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post #1 of 12 Old 10-01-2006, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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why the 18" front wheel

I see everyone talk about the 18" wheel (great write up biker), but why? what does it do for you and the bike. what are the benefits.

sorry dumb question. had to ask. ops:

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-01-2006, 03:11 PM
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for me originally i thought it would give me a quicker turn in. i really like the look too..i'll admit it :lol: .

what it ended up doing was slowing the steering repsonse down. the bike has a very planted feel to it. rock solid stable in high winds(i'm talking 60 mph cross winds). plus i get the kewl motard look to boot...emphasis on the "tard" as a buddy once said. :lol: offroad i get to run 10 psi or less in the front and not worry about rim dings.

i added the fork brace afterwards and it handles like it's on rails. even with 606's front and back i can rail as hard as i care to.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-01-2006, 11:31 PM
 
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I was kinda wondering that myself? I think it is 100% matter of taste slash preference. I myself want to do the motard deal. I'm thinking if 17".
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anybody that i've met a coupla times or somebody who's riding that i trust is more than welcome to ride my bike. if you see me just ask. if you crash it and break it i'll be taking parts off your bike. :lol: :twisted:

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-11-2006, 12:53 PM
 
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larryboy: I love the look of the big front tire, with those massive knobs...

But why a 18"? Why not go 17" and have the same front / rear tire? :?:

I may do the conversion someday, and a 17" seems to make more sense.

Splain pleez..
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-11-2006, 02:28 PM
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larryboy: I love the look of the big front tire, with those massive knobs...

But why a 18"? Why not go 17" and have the same front / rear tire? :?:

I may do the conversion someday, and a 17" seems to make more sense.

Splain pleez..
for me a 17" would reduce ground clearance too much. you almost need to lower the rear to level things out with a 17"+i don't think a 130 width tire would fit the front. there is also a better selection of dirt tires for an 18".

i'm actually thinking about going to an 18" rear,i would run a 120/90-18.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-11-2006, 03:13 PM
 
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I'd like to see an 18" Rear on the KLR. I'm thinking the swingarm might be in the way with the wrong tires. Also, won't an 18" put you back to level with the 18" up front? Almost need a 19" up front. But I've yet to see very many 19" tires.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-11-2006, 03:21 PM
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one of the nevada klr's at advrider runs an 18" rear. the guy has something like 180,000 miles on klr's if i remember correctly.

a d606(my tire of choice) 120/90-18 is shorter than a 130/90-17. my bike has a little bit of rake to it..you know,slanted to the front. it would level the bike out with a 120/90-18 rear,then i could put the RL-2's on it and be raked the same as now.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-11-2006, 04:00 PM
 
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With a rake like that, would it be beneficial to have the front shocks upgraded first? I can't think that any amount of dive would be very safe with a forward rake?
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-11-2006, 04:04 PM
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it's pretty minor. i have progressive springs in the forks.

i can see it,can you?

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