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Interested in info for fat frt tire on 2015 R/G
I've installed a number of the Native Custom Bagger Fat Tire kits. I'm also getting ready to do one on my personal RGS. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Also, if you search on here, I posted a link to a video of me installing the kit on a bike, on the sales floor.
 

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I've installed a number of the Native Custom Bagger Fat Tire kits. I'm also getting ready to do one on my personal RGS. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Also, if you search on here, I posted a link to a video of me installing the kit on a bike, on the sales floor.
How many miles are you getting out of the front fat tire? Put one on a buddy's 17 and he only got a little over 5000 miles.
 

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I've installed a number of the Native Custom Bagger Fat Tire kits. I'm also getting ready to do one on my personal RGS. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Also, if you search on here, I posted a link to a video of me installing the kit on a bike, on the sales floor.
I seen your video, pretty awesome! What happens to the fall away when you do a fat front end? If you had to do a test on one, would you follow the same procedure or does it get modified due to the extra mass? Thinking of doing the kit as well and this was a question that sits in the back of my mind. Thanks!
 

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How many miles are you getting out of the front fat tire? Put one on a buddy's 17 and he only got a little over 5000 miles.
I just did mine, so I can't answer it. However, I did look into it when I was researching the mod. I saw reports all over the map. Yours is the lowest I've heard of, at 5K. At the other extreme, I've heard of people getting 35K out of the fat front.

At least one member here, @dbell , has been running the kit for a long time, so maybe he'll chime in with his experience.
 

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I have the Native Customs kit on my 17 RG, over 25K on the front tire, I’m sure that I’ll get 40k out of it easily. BTW I absolutely love it, will definitely do it again.
 

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I seen your video, pretty awesome! What happens to the fall away when you do a fat front end? If you had to do a test on one, would you follow the same procedure or does it get modified due to the extra mass? Thinking of doing the kit as well and this was a question that sits in the back of my mind. Thanks!
Thanks a lot man, glad you liked the video. As for the fall-away; whenever I do larger front tire setups (this kit, 23s, 26s or 30s) I always set them to the tighter side of the scale figuring that the extra mass will combat that and make everything feel neutral/normal.
 

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How many miles are you getting out of the front fat tire? Put one on a buddy's 17 and he only got a little over 5000 miles.
I just had a customer come back from an 8,000 mile trip and his fat front tire looks as good as when I did his installed initially.
 

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I just did mine, so I can't answer it. However, I did look into it when I was researching the mod. I saw reports all over the map. Yours is the lowest I've heard of, at 5K. At the other extreme, I've heard of people getting 35K out of the fat front.

At least one member here, @dbell , has been running the kit for a long time, so maybe he'll chime in with his experience.
Jay, how does it ride compared to a 21"? Hopefully you have had a chance for a few miles with all this rain lately.
 

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Jay, how does it ride compared to a 21"? Hopefully you have had a chance for a few miles with all this rain lately.
Not trying to speak for Jay, but I know in my experience, the fat tire bike handles a whole world different than a 21" wheel. Typically when people put a 21" wheel on their bagger, they don't lower the frontend so it ends up feeling very heavy, especially in corners or at low speed. Also, a bagger with a 21" that hasn't been lowered will take a lot more effort to get off the side stand when compared to stock. With a fat tire frontend, you don't get any of those feelings, the bike feels more stable in a straight line and it also feels more "planted" when cornering because your front and rear tires are the same width, like a crotch rocket.
 

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Jay, how does it ride compared to a 21"? Hopefully you have had a chance for a few miles with all this rain lately.


Well, it’s a little hard for me to speak with authority on that since it’s brand new to me. I’ve only got about 50 miles on my setup, and those 50 miles have been... in Kansas. :)

So far I’m very happy with it. It feels very smooth, very planted. I was concerned that low speed maneuverability would feel heavy, but it really doesn’t. So far, I love the look and I love the ride. I stayed with stock height on the front suspension. I reused the stock internals in the fork legs. I did use the heavier SE fork oil and I can tell you that made a difference. Hardly any brake dive on the front.

My only regret is that I chose to do this in early October and my riding opportunities will be limited in the near future.


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I was worried about running a rear tire, in the front and backwards, because of vehicle inspections. According to inspection regulations here, you can’t have a tire running the wrong direction, if there are rotation arrows. But with the fat front tire kit, you have to run the tire backwards so that the water shedding properties of the tires as you look front to back, is still the same orientation as stock tires.

So I got my “front” tire today and was pleasantly surprised.

Ordering my kit and wheel as soon as Paul from Native is back in town.
 

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I was worried about running a rear tire, in the front and backwards, because of vehicle inspections. According to inspection regulations here, you can’t have a tire running the wrong direction, if there are rotation arrows. But with the fat front tire kit, you have to run the tire backwards so that the water shedding properties of the tires as you look front to back, is still the same orientation as stock tires.

So I got my “front” tire today and was pleasantly surprised.

Ordering my kit and wheel as soon as Paul from Native is back in town.
I knew it wouldn't be much longer before someone did this for the fat front tire kit. I talk to a tire "expert" a year or so ago about why you should run a rear tire backwards when mounting it up front and he stated that it's not only for the water shed properties but also because of the way that tires are constructed. A rear tire is designed to take the force of acceleration and the front tire is designed to take the force of heavy braking. Those forces are opposite so when you put the rear tire up front you should flip it around to now take the force of braking.
 

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I was worried about running a rear tire, in the front and backwards, because of vehicle inspections. According to inspection regulations here, you can’t have a tire running the wrong direction, if there are rotation arrows. But with the fat front tire kit, you have to run the tire backwards so that the water shedding properties of the tires as you look front to back, is still the same orientation as stock tires.

So I got my “front” tire today and was pleasantly surprised.

Ordering my kit and wheel as soon as Paul from Native is back in town.
Nice. That's the Pirelli, right? I think that was the only one that 'goes both ways'. :)
 

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I knew it wouldn't be much longer before someone did this for the fat front tire kit. I talk to a tire "expert" a year or so ago about why you should run a rear tire backwards when mounting it up front and he stated that it's not only for the water shed properties but also because of the way that tires are constructed. A rear tire is designed to take the force of acceleration and the front tire is designed to take the force of heavy braking. Those forces are opposite so when you put the rear tire up front you should flip it around to now take the force of braking.
I read the exact same thing. There was a really good article that explained that in depth. I'll have to see if I can find it again.
 

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Nice. That's the Pirelli, right? I think that was the only one that 'goes both ways'. <img src="http://www.roadglide.org/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Yes. It’s a Pirelli Night Dragon GT. It was either tire or an Avon. I like Avons but on lighter bikes.
 

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Paul from Native called me yesterday and I placed the order for my kit. Won't ship for about a week because he's waiting for more lower legs to come back from powder coating. I got the kit, in gloss black with pointed fork cans and a Talon wheel to closely match the OEM Special wheels. Once that gets here, and my fender gets here from CPV, I'll have everything and be ready for the install.
 
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