21" Front Wheel in 1980 XL250S

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Tony T, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Tony T

    Tony T Long timer

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    Hi folks, would anyone know if there's a 21" front wheel that will go pretty much straight into an XL250S that has a 23" wheel normally?
    Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom..
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  2. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    Could you not just but a new 21" rim and have it laced on?
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  3. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track!

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    What would be the fun in that? :D

    I seem to recall the later ones (eg XL125S,) have the same drum so it should fit. I had a XL125S a few years ago and had a 23" wheel laying around, they looked the same to me but I never did any measurements or anything so might be a near mis...
    I'll let the final verdict to the guys who actually know this, it might be worth investigating.
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  4. redprimo

    redprimo Been here awhile

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    I think a front wheel from a 78 cr will bolt right up and uses the same brake drum tab on the forks, I'm not 100% sure so double check that thats the year.
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  5. gkam

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    I think the front wheel from the XL 250 R is the same.
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  6. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    I assume you want to chainge the wheel because you are having trouble finding tyres.

    From what I have seen speedway bikes use a 23" front wheel, will tyres made for them work?
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