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Cast wheels....and dirt roads????

I would appreciate any insight(s) you might offer regarding the strength of the cast wheels, on a Versys, for going off road.
I realize that they will never be as strong as a spoke wheel but would like to hear from those of you who have gone off road.

I guess my question is this....how easy do they bend?

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I havent bent mine, nor have I heard of anyone else bending their Versys wheel...
There has been plenty of offroading done on the V thus far.


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I noticed on both my front and rear wheel that I have just the slightest bit of a dent or bulge, that you can feel with your fingers but not really see.

I do ride a lot of gravel roads, but I can not remember ever hitting anything that I would have thought would damage a rim.The only thing I can think is that at some time I must have hit a pothole to cause both rims to have a little damage. If I did, it wasn't bad enough to cause me to notice it.

I hit a BIG hole on my C-14 once and it jarred the H--l out of me and bent both rims. The rims do not leak though, so even if they have a dent they are still good to use.

I am careful about trying to miss obvious hazards, but what ever I hit must not have been all that bad. I am watching even more closely now.

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I'll add my two cents worth here, I'm here in Cuenca, Ecuador and have ridden a lot of rough roads in the last three months. My friends Carlo and Toni got into town last night on on their F800GS (wire wheels), both rims are bent. Ron is here on his weestrom, he had to replace the rear wheel (cast) after hitting a pothole in Central America. My Versys took a ton of abuse in Guatemala and Costa Rica, I hit a lot of potholes that should have damaged the rims but I have suffered no wheel damage. Some of you won't agree but I think that my tires have saved my rims (thanks again jdrocks), the Tourances are tough and have a higher profile (2.75 inches) than the stock Dunlops, in my mind they took all the abuse and I would have bent rims without them.

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Gary...thanks!

Gary,

Thanks for you insight(s). I appreciate it.
Looks like you are doing what I want to do next year. It is a toss up between taking my '08 KLR or going out and buying a Versys. I would certainly appreciate the extra power. I also understand that the Versys handle much better.

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I agree on the taller tire protecting the rims. Good post, good thought.
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Gary,

Thanks for you insight(s). I appreciate it.
Looks like you are doing what I want to do next year. It is a toss up between taking my '08 KLR or going out and buying a Versys. I would certainly appreciate the extra power. I also understand that the Versys handle much better.

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Some of you won't agree but I think that my tires have saved my rims (thanks again jdrocks), the Tourances are tough and have a higher profile (2.75 inches) than the stock Dunlops, in my mind they took all the abuse and I would have bent rims without them.

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I'm running 40# in the rear #38 if the front, replaced the rear Tourance @ 11,000+ mies, the front will get me to Tierra del Fuego! Heading east into the Amazon this morning, I'll post in a couple of days.

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