Wheels must be engineered again when damage occurs that affects its original specifications. Because of contact with road debris, curbs and potholes, some bike riders are faced with replacing wheels because they are out of sync and improper for use on the open highway. Motorcycle wheel repair plans might require straightening a frame, or repairing cracks in the metal alloy frame. Riders count on wheels to hug the road when traveling at high speeds around curves and on major highways.
Repairs are possible but will rely on how the technician determines what type of damage was done. Most motorcyclists would prefer to restore a tire assembly to its original condition. The lowest estimate an experienced technician could give would be to restore the base metals to 95 percent of original condition.
Tire wheels spin at a rapid rate of speed at all times, and faster when they are mounted on high performance motorcycles. All performance checks will be performed to determine whether the tire meet high performance standards. Any misalignment in the frame of the tire will cause performance marks to drop rapidly during spin rate testing.
The spin test will reveal how much stress is placed on a tire when it is not rated at full use capacity. Wheels will be viewed carefully for evidence of cracking. Some cracks are clearly cosmetic and are repaired with welding.
There are all types of motorcycles on the road today that require different alloy wheels. Different accessories can be attached to dirt bikes, minibikes, mopeds and scooters, but larger wheeled vehicles require more precision to be driven and enjoyed for the speed that they provide. The tire size will not be a factor when repairing motorcycle wheels, but the type of damage will affect the amount of work needed to get it back to preferred use levels.
A technician will need time to conduct these tests and others. A visual inspection might provide some of the answers he is searching for, such as damaged wheels that have loosen spokes, or bent framing. Slight bends deserve further consideration and the technician will make checks for lateral and radial run-out.
Then the technician will complete a vertical damage check to rule on radial soundness by using metric measurements and spinning techniques to determine how much the tire is out of round. From this point, hydraulic pressure will be applied to correct each discrepancy and determine what kind of motorcycle wheel repair will be necessary.
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