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New trend in motorcycle wheels: clear

I think this one is going to catch on big time as soon as the price can be lowered - currently $5K per wheel, they are made from 1.5" Lexan and forged aluminum. They have the additional benefit of being bulletproof, literally.

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I'm certain one of the custom builders (you know, the ones that build show bikes that were never intended to be ridden) will have a set of these on their next creation.

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I think this one is going to catch on big time as soon as the price can be lowered - currently $5K per wheel, they are made from 1.5" Lexan and forged aluminum. They have the additional benefit of being bulletproof, literally.

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Great. Something else to clean and polish. No, thanks.

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Great. Something else to clean and polish. No, thanks.
Right. We'll have to add Windex to our cleaning arsenal.

I like the look. Very different. If you're going to build something "out there", you might as well go with something radically different. I wonder how it handles potholes -- can Lexan crack, break, or chip?

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-- can Lexan crack, break, or chip?
Depends on caliber



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Keep your wheels spinning and they will always look like that. Who needs Lexan? Just ride it!

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Right. We'll have to add Windex to our cleaning arsenal.

I like the look. Very different. If you're going to build something "out there", you might as well go with something radically different. I wonder how it handles potholes -- can Lexan crack, break, or chip?
Good question, their site only says:

The center is 1.5 or 2 polycarbonate, chemical hard coated both sides.

Weight 20 - 27 lbs, and 22 - 38 lbs (complete wheel weight)

All other parts of the wheel are forged 6061t aluminum
(Inner and outer hoops and Hub center)

SAE tested, certified and passed Impact, cornering and radial tests.

I would like to see some ISO or ASTM standards, but my guess is with the limited amount of purchases these expensive tests won't be done any time soon.


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Depends on caliber
I saw a static display with just about everything shot at a piece of 1 inch Lexan.

The small arms stuff just kind of stuck out about one half the bullet's length into the face.

A 12 gauge slug made some pretty impressive lines radiating out from the hole, got half way through, but still did not penetrate.

A NATO 223 round was the (almost) winner: the tip penetrated and stuck out the rear by about 1/8 inch. I don't know what the velocity of those little puppies is but I would not be surprised if it is up around 2,000 fps. That's motating!


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A NATO 223 round was the (almost) winner: the tip penetrated and stuck out the rear by about 1/8 inch. I don't know what the velocity of those little puppies is but I would not be surprised if it is up around 2,000 fps. That's motating!
Not a gun expert and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn, but I think the 5.56 NATO round is around 3,100fps when it leaves the muzzle... or at least that is the spec MIL-C-9963F ...
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At least when these wheels get out to the "bling" crowd they will maybe have a visual clue and realize how totally lame they are when the put a 22" wheel on a car and keep the 10" brake rotors.
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That's not lexan...that's transparent aluminum. Beam me up.
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That's not lexan...that's transparent aluminum. Beam me up.
You reckon using that transparent aluminum would nullify the effects of my aluminum, anti-mothership beanie cap?



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That's not lexan...that's transparent aluminum. Beam me up.
I had the same thought. I'm just hoping we don't start another acrylic/polycarbonate thread.

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You reckon using that transparent aluminum would nullify the effects of my aluminum, anti-mothership beanie cap?
You're just gun shy ever since Scott Baio gave you pinkeye.

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You're just gun shy ever since Scott Baio gave you pinkeye.
I thought he got the pinkeye at the Mary Kaye convention!!!
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Not clear on the wheel . . .

1. Lets see this stuff is plastic and when hot / warm plastic attracts negatively charged particles in the air. The temperature of the tire will eventually get the plastic as hot as the tire. Any brake dust and road dust would start to buildup - especially on the inside where you will (on a car) not be able to clean very easily.

2. Cleaning - I have used lexan over 20 years in the manufacturing industry and sooner or later with repeated cleaning - fogging or rather should I say surface scratches set in.

3. Chemicals - lots of chemicals will attack the surface as well. Could last a little longer in those areas devoid of salts.

Thus I would contend these wheels are perectly fine and are a real winner for show and definately not for go .

In looking at the picts of the bike I notice no front brakes!!

My 2 cents . . .

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I bet they perform real well @ 80 mph in a gusty cross wind

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I bet they perform real well @ 80 mph in a gusty cross wind
They actually may perform better...

(Hmmm, I wonder if anybody has ever thought of measuring the handling effects of cast wheel "spokes" that are all mounted at the same pitch - like a propeller?
Maybe - just maybe - you could go around a road race course just a wee bit faster by countering G forces in corners or providing a smoother slipstream...)

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