motard info packs /parts - adapt honda cast WHEELS with cush drive
free download of most INFO PACKS, LASER-CUT PARTS AT COST PRICE
Easy do-it-yourself custom motard wheels, using Honda cast wheels with a cush drive hub for smoother ride, less wear and wider rev range. Usual total cost for $700-$900 with wheels from the wreckers, as low as $500 complete if buying your wheels on Ebay or privately.
How easy is it?:
- Download the info pack for free (except KLR650).
- Find and buy the specified Honda cast wheels with specified discs and sprocket
- Get the alloy spacers machined as per the info pack
- Buy our laser-cut caliper adapter and/or disc adapter plate if needed ($39 to $59 posted).
Like to know more? Just click on the links above for your bike model. If you don't have one of the models listed above, or want to use wheels other than the Honda ones specified, you will need to use our generic info pack.
Cast wheels have their good and bad sides compared to spoked wheels. Read on for more...
the good side of supermoto cast wheels
Cush drive rear hub: Road bikes have cush drives for a smoother ride, less chain snatch and less wear on chain, sprockets, gearbox and rear tyre. Single cylinder bikes benefit most from a cush drive for supermoto riding, especially bikes like the KTM, Husaberg and WR450F where everything is pared back to keep the weight down. Read more about cush drive hubs here.
Stiffer rims for better handling & less maintenance: Motostrano and other motard outfits report the stiffness of cast wheels improves handling in tight corners, braking and sudden direction changes (we think probably only in hard core riding). There's also no spoke maintenance, tubeless tyres make puncture repairs or tyre changes a cinch, they are easier to clean and you can change colours with just a respray.
Floating front disc: In most cases you will be able to use a full floating supermoto front disc if wanted, for better heat dispersion characteristics.
down side of cast wheels on a supermoto caST WHEELS?
Aren't cast wheels a lot heavier? The common complaint is extra weight with cast wheels, but with CBR250 wheels (CBR250R & CBR250RR specifically) this is not true. We've weighed the CBR wheels, fully kitted out with tyres, discs and sprocket, against typical quality motard spoked wheels using Talon hubs and Morad rims. The results?:
Front spoked wheel: 11.1 kg 3-spoked cast wheel: 10 kg 6-spoked cast wheel: 10.5 kg
Rear spoked wheel: 13.1 kg 3-spoked cast wheel: 13.8 kg 6-spoked cast wheel: 13.9 kg
So there's very little in it, and if the spoked wheels had a cush drive hub they would all weigh about the same.
Don't jump your bike with cast wheels: If you are going to jump your motard KTM, Husaberg or WR450 in competition then stay with spoked wheels - they have more 'give' in them due to the spokes, and general consensus is that they are stronger and can take the stress of jumps much better. Some motard riders on supermoto forums say they jump their bikes on motard cast wheels with no problems, but we advise you play it safe and get quality spoked wheels.
where to buy your honda cast wheels
Attention Queenslanders: after a pair of CBR250R three-spoked wheels?
Ring Cliff 07 3808 5050 or after hours 07 3200 0422. Does not include discs or axles. Chasing any reasonable offer. He's willing to package for freight if you organise (e.g. Transdirect couriers). - posted 10.04.13
These info packs only apply to Honda cast CBR250R or CBR250RR wheels (and optional front wheels from Honda 900 and 1000cc bikes on some models). Why? They don't need complex machining of the rear hub as the rear hub is much narrower than other brands, and the axle/disc sizes are the easiest to adapt by far. These Honda wheels pop up Ebay regularly at very cheap prices, and they are much lighter than most other cast wheels. If in Australia, you can try www.findapart.com.au or try these wreckers (just a sample, there are more around):
Victorian Motorcycle Wreckers (03) 9457 1733, 52 Mologa Rd, Heidelberg West (these guys have heaps of spares too, like CBR250 axles and snail cams for the DR400)
A1 Road & Race Motorcycles (02) 9556 1162 212, Princes Hwy, Arncliffe, Sydney
Metropolitan Motorcycle Spares Ph (02) 9748 7400, 90 Silverwater Rd, Silverwater, Sydney
Ace Motorcycles Ph (03) 9457 2723, 46 Bell St, Heidelberg
Discount Motorcycle Wrecker, Ph (03) 9350 4417, 35 Dawson St, Coburg North
Eastern Motorcycle Wreckers Ph (03) 9870 9209, 8 Olive Grove, Ringwood
City Motorcycle Wreckers at Slacks Creek, Brisbane Queensland, Ph (07) 3808 5844
All Bikes at Slacks Creek, Brisbane Queensland, Ph (07) 3808 5050.
If you are looking at a set of adapted cast motard wheels on Ebay or a motard forum, we suggest you click here to read about all the questions you should ask before buying. Some are well adapted kits, but there are plenty of potentially dangerous kits too.