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Old 03-06-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Metric Cruisers with no spokes?

I'm pretty new here and was quite overwhelmed by all the different types and models of metric cruisers. Can anyone tell me which metric cruisers have no spokes on the wheels?

I found that the M50 does not have spokes.
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Yamaha Raider doesn't. Just curious, why?
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Spoked wheels are usually one of the options on a bike. Lot depends on the
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Wire Spokes= Old School Look and very easy to bend
Solid= Boring but tough and smooth as
Solid Spokes (For example the Iron 883)= Cool, tough, and easy to clean

Me personally have Wire Spokes, looks cool but soft and damage prone
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Yamaha Raider doesn't. Just curious, why?
Just planning my next motorcycle purchase. I wanted to start doing some research and wanted the next one to have tubeless tires. I read that flats on tubed tires are very difficult to repair immediately. Slime was one of the options but most people suggest not to use it.
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Spoked wheels are usually one of the options on a bike. Lot depends on the
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Thanks! I didn't know they are optional.

No, I'm not planning to replace the ones on the Rebel. The Rebel is just for me to practice ride locally. I'm just worried that flat tires on spoke wheels cannot be readily repairs so I can subsequently drive it to a shop. But I guess that's part of the risk.
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Most cruisers these days don't have spokes....I can't think of a single metric cruiser out that has them.

I think it came down to tubeless tires and their availability compared to the tube type.
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Cool. Repair issue is a real concern. If you are checking them out prior to making your next buy - you can sometimes test ride at the bigger shows. HD offers test riding at their dealerships (demo days)... but the metric guys don't seem to do that.
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Actually you can go to any HD dealership and theyll give you 20 bucks to test ride a bike.
Dude no ? I might have to do that this weekend while I'm working, I pass 3 dealerships. That would make my hourly pay decent.
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I could not decided on p[erfaction for ... But i have found some of matric cruisers are. models fitted: Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic, Drifter and Nomad; Honda Valkyrie; Yamaha V-Star, Road Star, Venture, Royal Star; and full line of Harley-Davidson.
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Thanks for the link.

I saw the Stubbs Harley Davidson event for Saturday, 3/27/2010, and attended with my wife. She enjoyed the crawfish and I saw a bunch of nice bikes.

After riding the Rebel for about 3 months and 2000 miles I think I'm doing better as a rider. I got on a Sportster, not sure which model, and I felt fairly comfortable with the seating position and distance from the handlebars. I was really surprised how easy it was for me to life the Sportster from it's kickstand.
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Spoked wheels usually means you have an inner tube type tire. Non-spoked wheels usually means you are tubeless. Keep that in mind for your repair strategy and if you intend to do your repairs on the road, or call for tow/help.

For long distance rides where I don't expect roadside assistance, I go with spoked wheels on my standard/UJM Nighthawk CB250, but I have a centerstand on the bike which makes taking the wheels off easy for roadside repair.
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