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So what do you know about motorcycle rims?
I thought I knew a fair bit until I started researching the subject. It's amazing how the more you know, the less you know; this is definitely the case for me!Let me say something straight away; although I refer to motorcycle rims most of the time in this article, I am covering every aspect of the wheel apart from the tire. You can always look at my article on discount motorcycle tires if you want to know more about that topic.
When you think about it, a lot of the character of a motorcycle is found in its motorcycle rims; the size and style of the rims make a statement about the bike (and the owner)!
Problems with motorcycle wheels themselves are pretty few and far between. It is usually the bearings or the tires that are the source of tears and frustration!. However, things to do go wrong and some seek to find wheels better suited to their needs, so read on for solutions and ideas in the world of motorcycle rims.
Types of Motorcycle Rims
The two main types of motorcycle rims are solid wheels, in which case the rim and spokes are all cast as one unit, usually in aluminum, or spoke wheels, where the motorcycle rims are "laced" with spokes. Apart from the obvious point that the spokes add strength to the rim, the lacing also gives a design feature all its own to the motorcycle rims.
Other materials used are magnesium alloy, (used for aircraft wheels) and even carbon fiber! The main reason for going for motorcycle rims made of such exotic material is to save weight, so these wheels are generally used by racers.
Cast motorcycle rims
Made from cast aluminum, these are commonly the stock wheels on a huge number of motorcycle models. They cost around $500 -$600 each, and usually come with a chrome or polished finish.
Billet motorcycle wheels
These wheels are carved from a block of solid aluminum Using computer controlled carving, some incredibly intricate designs can be produced. You can even design your own motorcycle rims, with spokes "from the gates of hell" if you want! however everything comes at a price. If you can't stretch to a unique design, you can still get some pretty good billet motorcycle rims "off the shelf" from about $850 to $1250. Chrome finishes usually come out more expensive that polished motorcycle rims.
Laced motorcycle rims
These are the traditional spoked wheels. The rims are usually made of aluminum, with the structural strength supplied by the spokes which are laced between hub and rim.
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