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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2020, 05:06:46 PM »
*Originally Posted by richardbd [+]
Talh - what a bummer re the wheel.  Real bad luck.

Most of what’s been said above is probably right though.  Cast wheels will never be as good/tough/damage resistant as spoked wheels are and lowering the suspension is likely to increase the vulnerability. 

All things considered though, maybe you were just unlucky and it’ll never happen again.  Last year I rode through teh Wakhan Valley in Tajikistan, along the Pamir Highway and all the way across Tibet along with a rider on a lowered F700 with cast wheels.  She had no problems.  The wheels/suspension don’t make it any moire likely you’ll hit a show-stopping pothole, just more likely it will stop the show if you do!

If you do go to the expense of changing the wheels, personally I wouldn’t buy ones based on BMW rims and spokes.  I’d get some proper ones - check out Bart for example.  They’re proper rally-spec wheel, not much more expensive than the BM-based ones and you can spec tubed or tubeless.  I had them on the Rally Raid Honda I used on that trip and they were bombproof, whilst several of the GSs had rim dings, loose spokes and in one case, even a broken spoke.

Good luck with the choice...

Thank you!
I rode the bike (hard) on technical offroads in Oregon for 5 days some months back. No wheel damage that time, but one of the bumps caused my headlight mounts to snap (our headlight is held by 4 flimsy plastic sticks).
Spoked wheels are supposed to come in today, bent wheels are already off. I'll update once I have the new ones mounted.
Also ordered progressive fork springs from Hyperpro in hope of improving my crippled, lowered suspension.

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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2020, 08:18:44 PM »
If not for the import cost implications, I'm sure a lot of UK 750 owners would be keen on those spoked wheels. Pop a photo on here when fitted.
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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2020, 08:49:41 PM »
The ones I'm getting are gold (which I don't like). You can get spoked wheels in the UK in a variety of colors:

https://www.bikehps.com/acatalog/Kineo-Spoked-Wheels-BMW-F750GS.html


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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2020, 09:16:49 PM »
*Originally Posted by talh [+]
The ones I'm getting are gold (which I don't like). You can get spoked wheels in the UK in a variety of colors:

https://www.bikehps.com/acatalog/Kineo-Spoked-Wheels-BMW-F750GS.html

Correct. But the cost is roughly double what you're paying!!
They equate to about 3000 of your American dollars, plus an undeclared postal cost...
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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2020, 03:48:28 AM »
*Originally Posted by tomcat [+]
Correct. But the cost is roughly double what you're paying!!
They equate to about 3000 of your American dollars, plus an undeclared postal cost...

All true! They look better than the ones I ordered though, and probably ARE better. What can I say? Cheaper than replacing the bike with something off-road capable.

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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2020, 10:37:29 AM »
It's a shame this company don't list anything for the 750GS. Their products are competition tested and have an excellent reputation.
https://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/bmw-g310gs-g310r/G310gs-spoked-wheel
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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2020, 10:41:20 AM »
*Originally Posted by tomcat [+]
It's a shame this company don't list anything for the 750GS. Their products are competition tested and have an excellent reputation.
https://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/bmw-g310gs-g310r/G310gs-spoked-wheel

RR don't make them.  Their wheels are sourced from Bart in Italy.

I had a set on my RR Honda CB500X.  They were fabulously tough...

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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2020, 05:43:21 PM »
Well, the VMX wheels have arrived, and look very solid. Although made in China, build quality, packaging and included parts all look to be high quality.
I removed the hardware from the old wheels and moved it to the new ones, will have the tires mounted tomorrow and onto the bike they go.


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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2020, 02:43:00 PM »
Look forward to seeing them on the bike
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Re: Wheels designed for NOT offroad?
« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2020, 02:56:01 AM »
It is done. Seems tolerances on this are very tight. The tire guy had trouble setting the bead and inflating it, and had to resort to the ol' bike tube trick.
Installing both wheels was a real bitch - VERY tight fit. Test ride tomorrow.