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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-24-2014, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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V star 1100 classic front wheel change

I have never been happy with the small 16" front wheel on my 1100 classic. Are there any simple options to go a little bigger. Would an 1100 custom's 18" wheel be an easy switch?
For reference the tire sizes are:
1100 classic 130/90-16
1100 custom 110/90-18
I am assuming I would need some spacers to make up for the difference in width. Would the brakes be a problem?
Just wondering if anyone has done this.
After thought - I have spoked wheels.
Did they pick spokes on any year customs?
Maybe this won't work. :-(


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-24-2014, 07:56 PM
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The Custom wheel will fit with no modifications, except maybe for the fender...which may have to be reaised about 1/2" or so.

I'm converting to a 21" Harley wheel over the next couple of weeks and that isn't all that hard either.

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Sick Mick I have to tell you I love your bike! It is truely inspiring. You posted some pics of your bike a long time ago. What type of bars do you have on your bike? If you are going to a 21" wheel would you be interested in parting with you 18"?
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Does anyone know what the axle size is on a 650?
Will a 650 custom wheel (100/90-19) fit on a 1100 classic?

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Does anyone know what the axle size is on a 650?
Will a 650 custom wheel (100/90-19) fit on a 1100 classic?

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It'll fit just fine......but.....you'll only be able to have 1 rotor

I need to hang on to my wheel.....I have too much work in it prepping and painting the spokes. My bars are custom made stainless steel.

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Why only one rotor? I see you are running just a single rotor. What wheel are you using? What did your bike start as? It looks like a classic rear fender and headlight but the front end looks like a custom. I may be looking at an old picture. It is the one with your bike sitting on the yellow line in the middle of the road. Black paint, white seat.

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Customs all have spoke wheels, newer classics have cast wheels.
1100's have dual brake rotors on the front, 650's only have one... stopping power would potentially become a MAJOR issue...

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I have one rotor on my 1100 and have no issues at all with stopping. I always felt it was overbraked in the front.....and that took some getting used to until I took one off. The single rotor is just right for me....although it is a personal preference. There are far bigger bikes than the 1100 that have only one rotor on the front.....

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