Just wondering, KLRCraig . . . what do you find compelling about black rims?
I'd have to be very aesthetically sensitive to pay that kind of money for any KLR cosmetic I can imagine.
It's like defending riding without a helmet; no matter what I will look like a boob in trying to explain why I want less safety in my life by occasionally choosing not to wear a BrainBucket.
D! You answered your own Q... I am 'aesthetically sensitive' indeed.
I'm also vain, though you wouldn't know it that I bought a Hyena-looking KLR that is not exactly the most sexy scooter around. I'm actually doing a MakeOver on her to see if, in addition to getting her SAFE (which to some degree she was not when I done brung her home) I hope to at least get her as pretty as she deserves to be.
IF (and I already have): I TBL (TrukBedLiner) the Body/Rack/Fairing (as per DPO again, though good bond, so I am just freshening up his work), and
IF (and I already have): I schpray HighHeatBlack on the Can since it was epoxyed with some sort of JBWeld around BOF ENDS (no refill of this baffle; once apart this beat-up DG Can is toast... I'll ride her until she cracks apart),
THEN: Black Rims'd be more 'over the top' and 'TRICK' than saaaaaaay, just 'cool'.
I can live with most of the 'Aluminum-colored' Frame (though blacked out some; SideStand, Pegs, Fogs/Rack, SkidPlate, and TouchUp of other black thangs along with tint of Turns and maaaaybe Stop light... undecided there; it'd be one coat but I like a BRIGHT RED TAILLIGHT!!! even if I am going Goth on this Bike).
I thoooooought I could do it on the cheap myself and guess what...
THEY LOOK LIKE S_ _ _ on a Stick Man... Chipped right off.
So suddenly budget is blown and I'm left with Paint-Removed-But-Scratched Aluminum Rims!!!
Kinda puts a wrench in the works don't it?!?!
I price Black Rims as my response to "RuhRoh Shaggy, WHAT NOW?!?!" to only be SHOCKED like a bolt of lightening going through me. I mean I knew it to be 'spensive but SHEESH!!! Arm and a Leg!!!
So, D, the answer is... maybe no BlackRims here now, as of the development below...
I DID SCORE THOSE OEM RIMS ON OFFERUP LAST NITE AT 12:05a (I remember 'cause that was my 'ETA text' to Seller). No Forks (ad showed Forks, but alas, not included) so $100 for Rims F/R... DEAL!!!
Almost makes the F'Up on RimPainting not hurt; certainly doesn't sting as much!!!
As my Original OEMs Poorly Painted are now devoid of Paint, I can just slap on the Rubber on my replacement OEMS tomorrow (at local shop) and have all the time in the world to maybe, maybe not get Black Rims at a later date and with far less time pressure... YaY!
And I'm thinking it'll be some form of scoring a deal on Spoke/Nipple Set for F/R, de-lacing mine, runnin' up to Powder-Coater local, and then re-lace them myself. Once I get them at least all torqued to the same spec I can then hit up my M/C Shop for a True/Balance as the Pro that I AM NOT!
All that to say, still want Black Rims, but not by spending over $500 on a Set!
And it makes no sense whatsoever to do so on a KLR...