There are several aftermarket tire and rim options for 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportsters.
The stock 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster features Dunlop tires, a 21-inch front laced wheel and cast aluminum disc rear wheel. While this is an aesthetically pleasing combination that provides optimum performance right from the factory, there are several options available for aftermarket tires and Harley-Davidson rims.
Since 1991, Harley-Davidson equips all its stock models exclusively with Dunlop D401 Elite S/T series tires. The 2006 Sportsters wear D401F tires that feature advanced front and rear tread patterns to give superior wet road traction through a range of lean angles. If you are upgrading from stock, the K591 compound tire — originally designed for racing — incorporates refinements to meet the demands of sport and sport-touring riders. It is the only tire approved by Harley-Davidson for its sport models and carries a V speed rating. Its directional tread pattern delivers optimum grip in wet or dry conditions for confident cornering.
Avon’s Venom tires represent the British manufacturer’s premium line of cruising and high-load touring tires. Exceptional cornering stability is the benchmark of the Venom and its multi-arc tread contour provides a light, neutral turn-in. According to Avon, the Venom is highly resistant to cupping and the sequential pattern of the tread design offers stability over bridge grates and rain grooves. A low rolling resistance keeps the casing cool for a long life, yet soft enough to yield to high levels of grip.
The Metzeler Lasertec tire is made with advanced silica compounds that reduce rolling resistance, which in turn increases mileage. Designed for exceptional braking performance, the Lasertec tread pattern provides optimal water drainage thus reducing the occurrence of hydroplaning. The Lasertec tire handles wet and dry surfaces equally well.
Few things enhance a motorcycle like custom wheels. Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories offers several dramatic upgrades to the 2006 Sportster stock wheels. There are billet chrome or black spoke wheels in many configurations and sizes to accommodate the 2006 Sportster Low, Roadster and Custom.
From the Slotted Six-Spoke Collection, the six-spoke wheel is available in black or chrome. Its textured finger-like slots radiate from the center giving the illusion of more spokes. Its cast aluminum construction substantially reduces weight without compromising strength. Matching brake rotors and sprockets are available.
The ThunderStar Collection combines style and performance in a five-spoke wheel made of cast aluminum. Available in mirror chrome, textured chrome and textured black, these wheels are branded with Harley-Davidson’s signature bar and shield logo. Matching brake rotors and sprockets are available.