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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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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....

Now i just need the money tree to grow new leaves........ LOL
 

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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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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.
What kind of mileage are you getting off those metzlers? I have a buddy that has to replace his every 9000 miles........ Just wondered how they would hold up to the weight of the road glide.....
 

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What kind of mileage are you getting off those metzlers? I have a buddy that has to replace his every 9000 miles........ Just wondered how they would hold up to the weight of the road glide.....
I've only got about 3000 miles since the swap so not 100% sure on that answer. I do believe the Metzeler is a harder compound than the Avon. But to be honest, the way I ride (hard and fast) most of the time, I'd be ok with 9-10,000 miles.
 
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