New wheel style

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  1. Sparrowhawkdesign

    Sparrowhawkdesign Been here awhile

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    New wheel style available for the BMW 1200 GS.

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  2. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    yep...
    that's the one we are getting...
    very excited about it
    love the look
    so glad ou and jay found this one
    so much nicer than the plain "disc".... IMHO, of course
    thanks for the thread, barry
    i appreciate it
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  3. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    Barry -

    1. what size is that tire, please?
    2. are there options for "better" tires?

    i know that few manufacturers make tires in that size (i suppose)
    but... just wondering about "upgrading" the rubber, if that is something which is possible

    thanks, as always, in advance
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  4. jpalamar

    jpalamar Long timer

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    While the new wheel is significantly BETTER, please don't stop the quest to find a WIRE WHEEL for the sidecar and REAR wheel. I've scoured the Internet for a wire wheel, and have come CLOSE, but no cigar!
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  5. Sparrowhawkdesign

    Sparrowhawkdesign Been here awhile

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    I think the answer may be to look at having an appropriate rim laced to a stock hub if possible. Poor picture but this one is on an old 650 Yamaha. Barry

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  6. Sparrowhawkdesign

    Sparrowhawkdesign Been here awhile

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    Here is a picture of the wheel mounted. Barry

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  7. ClearwaterBMW

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    ooooooooo La La
    great picture
    nice bike.. :D
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  8. BMWzenrider

    BMWzenrider The Road Scholar

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    Do you know the weight of that wheel?

    Also, is the backside of the wheel machined and polished as well, or is it still in the as-cast finish?
    (photo?)
    Finally, is it clear-coated, or will it require frequent polishing to maintain?

    TIA.
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  11. Sparrowhawkdesign

    Sparrowhawkdesign Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to weigh these wheels for about two months now. Just put them on the digital scale and also the stock wheel, both with tires on of course. Stock 1200 GS wheel/tire came out at 27 1/2 lbs. The new automotive wheel/tire came out at 30 1/4. Closer even than I thought it would be. A difference of 2 3/4 lbs.

    As far as I can see there is no clearcoat on the wheel. In a strictly street application I might be more inclined to use a clearcoated wheel. My past experience with clearcoated aluminum, starting with 60's motorcycles up to present, has not been good. Part of this might be because I tend to keep my bikes a long time and they get used harder than most. I started restoration of a 74 Moto-Guzzi Eldorado a couple of years ago. I had the rear wheel torn apart and the hub bead blasted and clear coated and reassembled the wheel. It has been on the shelf for a while now waiting to be put back on. Recently I took it down off of the shelf only to discover moisture has begun to seep under the coating and I'm back to square one. The issue is that clearcoating chips easily, specially if used on gravel roads. It looks awesome on a new bike but a couple years later not so good.

    Aluminum wheels are not hard to maintain with all the products available to do this now. For those wanting a more show than go finish a wheel without clearcoat will probably require a proper polishing once a year.

    The back sides of automotive wheels are never polished like the front for obvious reasons. When used on a motorcycle with sidecar, for the most part, the same applies. I am including a picture of one recently installed on a 1200 GS. Sorry for the picture quality. Only have my little pocket camera handy today. This picture shows the back side of the wheel without the saddle bags or sidecar in place. Actually, even in this more open situation the brake rotor, swing arm and the small fender piece pretty well cover it up anyway. Once the bags and sidecar are in place it won't show at all.

    Barry
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  12. Sparrowhawkdesign

    Sparrowhawkdesign Been here awhile

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    This is what happens when I get distracted while doing something. :rofl

    Barry

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  13. ClearwaterBMW

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    love that wheel, barry
    BOTH SIDES :D
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  14. DirtyDR

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    Check with Woody;
    http://woodyswheelworks.com/

    Excuse the insert there please, Barry.
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