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Old July 6th, 2014, 09:25 AM   #1
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Wheel upgrade

Hi

I am considering upgrading my wheels.

I am thinking of forged aluminium as these seem to give a useful reduction in weight and the other improvements that go with it.

Has anyone else tried this yet?

I would be interested to know what wheels are around that will drop straight in, just needing discs, sprockets etc.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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I'm sure the Motard SP rollers are lighter. Can't beat Marchesini in my book.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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I'm sure the Motard SP rollers are lighter. Can't beat Marchesini in my book.
I don't really like the design of the motard SP rims. AM interested to know if there is any outside.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 03:45 AM   #4
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enter the Rotobox Carbon wheels

weighs only 11.2 pounds, front+rear, very light

but heavy on the budget at $3,500
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Old July 10th, 2014, 06:10 AM   #5
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Wow, not to my taste. I would have to chose the BST over the Rotobox, just for the looks. But, even better for my money would be wire rims.... but I am actually ok with the standard HS wheels, so not a priority.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #6
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They look like car wheels. I guess I could be used to seeing thinner spokes on Duc's. And $3500?! I understand they are very light but it's kinda like when I see $5K in rims on a $4K Honda Civic. You could have started off with a much more technical bike with that cash on top of what you paid for the Strada.

Ducati is like Volvo in that they always make a good looking stock wheel. I think the Strada's is the best out of the Motard line up. My eyes are always drawn to the rear wheel on the open side when I look at profile shots. And I don't see the point in a flashy front wheel as 90% is covered by brake rotor.

You have to be very careful fitting aftermarket wheels to bikes. I've known a couple guys that had to take their carbon fiber wheels to a machinist to get certain parts to mate back up. I see they list the Motard but not the Strada specifically. I'd call before purchasing.
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Old July 11th, 2014, 06:23 AM   #7
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I have been in touch with a UK supplier and they are offering BST and Dymag, both in carbon fibre.

My insurance company is okay with forged aluminium wheels but does not like carbon fibre. I have yet to find out why?

I also understand that upgraded suspension parts are in the pipeline for later this year.
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I have been in touch with a UK supplier and they are offering BST and Dymag, both in carbon fibre.

My insurance company is okay with forged aluminium wheels but does not like carbon fibre. I have yet to find out why?
I also understand that upgraded suspension parts are in the pipeline for later this year.
I would love to see your bike those blings...keep us posted
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Old July 17th, 2014, 08:55 AM   #9
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I have just heard from the insurance company and they won't cover the bike with carbon fibre. My broker is now checking out other insurance companies.
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I have just heard from the insurance company and they won't cover the bike with carbon fibre. My broker is now checking out other insurance companies.
insurance companies are like banks, they both defy logic...

banks will grant a loan only if you prove to them you don't need money (i.e. you have enough properties, bank deposits, liquidity, etc.)

as with insurance companies, you can be insured only if you prove to them you won't get hurt (i.e. you're not military, not a pilot, don't parachute, etc.).
where i live, riding a bicycle or motorbike is a non-insurable activity

... which kind of contradicts why you need a loan or an insurance coverage in the first place. funny because a person who habitually just sits on his couch all day with no exercise is readily insurable when he is more prone to dying of a heart disease

sorry, talking from experience. i always get denied for loans and insurance
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