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Any one think of or try spoked wheels??

I've thinking about giving spoked wheels a shot. I see that some honda's have shaft drive and spokes. I could get costume bearrings to make up for the differnces in ID and OD but i'm worried about how i'd get the shaft to match. Perhaps taking the engine end of the Vulcans shaft and cutting it then welding it to the honda's wheel end shaft.

Seems like a lot for spokes, but I love spokes.

Maybe just the front wheel spoked??

Any thoughts anyone??
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I've thinking about giving spoked wheels a shot. I see that some honda's have shaft drive and spokes. I could get costume bearrings to make up for the differnces in ID and OD but i'm worried about how i'd get the shaft to match. Perhaps taking the engine end of the Vulcans shaft and cutting it then welding it to the honda's wheel end shaft.

Seems like a lot for spokes, but I love spokes.

Maybe just the front wheel spoked??

Any thoughts anyone??
Just by a VN800 or VN900 or another brand with spokes. Most of here like the looks of the mag wheels on the VN750 and appreciate not having to go through the trouble that having spokes give. Our rims are tubeless - go with spokes and you will need a tube in most cases. Then there is the issue of keeping them clean and true. Nope. Too much trouble in my case.

I have a Nomad and a VN750 with cast mag wheels - I have actually turned away deals on bikes that had spokes. Me personally, I don't like the look and the trouble that are associated with spoked rims.


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I agree with bulldog...the mag wheels were a big selling point for me when I decided on my vn750. I've probably owned 3 or 4 bikes with spokes and they are tough to keep clean....I have not had much problem with keeping spokes true, but the potential is there for additional maintenance. I actually had one bike where the bottom 1/3 of the rims were subjected to flood water for a week or so (in my dad's garage) and the spokes all rusted below the waterline by the next season.

anyway, the vn750 rims wipe down nicely when cleaning.

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Spokes are gay.


(not that there is anything wrong with that..)

Look nice on 50's MG's , or a Vincent, but alloy wheels are usualy stronger, lighter, and hassle free.

But to each his own...
It might not be too hard to find a front wheel you could use... You'd likely need the whole sheebang..wheels, rotors, caliphers, fender, and even forks.

Or you could take the front wheel to shop that makes custom wheels, and have them measure it, and then make you a wheel that LOOKS like an old spoke wheel...likely only cost you a few thousand...

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I'll do my best to avoid spoke wheels the rest of my life (except for my vintage bikes).

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Spokes?
I want to spend my time riding not worrying about spokes and tubes and trueing and cleaning cleaning cleaning!
I'm sure it could be done, but it's just not my style

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Spokes need to much clean up time, With the wheels we have a little mothers and elbow grease and presto! up and riding.
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Actually, IIRC, some of the Vulcans I looked at wehen I was shopping for mine actually had spoke wheels. Or maybe I'm thinking of the 500.... Stick with the mags - you could always dress them up with some accents or paint...

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Spokes?! Blasphemy!!

I doubt you will get any support on that matter here. You are on your own in your choice buddy if you decide to do it. Just get another bike with spokes and will be much easier for you, until you start slaving over them!

Pffff Spokes!
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