Who here swaps between two sets of wheels

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by El Gato, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Parrothead

    Parrothead Cu Dubh

    Aug 12, 2004
    One Particular Harbor
    I love having the 2 sets of mounted tires. Both my sets are spoked, use the TKC mounted set in summer and my rare winter off-road ride. For the wet winter riding I put on the Tourance-mounted pair, as said about 30 minute job. For long weekend (e.g.4 day) road trips I run whichever set is mounted. TKCs handle impressively on dry twisties.

    And I live in the Santa Cruz mountains! :evil
  2. oldfool

    oldfool Been here awhile

    Jun 17, 2006
    San Pedro, california
    I have an hp2 wiith the standard set and the supermoto set. I almost always run the standard set. I just like the feel of a dirt bike in the street more then a street bike. Richard
  3. wonderings

    wonderings Long timer

    Jan 26, 2007
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Would like to have a second set, but they are just to pricey for the occasional use I would give them. Always on the look for used, but even those are more then what I want to spend at the moment.
  4. Spoke

    Spoke Wing Ding

    Jun 13, 2009
    Slaterville Springs NY
    I use two sets, spoke and cast. run street tires on cast and off-road on spokes. My problem is I can switch them so fast that I need to be careful to adjust my riding style. Ride it on conti trail attacks and in ten minutes ride out on karoos:eek1. You need to be careful.

    If you are forced to either manually R&R your tires or take them to a shop this extra time and effort can be beneficial.
  5. okiebandit1

    okiebandit1 Been here awhile

    Sep 10, 2008
    Cimarron County, OK
    Anakee2 on black Adv rims for asphalt[. Tkc on regular spoke rims. The aluminum doesn't show rock and tool scars from flats on the trail as bad. Been using Hedi K60 on the rear for off- road for a little more mileage. Found everything on eBay
    Over the course of a year, including a set of used rotors that makes changes about 10 minutes.
  6. Paul Mihalka

    Paul Mihalka Old Fart

    May 15, 2007
    I had two sets of wheels for my 1200GS. Not so much for dirt vs. street riding, but for long distance riding. I used to do at least one full cross country round trip each year (+/- 8K miles) and some other long rides. I hate to stop for tires while traveling - cost and time. So start with new tires and put the half used ones back when I get home.
  7. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

    Jun 7, 2010
    Los Gatos, CA
    Thanks for the insights everyone. I need to put some TPMS sensors on the cast wheels, and swap out the ABS ring that came with them for the later-style one, and I'll be good to go. Thinking of doing the Rawhyde class + basecamp alpha later this spring, so it'll be nice to have some TKC80's on the wire wheels.
  8. funinthesun

    funinthesun Been here awhile

    Oct 30, 2009
    so cal
    I ride 80/20 street and dirt and commute alot with my gsa via offroad routes and have found this to work best for me:

    I have a spare front spoke with with disks and abs ring with torrance/tkc on the rims and run the 50/50 tire in rear. Dont mind the rear slipping a little on the tight roads or offroad. ridden palomar (a tight well known so cal road) and scraped my engine guards the whole way up with the setup, and also ridden through sand and rock gardens that even make me nervous on my xrr. swap takes about 7 min on center stand with bags on weighting the rear.

    one thing i noticed is that my rotors on each set are at very different thicknesses, have to spread the pads alot to make the sway simple and fast. all you need is a flathead, t45 and axle adapter and (makita 18v impact):wink:. super quick front swap.:evil

    The rear swaps even faster but i have not felt like i needed one except for long offroad rides where i would run something like a full dirt knobby and even the tkc would not be enough.