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17" front wheel?

I know that the Strom is supposed to be an adventure tourer and I absolutely love my Wee-Strom. Thing is, I almost never venture off the pavement. I guess my touring is more sport than adventure. What I really want is a middleweight sport tourer and if I can fit a 17" front wheel I might just have the perfect ride for me. Don't know that it would handle that much better but there sure would be a better selection of tires. I read on the VSRI board that a fellow did fit a front wheel from a 2003 SV650 and was wondering if wheels from other Zuks (there are lots of them on ebay) might fit the Wee. If you look at the Suzuki web site, all the wheels look very much alike. Any of you fellows done any research on the subject?

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I know that the Strom is supposed to be an adventure tourer and I absolutely love my Wee-Strom. Thing is, I almost never venture off the pavement. I guess my touring is more sport than adventure. What I really want is a middleweight sport tourer and if I can fit a 17" front wheel I might just have the perfect ride for me. Don't know that it would handle that much better but there sure would be a better selection of tires. I read on the VSRI board that a fellow did fit a front wheel from a 2003 SV650 and was wondering if wheels from other Zuks (there are lots of them on ebay) might fit the Wee. If you look at the Suzuki web site, all the wheels look very much alike. Any of you fellows done any research on the subject?

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No, but I would think it would throw your speedometer off on the Wee.
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No, but I would think it would throw your speedometer off on the Wee.
Even with the 19" wheel, the speedometer only gives you a vague idea of your actual speed.:mrgreen: Got to get a bike speedo or GPS if you want to know how fast you are going. I have both.

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I know that the Strom is supposed to be an adventure tourer and I absolutely love my Wee-Strom. Thing is, I almost never venture off the pavement. I guess my touring is more sport than adventure. What I really want is a middleweight sport tourer and if I can fit a 17" front wheel I might just have the perfect ride for me. Don't know that it would handle that much better but there sure would be a better selection of tires. I read on the VSRI board that a fellow did fit a front wheel from a 2003 SV650 and was wondering if wheels from other Zuks (there are lots of them on ebay) might fit the Wee. If you look at the Suzuki web site, all the wheels look very much alike. Any of you fellows done any research on the subject?

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All the 03+ SV650 wheels are the same, so any of those will work. They're a little pricey though because all the racers want an extra set for rains, so that drives up the cost.
I don't know of another bike that uses the same wheel.

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Even with the 19" wheel, the speedometer only gives you a vague idea of your actual speed.:mrgreen: Got to get a bike speedo or GPS if you want to know how fast you are going. I have both.
Sound like you're covered, then.

Just one thing. You know that speedometer problem you see described on this forum that people buy corrected speedometer faces for ?

I've actually had cars parallel me on the expressway with their window down to tell me their speed, and I've always been at the same exact speed as they are. This is at highway speed, too.

I just don't understand why some have this problem and other's don't.

Oh well, glad you've got this problem covered.

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My riding is similar to yours but I don't see the need to change to a 17". Many of the tires offered for the 19" front have plenty of grip. You can grind the pegs all day with most of the 90/10 dual sport tires. The pure street tires for the Strom are even better. Money for the 17" conversion would be better spent on suspension upgrades.
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the 19" wheel is one of the biggest advantages the strom and other dualsport type bikes have over sportbikes , no it doesn't turn in as fast, BUT it has more contact patch and can turn in at higher speeds



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I looking at the 17" wheel conversion. but only if I can pick up the wheel for cheap. I'm talking under $100 cheap.

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I looking at the 17" wheel conversion. but only if I can pick up the wheel for cheap. I'm talking under $100 cheap.
If I find one for $100, I will junp on it.:mrgreen: I know the 03 or newer SV650 wheel will work... I was hoping to find that other Zuke wheels would work also.
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the 19" wheel is one of the biggest advantages the strom and other dualsport type bikes have over sportbikes , no it doesn't turn in as fast, BUT it has more contact patch and can turn in at higher speeds
The advantage, that I can see, of the 17" wheel is the much wider availability of street tires.:mrgreen:

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