Woody's 21" vs OEM 19"

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by BMW-K, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. IRONDOG

    IRONDOG Adventurer

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    Hey Road Damage, where are you finding these cast wheels for a bargain? on line or from dealers? If you don't mind sharing your info. Thanks:D
  2. Ed

    Ed Eh...what?

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    Well, it's done. I received and installed my wheels from Woody's.

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    I did my first real ride yesterday, about 85 miles mixed freeway, secondary and gravel/dirt roads. I noticed a slight difference in the on road handling, the bike seems to turn in a bit slower and the Heidenau I'm running wants to follow rain grooves and tar snakes. Also not quite as stable at freeway speeds. In the gravel and dirt however, wow. Confidence inspiring is the phrase. Being the weekend before Christmas I didn't have time for a long ride but I can't wait to to an extended back country trip and see how the work. If your on the fence about a 21" conversion, just do it. The on road compromises are completely worth the improvement in off road ability.

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    Next up... fender modifications. Stay tuned.


    Ed
  3. FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn Long timer

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    Ed, your bike looks almost identical to mine!
    A red GS with BMW tubeless 21" wheel....

    Curious to see what you end up doing with the fender.
    I got a chance to get one of those Wunderlich fork clamps for a very good price so went that route. But I didn't get the Wunderlich fender.
    So far I cut a stock fender in half and attached the front half to the Wunderlich fork clamp.

    I still need to make something for the rear half of the fender.

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    Mikko
  4. Ed

    Ed Eh...what?

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    Post a pic, I'd like to see it.

    I've got a cheep supermoto fender on order. My plan is to cut it to fit and fab some brackets. Won't have it till after the 1st of the year so we'll see how it works out then. Given the current weather here, i.e., pissing rain, riding without a fender isn't an option. The stock one clears the tire if just barely.

    Ed
  5. MMMOTORCYCLE

    MMMOTORCYCLE Been here awhile

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    Sent Woody's an email yesterday to get mine ordered.:clap

    CANT WAIT!!!!

    Merry Christmas everybody

    Mike

    UPDATE: So Zach set me up and I will be riding 21x1.85 Excel 7000 front and a 18x3.5 Excel 7000 rear. What I need to figure out now is, what tires?
    50/50 I thinkin the Pirelli MT90 90/90-21 front and 140/80-18 rear.
    90/10 Anyone using the Dunlop 606's? what size rear for the 3.5 rim 120/130/140? Other suggestions?
  6. MMMOTORCYCLE

    MMMOTORCYCLE Been here awhile

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    OK, so scratch my last comment on the D606's....just realized the 130 wont fit the 3.5 rim.

    What it gonna be?
    D908RR ($$$)
    MT21's (different opinions posted here)
    TerraFlex (havent seen anyone comment on these yet)
    TKC 80's (had them previously and OK but not great, they were tubeless not sure how TT's compare)
    Karoos (not a fan)

    What else is out there? 140/80-18
  7. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    Stutter...hope that doesn't offend MMMMMotorcycle {in my best Micheal Palin impersonation},

    If you have the 18" x3.5 rear then maybe these:

    http://www.bikebandit.com/irc-tr8-battle-rally-series-motorcycle-tire

    I had really good fortune with IRC on my KX 500, that thing ate tires like they were made of Big Macs....but not the old IRC M5B I think was the number....been along time. Worth a try at $84

    EDIT I just did the conversion, that is too small.

    If you are looking for REALLY serious off road here is your size

    http://www.bikebandit.com/pirelli-scorpion-pro-motorcycle-tire
  8. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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  9. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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  10. MMMOTORCYCLE

    MMMOTORCYCLE Been here awhile

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    Went with the Pirelli MT90 A/T's for daily use.

    Gonna try a Pirelli Rally front and I will burn through a Pirelli Scorpion XC-MH and Metler Karoo I have sitting in the garage before I shell out anymore cash this week:eek1

    MichaelMichaelMotorcycle (no stuttering KellyMac, I just couldn't fit it all in my sig line :D)
  11. johnny80s

    johnny80s Been here awhile

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    Just when I though my bike was set now I have something else to add.

    Thanks guys!
  12. F8 Pilot

    F8 Pilot Bak in the Sadl & Lovinit

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    Just installed my new Woody's 21" wheel. I chose to stay tubeless and went with the heavier 21" x 1.85" BMW X-Lace Rim. Sent my original wheel in and Zach used my hub and nipples. Woody's couldn't have been more helpful and professional...Thanks Guys.

    Wheel looks awesome and looking forward to riding tomorrow.

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  13. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Ok, now lets here about your custom fender. .???
  14. F8 Pilot

    F8 Pilot Bak in the Sadl & Lovinit

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    I was wondering who the first inmate would be to notice my front fender...you win Bigtodd. My nickname is MacGyver and this is my first attempt at a fender modification. I looked at many aftermarket dirt bike fenders and found some Apollo small dirt bike fenders at a local shop...one front and one back fender for $30. I noticed the where they would join they were very close to the same shape. Could have used one large fender (possibly) but would have to cut it in half and knock out a hole in the center to go around the A frame pivot point. By using the two separate pieces I just cut away what I didn't need and formed the cut out section. It was always my intent to install it above the triple clamp as we all know there isn't enough room underneath where the stock fender attaches.

    A trip to Ace Hardware to get some brackets which I bent into shape. Utilizing the same attachment points for the stock fender...I bent them upwards and back forming a "Z" and then drilled mounting holes in the fenders. Also bought some small bolts, nylon locking nuts and large washers.

    It is surprisingly very solid and doesn't interfere with anything. And I don't think I need to worry about mud clearance. If interested I have one more set of the fenders and I can do before and after pictures. I'm also considering have a plastic company make a mold of my modification so I can put a kit together for those interested...just not sure how many riders would like it?

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    Since this was an experiment I just painted the brackets black and they won't stand up to the abuse..as you can see. So the next revision will be to have them powder coated once I finalize the shape.

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  15. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Can I see a few more photos? One from the side and one from the front taken with the entire bike showing? THANKS

    I'm planning a 21 inch front.....


    Cheers
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  16. Quirky

    Quirky Been here awhile

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    Just in case you haven't seen the thread for the Billet triple clamp project for r1200's.


    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=853064

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  17. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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