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Huge front wheel #4493762
08/20/17 02:52 PM
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Jimkobb Offline OP
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I`ve seen a few motorcycles with a huge front wheel. Is there a purpose for that or is it just for looks? Just my personal view but I don`t care for the looks.


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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493767
08/20/17 02:56 PM
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I don't know what you call huge, there could be a purpose. Wide tires help with flotation on soft surfaces, larger diameter tires help with rolling over obstacles.

Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493777
08/20/17 03:07 PM
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Looks.. Not my thing either but then again I also don't care for café racers or bobbers. To each their own.



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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493786
08/20/17 03:21 PM
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inspired by a little kids Big Wheel?


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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493817
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It's all about posing.

Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493818
08/20/17 04:05 PM
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I am trying to figure out where's the brakes on the front wheel or if they figure that they can just ignore most of the braking power of a front wheel? Or does custom = death trap?



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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493851
08/20/17 04:46 PM
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How big is huge? I know adventure touring and dirt bikes have relatively big front wheels (19-21") to help roll over obstacles.

Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493865
08/20/17 05:00 PM
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It's a style, mostly because with modern, electronic managed fuel injected bikes, it's much more difficult to perform mechanical style statements. So, paint, wheels, wide tires, bars ... what we used to call "Gee Gaws" ... stuff that mostly adds weight and is supposed to look pretty. Or just different.

It's partly driven by advertising from small ... or not so small ... shops with CNC equipment and a dozen hours of free time in the CAD/CAM application. Although it's not quite true that "anyone can do it" it's pretty close to that. And some of those people are not designers, which is a skill.

Not really the same thing, but large, narrow wheels (19") have been a popular style amongst American heavyweight bike riders for 60 years. The photo is just a natural extension of that, albeit in my opinion just a clever way to fleece the owner of $2000.00, or more. Here in Canada, fat front tires and wide glide front ends are far more popular, and always have been.

I literally only know one narrow glide bike owner, and he runs a 16" tire. Outside a bar you will see 50 wide glides, most with 16" wheels and fat tires, and one narrow glide. Just a different style of bike.


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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: EdwardC] #4493873
08/20/17 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted By: EdwardC
How big is huge? I know adventure touring and dirt bikes have relatively big front wheels (19-21") to help roll over obstacles.


There are many options out there in the custom bike world where 21" would be considered small. 24 inches, even 30 inches is not unheard of.

Originally Posted By: bioburner
I am trying to figure out where's the brakes on the front wheel or if they figure that they can just ignore most of the braking power of a front wheel? Or does custom = death trap?


There is ... something on the left side of the fork that looks like a pretty beefy caliper, actually. It looks like the rotor was removed, or not yet installed, for some reason.

But, to answer your question, sometimes custom does equal death trap. That's not new.

You can actually ride carefully with just a back brake. You have zero emergency stopping power, but as I said, carefully. You still can stop faster than a car or truck. However, there is a more common safety issue with bikes that can't corner or turn in a parking lot in a reasonable radius. More dangerous, in my opinion, because you can have a single-vehicle accident, typically at higher speed, in that condition.

Some might say it's the rider's problem but being hit by a thousand pounds of bike and rider is not a trivial event. It's not unheard of for the auto driver to die and the rider to survive.


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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493894
08/20/17 05:39 PM
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I would think the larger tire/wheel would create more of a gyro effect and be more stable at speed.

Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493897
08/20/17 05:42 PM
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There is no way a bike with one brake can stop better than the average car or truck.

Last edited by Silverado12; 08/20/17 05:42 PM.

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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Silverado12] #4493909
08/20/17 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted By: Silverado12
There is no way a bike with one brake can stop better than the average car or truck.

Yep, there have even been comparison tests between car and motorcycle braking performance and usually the car can stop faster. People who don't believe it can go Google it and see.

Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493942
08/20/17 06:23 PM
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Biggest production wheels would've been the 23'' on XR and XL Hondas, I certainly saw no advantage. Vintage bikes could've been bigger, but that was a whole different era when handling rough roads was more important than just handling. The bike in the pic is a straight line machine...we don't have those in NZ roads, so pretty useless for me.


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Re: Huge front wheel [Re: Jimkobb] #4493968
08/20/17 06:53 PM
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I don't see a picture.

Re: Huge front wheel [Re: DerbyDave] #4494004
08/20/17 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted By: DerbyDave
Looks.. Not my thing either but then again I also don't care for café racers or bobbers. To each their own.



I see this as a very tiny rear wheel. grin


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