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Old 08-30-2013, 02:14 AM   #2846
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genuine tubeless X-laced rims on 690 KTM??? you bet!!!!

Originally Posted by daveburton View Post

Firstly, thanks a lot for the feedback, it's clear you are the technical authority when it comes to wheels.

Quick question, can I use GS/GSA wheel rims on a KTM 690 to get to a 19/17 setup for tubeless tyres.?????

sorry...NO....GS rims use 40 spokes ,,KTMs 36

I like that idea as there is no need to rely on sealant around the spokes.
Are there any other alternatives that avoid sealing around the spokes.

yes,,,we have adapted the 19/17 X_laced rims of the aprillia Caponord for many 36 hole hubs...

Are the rims from GS or alternatives classed as good quality
for ADV touring. I assume the GS rims must be good given the track record on a heavy bike.

they must be adequate 'cuz i've had no comebacks,,,as to the ''quality'',,well i've seen better stuff in my day....

You stated that one of the cons would be a slight loss of offroad performance. How significant would that be to a novice off road rider (who needs all the help available). The reality is that in most cases I will be on sealed roads, For a bit of context I've crossed the Andes a number of times on a GSA and not had any issues.

totally insignificant in your case,,,the X-laced pattern is about as tough a wheel design that i've seen,,IMHO

I'm now starting to set up for a possible Russia trip which is why I have gone to the 690.

After watching the two brits wrestle their behemoths across the tundra,,has me cringing in my lowers,,,,i had a similar experience trying to pick my fully loaded r1100GS somewhere in the desert outside of las vegas,,heel within a week i bought me pair of KLR650s,,,for my ''adventuring'',,have been grinning ever since

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