't desire one, so buy something without one. As to your other question, I would say the fatter tire gives an advantage on launch in the quarter mile but handles worse in the curves than say a 180. So if handling is more important to you get either a used VROD with a smaller rear tire or if you REALLY like handling buy something else altogether.

I am not familiar with the "OCC backlash" but I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:43 AM   #3
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Its a looks thingy. Guys will argue about 5HP and adverse handling, and ride quailty. It all comes down to looking cool and nothing says badass sheep like a 240.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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Fat tire envy is one of the seven deadly sins. Fat tires aren't efficient for fuel economy or performance or handling the twisty's. Fatness is all about aesthetics or. ...
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:11 AM   #5
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Aesthetics/looks, nothing more
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:12 AM   #6
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it makes their fat asses look smaller.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:56 AM   #7
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it makes their fat asses look smaller.
Hmmmmm.... If that's the case I need a 360 rear tyre!!!




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Old 10-25-2012, 05:24 AM   #8
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:41 AM   #9
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Hmmmmm.... If that's the case I need a 360 rear tyre!!!




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Old 10-25-2012, 05:55 AM   #10
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Yes it looks, most all of this is about looks. The 180 tire will corner a bit better than the 240, the question is does it matter to you and does the bike have enough lean or engineering that it actually matters in real situations and what are your riding habits and/or skill level. Also wet weather conditions are less favorable with more rubber on the road. For everyday riding and most street conditions the 240 will make you feel secure, handle crappy roads, uneven road crap, cracks, ect. a little smoother. 240 cost more too!
Basically the 240 other than CVO or SE models, has been around on stock bikes since 07 and I believe you'll have to go with an 08 or older to get a thin tire bike. Not sure when the 240 became standard.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:38 AM   #11
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The newer models also have better brakes. Also bigger engine which most people want that huge 5 hp difference.
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... It all comes down to looking cool and nothing says badass sheep like a fatassed tire.
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It's pretty much for looks. But I must say it handles well also then again I have never rode a bike with a tire less then the size 240.
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it makes their FABSTERS fat asses look smaller.
There - fixed that for you...

Fat tires SUCK for handling - fatter (260/280/300) upgrades SUCK WORSE.

The only "fair tradeoff" I got on the fat rear tire - was to upgrade to Conti Race Attack rubber. The difference in profile, and the STICK of the compound ALMOST MAKE UP FOR the detriment to handling.

I would go for the skinnier (180/200) rear - if it wouldn't look ALMOST AS DUMB on my 240 swing arm/fender as the guys stuffing 260/280/300's under there do...

TOTAL COOL-LOOK FACTOR and NOTHING ELSE.

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