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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 2013 RG and looking at changing wheels to a 21 front. What would be best for rear 16 or 17 and what tore size.


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Ok a couple of questions:
1. Do you plan to get extended bags.
I lie...that's it. If you're going with extended bags I'd stay with the stock 16 rear. If you're staying with OEM bags I'd go with a larger rear, (matching of course) to show more of the wheel. That's just my opinion, I'm sure you're going to get plenty more.

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I have a 2013 RG and looking at changing wheels to a 21 front. What would be best for rear 16 or 17 and what tore size.


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We're running an 18" on the rear with a 21" front on both our in-house Road and Street Glides. Going this route you will need to make sure you get a rear tire with a low profile (sidewall) so that it won't rub the fender, however. Can't remember the exact tire size we went with though...sorry.

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I have a 2013 RG and looking at changing wheels to a 21 front. What would be best for rear 16 or 17 and what tore size.


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I went with the 21"/17" combo and have been happy with it. When I went with the 17" rear, I still had stock bags. Last year I changed to extended bags, so the rear doesn't show much.

If I would have changed my bags first, then I still would have changed the rear, but I might have went with a 16" chrome stock wheel, or a chrome solid. Staying with the stock rear wheel would have drove me crazy.


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Doesn't the 13 have an 18" on the rear. Or is that just the cvo


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On an 08 the rear 18 is 18x4.25 with a 150/70/18 tire but on a newer RG the rear 18 is 18x5.5 with a 180/55/18. The reason I prefer a 16 on the back is only due to tires available. The only really long lasting rear in 180/55/18 is the Dunlop from Harley.

I have a 21x3.25 and a 16x5 on the rear. Michelin Commander II tires which handle way better than stock Dunlops and should last equally long if not longer. I just put the new 180/65/16 on last Monday so too soon to tell on mileage. I got 10200 out of my stock Dunlop hard as a rock handles like crap tire.

If there was a good 180/55/18 like a Metz 888 or Com II I'd do an 18" rear. 17 there are a few choices as well but I don't need a tire any wider than 5 or 5.5. I don;t see it actually making a difference and the tire just start to cost more the wider they are.

That being said, 90% of the wheels I sell for baggers are 17x6.25 rear with a 200 tire. Why? Because the bike sits at the same height as stock with this combo. 18 raises it up about 1/2" which is nothing. I'm sort (5'9") and run 13" shocks by choice with stock height front end. Lots of choices. If you need help just ask. hey are.
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I totally agree on the Dunlop lasting longer. I got almost 20k outta my back and it was easier to find a replacement on the road for a 16". I run a Metz 21" up front and so far no issues..knock on wood. I like the 16" rear because with my rear air ride I can drop lower for the cool factor.


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On an 08 the rear 18 is 18x4.25 with a 150/70/18 tire but on a newer RG the rear 18 is 18x5.5 with a 180/55/18. The reason I prefer a 16 on the back is only due to tires available. The only really long lasting rear in 180/55/18 is the Dunlop from Harley.

I have a 21x3.25 and a 16x5 on the rear. Michelin Commander II tires which handle way better than stock Dunlops and should last equally long if not longer. I just put the new 180/65/16 on last Monday so too soon to tell on mileage. I got 10200 out of my stock Dunlop hard as a rock handles like crap tire.

If there was a good 180/55/18 like a Metz 888 or Com II I'd do an 18" rear. 17 there are a few choices as well but I don't need a tire any wider than 5 or 5.5. I don;t see it actually making a difference and the tire just start to cost more the wider they are.

That being said, 90% of the wheels I sell for baggers are 17x6.25 rear with a 200 tire. Why? Because the bike sits at the same height as stock with this combo. 18 raises it up about 1/2" which is nothing. I'm sort (5'9") and run 13" shocks by choice with stock height front end. Lots of choices. If you need help just ask. hey are.

I think this is the route I will go... 21" front 17" rear..... Which 200x17 fits the best without any belt clearance issues?

I used Avon on my last bike with 200x55x17 it seemed to last a long time but this road glide is much more heavy....

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Metzeler is what we primarily use.

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Any issues with a 200x55x17 rubbing on the belt? I thought I read somewhere that the Michelin com 2 would rub the belt?
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Tossed the stock rims off my 2012 CVO (19" front, 18" rear) for a 21" front and 17" rear. Metzeler ME880 120/70/21 on front, Metzeler ME880 200x55x17 on rear. Lowered -2 in front, -1 in rear.

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