So here's an unlikely question… would you be able to put the Versys X's spoked wheels on a 2008 Versys 650 for better off-roading? If so… is that even remotely a good idea?
The Versys 650 has 17" wheels front and rear.So here's an unlikely question… would you be able to put the Versys X's spoked wheels on a 2008 Versys 650 for better off-roading? If so… is that even remotely a good idea?
Try SEARCH. Somewhere on this Forum are pics of several Vs wearing spoked off-road wheels and tires.Well all the links I've seen to do a spoked off-road wheel conversion for a 2008 Versys lead to dead websites, didn't know if this would be the better option or not. Got any suggestions?
Check on the "jdrocks" build over at ADV rider to see which wheels work (tho' he doesn't NORMALLY go w/ spokes).300Xer, here trickling in. I would think the X300 wheels would be a bad place to start for your 650. The front has only one disc and the rear has no cush drive. I'd look for some DL650 adventure or Tiger 800 wheels and see what adapters will be needed for width offset etc. Probably best to just try for custom wheels from Woody's Wheel works ore something. The hard part is getting a hub that works.
Use a dirt bike fender and attach to triple clamp.The Versys 650 has 17" wheels front and rear.
The versys X300 has 19" wheel front and 17" wheel rear.
There would have to be modifications made for the fender to clear the 19" wheel.This would mean raising the fender at least 2". I know you're thinking only 1" because the distance between the axle and the top of the tire will only be 1" more. But not only is that 1" more, the distance between the axle and the rear of the fender will be 1" more. If you raise the fender only 1" you will not have enough clearance between the tire and the rear of the fender. So now that we have raised the fender 2", the front of the bike is still 1" higher than stock, so we loosen the fork clamps and lower the bike 1" to make it level again. What all this has done is made the distance between the top of the fender and the lower triple tree 3" less. fender raised 2" + triple tree lowered 1" = 3" Now when you hit the front brake and the front end dives, the fender is probably going to smash into the lower triple tree, breaking the fender. now you wind up putting the original wheels back on because you don't want to keep breaking front fenders or the bank. Now who do you know that you can sell those spoked rims, that you just purchased, to? Wait there is a bright side. You can still use the 17" spoked rim on the rear, so half of your bike is more off road worthy.