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Old 03-08-2005, 08:59 AM   #1
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The Final Word on 950 wheels

Okay, I'm working on my own bike as well as a story in Trail Rider, or a series of stories in Trail Rider. I need to know real experience from folks who have tried it, and here's the question:
Is anyone in the forum riding a KTM Adventure with a 17-inch rear wheel and 19-inch front wheel? And if so, how's it working?
I know the factory infomation is full of dire warnings to not fit 17-inch rims to the 950, but they're very vague about the 17/19 combo. I've heard rumors and speculation about terminal high speed tank slappers, but I haven't heard any first-hand knowledge. So what's the scoop from those of you who know?
One reason I ask is that I'm building a second set of wheels for primarily street use. And if smaller works better, why not do it? Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:12 PM   #2
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Okay, I'm working on my own bike as well as a story in Trail Rider, or a series of stories in Trail Rider. I need to know real experience from folks who have tried it, and here's the question:
Is anyone in the forum riding a KTM Adventure with a 17-inch rear wheel and 19-inch front wheel? And if so, how's it working?
I know the factory infomation is full of dire warnings to not fit 17-inch rims to the 950, but they're very vague about the 17/19 combo. I've heard rumors and speculation about terminal high speed tank slappers, but I haven't heard any first-hand knowledge. So what's the scoop from those of you who know?
One reason I ask is that I'm building a second set of wheels for primarily street use. And if smaller works better, why not do it? Thanks.
I have a set of 17/19 they work great on the street with Anakee tires but I do not like them offroad at all
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Old 03-09-2005, 10:03 PM   #3
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I haven't heard of these high speed tank slappers. I'm just about to order a 17" for my rear to go with my 21" Excel. Anyone heard of any problems with this combo? Buchanan doesn't seem to think it's a problem.
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Old 03-09-2005, 10:38 PM   #4
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I've thought about this too. This gives you a wealth of tires to choose from. There shouldn't a technical problem but keep in mind that the rear end of the bike drops at least half an inch (depending on the tire size). This might not seem much but it will affect the handling and steering of the bike.

You could (or should) drop the forks through the yokes to compensate for the lowered rear.
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Old 03-09-2005, 11:21 PM   #5
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I haven't heard of these high speed tank slappers. I'm just about to order a 17" for my rear to go with my 21" Excel. Anyone heard of any problems with this combo? Buchanan doesn't seem to think it's a problem.
is your excel front rim a 2.15 or a 1.60... i'm still looking for a 2.15by21 front rim???

and if it is a 1.60.... how well does it work???
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:11 AM   #6
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Old 03-10-2005, 04:05 PM   #7
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Hi James. Didn't get my seat yet, it's scheduled to arrive tomorrow--can't wait! I'll let you know about it when it gets here.

Greg--what kind of tires do you have in the 17/19 combo? And why don't you like it in the dirt? For that matter, why do you like it on the street? Your input is appreciated! I have another set of hubs coming,a nd I can lace anything I want to them. Right now, I have Buchanan/Sun rims and stainless spokes and nipples with a 1.8 front and 2.75 rear. Works great with Metzeler Karoos on it (so far).
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:30 PM   #8
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I have 17/19 tubeless wheels from Woody's Wheel Works.I'm running a set of Road Attack tires. I'm very happy with the setup.With the stock fork springs it had way to much static sag .I was getting a slight weave or handlebar shake under braking and through the turn.I had a set of .70kg springs installed.That raised the front about 2".Now it works great.
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:03 PM   #10
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I know the factory infomation is full of dire warnings to not fit 17-inch rims to the 950, but they're very vague about the 17/19 combo. I've heard rumors and speculation about terminal high speed tank slappers, but I haven't heard any first-hand knowledge. So what's the scoop from those of you who know?
What's the source for the above information?
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