How often do you think about the spokes on your motorcycle wheel? If you are a normal human being, chances are it’s probably not often enough; today on MC Garage we talk about spoked-wheel maintenance.
What Are Spoked Motorcycle Wheels?
Spoked wheels have been around for as long as, well, motorcycles. It wasn’t until the 1970s that cast wheels began to appear on production street motorcycles, but that didn’t make spoked wheels obsolete. In fact, spoked wheels are still the best approach for keeping things rolling on dirt bikes, adventure bikes, and custom and classically styled streetbikes. But with those spokes comes required maintenance and in some cases actual truing of the wheel.
Spokes attach the hub to the rim to create the wheel, and these spokes are under tension to give the wheel strength. The physics and engineering of how this actually works is massively complicated, but, basically, without proper tension, the wheel’s strength is compromised. And really that’s all we care about at the end of the day, a strong and sound wheel so you can enjoy your ride.
Video From: Motorcyclist Magazine