Change your rims
A damaged rusty rim… even if straightened, rounded and chromed no longer guarantees safety standards.
Restoring a vintage motorcycle is definitely a passion that requires time and dedication to achieve an excellent result.
However it should be stressed that some safety components shouldn’t be repaired.
When the rim is broken, rusted, peeled in the chrome it is more appropriate to replace it: driving safety is ensured.
Our Vintage Products are still produced with the original toolings and faithfully reproduce the original functional, geometrical, safety characteristics. Used by professional restorers, they guarante a perfect result.
The above applies even more to aluminum rims: do not repair them, they would lose their mechanical and safety characteristics.
How to lace a wheel
The wheel is a safety component!
If you are not expert in lacing, for your own safety please go to a professional one.
Disassemble the wheel:
- It’s advisable to keep all the original pieces until the wheel has been completely changed.
- Change hub with new original part or
- Repair hub (through professional assistance)
remove bearings (to be reinstalled afterwards on hub)
steel hubs can be sandblasted then painted, aluminium ones polished
- shouldn’t be repaired but substituted
- Punched rim:
- advisable not to repair but change with new one
the hole punchings must be at precise degree to hub and rim.
- Insert spokes into hub receptors (be careful of different length)
- Insert spokes according to hub requirements, the ends will line up to the holes so to insert the nipples
- Before proceeding check that everything is properly
set (i.e. rim, hub, spokes, disk brake)
- Tighten nipples, spokes and verify offset and disk brake settings
- Place bearings and check if centered by rotating wheel
- If wheel wagging occurs check spoke tension (this operation is highly manual and requires much patience)
- Tighten nipples
- Check offset and parameters
- Check that no spoke exits its nipple
- The wheel is ready for fitting (advisable to contact a professional tire fitter)
- Regularly check spokes and make sure that there aren’t any loose nipples
- spokes mustn’t be too tight, to avoid breaking
- check that nipples and spokes aren’t stuck in the holes.