I too have a lot of dents in my rims, 2000 TBS. The roads are getting worse in NYC and only the Republican Convention can get any of them paved.
From: Guy [mailto:goodnuph@...
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 6:32 PM
Subject: [T TBS R] potholes, tire and rims
why is it when i had bias ply tires, I never had problems with
dinged, dented rims?
The lip or flange has recieved dents, but doesn't sem to have
effected the ride any.
These radial tires have great traction qnd control, but when it comes
to potholes -bang-dented rim--now i know most of your locations are
much better than New York City at keeping your roads nice and smooth.
Between the corruption and pennypinching-these streets are worse than
a teenager chocolate addicts face.
I hit a crater so hard that I probably looked like a trials rider
jumping over a log, that crater dented both front and back rims.
and that road was smotth the day beforeBut they started placing
cables or pipes or whatever in the road bed that same day, and since
I travel the route almost nightly home from work. I didn't think
there would be any changes in the surface.
I want to put those 80.20 on/off road tires on my bike but they're
mostly bias ply or too small. I rarely travel faster than 120-but i
do carry passengers often enough to not want to lose carrying
capacity from the 160/70x17 rear, and i would like to go to a fatter
tire like 130/70x17 up front just for a smoother ride, better
stopping, and to protect the rim.-i rarely see those tourer bike get
dented rims because they have the larger tires.
I was thinking about putting a 16 inch in the rear so i can use those
tires from the bigger tourring rigs-they are radials and come in
and at $700. to $800. a pop per wheel or $400. for a replacement rim
but then it needs to be laced and trued-the cost is aproximately the
The chopper guys even are going to the now defunct 18 inch wheel in
the rear these days.
If there are any ideas besides moving out the big rotten apple as far
as rim replacement goes please let me know.
Guy (GoodNuph) NIchols
y2k TBS-'78 gs750e suzuki
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