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Default switching from 16" to 18" rear tire

switching from HD 16" mag to laced tubeless rear wheel. Rim width is 2.5"

thinking about going with 110/80-18"

want tht 60's and 70's old school look

anythoughts, suggestions?

My bike is a stock xlh 1200
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thats not much tire on the rear... whats your front gonna be 90/90-21 ? Id weigh the bike and pay at least cursory attention to loading and speed ratings...

is is a sunday driver or a commuter? two up on the interstate?

I went from a 16x3 rear to an 18x3.5 rear and a 19x2.5 to a 18x3.5 on the front and I'm still getting the tires where want them... I settled on Bridgestone T32's 120/70ZR-18 front and 140/70ZR18 rear for my daily driver and 19" K180's front and rear on my sunday driver...

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thats not much tire on the rear... whats your front gonna be 90/90-21 ? Id weigh the bike and pay at least cursory attention to loading and speed ratings...

is is a sunday driver or a commuter? two up on the interstate?

I went from a 16x3 rear to an 18x3.5 rear and a 19x2.5 to a 18x3.5 on the front and I'm still getting the tires where want them... I settled on Bridgestone T32's 120/70ZR-18 front and 140/70ZR18 rear for my daily driver and 19" K180's front and rear on my sunday driver...

good luck
looking to run 110/90-18 Metzler ME 880 hd construction high load and weight rating

I'm cognizant of 2. 5 " rim width

gonna run std 19" front tire

great intelligent response
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