I know other people will read these treads in the future, and I kinda glossed over the stability thing.
When I got the bike it had bridgestone tires almost worn out. I could easily take my hands off the grips at 40mph, and I liked the way the bike felt overall, counter steering into curves gave you a solid feedback feel on the grips as you leaned the bike over.
I swapped out both original (10k on the odo) tires with Dunlops (listed in the users manual) to save money. I could immediately feel the bike felt more (whats the nice word) sporty? It turned easier and it felt... lighter.. more like riding a bicycle than a motorcycle. I realized I could no longer let go of the grips, the bike would immediately lean to one side or the other, and I could not keep it going straight just by shifting my weight. At first I thought it was because the old tires had kinda worn flat in the center and the new tires were round like a MC is suppose to be.
But later I figured out its the physical weight of the tire spinning like a gyroscope. They designed the engine on the V star bikes to spin the opposite direction from the wheels, which tends to cancel out the gyroscopic effect of the front wheel. Since the engine spins faster than the wheels, if you put a tire that is too light on the front, the engine will cancel the effect out completely and then some, making the effect backwards and making the bike unstable. That might be why I could not steer the bike hands free.
If you look at the bike tire shops online they might tell you the weight of the tires, so you can compare one to another. I dont remember seeing that. I would not dismiss this, because it really changed the whole feel of the bike. I really like the way the bike rides and feels with the heavier tires on it.
Maybe the Shinko tires are also heavy but only made of softer rubber, which would be ok.
Its something to look for. If the bike ends up feeling twitchy your wife may slowly grow to not like riding anymore.
Last edited by KCW; 02-26-2018 at 02:06 PM.