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Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:55:37 am »
I lately trade my Kawasaki KLE 500 for a Triumph Tiger Abs with Alloy rims. I must say I love the bike and it handles very well.
I do not do heavy off roading but love to go off the tar and the beaten track. My question is how much gravel, corrogation, sand etc kind of hammering can the alloy rims take. I am specially concern about corrogation (sinkplaat pad) that is almost a general thing on many gravel roads.
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2018, 06:58:37 am »
For gravel roads and normal touring, I can't see any hassles.....deep potholes and"lurkers" on gravel roads may damage the rims if your pressures aren't high enough.
Personally I reckon you should be fine as long as you keep this knowledge in mind :thumleft:
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 07:25:31 am »
There is a lady that has toured all over the world and they had to replace and repair her hubbys spoked wheels but her alloys were still fine.
For riding to see the sights, alloy should be fine, fast and bad stones etc. nope.
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2018, 09:06:00 am »
I had a 650 V-Strom for a few years and rode most of the gravel in the western cape with alloy rims. Got one small smiley in the Cederberg once, but otherwise never had an issue.
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 09:38:38 am »
About 10 years ago my mate Uli, pitched up for one of Ray Mulder's Cairo to Cape Town rides, nobody had mentioned to him that his German R1200GS had cast wheels not the RSA wire wheels and there were big eyes when he rocked up with it! It made it no issues, but he rode gently and kept his tyre pressures up.  :biggrin: :sip: 
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2018, 04:00:41 pm »
Also had a 650 vstrom. Did 20000km on it which included alot of dirt including Sani pass. Those rims took some big hits with no smileys or dings at all. Keep your pressures a bit harder on dirt and you should have no issues.
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2018, 05:27:30 pm »
I had a client family, they both ride the tiger 800 alloy model, and they have extensively toured RSA, Namibia, Botswana etc, and they load those bikes, never an issue with the rims.
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2018, 07:45:05 pm »
Though I have personally never encountered alloy rims “out there”, I honestly am impressed by the feedbacks thus far. I would not have put faith in them for those purposes, but it clearly seems that they can. Respect.
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2018, 07:17:08 am »
Nog 'n voordeel is hulle roes nie soos speek rims nie.
 
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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2018, 07:25:18 am »
I had a Bmw F650gs twin with alloy wheels.. did some 50k km on it. Never had a problem. Just keep the pressure up..


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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2018, 03:45:14 pm »
Cast wheels are very strong, and you hardly hear of problems from them, however, the big danger with these cast rims are that it could develop stress/accident fractures, and collapse while riding.

A solid hit could have them fail right there on the spot, but a wire wheel will get you home most times.
 

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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2018, 12:05:13 pm »
Nobody in the 4x4 community runs steel rims anymore (for years now) and at one point you would hear same argument around a braai concerning "mag" wheels on 4x4's, so agree with correct pressures should probably not be a problem on a bike...

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Re: Alloy Rims how good on gravel and of the tar
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2018, 08:13:04 pm »
EVERYBODY in the MX and Enduro world still runs the [heavier] wire spoked wheels. :deal: