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hollow axle

does anybody know if there is a hollow rear axle available for the V I'm considering buying or building a small trailer and this seems to be the easiest way to go.
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No hollow axle available... It would have to be of larger diameter.
There is however a large hollow frame tube under the plastic frame covers. It can also be used for a frame lift:



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I will re-use this topic with the same question, but for Versys 650 2015.
Is there a hollow axle?

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I will re-use this topic with the same question, but for Versys 650 2015.
Is there a hollow axle?
The front axle is hollow.
The rear axle is solid.
As invader said, there is a hollow pipe passing through the frame about six inches above the swing arm mount, under the plastic cover.

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Hollow in frame circled in red. 2015 is the same.
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my 2015 V1000 has a hollow axle. My last bike, a 2013 Concourse had a hollow axle and I pulled a one wheel trailer with it. Home Never an issue with a rode going through the axle.

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Don't need a hollow axle

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my 2015 V1000 has a hollow axle. My last bike, a 2013 Concourse had a hollow axle and I pulled a one wheel trailer with it. Home Never an issue with a rode going through the axle.
Not sure what you are looking at but the single wheel trailer uses existing spools on either side, the same ones used for a pit stand.
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I want to install some wheel pods.
it would be much easier to install if I find a hollow axle for the rear.

I find Versys lacks side visibility.

Thanks guys for the answers, maybe I'll find that axle soon...
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I want to install some wheel pods.
it would be much easier to install if I find a hollow axle for the rear.

I find Versys lacks side visibility.

Thanks guys for the answers, maybe I'll find that axle soon...
Just take your axle to a machine shop and have it bored out.
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on mine, there was a spool on each end of the rod that passed through the hollow axle. the rod was two piece and screwed together.
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Not sure what you are looking at but the single wheel trailer uses existing spools on either side, the same ones used for a pit stand.
I know the owner of Third Wheel trailers (they are minutes away from here) and he told me the V would have to have a hollow axle, as do all of their single wheel trailers. One could be fabricated, but very expensive. Whether on not our existing axles could be bored out would depend on the type of steel it is made of, and that decision would rest with the owner. A metallurgist should be consulted before making that decision. I don't blame him considering out litigious society.

By the way, if you are in this area they also mount and balance tires. They sell them too, but will install them even if you bought elsewhere. Really good people to deal with.
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I'm a mechanical engineer and I know that the actual axle cannot be bore out for multiple reasons...
I would look for a specially made one, or from another bike if anybody knows one, but not very expensive...

what are the dimensions for Verys? (length, diameter, thread length, thread)

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It can be bored with great effort... but why???
stress wise, it was made to be full material, if you drill it, you reduce the area that's capable of taking the load.
it is long and small diameter (compared to the length), so hard to keep your tool straight, it will bend in the hole, so your walls won't be equal...
it will be expensive for nothing...

yes, I'm looking for an hollow axle to "borrow" from another bike, eventually... it was more a curiosity..

Dave, do you know something that can replace the original on Versys?

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Yeap, I was looking to build something that goes behind the adjuster blocks, I'll see what's easier.

Thanks for suggestion!

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auch!! 121 euro.....
no way I'm paying that
I'll look into other options....

thanks guys!

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