Bent my front cast rim this summer hitting a rock at 60 mph in dusty dual track. Rim still holds air. For cost of wire wheels I bought a real dirt bike (xr400r for $700 plus upgrades). Now I have more fun offroad and my more expensive and fragile Wee stays within its limits.Tubes. Cast rims if the take a big hit, say a rock can leak and are difficult to fix on the road. Spoked wheels and tubes can dent but are more likely to keep the air in them. Not many people use tubes and cast tire rims. IMO , anyplace I would need spoked wheels I most likely would not take a 'Strom
Can't wait to see where this goes from here.
This is why it is important to keep the spoke nipples lubricated ...
That's a cool looking bike, just what I would like. But question? If you are as hard on your bike as you say, why no protection for the oil cooler? It's a sitting duck for rock damage!I have built a WWW. My set was built from the parts developed by RAD Manufactering. They are bad-ass, and have soaked up everything I have thrown at them. They have taken me to the top of Mosquito Pass in Colorado. I most definatly would of broken a stock cast wheel with what I have put them through, as I am extreemly hard on my bikes. Those wheels, with my dirt-bike suspension, has me traveling passes as fast as my brain will let it.
Here's a picture in Mexico coming home from Copper Canyon.
The rest of the wheel looks like it has damage also. The hub and the gold even around where the spokes attach. Its possibly the cleaner you are using that has compromised the finish and has made it easier to damage. What do you use to clean them and also what are you using to clean the bike?About 2000 km on a DL 650 XT, my 2020 mostly street and here is the result: sandblasted spokes on the rear wheel. Anyone else in the same situation?
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