I don't know about the wheel/tire, but I do know there is a way to lower the TW in total. I believe Rhodetrip has done it for his wife.
I am new owner just got mine last week. Please don't ask why (I already got berated enough for asking at the dealership) but I am looking for a smaller front wheel for reasons of my own (I am a short a$$ mofo ). I have spent most of my riding time on very short bikes like the CT70 and Honda Grom.
I would like to make the front end ride lower more than what I can do with the stock risers alone. So, anyone have ideas on how I can swap out the current front tire for a smaller one? Particularly, which smaller wheel(s) exactly I can use.
Welcome Norm. Somebody with some actual knowledge will be along soon. I am relegated to the welcoming committee since I know squat
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Dunno about that. Someone asked a similar question here, and look at the responses...
That's very rare on this forum.
Wow, zero responses on old post. Normally we have more help to offer Norm. Big welcome anyways.
Have you lowered your triple clamps so that more of fork tube sticks out the top? You could get a quick inch of drop in the front that way however it will steepen rake a bit. More rake quickens steering feel at expense of high speed stability. That inch of fork drop also means almost an inch of lost fork travel before fender hits bottom clamp. If you plan to hit the hard bumps keep 6 inches clearance between fender and lower clamp to allow full 6 inch fork travel.
You could probably raise the front forks a inch or so without much handling difference.
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Listen to littletommy, from his avatar you can see he has many years of experience with non-stock rake and steering head angles.
Best results would be to drop front and rear suspension the same amount.
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Reduce pre-load on rear shock OurDee?
The rear can be lowered by drilling a new hole to relocate the shock bolt. Free, but quite a bit of labor getting to it. Front forks can be slide in the trees to lower that end.
For a shorter front tire you'll need to lace up a smaller diameter rim with some custom spokes. Not a job for amateurs, but that's the best way to get any significant drop from tire size. All else being equal, 1 inch less rim diameter will drop the front 1/2 inch.
If memory serves Duro makes a 130/90-16 that will make a dandy dualsport tire that will work well. That will drop the front end about 1 1/2 inch and allow that much more fork slide is the fender is remounted lower or moved up to the triple tree.
If you end up dropping the front 3 1/2 inches total, you'll need a shorter rear shock, so check the early 600cc crotch rockets for a shorter shock that fits. Instructions on the better rear shock threads.