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Lightest wheels for the money?

Since Im staying with the 1000 for my track bike, I want to shave weight. I've already removed quite a bit.
Wheels are on the agenda, Im having a tough time deciding what wheels to invest in.
Not into the carbon fiber stuff though.
I want something light and strong.
What is the average weight savings?

I know less rotating mass is a plus as well.

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The carbon fiber rims are the lightest/best ones to get if you can afford them, BST is the lightest and Dymag is really close but the Kevlar they added for strength adds that little extra weight. Outside of those I don't know as you would have to see the other manufactures websites to see if the list the weights for their wheels.

When deciding you need to consider the MOI as some rims would be potentially lighter but their MOI may not show it, unfortunately for you the carbon rims have the best MOI numbers.

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Here a test by Motorrad Zubehörradsätze im Vergleich - Motorradreifen - Motorradonline

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In general carbon wheels are not allowed in racing.
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Just saw those last night, they are super nice. Im doing a red,white and blue paint scheme, those red anodized wheels would be sweet!
They mention the "V" wheels are 5 lbs lighter per set over typical OEM.

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Since Im staying with the 1000 for my track bike, I want to shave weight. I've already removed quite a bit.
Wheels are on the agenda, Im having a tough time deciding what wheels to invest in.
Not into the carbon fiber stuff though.
I want something light and strong.
What is the average weight savings?

I know less rotating mass is a plus as well.
Is this a track only bike? And if you don't want carbon go with magnesium. The Carrozzeria's are very nice I have a set but you will not notice a lot of difference between them and stock wheels except visual appeal, but I also have a set of BST's by far they are the most significant mod I have done to the bike and I have a bunch. The wheels if they are truly light will make the biggest improvement that you can tell.

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Is this a track only bike? And if you don't want carbon go with magnesium. The Carrozzeria's are very nice I have a set but you will not notice a lot of difference between them and stock wheels except visual appeal, but I also have a set of BST's by far they are the most significant mod I have done to the bike and I have a bunch. The wheels if they are truly light will make the biggest improvement that you can tell.
Thanks JM, thats some solid info first hand experience. I appreciate it, looks like I might have to spend more.

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Thanks JM, thats some solid info first hand experience. I appreciate it, looks like I might have to spend more.
No problem the BST rear wheel without the tire weighs about 1.5 - 2lbs I can put my index finger in the axle hole and hold it out at arms length. That should give you an Idea just how light they are. And I have had mine for almost 5 years now no problems. For some reason the front wheel is a little heavier but still much much lighter than stock or the forged wheels. If you get them you will not believe what a difference they make in flickability.

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Oh and yes, track only....The durability is also good to hear. I guess I've seen so many cheap carbon fiber products come apart and peel layers, it made me nervous spending that bank on them.

I better find a damn good shop to mount them also, If they got scratched I would flip out lol.
I've seen some guys butcher wheels.

Since I worked at a shop for years, I got really fluent in mounting tires and very cautious, problem is I dont have access to a machine anymore.

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Mag wheels are going to be the best overall, IMHO


For the money though, stick with aluminum. Marchesini, Carozzaria, OZ, or Galespeed are all going to be very nice pieces.

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Carbon wheels scare me. There was a recent pic of a Ducati posted on fb where the spokes just tore right off at a trackday.

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Am I going senile? I thought you had BSTs already?
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Carbon wheels scare me. There was a recent pic of a Ducati posted on fb where the spokes just tore right off at a trackday.


I think there must have been a problem he didn’t know about, like it was damaged at a tire change or something. BST’s are DOT approved I have had mine for over 5 years and could not tell you the times I have been over triple the speed limit. Then again I mount and balance mine so I’m very careful. I just bought a set for the 17 so I have two sets of them.
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Am I going senile? I thought you had BSTs already?
My original post was 2016.
Already have a full season on my wheels, they're doing just fine.
Thats when I was looking to buy them.

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My original post was 2016.
Already have a full season on my wheels, they're doing just fine.
Thats when I was looking to buy them.
Heheh, I'm not used to thread revivals, I guess.
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Carbon wheels scare me. There was a recent pic of a Ducati posted on fb where the spokes just tore right off at a trackday.
They shouldn't. I saw the post, but I never heard what brand the wheels were, and if I remember correctly, it was a rear brake malfunction that caused the issue, not the wheel failing. Which, and forgive me for generalizing, there are a lot of Duc owners who try to work on their bikes at the track that do not have the proper knowledge, tools or mechanical prowess and at the end of the day pack up their bike in pieces due to a crash, or tearing the bike down to figure out why it stopped running. So I wouldn't worry too much about issues with Carbon Wheels failing. BST has been making quality carbon wheels for what, 10+ years now? If I had the money, I would have a set of BST or RotoBox wheels for sure.

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My original post was 2016.
Already have a full season on my wheels, they're doing just fine.
Thats when I was looking to buy them.
What wheels did you end up buying?!

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They shouldn't. I saw the post, but I never heard what brand the wheels were, and if I remember correctly, it was a rear brake malfunction that caused the issue, not the wheel failing. Which, and forgive me for generalizing, there are a lot of Duc owners who try to work on their bikes at the track that do not have the proper knowledge, tools or mechanical prowess and at the end of the day pack up their bike in pieces due to a crash, or tearing the bike down to figure out why it stopped running. So I wouldn't worry too much about issues with Carbon Wheels failing. BST has been making quality carbon wheels for what, 10+ years now? If I had the money, I would have a set of BST or RotoBox wheels for sure.



What wheels did you end up buying?!
I bought the BST's, they're doing fine. I Jetmechanic has a couple sets I believe.
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I bought the BST's, they're doing fine. I Jetmechanic has a couple sets I believe.
I do in fact have two sets of them

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I bought the BST's, they're doing fine. I Jetmechanic has a couple sets I believe.
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