Cracked Rear Wheel Anyone?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by BaZa, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. BaZa

    BaZa Member

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    I have and so have many others so I am trying to do a survey with a few questions:

    Mods please move to wherever you think for the best response.

    I am trying to gather as much information as possible to further the wheel rusting issue so even if you have not suffered a cracked rim would you please copy and paste the questions and put your answers at the end of each question?

    Like I have done below in the quote box......Thanks in anticipation.

    I am working with a mayor Bike magazine editor here.

    HERE is a thread on this very site re wheels cracking!

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    copy and paste

    Model.......

    Manufactured age of bike?........

    Mileage?........

    Any previous owners?........

    What sort of inspection made: internal / external and visual / audible?........

    Original wheels?........

    Average mileage/time span, between tyre change?........

    What tyres used?........

    Who changes your tyres?........

    Are tubes reused when changing tyres?........

    Is the rim tape renewed when changing tyres?

    Has any visual inspection of inside of wheels done when changing tyres?........

    Plus result of the inspection........

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    This all started after my rear wheel cracked and I found it was a common fault.

    This all started because of >>> these wheels splitting. <<<


    This is the letter I got back from H-D Europe.

    So I'm still waiting to hear from their tech dept.

    I don't get this bit: 'Please except this as notice that your case with Harley-Davidson is now closed.'

    What does that mean?

    [​IMG]

    Not impressed! BaZa over the pond U.K.
     
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  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    BaZa, were these cast or spoke wheels? Please keep us posted of any further correspondence from Harley. Thanks HDDon
     
  3. BaZa

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  4. glider

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    That's a bad situation BaZa. Hope you get it resolved.
     
  5. BaZa

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    My bike is sorted :D .........but the issue is still there:

    Old laced wheel to Fatboy wheel off ebay:

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    Needed drilling out to 1inch as a Fatboy axle is 3/4 inch:

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    New bearings:

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    Job done:

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  6. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Well done BaZa...! I know this is a silly question, but what were the circumstances leading up to the failure...loss of air...loud pop? Did it look like metal fatigue or rust, water intrusion from the inside out or outside in?
     
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  7. BaZa

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    Over the course of 8-12 months water seeping into the rim from the spokes and not having taken the tyre off for that time (it was due a new one).

    I only take the saddlebags off when I do a mayor clean (when the whitewalls are dirty).

    I check the tyre pressures each week and move the bike until the valve is at the bottom so as to leave the side bag on.

    On this occasion I had already moved it for the front wheel tyre check and could not be bothered to move it again having to deactivate the alarm so I just unclipped the saddle bag and did the air into the valve. It was then I saw the crack as I could then see the whole wheel.

    Previous to that there was onmly a small amount of surface rust and it was obviously eating away from inside!

    I had just ridden back from a bike show down the highway at 70-80 mph and you can imagine how I felt as to what could have happened. [​IMG]

    I know it's my own fault but there are many others out there that need to know about this and check their bikes.

    If you look at my bike it's a recent picture with the Fatbiy wheel on the rear now and sits there at 60,000 miles at 6 1/2 years old so I do look after it.
     
  8. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Honestly, never thought so much damage from just a little water intrusion from the spoke side. In the back of my mind I seem to have heard stories of this thing happening to old Triumphs & MG (cars). What they did was use "fake" spokes and then put in a layer of epoxy over the nipple/drop center area and started using tubeless tires. Never even occurred to me that the problem could be so severe and on a motorcycle rim too...probably a good heads up for the classic spoke wheel crowd to inspect your rims carefully when you change tube/tires.