SuperMOTARD-ed R100GS w/ R100R wheels

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by KhaoSanMan, May 27, 2013.

  1. KhaoSanMan

    KhaoSanMan Airhead

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    Chico, CA
    I had a pair of wheels left over from my project bike that still had plenty of good rubber on them. With Rally season started I decided to use up this rubber and get knobbier tires on my stock wheels. The main difference being the 18" front in lieu of the 21" that is stock for a GS. The Avon Roadriders that were on the wheels are also available in 21" though, I saw a guy at the rally with some.

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    The wheels had lived in SanFrancisco and the spokes, nipples and hubs were badly corroded. I stripped them with aluminum wheel cleaner and used Kerosine and alumaprep before painting. This was just a quick job so I sprayed over the spokes. Masking/polishing the edge of the rim was a pain, but I am happy with the look.

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    Still dusty from this weekend's testing (had to see what it could still in the dirt), the paint turned out pretty good for my first time:

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    Here are some comparison shots:

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    To make the swap easier I moved the disc over, but I had to move the caliper slightly. Chris at Boxer Metal helped me fab up some spacers.

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    After putting over 550 miles on them this weekend down HWY49 to the 49'er Rally I can confidently say they wont kill me. The difference is not very dramatic in feel, mostly from the profile of the tires. Maybe a bit slower to turn-in but less twitchy when leaned on a long sweeper or over a rough road. My brother rode with me on his 92'R100GS with Heidenaus to compare it to. Once I had my confidence up I was able to smoke him in the curves.

    All in all it's serving it's purpose, using up good rubber that was just sitting around. Now I just have to pick out some aggressive knobbies for my other wheels to make this really make sense.

    What do you guys think? Has anyone else tried this?
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