Here is a little comparison of aftermarket wheels available for the XR1200...

 
The XR1200 comes stock with a set of 3-spoke forged aluminum wheels.  The 18" front wheel carries a pair of 292 mm solid brake rotors.  The 17" rear mounts a single 260 mm brake rotor and a 68 tooth drive belt pulley.  The wheels come shod with HD labeled Dunlop Qualifier tires.  For some reason, many people think the stock XR1200's wheels are heavy and over built.  In reality, they  weigh-in roughly the same , or lighter than, many other OEM wheels of comparable size.  There are of course many reasons to upgrade the wheels, but dollar for dollar, pure weight reduction may not be the best reason.
 
There are of course many reasons to do a wheel upgrade.  First, I should mention that the design of the rear XR1200 wheel is good enough, that it is common to upgrade only the front wheel.  The most common upgrade is to switch to a lighter 17" front wheel and floating brake rotors.  This opens up a wider selection of front tires, allows for mounting of common race rubber, reduces overall wheel weight, and drops the front end slightly to improve handling.  Often, even though a front wheel might shed only 2 or 3 pounds, riders feel the responsiveness of the XR improves dramatically.  While it is possible to adapt a wide variety of wheels to the XR1200, aftermarket wheels are made for the XR by Braking, BST, Performance Machine (a part of the V&H race kit), PVM (sold by Harris), and Storz.  (Formerly Dymag made wheels for the XR1200, but the company went out of business and even though CSA has revived the Dymag label, they do not appear to be manufacturing a wheel set for the XR1200 at this time.  Additionally, RevolutionSpeed has begun to manufacture their own carbon fiber wheels in the USA and have said that they plan to make a wheel set for the XR1200, but these wheels are also not yet available.)  All of the aftermarket wheels are good looking, quality, options.  And all of them, to some degree or the other, will cut down on wheel weight.  And of course, all will mount 17" race rubber.
 
Here is a comparison of the weights of the various options, followed by some pictures of the commonly available aftermarket wheels.
 
NOTE:   While I only had access to a couple of these wheels to weigh myself, the weights quoted for the remaining wheels are from telephone and e-mail exchanges with the technical personnel of the manufacturers.  This is not web site information.  Where possible I have checked weights provided by the companies against weight information from individuals who are using these wheels.  In several cases the manufacturer/company weighed parts specifically for these notes.  The data should be as close to accurate as possible, without being able to weigh all parts on my scales. 
 

 
Comparison of Wheels for the XR1200
 

 

OEM Harley

Braking

BST

PM

PVM

PVM

Storz

Front
 

             

Model
 

 

BW3548

161768

1205-7706A-ASX-B

6 Spoke-Magnesium

6 Spoke-Aluminum

FW1735

Size

18 x 3.5"

17 x 3.5"

17 x 3.5"

17 x 3.5"

17 x 3.5"

17 x 3.5"

17 x 3.5"

Wheel
   Weight

13.52 lbs

6.15 kg

11.87 lb

5.40

5.3 lbs

2.4 kg

9.70 lbs

4.41 kg

5.94 lbs

2.7 kg

7.92 lbs

3.6 kg

12.5 lbs

5.68 kg

Wheel with
   rotors
   bearings
   spacers

22.70 lbs

10.32 kg

17.27 lbs

7.85 kg

         

Wheel with
   HD floating
   rotors and
   spacers

21.83 lbs

9.92 kg

   

18.02 lbs

8.19 kg

     

Wheel with
   Braking
  STX106D rotors
   & HD spacers

20.82 lbs

9.46 kg

   

17.00 lbs

7.73 kg

     

Price

 

735 Euro

$1550

$1199

840 Euro

760 Euro

$835

               

Rear

             

Model
 

 

B15548

161781

1250-7716A-ASX-B

6 Spoke-Magnesium

6 Spoke-Aluminum

RW1755

Size

17 x 5.5"

17 x 5.5"

17 x 5.5"

17 x 5.5"

17 x 5.5"

17 x 5.5"

17 x 5.5"

Wheel
   Weight

17.8 lbs

8.09 kg

19.55 lb

8.4 lbs

3.8 kg

12.48 lbs

5.67 kg

8.58 lbs

3.9 kg

12.98 lbs

5.9 kg

13.3 lbs

6.05 kg

Wheel with
   rotor and spacers

23.2 lbs

10.55 kg

21.6 lbs

9.82 kg

 

17.86 lbs

8.12 kg

(est)

     

Wheel with
   Braking
   WF7506 rotor
   &HD spacers

21.42 lbs

9.74 kg

   

16.08 lbs

7.31 kg

     

Price

 

577.50 Euro

$1820

$1280

1260 Euro

1140 Euro

$970

               

Material

Cast Aluminum

Cast Aluminum

Carbon Fiber

Forged Aluminum

Forged Magnesium

Forged Aluminum

Aluminum hubs and rims
stainless steel spokes

               

See Notes

1

2 and 5

4 and 5

3 and 5

4 and 5

4 and 5

4 and 5

 
Notes: 

1.  The OEM XR1200 wheels, component parts, and tires were weighed by P.  HD floating disc rotors were also weighed by P. Weights of HD wheels with Braking aftermarket rotors were calculated from weights provided by Braking technical personnel.

2.  Braking Wheels come with integral spacer and specially mounted lightweight brake rotors included.  Weights for the Braking wheels were provided by Braking.  Weights  for wheels without rotors were obtained by subtracting the weight of the rotors and mounting screws. All weights for Braking wheels and parts were provided by Braking technical personnel.

3.  The Performance Machine (PM) front wheel, and the PM front wheel with HD floating disc brake rotors mounted, were weighed by P.  The weight for the PM rear wheel was weighed by P.  The weight for PM wheels with Braking aftermarket rotors is calculated.

4.  Weights for BST, PVM, and Storz wheels were all provided by the tech staff of the  companies.  BST and Storz weights are expected to be exact.  The PVM weights are nominal for the size wheel, although the exact weights of the PVM wheels are expected to be very close to these numbers.

5.  Prices are Retail, as provided by the manufacturers.

So, what does all this mean?
 
Well the OEM wheels are the heaviest wheels in the group.  Or at least the OEM front wheel is. 
 
With stock brake rotors mounted, the OEM front wheel runs about 5.5 lbs heavier than the next wheel, the Braking.  However, the HD front wheel itself is only about 1.5 lbs heavier than the Braking front wheel.  The rest of the weight savings comes from the special Braking lightweight rotors on the B-Wheels. If one mounts lighter brake rotors on the stock front wheel (e.g. Braking stainlesss steel rotors for the stock wheel), the difference drops to about 3.5 lbs.
 
Likewise, the weight savings in a Braking B-1 rear wheel also comes from the rotors.  An OEM HD rear wheel is actually about 1,75 lbs lighter than a Braking B-1 rear wheel.  If a Braking wave rotor is mounted on an OEM HD rear wheel, the total weight of the HD rear wheel with brake rotor becomes about 0.2 lb lighter than the Braking B-1 wheel.  While I was not able to measure moment of inertia, it is actually possible that the stock wheel has a lower moment of inertia than a Braking wheel, since the stock rear wheel carries more weight in its brake rotors than the Braking, and hence, its rim weight could actually be ligher.
 
So, if one is looking to upgrade with Braking wheels, a new front wheel makes sense but a Braking rear wheel will actually be heavier than a stock rear wheel outfitted with lighter brake rotors..
 
All of the other wheel options are lighter than both the OEM HD wheels and the Braking wheels.  How much lighter just depends on how much money one wants to spend....

 
Ranges of Weight Savings
 

 
Depending on the choice of brake rotors, tires, and even wheel bearings and spacers, there is a range of weight savings for the aftemarket wheels, over the stock Harley XR1200 wheels.  Right off the bat, a 17" tire will weigh at least a pound lighter than an 18" tire.  Also, Dunlop tires, while good performers, are not necessarily the lightest tires.  So, here is an idea of the range of weight savings that a rider could experience with each of these aftemarket wheel sets - as the wheels are when installed...
 

Wheel Type

Weight Savings
of Wheelset
over Stock

   

OEM XR1200
(Cast Aluminum)
With lighter rotors, etc.

0 to 3.7 lbs

Braking
(Cast Aluminum)

1.8 to 8.1 lbs

Storz
(spoked Aluminum)

2.8 to 10.2 lbs

Performance Machine
(Forged Aluminum)

6.3 to 13.7 lbs

PVM
( Forged Aluminum)

7.7 to 15.1 lbs

PVM
(Forged Magnesium)

14.1 to 21.5 lbs

BlackstoneTek
(Carbon Fiber)

14.9 to 22.3 lbs

 
These weight savings are of course nominal.  I only used weights from the manufacturers that I had contacted, and for Dunlop tires.  Larger weight savings are possible with other components.  For BST wheels for instance, one owner increased his weight savings to almost 26 lbs by picking lighter tires, lighter brake rotors, ceramic bearings, etc. The handling improvement in the bike is said to be amazing - though of course it comes at a significant price.
 

 
Are all lbs the same?
 

 
Well the answer to that is of course - NO!
 
Measuring the moment of inertia of the various wheels would tell more precisely what the rolling advantage in the various wheel options really is.  There shouldn't be any doubt that BST wheels have a low inertial moment.  The PVM magnesium wheels should also be expected to be low.  But, what are the real differences between the Braking, Performance Machine and Storz wheels?  The Braking and PM front wheels for instance are within 0.1 lbs of each other in weight, when comparing both wheels with brake rotors mounted and including wheel spacers - but, the brake rotors and axle spacers for the PM wheels are significantly heavier than for the Braking wheels.  This would seem to indicate that more weight is distributed through the Braking wheels than the PM, and could indicate that more weight is in the rim of the Braking wheels than in the PM wheels.  Is the inertial moment of the PM front wheel significantly lower than the Braking front wheel?  Possibly.  Perhaps I can get my hands on some Braking wheels in the future to measure the difference between the two...
 

 
And of course, some pictures of some of the options...
 

 
Personally I think that all of the wheel options for the XR1200, including the stock wheels, are good looking wheels!  To me the 18" stock front wheel give a nice visual balance to the appearance of the bike.  Its stability on long trips is great.  But of course, quick handling and stickier front tires are a great option too.  It was tire choice more than wheel appearance that drove me to an aftermarket front wheel. 
 
Here are some pictures of the commonly available aftermarket wheels for the XR1200...
 

 
 
 
 
 
Here is the stock front wheel with a pair of solid HD rotors.  Yes the rotors are "substantial"!
 
 
 

StockHDfrontwheel.JPG
HD XR1200 Front Wheel

 
 
 
 
 
 
The below shows a Performance Machine front wheel with the HD floating rotors.  It is a nice combination, and even though this combination weighs about .75 lbs more than a Braking front wheel, the weight is in the brake rotors, so the PM wheel likely has lower inertia than the Braking.  Of course, as soon as one throws on a lighter rotor set, the PM wheel becomes lighter than the Braking front wheel.  The PM rear wheel is just plain lighter than a Braking.
 
 

PMFrontHDdisks.JPG
PM Front Wheel with HD Floating Disks

 
 
A nice alternative to cast/forged wheels is the Storz spoked wheel set.  It is actually lighter than a PM wheel set, and looks sharp.
 

StorzXR1200wheel.jpg
Stoz Front Wheel

 
Moving from stylish to, well stylish, here is a BST carbon fiber wheel.  It's strong, about as light as you can go on the XR1200, and responsive. 
 

BSTfrontspoke.jpg
BST Front Wheel (CF)

 
 
The Braking wheel below is a European favorite.  The European race spec series runs the wheels.  Even if not the lightest of the aftermarket options, the front wheel does put you in 17" race tires.
 
 

BrakingBW3548.jpg
Braking Front Wheel

 
 
German PVM wheels are good looking and come in either forged Aluminum or Magnesium.  You can work with PVM in Germany to get a set, or Harris in England sells an Aluminum 6-spoke PVM wheelset already configured for the XR1200.  EMA-USA sells PVM wheels in the US, though I do not know if they sell the wheelset for the XR1200.
 
 

PVM6spokewheel.jpg
Harris PVM 6 Spoke Front Wheel


 
And as an alternate, here is the stock front wheel with the HD floating rotors that are a part of the XR1200X upgrade.  They may not be the lightest rotors, but they are a nice quality and a pair offers about 1.5 lbs of weight reduction over a set of stock XR1200 rotors.
 

11_XR1200X_010_preview.jpg
XR1200X Front Wheel and Rotor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And here is the PM wheel mounted on the XR1200, and shod with a Dunlop GP-A racing tire.
 

PMfrontwheel2.jpg
PM Front Wheel on XR1200

 
 
Here is a Storz spoked wheel mounted on the XR1200, with a floating rotor.  And for those who just need to stop now, that's a 320 mm Brake Tech floating rotor.  Sweet!
 

StorzFrontWheel3.JPG
Storz Front Wheel on Bike

 
 
 
 
 
 
And the BST wheel mounted on a XR.
 
 

BSTfront.JPG
BST CF Wheel on XR1200

 
 
 
 
The below is just a placeholder pic, until I get a good shot of the wheels mounted on an XR.
 

BrakingFrontWheel2.JPG
Braking Front

 
 
 
 
The below is a PVM rear wheel.  It is a nice lightweight option for the XR1200, and in Magnesium the weight comes very close to a carbon fiber wheel.
 
 

PVMrearwheel.jpg
PVM Rear Wheel


 
 
So, whether you want to change for tire size, weight, or just pure style, these are just a few of the more common wheel options for the XR1200.  Other options exist, but may take some machining or fitment work to install.
 
But just keep in mind that the best advantage of the wheel change is the increased tire selection and quicker handling feel - the actual weight reduction is only a fraction of the 40 lbs that some people have quoted in the past.



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