Thanks Bob. Didn't know the frames were so different.Scott
Hi Scotty!I had a longer test ride with the c5 and was impressed by the marvelous handling at lower speeds. To improve stability at higher speeds i would not start with a steering damper, there are less radical measures to achive this goal. The tires play a decicive role, and I don´t think much of these avon gums. Maybe the US-registration laws are loose enough th allow different sizes but changig to anouther brand will certainly make a big difference.
The AM26 IS a very good tire. I find it teriffic on wet or dry pavement and the handling really feels great on my bike (an '06 iron barrel). The only thing I don't like them on is unpaved surfaces. They have a very good reputation around here, but they are not everyone's cup of tea (what tire is?).Eamon
Hey Bob, think there would be room for a 19" rear wheel on the C5? I think the 19" front with 18" rear is what you want now knowing that the frame is different but just curious.Also, any thoughts on adding a steering damper to the C5 as is? It only seems to get waggly when you don't pay attention, a steering damper could minimize those errant rider inputs. Having grown up with air cooled VWs I could see trying to tack one of those on to the lower triple, maybe hide it under the tank if there's room.Scott
Eamon - I don't even want to TALK to you about handling on an Iron Barrel bike compared to a C5 - Hahaha! You could ride YOUR bike on a gravel road with bald tires in the rain as fast as it would go - with one hand! The old Iron Barrel is one STABLE platform for a bike. It was made for roads where there ARE no roads .... I STILL prefer my old Iron Barrel for the "Famous ScooterBob Bobblehead Toodle About the Countryside" because I don't have to REALLY pay attention ...... Hahaha!