Spokes-where to buy?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by kantuckid, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,277
    Location:
    Kentucky-Eastern that is!
    I need a set of SS F & R spokes & nipples for my R75/5 project with OEM rims. I know Buchanan's & have priced Cloverleaf German spokes on ebay too.The German spokes are less than the CA folks. Tell me where is the best deal? I also looked at a UK source-Motorworks, & they seem to have a better price for SS with plated brass nipples-waiting to hear the shipping cost to USA. :earThanks
    #1
  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    5,040
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Try wheel works in garden grove, CA. Usually half the cost of buchannons.

    There's also woodys wheel works.
    #2
  3. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,277
    Location:
    Kentucky-Eastern that is!
    I sent them an email-we'll see. I wonder who they get their spokes from? Not like everybody makes spokes. I got zero response to this on BMWMOA site-as most just send them out, no doubt. Thanks
    #3
  4. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,980
    Location:
    Halfway between Munich and Redditch.
    Buchannan's.

    They've been making spokes longer than anyone else.
    And if you're afraid to try lacing your own wheels, they'll build them for you.
    #4
  5. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,277
    Location:
    Kentucky-Eastern that is!
    I got a reply from Woody's and they stock Buchanan's, same price as Buchanan's.
    I'm not afraid to lace them,just finished a couple last week. Obviously nothing wrong with Buchanan's spokes but I have not used the German spokes in SS & would like a comparison comment too.
    #5
  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,277
    Location:
    Kentucky-Eastern that is!
    I went with : www.speichen-spoke.de , they are cheaper than Buchanan's and same gauge SS wire & OEM for BMW. See ebay or go direct/paypal for less $$$. There is another guy on ebay that had a special for the same brand but no longer has the price deal so a bit more now.
    #6
  7. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,954
    Location:
    Back in Seattle, FINALLY
    I bought mine from buchanan. They invented spokes. Seriously. :D

    Seriously, though they're good guys and they make a good product. By the time you pay postage from germany, it's probably a wash anyway.
    #7
  8. daveoneshot

    daveoneshot Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Oddometer:
    503
    Location:
    Vermont
    Call Hucky's BMW Parts...............he's the man.
    #8
  9. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,277
    Location:
    Kentucky-Eastern that is!
    From a tightwad: they were cheaper, period. Seriously!:D:D:D The Germans know that SS spokes are $99 a set from CA.
    Nothing against Hucky or Buchanan's, or Capitol Cycle or whomever else, but they didn't have the price point. I actually found an even better price from Motorworks in UK but they said they wouldn't ship to USA for legal reasons? I thought that strange because Motobins sells the same stuff here all the time.
    #9
  10. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2005
    Oddometer:
    7,266
    Location:
    Riding with my pal Richard Cranium
    Bump.......

    Starting to look for spoke kits for the R80ST assembly. Anything new out there ?


    Mike
    #10
  11. Steve in OC

    Steve in OC Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Oddometer:
    537
    Location:
    New York
    Newson Sportec (from Taiwan) sells spokes for BMWs. You can get them on ebay for about $80.
    #11
  12. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    Oddometer:
    2,380
    Location:
    Fort Collins, CO
    Be careful where you get spokes and nipples from. A few years back I bought two sets from a place in Vietnam, they were really nice EXCEPT when I did the final tightening they just skipped and wouldn't tighten. Boy was I ticked off! All that time lacing and trueing and have to take it all apart again! They were good enough to replace the parts but the next time I bought from Buchanan's. I like a good deal until it isn't.
    #12
  13. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,861
    Location:
    Atlanta, Ga
    I don't think he wants spokes longer than everyone else's, he probably needs them the right size.

    :D
    #13
    Cogswell likes this.
  14. AndrewSJC

    AndrewSJC Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2014
    Oddometer:
    143
    Location:
    San Juan Capistrano, CA
    When you say "skipped" do you mean the threads were stripped?
    #14
  15. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    7,328
    Location:
    Road Island
    I've been very happy with my orders from SMeyer, their prices are far less than MAX, but you do have to wait for shipping from Germany. But, unless you are in a hurry, it IS winter.....!

    I just did a quickie look, and they have SS spokes at 1.50EU each, which includes their 19%VAT... and when you remove the VAT and convert to USD at about $1.08 these days, it's gonna be slightly less than $1.50ea. Don't know how that would compare, just sayin'

    I have literally put together two orders that would have been 6-700 from Max, and they were high $300's each, incl shipping. Shipping is admittedly slow, about 2-3 weeks, but if you are putting together a big order, it is WELL worth it!

    :D
    #15
  16. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    Oddometer:
    2,380
    Location:
    Fort Collins, CO
    When I say "skipped" it was just that. The threads were nice and crisp, just the wrong size. The thread on the spokes were nice a crisp as well but the threaded holes in the nipples were too big to do any REAL hanging on. Just good enough to give you the impression that all was fine until you did the final tightening.
    #16
  17. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2005
    Oddometer:
    7,266
    Location:
    Riding with my pal Richard Cranium
    Thanks guys, I have bought stuff from S. Meyer previously on my R100 build. A bit of a long wait on shipping but the price and quality were good. Guess I need to get further into engine disassembly and make a long list.


    Mike
    #17
  18. heyitzsushiboi

    heyitzsushiboi n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2015
    Oddometer:
    2
    Anyone know how to make custom colored spokes or where buy them?

    In researching only SS spokes are available and I want a vintage gold color. Thought about powder coating but wheel works in Hayward CA said it may scratch off when unseating the coated spokes into the rim.

    Anyone have experience? Thanks.
    #18
  19. slothy

    slothy Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2015
    Oddometer:
    45
    Location:
    St. Clair Shores, mi.
    alot of the harley guys do powdercoated spokes, they just dont pc the threaded section.

    http://ridewrightwheels.com/
    #19