Why not just get your rims powder-coated? Cheaper than new rims, no concerns with fitment or feel, and you can choose any color you like.
I just might look into that. I found a company 10 miles away that does powder coating. Thanks!Why not just get your rims powder-coated? Cheaper than new rims, no concerns with fitment or feel, and you can choose any color you like.
Beautiful wheels, just went to their website...a bit too spendy for me...appears to be 2500 US for each and being shipped from the UK. I would have to stop eating for a few months to afford them. What color did you get for yours? Is your Bird Titanium as well?I run Galespeed Type R's. They are a lighter wheel and I have seen or felt any issues.
I agree with the powder coating did it myself came out awesome 🏍I run Galespeed Type R's. They are a lighter wheel and I haven't seen or felt any issues.
If they have been hit in the past then there will be damage but if they have just been run then there will be no issues.Question on getting powder coating on old rims.
How do you know your rims still have a lot of life into it?
Nope. Just nope. Given that humans can ride anything from 6 kg bicycles to 400 kg Harleys, how exactly could changing a 250 kg Blackbird to a 245 kg Blackbird give issues. I'm a professional engineer doing steering and suspension system design. You can feel a difference for sure, but the idea that it's an "issue" is just internet pearl-clutching nonsense.I hear getting rims too light, may cause steering feel issues, but I am completely ignorant on rims.
I can recommend A&E Elite in San Jose (depending where in California you are). I had two different sets of rims done there. Beautiful job, if you're prepared to deal with a "low overhead" operation. Which means going there with the rims stripped (bearings, tyre, etc) and basically not being a dick to the lady on reception.I am in California by the by.
I found a used set of C.F. Dymags " From An Estate Sale " , on flea bay this a.m. Listed as : " Vintage Dymag Front Motorcycle Wheel With Pirelli Tire ." One looks a bit more than used , but the rear didn't show any scars.Lighter rims could cause a different feel .... usually better, not worse......less unsprung weight.
Every bike made since the venerable old tank of a 260kg BB has been on a diet, trimming weight here and there, and they don't feel bad or destroy rims while clicking up high miles at high speeds.
While stripping the rims for powder coating, consider getting a few Kilo's machined out of them.
They are over-engineered 1990's tech built like a battleships anchor.
Drag racer guys I knew years ago used to take heaps of metal out of heavy old rims, to bring them up to lighter spec current OEM alloy wheels.
I had the opportunity to feel a set of carbon fibre rims recently and k me, I nearly threw them through the ceiling....... I didn't ask how much, but think about it.....why would anyone make them if super light wheels caused bad feel issues? I wouldn't use CF wheels on public roads due to too many potholes/obstacles etc. But track guys love them.
Lighter wheels offer an improvement in handling and feel. A wheel rim has no service life limit - they may have damage from a crash or abuse like jumping kerbs or bashing potholes, or they can be bent by ham fisted tyre changers, but they otherwise last forever in normal riding with consumables like bearings and tyre valve's replaced when needed.
Maybe someone was trying to explain that super light wheels like those CF ones I lifted might trigger lighter suspension tuning/components to suit, but I doubt the BB would need any changes for just a few Kilo's of weight loss from each rim.
Might give the old girl the lift she deserves!
One thing to be mindful with Dymag rear wheels. The rear carrier is specific to that rim. Rollie, Bear found that out. Someone at a point in time when he was putting the bike together. Pushed it over and stole the rear tire. I remember Bear laughing about because whoever stole the wheel left the carrier. He said the rest of the wheel was useless to whoever stole it because the carrier and wheel are matched set.I found a used set of C.F. Dymags " From An Estate Sale " , on flea bay this a.m. Listed as : " Vintage Dymag Front Motorcycle Wheel With Pirelli Tire ." One looks a bit more than used , but the rear didn't show any scars.
I bought a set from a member here a few years back. I'm either going to mount them on my '99 Blackbird or sell 'em on the site here.
I run Galespeed Type R's. They are a lighter wheel and I haven't seen or felt any issues.