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REAR RIM Question

I have a 2015 3rd Gen Versys 650
I have been researching and it says I must use a 2015 or newer Rear rim.

Does anyone know the reason that a 2010 Rim Technically wont work on a 2015?

I have an opportunity to purchase a 2010 rim with a nice meaty tire on it.

- Curios as to what is different. Thanks!
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I have a 2015 3rd Gen Versys 650
I have been researching and it says I must use a 2015 or newer Rear rim.

Does anyone know the reason that a 2010 Rim Technically wont work on a 2015?

I have an opportunity to purchase a 2010 rim with a nice meaty tire on it.

- Curios as to what is different. Thanks!
My first guess is the ABS ring. No idea about the shaft size or distance from washer to washer. Be aware there is a special mount for the ABS sensor. If yopu don't care about the ABS then go for it. I would also look and see if the rotors are interchangeable . As a quick guide, measure the distance from the rotor to the swing arm of the 2010 , also the bolt pattern and diameter of the rotor. I know you can swap the rotor on the front of the 2015 , as a few have had the tire mounted backwards. You can swap rotors provided there is no wear . Preferably mount the tire right the first time.
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Thanks for the Reply. I bought the bike 2nd hand, and the rear rim has the paint peeled up in spots. I may just clean it up and hit with some black paint, or keep searching for the correct Rim.
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Thanks for the Reply. I bought the bike 2nd hand, and the rear rim has the paint peeled up in spots. I may just clean it up and hit with some black paint, or keep searching for the correct Rim.
Or get it powder coated for a more durable finish. Is the paint peeling on one side more than the other?

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I have a 2015 3rd Gen Versys 650
I have been researching and it says I must use a 2015 or newer Rear rim.

Does anyone know the reason that a 2010 Rim Technically wont work on a 2015?

I have an opportunity to purchase a 2010 rim with a nice meaty tire on it.

- Curios as to what is different. Thanks!
I have a 2011 Ninja 650 rear wheel on my 2015 Versys 650 and it fits like a glove ... err like a Versys rear wheel. I can't guarantee it but I would guess that your 2010 rim should fit.

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Or get it powder coated for a more durable finish.
Or take the paint off....nice alloy wheel under that paint!
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I have a 2011 Ninja 650 rear wheel on my 2015 Versys 650 and it fits like a glove ... err like a Versys rear wheel. I can't guarantee it but I would guess that your 2010 rim should fit.
So, everything from your '15 rim moved over to the '11 rim keeping all the functionality intact. Good to know.
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Thanks for the Reply. I bought the bike 2nd hand, and the rear rim has the paint peeled up in spots. I may just clean it up and hit with some black paint, or keep searching for the correct Rim.
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Or get it powder coated for a more durable finish. Is the paint peeling on one side more than the other?
I keep a small can of black, glossy TREMCLAD paint on my workbench, and then (EVERY now-and-then...) I clean the rim and do touch-ups where the paint's missing.

SOMETIMES I even cut a small piece of colored rim-tape to replace the "missing bits"....

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Looks like it's on both sides. At first I thought it was dirt clumped up, or thick oil from the chain.

After cleaning and brushing, the paint just dissolved away.

The front rim is perfect.
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