Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Using a 16 inch rear wheel

Looking through the michelin tyre guide, I noticed the diameter of a 16 inch tyre was only a few millimetres of the equivalent 17 inch tyre. Most cruisers such as Yamaha Viragos use 16 x 3.5 inch rear rims running between a 130 and 150 wide tyre and are available for around the $150 mark complete, so the price is excellent. The Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan ('95/96' model) looks like it has exactly the wheel I need, it even has the same axle size (17mm) as the DR400. I also really like the chunkier look of the taller tyre, but I will be painting the rim 'red' like a vintage hot rod or bobber.

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