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post #1 of 4 Old 12-30-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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What's with the 17 front wheel? (a.k.a. Versys 1000)

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-01-2012, 09:06 AM
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Hmmm yes, a 17" front wheel, not sure what you're asking. I use the size of the front wheel to get a rough idea of a bikes off road ability. A 17'' such as both Versys, Tiger 1050, and Multistrada are street bikes with long travel suspension and extra leg room, good for rough roads, dirt or paved. This also describes the V Strom, so this is just a generalization. I personally like the way a 19'' front wheel handles, thinner tires seem to fall into corners more easily for me than 17'' wheels. Anyhow, the Versys 1000 has a great motor, I've ridden it in the Z1000, it's like butta...

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-04-2012, 09:09 PM
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I always thought a 17" front wheel on a large bike looks funny. Especially with a large rider. Scooterish. I remember when nearly all road bikes had 19" front wheels so it just looks normal to me. On the other hand there's a wider choice of tires in 17".

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-10-2012, 05:40 AM
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I liked the Wee 19" with Anakees on it (the Bridgestones and Metlzlers were not so good for hard cornering on sealed roads) but the 17" pilot road 3s are awesome -especially in rain and even handles stoppies...

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