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#340216 - 10/28/10 1:02 am Goldie flanged rim and tire size recommendations?  
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I am shopping for rims, spokes and tires for my Gold Star restoration and want to go with new 19" Excel shouldered (flanged) rims from Buchanans. I have them on my Triton and am very happy with their quality, finish, truth and the fact they are drilled to match my hubs. I do not need historically correct Dunlops or Borannis since this is not a "show" bike but rather a "'go" bike.

Original alloy rims on clubman trim bikes were WM1 font and WM2 rear. Excel rims are not available in WM1, so I will go to WM2 front and stay with WM2 on the rear.

So, I am thinking a 90/90 19 tire on the front and 100/90 19 on the rear. What are others using? Both sizes are available in Dunlop D404's and Avon AM26's.

Thanks!


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#340228 - 10/28/10 3:37 am Re: Goldie flanged rim and tire size recommendations? [Re: Swan]  
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Swan .. I agree the Exel flanged alloys from Buchanans, WM2 front and WM3 rear are the best/greatest rims especially for a Goldie. They are made from good tough alu and they are straight and true unlike some other rims. The wheels can be aligned both axial and radial to +- 40 thou without too much trouble. The clearcoat means you never have to polish either. Choose the smaller SS spokes and nipples from Buchanans with rims drilled to match. Fit new sealed wheel bearings.

I'm prolly 'preaching to the choir', but by all means find a proper wide jaw spoke wrench that properly fits the nipples. I've made nice wrenchs that fit perfectly by filing out japper mm spoke wrenches available from a local dealer.

I and other GSrs prefer Avon Roadrunner 90/90 front and 410 H19 rear tires to be ideal. We used Super Venoms in the past but the short tread life and poor traction in the wet are an issue. If you don't have good dealer support I suggest buying mail order from Tires Unlimited including good tubes vs some of the cheapos being sold.

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#340229 - 10/28/10 3:49 am Re: Goldie flanged rim and tire size recommendations? [Re: Swan]  
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Dave,

Thanks for the info. One of my favorite part of building bikes is lacing, truing and balancing wheels. I have the tools, know how and the patience to get the axial and radial runouts nearly perfect. Yes, sealed bearings are our friends.

I ran Super Venoms on my Triton, but the rear did not last very long. I use D404 Dunlops and Avon Am26's on Honda CB's and they are great street tires and available in "smaller" sizes.

Thanks, and did you get my pictures of the GS tank?

Last edited by Swan; 10/28/10 3:50 am.

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#340328 - 10/28/10 7:58 pm Re: Goldie flanged rim and tire size recommendations? [Re: Swan]  
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Swan,I just bought a set of exel rims from Buchanans and they are nice. Dave is right when he says choose the smaller spokes and nipples. Buchanans sells one size larger spokes and nipples as the stock replacements. So you have to specifically ask for the smaller size. Not much differance, but they just look fatter on the wheel. You can not beat tires unlimited for price and shipping, if you can mount your on tires.

#340766 - 10/31/10 5:57 pm Re: Goldie flanged rim and tire size recommendations? [Re: Swan]  
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I am going with WM2 front 19" and WM3 18 rear so I have a better selection of modern tires. Thanks all.


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#341924 - 11/07/10 5:43 pm Re: Goldie flanged rim and tire size recommendations? [Re: Swan]  
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After much consideration, advice, research and thought, I went with 19" Excel WM2 and WM3 front and rear. I can run either modern style Avons or original Speedmasters. Each rim weighs less than 5 lbs and they are beautiful. Sealed bearings are 1640-2RS (7/8" bore, OD 2" and width 9/16") to replace the open caged style in front and rear hubs. I invested in a really nice truing stand and cannot wait to lace and true these wheels, but need to decide how I want treat the front 190mm drum. Original Hammerite paint, polish or powdercoat?


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