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FWIW - I have a 130/80x17 front on my '08, and its overall diameter is about the same as that of a 120/70x19, BUT I can't find that info on the 'Net at this time.
Thanks again. i am looking more into this for my Versys even though I am about to sell her. I am 6'4" and even with the bar risers I am hunch over while standing up. A quick question for Fast Eddie; Most of the tires in the size you are using are rear tires. Is there anything I should be aware of or look for (ie tread pattern differences) before buying a rear tire to stick on the front.
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Thanks again. i am looking more into this for my Versys even though I am about to sell her. I am 6'4" and even with the bar risers I am hunch over while standing up. A quick question for Fast Eddie; Most of the tires in the size you are using are rear tires. Is there anything I should be aware of or look for (ie tread pattern differences) before buying a rear tire to stick on the front.
When I FIRST did it (using Metzler TOURANCE rubber), I just mounted the (rear) 130/80 on the front w/ the ARROW pointing forward (as did MOST of the others who used TOURANCE tires!), but NOW I'm using SHINKO E-705 tires, and THEIR 130/80 has TWO arrows, each marked for use either FRONT or REAR - so I just follow that arrow.

As an aside - I never had any handling issues when running TOURANCE rubbers as I indicated, NOR w/ any of the others I've run in size 130/80.


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...I am 6'4" and even with the bar risers I am hunch over while standing up....
Have you used footpeg lowering blocks? I use the motowerk ones which lower them 1.3" (as well as 2" bar-risers), so much better 'standing' for ME!

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Have you used footpeg lowering blocks? I use the motowerk ones which lower them 1.3" (as well as 2" bar-risers), so much better 'standing' for ME!
I do have the footpeg lowering blocks. I added the motoworks bar riser but it isn't more than an inch. I could maybe do some rox risers in addition. I hope I ordered enough length on the break lines in case I go for it, What about clutch and throttle lines. anyone know if there is enough to go 3" additional?
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I do have the footpeg lowering blocks. I added the motoworks bar riser but it isn't more than an inch. I could maybe do some rox risers in addition. I hope I ordered enough length on the break lines in case I go for it, What about clutch and throttle lines. anyone know if there is enough to go 3" additional?
I have had 3Ż-inch Rox risers on mine for the past 3 seasons. The clutch cable needs to be moved behind the triple tree. That's it.

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I have had 3Ż-inch Rox risers on mine for the past 3 seasons. The clutch cable needs to be moved behind the triple tree. That's it.

Good luck!
THAT is VERY useful info...!

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Here’s mine. Using a 130/80r17 shinko 705 upfront and a 150/70r17 in the rear. The front/rear diameter needs to be close in size to one another to not throw the ABS off. I was the other mentioned Versys owner with this upgrade. I’m looking at changing to a 19” DL1000 rim soon.
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My repost from Advrider forums:

I contacted Warp 9 Racing to let them know that I was interested in Versys CNC spoke hubs for my two Gen3 Versys. I'd like to have a set of spoked wheels for my dual purpose tires. Especially a 19" front wheel.

I'll keep the stock wheels for road tires for commuting and canyon carving.

Kevin contacted me back via email and said they would like a set of stock wheels to look at. So does anyone have stock wheels to loan out to Warp 9 Racing. I believe they are based in Utah.

So, please if your interested in an option for spoked wheels for the Versys, please contact and let them know that your interested. To show them that there is an interest and demand for them to add a couple new Versys SKUs to the great lineup.

Click their web link Warp 9 Racing 'Contact&Info' page and let them know how much interest there is from the Versys community.


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I contacted Warp 9 Racing to let them know that I was interested in Versys CNC spoke hubs for my two Gen3 Versys. I'd like to have a set of spoked wheels for my dual purpose tires. Especially a 19" front wheel.



I'll keep the stock wheels for road tires for commuting and canyon carving.



Kevin contacted me back via email and said they would like a set of stock wheels to look at. So does anyone have stock wheels to loan out to Warp 9 Racing. I believe they are based in Utah.



So, please if your interested in an option for spoked wheels for the Versys, please contact and let them know that your interested. To show them that there is an interest and demand for them to add a couple new Versys SKUs to the great lineup.



Click their web link Warp 9 Racing 'Contact&Info' page and let them know how much interest there is from the Versys community.


I would be much interested in spoke hubs and a 19ö front option. Where do I sign?


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I would be much interested in spoke hubs and a 19ö front option. Where do I sign?
Contact Kevin via email at their Sales & Marketing Dept.: https://www.warp9racing.com/contact-info/
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Contact Kevin via email at their Sales & Marketing Dept.: https://www.warp9racing.com/contact-info/


Sales arenĺt aware of it, hope Kevin will have something


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Sales arenĺt aware of it, hope Kevin will have something
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I contacted Chris at Woody's Wheel Works, he is going to reach out to Warp 9 Racing to see if we can move this further forward. Only if there is enough interests in these spoked hub/wheel sets.

Chris at WWW said that only 19 people since 2016 have reached out to them to show interests in these spoked wheels for the Versys 650. WWW needs closer to 50 people to make it worth their time to CNC manufacture the spoked hubs themselves and to drive the price down.

If WWW can work with Warp 9 Racing to make these hubs for the community, then WWW can build wheels using Warp 9 hubs.

So, if any of you are truly interested, please let Chris @ Woody's Wheel Works and Kevin @ Warp 9 Racing know, so that we can get the ball moving forward.

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I contacted Chris at Woody's Wheel Works, he is going to reach out to Warp 9 Racing to see if we can move this further forward. Only if there is enough interests in these spoked hub/wheel sets.



Chris at WWW said that only 19 people since 2016 have reached out to them to show interests in these spoked wheels for the Versys 650. WWW needs closer to 50 people to make it worth their time to CNC manufacture the spoked hubs themselves and to drive the price down.



If WWW can work with Warp 9 Racing to make these hubs for the community, then WWW can build wheels using Warp 9 hubs.



So, if any of you are truly interested, please let Chris @ Woody's Wheel Works and Kevin @ Warp 9 Racing know, so that we can get the ball moving forward.



Chris = [email protected]

Kevin = [email protected]


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Here is a picture of our goals. Let's see if we can make this a realty once again for our Versys 650


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If you truly want a set of spoked 19" front/ 17" rear rims or just a 19" spoked front rim. Please contact Warp 9 and/or Woody's to let them know your interested, so that Warp 9 can manufacture hubs for our Versys.

Once they get a clear indication that there is enough interested parties to make it worthwhile for them.

Please contact:

Kevin = [email protected]
Chris = [email protected]
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Here is a picture of our goals. Let's see if we can make this a realty once again for our Versys 650


Pictures are courtesy of AlaskaJeff's garage.

If you truly want a set of spoked 19" front/ 17" rear rims or just a 19" spoked front rim. Please contact Warp 9 and/or Woody's to let them know your interested, so that Warp 9 can manufacture hubs for our Versys.

Once they get a clear indication that there is enough interested parties to make it worthwhile for them.

Please contact:

Kevin = [email protected]
Chris = [email protected]


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Sorry for my question but why is better a spoked rim than the original one?
Indeed it looks great but changing the size would change the handling of the bike in a worse way. Everyone that I know who did it on their bike had this issue.

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Sorry for my question but why is better a spoked rim than the original one?
Indeed it looks great but changing the size would change the handling of the bike in a worse way. Everyone that I know who did it on their bike had this issue.

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Sorry for my question but why is better a spoked rim than the original one?
Indeed it looks great but changing the size would change the handling of the bike in a worse way. Everyone that I know who did it on their bike had this issue.
  • 19" & 21" front wheel handles much better off road/ unimproved roads.
  • Tons more options for adventure/ enduro/ off road tire brands/ sizes for the 19" rim vs. 17" rim (with limited # of off road tire choices).
  • If you ride off road/ unimproved roads your bound to bend a wheel. Spoked wheel are easier to true up, repair, and cheaper to replace just the rim, bent/broken spokes, than a whole cast wheel if it's severely bent/ unrepairable.
  • Spoked rims are lighter than cast rims, thus better performance and less unsprung weight. Handles better off road and will be easier on the suspension than the heavier cast wheel.
  • Besides tubeless cast wheels, traditional tubed spoked wheels, you now have a third option with the newer tubeless outer spoked wheels. Where they run the spokes to the outside of the rim, instead of the traditional middle of the rim.
  • With spoked hubs, the wheels are high customizable. You can change rim diameters, rim widths, go with different types of rims/spokes/hub color combinations.


Tubeless outer spoked rims. Notice spokes are on the outside of the rim, outside the tire bead. A lot of the newer and much expensive adventure bikes are coming with tubeless outer spoked wheels.


Traditional tube spoke wheels. Spokes are run more towards the middle of the rim.


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[SIZE="1"][LIST][*]19" & 21" front wheel handles much better off road/ unimproved roads.
I'll say this again:
21 ok, 19 so not much.
But given the 6" clearance, there isn't much reasons to unset the geometry
and hopping easy 6" logs with a larger-than-required rim.

Fitting a 120/90 is a much smaller project enabling more tire choices, if that's the goal.
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