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Old 30th May 2008
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Default Wide/Mid Glide...Why?

Want to do a new front end on my Nightster to compliment the 250 rear I'm putting on it. What are the advantages/disadvantages of mid/wide glide front ends versus stock? Also, where is the best place to buy them?

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I'm gonna run midglides trees so I can run a wider front tire...not re sure about any other pros or cons.
I plan on getting mine through hawg halters they have a great rep and an outstanding product.
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The wider the distance between the forks, the more flexing that it will allow and the worse it will be at handling.

Since you're putting a 250 on the rear, I guess you don't care about turning, so GO with the wide glide.
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The wider the distance between the forks, the more flexing that it will allow and the worse it will be at handling.

Since you're putting a 250 on the rear, I guess you don't care about turning, so GO with the wide glide.
True to a point........ but not always the exception to the rule without first riding one first based on pure speculation.........

Sportbikes for example run 200 mm tires all day long, and NO they don't run narrow glides either.........all goes back to the bikes rake and trail

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Want to do a new front end on my Nightster to compliment the 250 rear I'm putting on it. What are the advantages/disadvantages of mid/wide glide front ends versus stock? Also, where is the best place to buy them?

Thanks!
If your putting on a 250 tire on don't worry what the nay sayers say.........You obvisiouly know what you want.........without beating that dead horse!!


I've run a HawgHalters or HHI 3* Mid-glide conversion well past 100 mph with no issues at all for the last 3.5 yrs........ The 3* just makes it turn heavier during slow turns in like parking lots, but once up to speed all feels normal and handles the same.......

I ride the Dragons Tail twice a year the ultimate test of a bikes handling, with no issues's and still can throw the bike around like a Hot Wheels toy.....

The Mid- Glide best compliments the peanut tank on the sporty without overpowering the whole look of the bike, biggest reason why i choose it, but both are great looks regaurdless. It just comes down to preference, and what you like!!
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Just put on the HHI mid glide 3 degrees on mine this year. I went with the mid for the same reason on the small tank size I think it looks better. As far as handling I have no problems at all even at the higher speeds.
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I am still trying to come up with a good mid glide and larger front tire setup.

I love the larger front tires on sportys... but I didn't hear that a mid glide effects handling negatively. If thats so I may rethink my idea...
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I am still trying to come up with a good mid glide and larger front tire setup.

I love the larger front tires on sportys... but I didn't hear that a mid glide effects handling negatively. If thats so I may rethink my idea...
Why wait.............The world is your oyster................. bike look familiar??

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I have had both a mid and a wide and both were nice but the mid looks better on the sporty. I think if their is a handling difference, you would never notice and a good fork brace would negate any additional flex. Few people ever reach a riding style that takes the suspension to the raged edge.
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Why wait.............The world is your oyster................. bike look familiar??
If I remember right, isn't that a narrow glide front end? That he shaved the sides off with a file to fit that tyre???

Thats the EXACT look I wanna go for tho!!!

Love it.
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If I remember right, isn't that a narrow glide front end? That he shaved the sides off with a file to fit that tyre???

Thats the EXACT look I wanna go for tho!!!

Love it.
According to Craiglist ad it was SOLD back in april 08...........i wonder whats up, and hope it's not true???


http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/647737052.html
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