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Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by svs, Nov 23, 2014.
Are now available on the DL650 XT.
What other model V-Srom's will they fit?
What will/do they cost?
The hubs are same as current model Glees (i.e. '12+ V-STrom 650) so it'll fit any Glee (but not older Wees). The OEM cast wheels are ~$650/750 (front/rear respectively), but are available for $100-200 less at online retailers. My guess is the spoke wheels will be in that that same ballpark, but I haven't seen any prices yet.
I may buy a set of them for my 2012. Do you recommend a specific retailer?
partshark.com has the best prices I've found on OEM parts.
I admire your optimism!
....but only 3 spokes???
3 spokes is all what most riders need
A set of RAD Hubs and excell rims will cost you $1100 from Woodys Wheel works.
They will be stronger and look betterer
Why would it be any different? The MSRP difference between an XT and an Adventure is $300. Even if you assume it's all in the wheel cost, that's still in the same ballpark price range. Spoke wheels should not cost more to make when you are doing volume production runs. The problem is that most people think about the equivalent custom made wire wheels, that's when it gets expensive.
Regardless of volume, I can't fathom that a (spoked) wheel comprised of ~66 separate pieces minimally, which needs to be mechanically laced, trued and torqued 32-36 separate times, could possibly be manufactured "in that same ballpark" as a (one-piece, cast) wheel made by spooging alloy into a cheap, reusable mold. There's a reason why manufacturers switched from spoked to cast wheels in the first place, and it wasn't for looks or ease of owner maintenance.
And that's completely discounting the affect of consumer demand on pricing.
When you can get custom spoked wheels made with better components for cheaper than the replacement cost of the OEM cast wheels, even if the OEM spoked wheels turn out to be priced "in that same ballpark", it doesn't make financial sense to opt for OEM.
But it's all good, and I hope you're right. It will only drive down the price of the better, custom wheels!
Fairy land thinking.
The price manufacturers charge for OEM spare parts has nothing what si ever to do with their actual production cost. If you purchased a V-Strom one part at a time from the Suzuki spare parts department it would be the most expensive motorcycle in the world.
When I checked with woody last year (for my Wee) he said they would be about $2,000 depending on rim choice and colors.
I wish the OEM spoke wheels would be as cheap as the fragile cast wheels but they won't be.
If Suzuki will even sell complete wheels.
I just checked for what a DR650 OEM wheel set costs but I was unable to find a complete wheel price, only individual parts for each wheel.
Yamaha charges $1,500 to put spoke wheels on a new Bolt, and that is with the stock cast wheels in exchange.
So far the best deal I have found is Procycle for $1,600
They do not look tubeless.
You are correct sir, they are not tubeless.
But neither were Woody's wheels quote I got.
Is he building tubeless wheels for the Wee now?
Sealed spokes or true tubeless rims?
It looks like Suzuki is using the same front rim as Yamaha with the mud/rock trapping spoke flange design.
I guess it makes sense to have one common rim supplier for multiple brands.
Probably the same rear rim too.
Maybe Woody gets a better price for OEM rims than we would?
Paying the retail price on those Yamaha rims would probably put the price of the complete wheel set from Woody at $2,500 or so.
Way out of my budget.
Then again, anything new is out of my budget. :eek1
That is hardly a new concept. Back in the days when all bikes had wire wheels there were only two rim suppliers who supplied every major brand. There are only a couple of suspension suppliers in the bike industry and there are also only a couple of brake component suppliers.
Suzuki don't and never have actually manufactured the wheels for any of their bikes. They are all outsourced components.
Some people might not like what Suzuki did or did not do enough, having having owned a gen 1 650 & ridden a gen 2, I see nothing but pure sexy in that package.
I've also loved the decent enough looking low maintenance women who was fun as hell to party & sleep with all night plus have an intelligent conversation during the day. Maybe there is a parallel here?
...as for the price, that is the 10 million $ ? right now.
I'm sure there is some resale value of your old cast wheels to help out.
Those with dinged casts wheels are buyers as are several bike owners who want 19" front (vs 17" ) plus thumper owners who want 17" rear wheels for motard conversions.
Sell them to me so I can mount up some studded tires for winter!