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I’ve had trouble figuring out what’s what Becsuse there into much info on YouTube or websites. Recently I’ve been dealing with my bikes wheels and was told that I can’t buy any newer rims because they don’t make them like mine. I was wondering if anyone knows what rims would fit my bike Becsuse I’m having a hard time finding any original ones. My rims are missing spokes and they are discontinued now. Glad to be in this group, hope soemone knows something that I don’t.
 

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common upgrade is aluminum alloy rims and if you are reusing the original hub and spokes then the number stamped right on the rim is the rim size, next you count the spokes and start looking for rims in that size from akront or DiD or whoever and the spokes are a big problem to match if you need one or if you need all of them, with the cheapest solution usually being to purchase rims from a scrap yard damaged or better ones, then you have plenty of spokes.
 

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I’m not looking to spend $2000 on a $3000 bike, that’s why I’m asking. Also, no one can work on my wheels because they can’t order any more parts for them, so that’s also not an option, just looking for wheels that might fit that are not too expensive!
 

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common upgrade is aluminum alloy rims and if you are reusing the original hub and spokes then the number stamped right on the rim is the rim size, next you count the spokes and start looking for rims in that size from akront or DiD or whoever and the spokes are a big problem to match if you need one or if you need all of them, with the cheapest solution usually being to purchase rims from a scrap yard damaged or better ones, then you have plenty of spokes.
I looked everywhere for wheels and there’s only about 2 online that would possibly work, I also checked with scrap yards and no one has gotten back to me with finding the right wheels, but thanks for the info that helps me a lot!
 

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You just want to buy some spokes or are you looking to upgrade the wheels?
Plenty of options.

Dont think that the internet is the only place to find shit.
 

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I looked everywhere for wheels and there’s only about 2 online that would possibly work, I also checked with scrap yards and no one has gotten back to me with finding the right wheels, but thanks for the info that helps me a lot!
Phone call to a motorcycle scrap yard is a total waste of time, if you want to buy scrap motorcycle parts you go to the salvage yard yourself and find the parts you need, then you cut a deal with the owner who is hopefully somebody you ride with so they give you a smokin good deal.
 

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Honda made many a motorcycles that had parts that were interchangeable with other models, your front wheel for instance is the same as one on a 1975 cb550 (certainly other years as well). If your rear wheel is 18" then you should be able to find another off of a cb750 fairly easy. Might even be able to fit a mag off of a "custom" on there if the drum will take it, though your bike will look funny
 

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I’ve had trouble figuring out what’s what Becsuse there into much info on YouTube or websites. Recently I’ve been dealing with my bikes wheels and was told that I can’t buy any newer rims because they don’t make them like mine. I was wondering if anyone knows what rims would fit my bike Becsuse I’m having a hard time finding any original ones. My rims are missing spokes and they are discontinued now. Glad to be in this group, hope soemone knows something that I don’t.

I’m not looking to spend $2000 on a $3000 bike, that’s why I’m asking. Also, no one can work on my wheels because they can’t order any more parts for them, so that’s also not an option, just looking for wheels that might fit that are not too expensive!
New rims and spokes are used to rebuild old wheels every day. There's more to the story that we're not hearing. Somebody is misundertanding a need, question, and/or answer.

After typing a long reply I re-read your post and realized maybe there is some confusion as to what "rims" are? No flame intended, people get it wrong all the time, especially car guys. But I'm not sure if you need rims, wheels, or spokes?

Just to make sure we are on the same page - rims and wheels are not the same thing. Your rims aren't missing spokes, your wheels are. You can buy new rims all day long. No, they won't be OEM replacements but you aren't restoring a '74 Ducati Super Sport so no one will care. Trash the stock steel rims and replace them with aluminum. You'll be that much closer to getting a seat at the cool kids table if you do.

Here's an example of what's out there if you know what to look for:

You also need to know what size your hub is to make sure the holes are drilled at the right angles. But... a lot of guys just roll the dice when it comes to that. I recently ordered some rims from an XS650 place (owned by the same people I linked to above) for a Ducati. Rims are not (for the most part) band specific. Search for the size you need, not just the bike you want to use them on. I knew the XS used a hub about the same size as what I was using, so the chances were good the spoke holes would work and they did. I have been burned doing that before though... these days if it's a serious project I spend the money and buy them from Buchanan's, drilled to fit.

You can also buy new spokes in any length you'll need. Figure out what you need and look for that instead of looking for original replacements for a, um, whatever that is.

New wheels CAN be built on your old hubs using new rims and spokes. It is done all the time. Buchanan's is a place that will sell you exactly what you need and it will all work because they drill the rims specifically for your application and size the spokes to work with the rims you're buying and the hubs you're using. But they aren't cheap, and I'm getting the idea you can't do the work yourself which adds more cost.

Maybe your actual rims are fine and you only need spokes? In which case call Buchanan's and get exactly what you need all brand spanking new for under $300 or so? Of course then you have to find someone to relace the wheels.


As for cost... if you're not going to spend $2k on a $3k bike, don't buy a $3k bike that needs $2k in parts? I don't mean to be a jerk but parts cost what they cost no matter what bike they are going on. Cheap bikes are often more disposable than rebuildable. You can learn a lot with them but that education is going to cost you.
 

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Bikes like that only attract other hipster dudes.
 

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New rims and spokes are used to rebuild old wheels every day. There's more to the story that we're not hearing. Somebody is misundertanding a need, question, and/or answer.

After typing a long reply I re-read your post and realized maybe there is some confusion as to what "rims" are? No flame intended, people get it wrong all the time, especially car guys. But I'm not sure if you need rims, wheels, or spokes?

Just to make sure we are on the same page - rims and wheels are not the same thing. Your rims aren't missing spokes, your wheels are. You can buy new rims all day long. No, they won't be OEM replacements but you aren't restoring a '74 Ducati Super Sport so no one will care. Trash the stock steel rims and replace them with aluminum. You'll be that much closer to getting a seat at the cool kids table if you do.

Here's an example of what's out there if you know what to look for:

You also need to know what size your hub is to make sure the holes are drilled at the right angles. But... a lot of guys just roll the dice when it comes to that. I recently ordered some rims from an XS650 place (owned by the same people I linked to above) for a Ducati. Rims are not (for the most part) band specific. Search for the size you need, not just the bike you want to use them on. I knew the XS used a hub about the same size as what I was using, so the chances were good the spoke holes would work and they did. I have been burned doing that before though... these days if it's a serious project I spend the money and buy them from Buchanan's, drilled to fit.

You can also buy new spokes in any length you'll need. Figure out what you need and look for that instead of looking for original replacements for a, um, whatever that is.

New wheels CAN be built on your old hubs using new rims and spokes. It is done all the time. Buchanan's is a place that will sell you exactly what you need and it will all work because they drill the rims specifically for your application and size the spokes to work with the rims you're buying and the hubs you're using. But they aren't cheap, and I'm getting the idea you can't do the work yourself which adds more cost.

Maybe your actual rims are fine and you only need spokes? In which case call Buchanan's and get exactly what you need all brand spanking new for under $300 or so? Of course then you have to find someone to relace the wheels.


As for cost... if you're not going to spend $2k on a $3k bike, don't buy a $3k bike that needs $2k in parts? I don't mean to be a jerk but parts cost what they cost no matter what bike they are going on. Cheap bikes are often more disposable than rebuildable. You can learn a lot with them but that education is going to cost you.
Thanks! This helps a lot, Also, soemtime people don’t care about the cost of things when it means something to them! I think all bikes have a purpose and just Becsuse it’s not what you like doesn’t mean it’s not worth being fixed!
 

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The front end is sitting way too low, as a result, theres almost no suspension travel.
This negatively impacts performance and can also be really dangerous.

Look at getting some progressive brand front springs... or if you're really after performance, go get some Racetech springs and emulators
 
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