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    Liking the idea of bigger rims.

    My HMC has an 18" front & 16" rear which I should have changed before I had them powdercoated.

    The rear still bugs me but I'm reluctant to do anything about it at the mo as it's my only roadworthy bike.

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    Hi Gaz, only thinking of doing 19's cos ive got 2 lying around in the garage, the choice would have been 18's, but one more inch won't hurt (oo er). i'm going to have to think what colour this bikes going to be soon cos im thinking of painting the rims as the wheels are all apart then use the original hubs and lace them up and add the firestones. Probably find out they won't fit or look ridiculous but i like to do things a bit different.
    Gaz why don't you get yourself a spare 18" wheel do it up ready to bung on then sell your 16.

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    I would go with 18" they will fit nice without the welding gear coming out (whats an inch between friends!)

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    Spare wheels for the HMC are few & far between but come the winter I may start pulling things around a bit.
    In the meantime the sun is mostly out & so am I (being a fair weather biker only) !

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    I'm just finishing a cd250, found trying to get tyres for 17" rims a massive pain. Watching with interest mate.

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    Paul g stick some pics on here of your cd250 I'm interested to see mate.....
    The wheels have been a bit of a nightmare as the 17's are so skinny, so I'm getting new ones made and it's not as expensive as it sounds, it helps I have 2 rims already, they are 19" and 1.85 wide so will take 19 x 3.25 firestone or lots of other cool knobbly or road tyres.
    I found a place not to far, 2 dudes who have been building wheels for 40 years... I'm going to use the original hubs and they will cut out the spokes and respoke them to the 19s. So the wheels will fit straight on and be bigger and take better tyres... A new rim from them costs £50, spokes £50 and building is £45 per wheel.. I managed to get a set of 3.25x19 fitestones for a crazy cheap price as they've done about 40 miles and then were changed for knobblies so all in all not to expensive and so worth it for the look. I'm going to paint the rims before they are built but keep changing my mind on colours.

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    DSCN2012.jpg Sandblasted the frame and other parts and got my lovely firestone tyres.
    I took my rims to my painter guy who said that i'd have to sandblast them before paint as they are chrome and he was going on holiday for 3 weeks anyway so that went out of the window. So went to my powdercoaters but they don't do the sparkly paint colours i wanted so had to rethink on the spot what the hell colour this bike was going to look like. So out of the 1000's of boring colours the powdercoaters do i chose this CaramelDSCN2015.jpg ( Caramel powdercoated rims with gloss black hubs)DSCN2014.jpg It's more darker and brown than the picture looks, almost wooden. So this is what its going to be for better for worse. But in real life i think it will look real nice. The hubs were sandblasted and powdercoated gloss black and i'm having the rims respoked with gloss black spokes, so i think caramel rims with gloss black hubs & spokes all rapped in chunky firestone rubber will look just fine.
    Ive cut the frame shorter and grinded off and delugged all the bits not needed etc and it's been powdercoated the same caramel i'm picking it up tomorrow so hopefully it looks great. The rest of the bike will be gloss black with just the petrol tank another colour probably gloss white with white metalflake. This is the colour sceme i'm going with now, I've changed my mind 100 times but this is what i'm sticking with now and i'm hoping it will look killer.
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    Those wheels are going to look sweet.

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    Just make sure you have clearance on full suspension compression. Having a tyre hit the bottom yoke or rear mudguard/ seat is sometimes not funny. Other than that, looking cool.

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    Thanks guys! Now wait for it ive got the frame back from the powdercoaters and its the same caramel as the wheels........... and omg it looks like i'm made a bike out of burger cheese.
    My problem was this, as i was going to have new wheels made i thought i might as well get the rims painted to match the tank. But my painter couldnt paint the rims because they are chrome and need blasting and he was going on holiday and i can't wait a month and my powdercoater said powdercoating a petrol tank is possible but if petrol gets on it it will stain. So i thought i would powdercoat the rims and instead of matching the tank i'll do the frame as well and paint my tank something different that goes with the theme.
    If i had done a black frame and powdercoated the rims the chances of getting a perfect match when spray painting the tank to match the powdercoated rims would be next to impossible. So i opted for rims to match the frame but now it looks like burger cheese but i'm going to stick with it and see when i get all the other bits on it may tone it all down a bit........... So here it is the burger cheese bike. Please be gentle with your comments... thank you......
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