Main Motorcycle: Bonneville black 2007
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Rocklin. cal
Other Motorcycle: Honda CBR600RR
Extra Motorcycle: Honda CB500F
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They shave weight all the time to be able to add electronics and other goodies without becoming a barge and to approach a track bike weight for the street. Sometimes they go too far and light and thin with components. Suzuki has been doing this for years with their GSXR line. A lighter wheel is better for performance, but light cast wheels, have minuses as well. Too bad they don't make forged wheels common to bring the pricing down. Every bike that I've owned with just 3 spoke wheels have been very susceptible to damage, no matter how old the bike was. Multi-spoke wheels are stronger, but not infallible. Ford with their bragging of losing 700lbs with their aluminum F150 is playing games as well. They did that to keep the truck within a gross vehicle weight rating and be able to add all the gizmos and creature comforts that buyers seem to want to have. Sorry for the topic wandering.
One of my friends bent 2 wheels (inside lip) on their car w/pot holes (neither leaked). We banged one back into shape. The other cracked apart on the first whack (oh yah, deflate the tires first!!! We did luckily!!) Still driving on the "repaired" one. They were puckered like your pics.
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