Motorcycle Wheel Weights
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Cruiser and sport bike
owners have been known to spend big money on all sorts of custom
bits for their bikes.
A large chunk of that cash can go for
wheels; custom wheels can easily run into the thousands of
dollars. But all wheels have to be balanced, and who wants a
crummy old hunk o' lead that was trimmed with a pair of wire cutters
glued on your nice, shiny hoops?
But even if you don't have custom
wheels, you're probably fussy about how your bike looks, and it's
pretty hard to argue that those lead weights do anything for the
bike's appearance. Most people either try not to think about
them or ignore them.
My Triumph Thunderbird Sport has some
really nice, chrome plated Akront rims -- the last of a breed and
reminiscent of bikes of old.
I balanced both the back and the
front wheel, and while I had them off the bike, I cleaned and polished
both wheels, which wasn't an easy task! It struck me when I
re-balanced them and added the weights back on how out of place the
little hunks of lead looked on those nice, shiny rims.
Well, here's a pretty cool solution --
MetalArts makes custom cast wheel weights in either flat or spoke
styles. Each of these weights are literally miniature works of
MetalArts has been in the precision and art metal casting
business since 1985, and they make these weights (and some other neat
products) using the same processes they use for their art sculptures.
MetalArts flat weights are made using the same process that coins have been made for
hundreds of years. Each design is hand carved and reproduced in
The process, dies and presses are used to
"mint" these weights is just like the one used by good ol'
Uncle Sammy. In fact, the press actually belonged to the U.S.
Treasury, and was used to strike coins at the San Francisco
The MetalArts "Spoke Dancer"
weights are designed to clamp on the spokes of the wheel. I had
plain old lead spoke weights on my Thunderbird Sport, because I think
they at least look a bit better than the flat stick-ons.
The MetalArts spoke weights are made using a precision investment casting
process, based on the ancient "lost wax" casting process,
which was developed literally thousands of years ago and is still used
today for precision, low volume metal casting, especially in the
A lot of work is involved in the
lost wax process, from the initial design of the part, through several
casting steps, and involving hand finishing and polishing.
"Spoke Dancer" crimp-on weights are available in several designs, such as a
hog's head, bullet, a really nice-looking Indian head, eagle, skull
(my favorite, see below) and even a couple of R-rated "pole
There are other uses for the Spoke
Dancers -- my wife wants one for her horse's bridle, you can
clamp one on your car's antenna, on other parts of your bike, or in
The MetalArts weights are just as easy
to apply as traditional lead weights. The flat weights come with double-sided tape, and the spoke weights are
applied by carefully clamping them on
The prices are definitely higher than
standard lead wheel weights, but you're basically buying a work of
art! These photos don't really do justice to the detail, so
check out the MetalArts website
for more photos. I only hope that my next set of tires need
Pole Dancer style mounted on a spoke.
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Motorcycle Wheel Weights
Retail Price: $3.00
or gold plate
Comments: A cool solution for those ugly lead wheel
weights! Hand made, custom cast motorcycle wheel
weights. Available either as flat stick-ons or
"Spoke Dancers" and in chrome or gold plate; all
weights are hand
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