Went for a wander round the shiney shop and a couple of questions arose for those of you that know about these things
Black shiney things lined up outside, some of them with the erm…revolution max engine. Why do spoked wheels now have the spokes around the outside of the rim? I’ve noticed Triumphs have the same weird looking rims. Is it because they are tubeless? Why can’t the spokes be where they look better?
Note the exhaust sensor, jeez, the outer cable was broken already. There were enough (shiney suited) blokes ignoring chatting customers while looking at their desktops to pay a bit of attention and fix it. Moan moan moan
I quite liked this. I was imagining how better looking it could be by taking off the number plate scaffolding and binning the back footpegs when a shiney suited computer operator asked me (shouted from his desk) if he could help me.
Probably because I was taking photos of a potential 20 grand sale.
I asked what the stupid looking wings on the front were for.
“Downforce” says he. “It’s because it’s essentially a GP bike”
I left and bought some gearbox 80/90 from a different shop.
You can’t beat a bit of downforce on a naked bike that’s about as aerodynamic as a brick with pilot on board.
(and yes spokes out there for the benefit of tubeless tyres)
Your looking at a bike with about 200bhp so the wings probably do help keep the front down… but not at road legal speeds. Pointless on a road bike… probably they’re more for power ranger look at me types with complimentary massive chicken strips, obnoxious exhausts revving engines in car parks. You know the sort
To allow for tubeless tyres?
Yes tubless spoked rims. I’d take them over tubed. But I’ve no doubt its possible to manufacture a tubeless with spokes in the middle, I think some manufacturers already do. They’re even harder to clean with the spokes on the outside!
Downforce unnecessary when the buyer is a 140kg returnee to bikes (last bike a GT250 in 1980) who will look like a gorilla fucking a C90 dressed as an astronaut…probably
Reading the thread title, I immediately thought…
Am I bad
There’s a guy who lives in the next town who weighs at least 25st and is pretty much round.
He’s got a ditch-pump S1000 r (nice bike tbh) and he’s put/stuck powerbronze “wings” on it…
If ever there was a bike that was NOT needing front downforce, that was it…
Theres a few R9Ters with outside spoke tubeless rims but it’s also a common modification to run conventional center spoke rims with a polyurethane bonded center band and it’s cheap successful mod.