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Offline Bob_Roller

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Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« on: April 28, 2021, 11:58:59 AM »
I ordered a set of tires for my '81 R65 back in mid February front tire showed up in six days, the rear finally showed up yesterday, shipping delay from Europe .
I put a composite wheel from my parts bike on the rear of this bike about 8 years ago, I had a tire mounted and then decided the bike would be more or less a parts bike, so I put the composite wheel from an LS on the '81 .
I swapped the worn out composite wheel tire back to the parts bike, took the snowflake wheels to the local independent bike shop for mounting and balancing .
In this process I remembered that the brake shoes are different between the two style wheels, along with the two springs on the shoes .
Also the rear axles are a different length between the two wheels .
Not sure if this is the case or not with the front wheels .
I went to Metzeler Roadtec 01 tires, I put these tires on the '82 silver LS about 16 months ago, had the Me33-Me99, Lazertec tires since '85 on this bike, needed a change .
Have not had any wet road experience with these tires yet .
« Last Edit: April 30, 2021, 09:07:28 AM by Bob_Roller »
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

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Re: Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2021, 09:36:22 PM »
When I order Avon's off of eBay I get them in a day or 2 here in St Louis
No mater who I order them from they drop ship out of Illinois  or Tennessee  :clap:
 
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Offline Bob_Roller

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Re: Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2021, 06:46:49 AM »
This was the first time I have ever had issues with getting tires since I started riding 42 years ago .
The rear tire is the ' freshest' tire I have ever gotten, manufacture date molded into the sidewall 0521, fifth week of 2021 .
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

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Re: Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 12:50:07 PM »
Bob, not sure I know what a composite wheel is, I'm assuming it's a cast wheel with the spokes at 90 degrees. Do you know if it's possible to mount a spoked wheel in place of a cast wheel?  The spoked wheel would need to come from a /5,6, or 7. 
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Offline Barry

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Re: Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 03:22:32 AM »
Fitting spoked wheels to an R65 has been done and I recall some posts here about it in the distant past but the 18" spoked wheel needed for the front will be as rare as hens teeth as I think they were only ever fitted to police bikes.
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« Last Edit: May 04, 2021, 08:10:02 AM by Bob_Roller »
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

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Re: Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2021, 08:58:13 AM »
As far as spoke wheels, I have no idea, never had any experience with them .
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

Offline Barry

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Re: Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 11:36:35 AM »
Just to show spoked wheels have been fitted to an R65. can't remember where I found the pic.



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Offline Justin B.

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Re: Swapping Snowflake and Composite wheels
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2021, 06:28:13 PM »
I seem to recall someone here doing the conversion...
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