I am seriously looking at fitting my bike with spoke wheels, but was hoping to find something a bit cheaper off of ebay.... I would love to go in with you on them, but I can't justify $1k for a set of wheels until I've exhausted every attempt to graft something cheaper..... I wonder what he'd charge for just the hub ? I wonder if Tallon would make them and what they'd charge ?....... They'd look sweet though...... I seem to remember Chaparral having a wheel section in their catalog...... Good luck, Maybe I'll come on board in a few months after I'm fed up with looking, and a little further down the road on the mods and want to get the bike finished and looking good.... At the very least, maybe a rear hub or wheel, I'm sure I can graft a front.
I don't know where in Utah he's located, but I'm next door in Nevada....... One other thing, you'd have to check the clearance from the larger wheel/tire assy to the bottom of the triple clamp, and the wheel to the Radiator
I have my front fender raised 38mm which gives me 50mm between the fender and my 17" front tire which is 603mm in diameter and a 110/80-19 is 664 mm in Dia. which is 61 mm taller overall but you only have half of that to worry about on top which is 30.5mm which should give me a little extra room at raising it 38mm for different profiles of tires etc. I did drop my front forks 10 mm in the triple clamps to make extra room for the raised front fender.
I was thinking of getting just a 19" front wheel assembly for the front with a D/S tire for the back roads and changing to my stock 17" for long road rides.
For just the front one and only one for me, Bob said it would cost 1000$ but if we could get 10 people interested in ordering the cost would come down to aprox. 500$ and if we could only get 5 orders then it would be somewhere in between. the biggest thing is he hast to justify the extra time and effort in setting up the CNC machine and the cost etc.
He also said it would have to be done over the winter because in the spring he gets too busy with the dirt bike wheels and wouldn't have time to do any custom stuff.
It doesnt take hardly any time to switch front wheels and I think a more aggressive spoked wheel in 19" would be just the ticket for back road/light off road riding and if your going to do a lot of pavement just slip on the stock rim with a distanza or Shinko705 on. I just don't think the wide front tire is as good as a narrower front for gravel and dirt, and the spoked tires will hold up to the abuse better when you air down.
I think he would just sell the hubs, but figure that I would use his spokes and rims because they are top quality but you could use other spokes or rims if you wanted. I also know that you can get the parts loose and lace them up yourself and save some money, that is what I want to do because I know how to do it and usually end up taking apart new wheels and putting anti-seize on the spoke threads so that they don't end up seizing up a couple of years down the road.
Bob says that he is only two hours north of Las Vegas on the way to Salt lake, so right in your back yard. It would be great if you were interested and willing to use your bike for measurements, that way I wouldn't have strip my tires off and mail them down there which would be a pain not to mention the extra cost.