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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-01-2016, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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23 inch wheel or 26

I like the look of the big wheel but I also travel a lot. I have a 2015 rgs. Do I have to rake it with a 23? And how are the bolt on kits?
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Still have to rake with a 23. I wont go over a 23 myself. Handling will be about the same with either wheel. Traveling alot wont be affected with a larger wheel, your parking lot speed and parking will. Longer wheel base. If im not mistaken a 26 requires raked tree kit along with cut and raked neck. Bolt on kits are solid and reliable from my understanding. Thinking of rake tree kit for my 21. But dont wanna lose my low speed handling and parking/manuevering abilities


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With a 26 you will need a bolt on or cut neck along with trees. I think a lot of guys go with 7 in the neck and 7 in the trees for a 26. Bolt on necks seem to be hit or miss. Some love them, others hate them.

With a 23 you will need trees only.

The only consideration with traveling would be finding a tire while on the road. I think you will be in the same boat with a 23 or 26, no one will have them unless you are at a big rally. Some guys buy an extra tire and leave it at home for someone to ship it to them in a real pinch.

The main consideration is sidewall. As the tire gets taller the sidewall goes away. I wouldn't do a 26 if I planned to hit the twisties hard. I did see a RG with a 26 in eureka springs last weekend, so it's possible.

What are your plans for front suspension? That can make a difference too. With a 23 you can only go down -1" at the most. If you do a 26 with bolt on, i am pretty sure you are stuck with no drop. A weld on short neck can help get some travel back. If you plan on front air, disregard this.

I was set on a 26" with weld on short neck but the minimal sidewall has me concerned. I am now seriously thinking a 23" with front air.

Pretty much all of this info is from reading different forums, so you get what you pay for
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Yes going with front and rear air ride
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What about rear wheel? I was thinking of a 18
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What about rear wheel? I was thinking of a 18
Lots of guys have stability issues with 18" tires and flexing sidewalls. If you call up hogpro and/or coastal moto, they will tell you the same thing. If you are going with big bags and long side covers like most bwb, i would keep the stock size. You won't see them anyways. Again, just what I have read.

If you are serious about a bwb, i would join choppedbagger. Lots more experience over there when going with a big wheel and full air ride.
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23 or 26, when done right, both are gonna ride the same for all intents and purposes......its solely a matter of person preference

As far as the tire being available on the road goes, I keep a spare at home in case the need ever a rises. Most places we travel to are unlikely to even have a 21" tire in stock so I'd be waiting regardless, pack a tube in your bag on trips and call it cheap insurance.

My bike with the 26 handles great, parking lot speeds it's a little "heavy" and by a little I mean it take roughly 15 seconds to get used to it after you jump on for the first time and after that it's never a second thought.

As far as wheel base and being able to park, that has never.....ever....been an issue. Maybe if you were into trailering your bike that could be an issue, but street parking not at all

My bike is a 7* neck and 9* trees (I did mine before short necks) rear air only and I've happily ridden it into every western state in the US lol
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23 or 26, when done right, both are gonna ride the same for all intents and purposes......its solely a matter of person preference

As far as the tire being available on the road goes, I keep a spare at home in case the need ever a rises. Most places we travel to are unlikely to even have a 21" tire in stock so I'd be waiting regardless, pack a tube in your bag on trips and call it cheap insurance.

My bike with the 26 handles great, parking lot speeds it's a little "heavy" and by a little I mean it take roughly 15 seconds to get used to it after you jump on for the first time and after that it's never a second thought.

As far as wheel base and being able to park, that has never.....ever....been an issue. Maybe if you were into trailering your bike that could be an issue, but street parking not at all

My bike is a 7* neck and 9* trees (I did mine before short necks) rear air only and I've happily ridden it into every western state in the US lol
I'll have to disagree with you on a couple of things. A 21" is pretty standard and any decent bike shop will have that stocked as much as they would oem. Hell you could even toss on a breakout tire. The other is that manuevering the bike will be slower and take more "room" to negotiate the bike. Its simple geometry. It would be comparable to a standard cab short bed truck to a quad cab long bed truck. Youre simple going to need more room and plan ahead of time so to speak. There will be a notable difference. May not be an "issue", but something to take note of. For instance I have tight quarters in and out of my garage with several vehicles, and parking arrangement always is changing due to my truck, gf car and 4 kids that drive and stop by on a regular basis. There is also the consideration of a wheel much larger than stock in regard to maneuverability. On the super slab, the larger wheel and wheel base would actually be a benefit. As far as trailering, I dont own a trailer nor ever considered trailering my bikes. Although a longer wheel base would be a factor in trailer size, yes.


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23 inch wheel or 26

I've had a 21,23, and 26.
IMO the 23 was the harshest ride and the least amount of travel. I bottomed out the front end constantly. That is due to the -1 lowering kit needed to get the rake and trail correct in addition to the trees. The 26 rode and handled like a dream. Much better than you would assume if you haven't ridden one. I also had front air so that may have come into consideration.
Yes it did take more space to negotiate turns and maneuver in parking lots but was not terrible.
At the end of the day, I sold it and went with a new RGS and nothing beats the ride and handling of a stock bike. Period.
Time will tell if I go big wheel again but for the time being, I am enjoying the ride.


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