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My guess is the 18's got everything going for it, better tire selection, quicker turning, lighter.
The only thing going for the 19 is it's easier, and maybe cheaper, to find a matching set-up for the 450 forks, ie; hub/axle/fork interface. I still haven't received my CL450 wheel, I hope I'm right about all that, 'cause that's why I went that route. $65 bucks for the complete wheel and brake/hub.
 

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I'd agree on the 18.....I can't think of ANY reason to run a 19 if you can get an 18. Well...not unless it's a dirt bike.
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Right, so go with a 19 dude, I don't wanna be in the back of the pack all by myself!


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Don't anyone labor under the misconception that certain hubs have to stay with certain diameter rims. Any hub can be laced to any rim, all you have to do is get a spoke set. Buchanannanan's will make any set of spokes you need. All they need is the hub you are using (in most cases they have it's dimensions on file), and the rim size and for $80 they make you set of very spiffy Stainless spokes with nipples...I've done it numerous times.
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What are you planning to do with the bike? If you're racing then 18 is a good idea simply because of tire availability (in race compound). If you're not racing then stick with the 19. They were designed to run a 19 and the geometry and everything works. Its just a little heavier than and 18 and not too much in the way of soft tires available. Metzler used to make ME33's in compk in 19 but I don't know if they still do.
 

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19 is fine. you can get avons for it. but 18 is better, i think. it will fuck with the geomtry and your speedo. something to keep in mind. but 19s are fine to use. i personlly think an 18 looks better too. more clearance between the tire and fender.

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Not sure I'd worry about geometry...from what I've seen about 90% of vintage Japanese bikes had pretty fucked up geometry brand new and handled like shit.
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you could always drop your forks to compensate if it were an issue in geometry,and get a speedo from a bike with and 18 .

I have been wondering why they had big wheel in front, small wheel in back .Just maybe a little more conservative of a wheel for the general market they were aiming at .

I will have to try it myself to see the differents,maybe the difference, is similar to a rosewood neck guitar and a maple neck guitar. There is a difference, but you would have to have been playing guitar along time, to hear the difference. The average player/listener wouldnt know the difference.
 

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Rosko I know what you are thinking and NYC will eat your aluminum rims. I had an Akront on the norton years ago and long island roads knocked that out of round in three months, and you know how smooth LI roads are compared to the city. If you are going with steel 18 is cool as the turn in will be quicker, but you don't ride hard enough on the street to ever notice.
 

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ROSKO, FWIW, there are a couple nice looking CL450 front wheels on ebay right now. Better looking than the one I got I'm sorry to say...


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