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post #1 of 16 Old 07-10-2019, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Cast wheel damage during off roading ?

I'm on the hunt to find out if anybody on the forum that has a Vstrom with cast wheels
has ever had an issue with a broken or cracked wheel during moderate off roading .
Seems easy enough to change the rubber for some with more Dirt orientation - And hit the
trails right ?

I'm not talking about stump jumping, Just moderate off roading or Enduro trail riding.

If you've seen "On any sunday" And the part where Steve McQueen and Mert Lawell
Are running "Cow Trails" on the wooded range then this is in this threads wheel house.

We know the XT's have what it takes but just how well do the DL's cast wheels work if
pushed to these limits.

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-10-2019, 09:48 PM
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I do a lot of firetrails and some quite tough single track on my cast rims and all good so far. Did read of one guy denting his front rim after hitting a square edged rock, so they are to be avoided. He reckoned he just beat it back into shape back at home and all good! Presume that means he didn't even lose air out on the trail!! So just take a bit of care offroad, watch the upcoming terrain and roll over, don't accelerate over tough stuff.
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There's been a few threads on bent cast wheels. If I remember, one guy was on his way back from Alaska and hit a rock in the road. Cast wheels have been heated and bent back by experienced folks. If you're going to hammer it offroad, you'll need spoke wheels to absorb the impacts.

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Like Clint Eastwood said..."do you feel lucky"?

Like above, I have seen destroyed wheels that required replacement by just hitting something on the road. Cast wheels are brittle since the Al is cast. A spoked wheel has extruded rims that are more bendable than cast.

Good thing about the newer stroms is the cast wheels have more than the 3 spokes of the older models. More spokes make the cast wheels stronger since the unsupported rim between spokes is much shorter.

I like my spokes, but if my Tenere had cast wheels, I doubt I would be changing them until I screwed one up.
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My cast wheels are fine for moderate off road use, but I do not lower my pressures for better off road grip. Instead I prefer to keep the pressures up to better protect my wheels. No problems so far.
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Don't lower the tire pressure much if at all when going off road on cast wheels.

Especially on a 500 lb. bike!
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The DL's cast wheels are fine off road PROVIDED you stay sensible.

I've dinged a rim riding off road, 22PSI front and rear and hit a 4" high lip on a concrete culvert. BMW 1200 got about the same sized ding, KTM 990 did a real number on his spoked rim. We managed to beat it back into shape with the back of an axe and some wood to get him home but he had to replace it soon after. (Cost a LOT more $$$ than a new DL cast wheel).

28PSI front and rear and I never had problems. That does assume you aren't trying to ride it like an MX bike, just going A->B on sometimes lumpy dirt roads.

If you ding them send them off to somewhere that rerolls them and they are essentially like new. DO NOT try to beat the ding out yourself.
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Pot hole strike in Alaska. The wheel has a 6" long radial crack down its centre.

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If that is a Shinko, they do like to roll flat. My rear almost rolled of the rim just getting it on a Uhaul MC trailer. So if you ding a rim and roll the tire off the rims, you really be up the Creek, hopefully with tire irons and a pump.
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Interesting that it's far more common than I thought. However , your comments make sense.
And even the spoke wheels are not super hero's either. It's all good , And round OOOOOOO .

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