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Hi guys,
I’m new here and to bike building so sorry if this is a stupid question. I’m building a custom Yamaha xv920 with 2015 R1 forks, I’m looking at putting a Ducati Diavel wheel on the front. Has anyone done the before or does anyone know if it would fit?
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Nathan
 

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You want to put the front wheel from a rare Ducati Diavel onto a set of Yamaha R1 forks that were almost certainly stolen, onto a Virago and you are wondering if anyone has done this before and if those parts will fit together.
Who on earth would have access to a spare set of Yamaha R1 forks and a spare front wheel from a 20+ thousand dollar Italian performance cruiser other then a motorcycle thief?
I asked my motorcycle dealer buddy that owns a scrap yard full of motorcycles about used USD forks from sportbikes and you know what he said; Scrap sportbikes almost invariably have destroyed front ends, they rarely see those parts show up in a legitimate motorcycle scrap yard.

"More motorbikes are stolen in the UK than are bought new," <- fact

Something you might want to consider; once you tack that front end on your bike, it too will become a target for thieves that want your front end parts to stick on their old bone motorcycle project. Good luck with your project.
 

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Anything is doable if you have a mill and a lathe plus skills. Problems you will have are axle diameter to wheel bearing hole size, brake rotor offset to brake caliber centreline. Neck stem length, diameter, and bearing compatibility.
so if the Ducati and R1 have the same wheel bearing Hole size, then wheel spacers to centre the wheel would be next, then Without the rotor bolts on, mount the Calipers, apply the brakes to hold the rotors and get an idea how far off the wheel flange the rotors will sit. In or out. If the Callipers are not radial mounted and the rotors when bolted on are inboard a little, then the callipers could be shimmed to centralise them on the rotor.
 

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Anything is doable if you have a mill and a lathe plus skills. Problems you will have are axle diameter to wheel bearing hole size, brake rotor offset to brake caliber centreline. Neck stem length, diameter, and bearing compatibility.
so if the Ducati and R1 have the same wheel bearing Hole size, then wheel spacers to centre the wheel would be next, then Without the rotor bolts on, mount the Calipers, apply the brakes to hold the rotors and get an idea how far off the wheel flange the rotors will sit. In or out. If the Callipers are not radial mounted and the rotors when bolted on are inboard a little, then the callipers could be shimmed to centralise them on the rotor.
Thanks mate that’s really helpful and as I suspected lots I hadn’t considered! Maybe a bit more research needed before I buy too many parts.
 
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