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Old 12-12-2006, 07:04 AM   #1
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Default Re: Front Tire Width And Braking Power?

What I think they meant was that with the narrower tire section, there's less rubber on the road, and can't apply as much braking power.
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:06 AM   #2
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Wait a minute...there's a front brake?
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:12 AM   #3
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Yabut, don't use it, they are dangerous. I once knew a guy that used his front brake and had to "lay it down" to avoid an accident.
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:40 AM   #4
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You'll go right over the bars!
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:45 AM   #5
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Damn skippy
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:51 AM   #6
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I'll set 'em up and you knock 'em down.



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Old 12-12-2006, 08:27 AM   #7
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Default Narrow Tire and Braking

It probably does reduce total amount of braking force, but things like weight distribution, tire construction and rubber compound probably are more important factors. I didn't think the front brakes on the 900 Custom felt all that different than the front brakes on the 900 Classic, or any other mid-sized cruiser I've ridden.



The rear-heavy weight distribution limits braking effectiveness of the front tire, so even when there's a 17-inch radial and dual four-piston calipers with floating 310mm rotors on a cruiser it still doesn't feel like a sportbike's brakes, even if it does actually brake harder than a sportbike because of increased effectiveness of the back brake.



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Old 12-12-2006, 08:34 AM   #8
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Unless you're up at the farm -



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Old 12-12-2006, 08:36 AM   #9
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Way back when, Lee Parks found the Valkyrie had the shortest stopping distance.



The weight ditribution kept both tires planted, so the bike had a BUNCH of braking force.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:44 AM   #10
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Racing tires are wider for heat dissipation and longer life. The tiny cruiser front tires will overheat more quickly. You also get more life from a wider tire or can use softer (more sticky) compunds to give you decent tire life with better traction.
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