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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Spoked wheels are "classic" and cheaper to make.
    I get that but why use tubes? Classic feel?

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    I had boards on my gold wing, all pegs before that. Easy to get used to. Pegs OK for short trips, but after a while my feet felt like they were on broom sticks. Then bought 800 Volusia and it had pegs, n short order bought Cobra boards($300).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevJoel View Post
    I get that but why use tubes? Classic feel?
    The spokes cause the rim to have about 45 little holes in it. Those holes have to be prevented from leaking air somehow. Putting in a tube is the easiest way.
    Don't believe everything that you think.

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  6. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    The spokes cause the rim to have about 45 little holes in it. Those holes have to be prevented from leaking air somehow. Putting in a tube is the easiest way.
    That makes sense. Ha! Thanks. I was leaning towards the LT because of the bags and windshield. Guess I should look for a custom with the mags, a windshield and bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevJoel View Post
    Guess I should look for a custom with the mags, a windshield and bags.
    Good plan.
    The first owner usually pays a lot of $$$ for good bags and a shield.
    The next owner often gets them almost free.
    Don't believe everything that you think.

  8. #21
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    It is possible to just seal the rim, and then you can use tubeless tires. I don't know how much that kind of thing costs, just mentioning it so you know your options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turboyoshi View Post
    It is possible to just seal the rim, and then you can use tubeless tires. I don't know how much that kind of thing costs, just mentioning it so you know your options.
    From what I've heard, it's expensive AND unreliable.

    There is nothing wrong with using an inner tube.
    And yes they can be used with tires that are marked "tubeless".......because pretty much nobody makes tires anymore that are not designed for tubeless use.
    Don't believe everything that you think.

  10. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by turboyoshi View Post
    It is possible to just seal the rim, and then you can use tubeless tires. I don't know how much that kind of thing costs, just mentioning it so you know your options.
    Like Easy Rider says "From what I've heard, it's expensive AND unreliable." The reason is the spokes "move" While you're riding making a seal job unreliable. I run spokes on my Harley and can't complain after 120k miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turboyoshi View Post
    It is possible to just seal the rim, and then you can use tubeless tires. I don't know how much that kind of thing costs, just mentioning it so you know your options.
    MV Agusta do it by having the spokes fit to a raised lug on the cast alloy rim. Tubeless have a very big advantage over tubed tyres as they will not deflate immediately you get a puncture, unless its a large rip. Also you can limp a tubeless tyre home with a nail/screw left in place.
    Last edited by Aussie Steve; 01-26-2016 at 07:29 PM.
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  12. #25
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    Who out there has had experience with the Vulcan 900 vs the Suzuki C50? Realizing the slight size difference, what about power, handling, highway riding, etc... Just looking at all my options.

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    The Vulcan has 100 more CC's and is lighter.
    I've had an S50 (but have not ridden a C or an M) and the Vulcan power is about the same as the S I think.
    But it was considerably lighter than either of the cruisers.

    Have I said that you need to do some test rides ??
    Don't believe everything that you think.

  14. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Have I said that you need to do some test rides ??
    Yes, indeed. I wonder if WOW Motorcycles in Marietta allows them on used bikes. They should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevJoel View Post
    Yes, indeed. I wonder if WOW Motorcycles in Marietta allows them on used bikes. They should.
    They should, but they don't.

    Mountain Motorsports in marietta and roswell have allowed test rides.

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    Any bike shop that does not allow test rides......at least on used bikes......for a properly licensed rider who comes IN on a relatively decent looking bike and who looks/sounds like he is serious about buying something.........SHOULD GO OUT OF BUSINESS. And if you are looking to change bikes, your should refuse to do business with them.....and tell them why. I suspect that a test ride or two will be forthcoming.

    Establishing a relationship with a dealer with a good reputation can mean a LOT.
    After having bought 3 bikes from the same dealer, the salesman almost runs up to me with keys in hand now.
    Well they DID.......before I left the state.
    Don't believe everything that you think.

  17. #30
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    Follow-up question on the Vulcan 900: Are all model years of the Vulcan 900 fuel injected or can they have carbs? I was under the impression that all Vulcan 900s were fuel injected just like the V-Star 950.


 
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