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post #1 of 19 Old 04-13-2019, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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No name / cheap forged wheels?

I'd like to put forged wheels on my race R3. I know Marchesini makes a set. I also came across these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2015-2018-Y...4AAOSwbX5cY9Gj

and these (appear to be the same as the ebay ones):

https://www.amazon.com/FRP-Rear-Fend...1969+Yamaha+R3

Having had forged wheels on many Ducatis and Aprilias, I know cheap and cheerful is usually a bad idea. There's a reason good wheels cost good money.

Having said that, since a lot of the stuff on this little bike is cheap and cheerful, I am wondering if this is worth considering. Looking for opinions from the group on whether these forged wheels might be good. Their claimed weight savings seem good, and at $900 something, that's only like two sets of tires.
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If you were to street the bike, I'd say to walk, or maybe even run, away. But if it's track exclusive, they will probably hold up decently. You're putting less ride time on them, not dealing with pot holes or big bumps, and you'll be watching air pressure much more carefully.

I'd be skeptical of the weight saving they claim, but they are almost definitely lighter than oem, so there's at least some gain there. If you can stomach a grand on rims that may or may not live up to expectations, go ahead and try them.
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I dunno. I'm pretty skeptical of things like this that seem too good to be true. That's just me though.
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Considering the stock wheels are cast aluminum and hold up well I think 6061 should be fine.


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If you're looking to save money just stick with the stock wheels. If you want lighter wheels go with the name brands. Your hospital bill will be a **** of a lot more than what you saved by getting a china wheel so it's a bit of a gamble. I'm sure they'll work fine at first but with age comes the gremlins.

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If you're still looking, its worth checking in with Jesse. Looks like they have a set of lightly used Galespeed forged aluminum wheels with sprockets for $1500. Total weight savings is claimed at 9.6lbs. Link: https://www.norton-motorsports.com/p...ets-yamaha-r3/
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If you're still looking, its worth checking in with Jesse. Looks like they have a set of lightly used Galespeed forged aluminum wheels with sprockets for $1500. Total weight savings is claimed at 9.6lbs. Link: https://www.norton-motorsports.com/p...ets-yamaha-r3/
Hey Raize, thanks for the suggestion. I did connect with Jesse and he was awesome and answered a bunch of questions I had. I decided the Galespeed setup isn't exactly right for me, so still considering options.
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OK guys, here's an update. I took the plunge and ordered the "Mos" wheels from Taiwan. Couple of observations:

1. I ordered it Wednesday night at 8 PM central, and they were shipped from Taiwan and delivered in Dallas by noon on Friday. Un-freaking-believable and pleasantly surprised by how quickly they got it to me.
2. First thing I did was to weigh them, and their weights are exactly as advertised. See pics.

Getting tires mounted on them tomorrow, will post up another update after I do a trackday next weekend.

Overall, between Norton fab's lightweight rear rotor, 415 chain kit and now the forged wheels, I would have squeezed out as much unsprung weight/rotating mass as is possible on this bike.
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Great find. Be sure to post update.
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Got the tires mounted today. Took a bit to seat the bead, had to put warmers on the new tire for a bit to get it to seat - front was harder than rear which seated without warmers.

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