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Exclamation Woody's Wheels SCORE!~!

I was able to seal a deal on a set of NICE Woody's wheels (19" front and 17") rear from a guy in Florida. He was initially selling a complete 2011 bike but when no one pulled the trigger he decided to remove all the farkles and sell them off and return the bike to stock. I was fortunate enough to be first in line for the wheels. I was NOT about to let them slip thru my hands.

Here they are still on the bike.
He purchased the bike pretty much the way you see it, minus the panniers that he added.
I asked him if they are tubeless wheels and he wasn't sure. I know Woody's makes them both ways. How can I tell? It sure would be nice if they were tubeless.
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Congrats. If there is a tube in them they are not tubeless.

I have heard that the bead shape of the rim is different. Maybe send a photo to Woody's or see if thy have photos on the website?

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Ha, yeah I kind of figured if there was a tube then they are not tubeless! Obligatory captain obvious post. Anyhow, since the rims are still mounted to the motorcycle and all I have is a picture to go by, they are in Florida and I am in Alaska. And the current owner does not know. just wondered if anyone could tell by the picture.
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Don't the tubeless rims have a valve stem like our oem wheels & tubed should have a stem with a lock nut??? Just guessing.
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...It sure would be nice if they were tubeless.
Jeff - a few months back I added a "sticky" about converting tubed wheels to tubeless, w/ pics from when I converted my '04 KLR650's wheels. Took awhile, but worked PDG!

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https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...-tubeless.html
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I was able to seal a deal on a set of NICE Woody's wheels (19" front and 17") rear from a guy in Florida. He was initially selling a complete 2011 bike but when no one pulled the trigger he decided to remove all the farkles and sell them off and return the bike to stock. I was fortunate enough to be first in line for the wheels. I was NOT about to let them slip thru my hands.

Here they are still on the bike.
He purchased the bike pretty much the way you see it, minus the panniers that he added.
I asked him if they are tubeless wheels and he wasn't sure. I know Woody's makes them both ways. How can I tell? It sure would be nice if they were tubeless.
Question. If you install a 19 inch wheel up front, I assume you will need to raise the fender, also what will happen if you bottom out the front shock? I think i have heard of peopel putting DRZ forks on the Versys when converting the wheel.
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Question. If you install a 19 inch wheel up front, I assume you will need to raise the fender, also what will happen if you bottom out the front shock? I think i have heard of peopel putting DRZ forks on the Versys when converting the wheel.
W/ a rear 130/80 x 17 on the front of my '08 (same rolling radius as a 120/90 x 19), I have VERY occasionally bottomed the forks, and nothing has touched, or broken.

ONE issue w/ DRZ forks - they have MORE travel than the V has ground-clearance, so IF you don't RAISE your bike, you might hit the ground w/ your engine/ skid-plate on a serious 'whoop'....
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W/ a rear 130/80 x 17 on the front of my '08 (same rolling radius as a 120/90 x 19), I have VERY occasionally bottomed the forks, and nothing has touched, or broken.

ONE issue w/ DRZ forks - they have MORE travel than the V has ground-clearance, so IF you don't RAISE your bike, you might hit the ground w/ your engine/ skid-plate on a serious 'whoop'....
Wow. Interesting. So if I wanted the same radius of a 19" wheel I just need to get a different tire. My mind is blown

Why would others (no offense Jeff) pay for a new rim instead of just going this route (other for weight saving and strength of spoke)?
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from the pix they look like tube type rims... at least originally. whether they have been sealed or not is the question

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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W/ a rear 130/80 x 17 on the front of my '08 (same rolling radius as a 120/90 x 19), I have VERY occasionally bottomed the forks, and nothing has touched, or broken.

ONE issue w/ DRZ forks - they have MORE travel than the V has ground-clearance, so IF you don't RAISE your bike, you might hit the ground w/ your engine/ skid-plate on a serious 'whoop'....
having run both the 130/80 rears up front and the typical 110/80-19 on the 19" cast wheel with the stock Versys suspension, there will absolutely be interference with the lower fork clamp and fender if the fender is raised enough to avoid trapping mud. interference will happen even sooner if the brake line guide is left in place. pull the tape, do the math, the result is inevitable given the right conditions for a full stuff of the forks. the event can happen both on and off pavement, and can be very inconvenient depending on speed and road conditions. whether the event is important to the rider or not, it's their bike, their call. the stock Versys forks have been extended, with the writeup posted to the forum, a worthwhile mod if running OEM forks with a larger diameter front wheel/tire.

as far DRZ fork travel allowing the Versys skid plate to touch down on a "whoop", this time pull the tape and deploy the trig based on the new ground clearance with this swap and a 25d rake...that statement is complete nonsense.

DRZ fork right, Versys fork left. The DRZ forks are used with the Versys clamps, a 20mm projection at the top clamp is typical. nothing on the bike touches the ground on whoops except the tires. ride the same whoops at the same speed on a stock suspended Versys, you're going to break something.



Kawasaki Versys with 17/19 wheels, big suspension, and a bunch of other stuff. the skid is stock Motech, the same one everyone else uses. i have seen a scratch or two on the bottom of the skid, but infrequently, with no dents or other damage. The sidestand is KLR650 that has been extended 85mm over the OEM length, just to give an idea as to how this bike's stance differs from the stock Versys. the LV can has never received any damage in that location, despite traversing some very tough road conditions.

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starting at page 40 approx. and post 1571, yes that is one thousand five hundred and seventy one, of 2183 posts.The last page has many as well.
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