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Hey all,
STILL searching my butt off for some Black Rims for my Gen.2. I live in AZ (Mesa) and am looking hard! I'm even hitting up the Dealership to see if I might get lucky.
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Hi Craig, the guy I bought my KLR from found a set of black rims at the Kawasaki dealership in Fargo, ND he said he got them 2 years ago, you could try there. Maybe try smaller city dealerships. I hope this helps, you just never know.
 

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GENIUS!!! The front rm is very difficult to find in black although there are three on eBay right now for $500 apiece if you can believe that!
Your idea is genius though… It never occurred to me that perhaps compile some dealership phone numbers across the rwgion/country; I'll make a few phone calls to see if I get lucky.
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I can go gold rims now, too...
Decided on Black for Gen2 repaint and the Black rims would really complete her.

BUT!!!
The Gold Rims'd be SICK!!!

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Ya'll ready for 'DIS???
I'm going Gold.
And by that I mean Gold Rims.



Oh I can just hear you guys ready to give me a hard time about this one but have faith that I know what I'm doing with my motorcycle.
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BTW, I'd be ready to give me a hard time with my fresh new decision that's only a few days old, INFANT YOUNG!
And, yet...
I think I'm dead-spot-on on this one.

On my Gen2 color change I was going to go olive drab primary and black contrast/accents (it makes for a gorgeous AdventureBike)
which is what I needed the black rims for.

After a small windfall (Birthday Yo!) I'm going to build new rims at TheCycleHouse.com (Warp9s) in Gold since my Gen2 will soon be all BlackedOut (including swing arm and fork 'cheats').
$750 delivered (I'm pretty sure... not ordered yet!) including new hubs, Rotors (I'll sell them off) and laced up. I'll add my recently delivered oversize EBC and bracket (Gen2 MUUUUCH better Front Stopper than Gen1, but still not enough for my taste... WILL BE NOW). And I might let them add Tires to their Rims and part of that will depend on you folkseses' responses here.

Question??????????????????????
I can certainly go stock Rims
(F-1.60x21, R- 2.50x17)
and Lord knows I'm a pretty big fan of NOT messing around with basic Engineering from the likes of Kawasaki, Honda, Ducati. but as long as I'm building new rims???

'Any-a you folks recommend an other-than-OEM Rim size change?

I would like to better my right-now-OEM-Gen2 (that'll someday have Cogents/DDRs... but not for a lil while) by making the backend a little bit bigger in order to track more comfortably/stably even though I know it will maybe slow my steer-in some. I will say that I really love/enjoy the street-drive on this bike on the tarmac (and I ride fairly aggressively), but have yet to go off road with this Gen2.

I wouldn't think I would want to mess with the front since it's such a magical wheel size, however I have CONTINUALLY found more than a handful of you guys know quite a bit more than I do about the subject. BTW, I also did my due diligence in researching on this site and found a few helpful stray comments but not enough to make a purchase decision from. And I am riding probably 85/15 street/off-road although I expect that to change to something more like 65/35 as I get my (first) AdventureBikeCamp ON next Fall. And I would rate my skills as experienced and a well above average.

I appreciate any input and I'm eager to hear if I should just go OEM sizes or consider a change to either 'a' Rim or both???

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The rear 2.50 x 17 rear rim is actually one size narrower than ideal for a 130 size rear tire, which cause the beads to be squeezed together & 'Rounds' the tire contact patch on the roadway. Gets much worse when people fit a 140 wide tire, which is intended to fit a 3.50 wide rim.

I'll vote for a 3.00 x 17 rear rim & a 1.85 x 21 front rim to put a larger foot-print on the tarmac.
 

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Okay, they'll let me build a 1.85x21 but on the back right now the only choices I get on a 17 is 2.50 or 3.50??? They also offer an 18x2.50?


I did send an(other) email to a sharp sales person I've been talking to there for a couple of conversations (Corrine) to see if they'll let me build a 17 x 3.0???

It's always something...
 

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Gold it is (their BLK hubs),
ordered last night.


7-Fiddy Sales Price
minus $50 eBay coupon 10% off (max $50)
minus $7.50 eBay bucks which I use as cash once a quarter
minus about $19 cash for credit card rewards points (and to whom I already sent the cash)
minus $20 credit for Front Rotor they keep as I'll be installing EBC 320.
Plus tax no getting around it, $42 dammit
Total?
$695
Gold Warp9 Rims complete [I provide cush, sprocket and bolt 'em on; their rotor on the back (we'll seeeeeee) and my 320 up front].

1.60×21 and
3.50×17 [no 3.0 available though Corrine is checking and muchos thanks to PDWestman for some personal guidance here; taught me it's tire options when I pick the rim size and one can move back-and-forth fairly comfortably along those lines (Rims become a slightly less critical choice as the tires are equally if not more important, a.k.a.: proper match rim to tar Yo!) and as long as everything still fits comfortably in the frames/forks].

I wanted a bigger footprint in the back for a little bit more commute comfort, a slightly bigger contact patch for any riding, and I bet it's gonna look cool too. I'll work with Steve's Motorcycle in Mesa to make sure I get the tire application correct but the chart PDWestman guided me to was quite helpful.

Due in about 30 days or so. In the meanwhile I'll work on my G2 exploded diagram (soon to be linered all black like the other one), Doo, Thermo-Bob, Oil Screen, other "KLR" stuff (dash, Rally Screen, LEDs, you know)... just getting her combat ready!

Going to try a coupla cheats, vinyl contact paper to black out the forks and part of the swing arm to get a real blackout/murdered out appeal.
Struggling with the graphic on the tank/fairing again but I'll figure it out.
Some may remember last results on my G1… Not too bad but the contrast between the graphic and the rest of the paint was a little too subtle for me though I considered it all a success just the same. We'll see in a little bit here when the public either rejects her or buys her up in a split second the G1.

LOOTTTTTSSSA GOINs' ON 'ROUND HERE folks!!!

Thanks for all the help and input and




MORE LATER!!!
 

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Any update on this? I'm a Warp 9 dealer and they told me on the phone that even though their wheel builder online would let you select different color rims that they only offered KLR650 wheels with elite rims due to the weight of the bike and the type of riding, and that they only offer the elite rims in black. I think the exception to that is their supermoto wheels. I'm curious to see how this turns out. Please keep us updated! Thanks!
 

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Any update on this? I'm a Warp 9 dealer and they told me on the phone that even though their wheel builder online would let you select different color rims that they only offered KLR650 wheels with elite rims due to the weight of the bike and the type of riding, and that they only offer the elite rims in black. I think the exception to that is their supermoto wheels. I'm curious to see how this turns out. Please keep us updated! Thanks!
Roger Wilco... painting bike, adding/deleting other stuff and hopefully when the Rims arrive I'll just have to hustle 'em over to my local Shop, let them skin 'em, and then schlap 'em on my Bike, take some photos, post them... and await the Shower of Compliments!!!
... at least I hope so!!!
 
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