17"laced rims

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  1. Tigcraft

    Tigcraft Unheard of Member
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    I bought a while back a pair of very cheap America wheels just for the hubs as I want to build a bespoke set of 17"s for my cast wheel bonneville. The thing is I could have bought the T100 on bigger rims but I prefer to use the cast wheel bike as the speedo already will be accurate for 17" and doesn't rely on a mechanical drive also it has the sportier smaller guards and the sidestand can stay the same.
    I'm not sure as to which rims as yet and I'd like to run tubeless without killing the job on price. Anyone played this way?? Any recommendations to which rims?
     
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  2. Recycled Rocker

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    No, but always wished my SE had spoked rims on, would have looked better so I can see where yer comin from. Good luck with that Tig. It might be worth having a word with Bob at Wyldes in Leeds. He's semi retired, they supply rims and make their own spokes and obviously build wheels. Yer may already know him of course. If nothing else you would get a price and/or advice which way to go.
     
  3. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Hi mate, I'm sure you are already fully aware of this, but just in cases :

    Earlier Bonneville range bikes had a front wheel speed 'sensor' - so altering the size of the front wheel changes the reading on the speedo;

    Later Bonneville range models have a gearbox sensor, so front wheel size changes have no effect on the speedo readings - however changes in final drive gearing (front and/or rear sprocket sizes) WILL affect the accuracy of the speedo.
     
  4. Tigcraft

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    Good point about gearing, never thought about it like that although I'm perfectly happy with my gearing which is a bonus. Cheers for that big lad
     
  5. Tigcraft

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    I do and have used him. Eric
     
  6. Tigcraft

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    I think this is the problem my brother is going to have when he goes up to a 19 tooth front on his 2013 bike,He thinks he can get it reprogrammed in the ecu is this right Big lad[/QUOTE]
    Best bet is check speedo on standard gearing against sat nav to see where the speedo falls as they generally read over the actual speed he may be able to change spec
     
  7. Tigcraft

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    Missed a bit..... Change spec of ratios. Eric
     
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  8. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Your brother will be delighted to know that with a 19t from sprocket and a std. rear, the change will make the speedo read 100% accurate by comparison to Tomtom, instead of slightly over-reading.
     
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  9. Tigcraft

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    That's rather an accurate statement Dave!
     
  10. darkman

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    I have looked at fitting 17" rims as well and so far have worked out you can go 3.5" x 17 with a 120 70 tyre on the front and 5" 17 with a 170 60 on the rear, if you go to 5.5" with a 180 55 on the rear you have to go with a 1/8 offset:)
     
  11. Tigcraft

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    I'll be going no bigger than 160/17 or even a nice 150/17 as the fatter ones will slow the turns down
     
  12. roadtrip

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    I'm on 150/70R17 rear, Newchurch standard cast wheel. I was convinced this was the way to go, bike feels very stable at low speed, but overall I prefer the handling with the original 130/80R17 tyre (before it squared off that is!).

    can't tell any difference in gearing, and no problem with fit.
     
  13. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Yes! To be perfectly honest the GPS is the weak link in this chain. :rolleyes:
     
  14. fletch48

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    hows this job coming along wouldn't mind doing the same .
     
  15. darkman

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    I'm going for 5x17 and 3.5x17 rims, just waiting for them to be built:(
     
  16. Tigcraft

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    Hi Fletch,
    Not sorced the rims as yet. I need to drop the std wheels out to see where the laced hubs sit in situation and what mods I need to make (if any) before I de-rim the donor wheels.
    I also need to
    Make sure the spokes and new rims come at handy money as that's the whole idea of it so it may take time

    @darkman, I'd like to see how yours do too. Any pics? Eric
     
  17. darkman

    darkman Crème de la Crème

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    Fitted at last, have to sort out the front mudguard but that won't be until after xmas.

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  18. Tigcraft

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    Looks very nice. What's the hubs used out of interest? Also what sort of costs did they work out at?
     
  19. darkman

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    After looking at loads of different options i decided to go with Talon hubs and polished alloy rims, this saves 3 kilos in weight alone :eek:. I ended up going with Doug at Devon wheels who is very helpful, you can see all the prices on the web site as there are loads of options to go for. Cost a packet but very pleased
     
  20. Tigcraft

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    It's the 'costs a packet' bit that kills it for me as I can buy two or even three classic bask
     
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