First 3D Motorcycle Wheel In Size 30″

couturewheels1Couture Wheels is stating that they were the first to manufacture 3D motorcycle wheels, the first producing a 26″ wheel and new for 2010 also the first to offer a 30″ size for baggers and custom applications. These wheels are precision engineered forged 6061-T6 aluminum.

Professionals will see this new 3D design 30″ wheels at the Cincinnati Dealers Expo February 6 to 8th. Couture Wheels.

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37 Responses to “First 3D Motorcycle Wheel In Size 30″”


  1. 1 Boss Hawg Jan 11th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Nice looking wheels, but about the gyro effects? Not on my Bagger.

    Gonna be at the V-twin Expo, but can’t find them on the Exhibitors listing. http://www.vtwin-expo.com//exhibitor/exhlist.asp

    Boss Hawg

  2. 2 BIG PIMP'IN Jan 12th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    LOL… I busted out laughing when I read this… That’s cool, we’ll go machine a 33″.. and then where going to move on to the bling 40″… have V-Rubber make us some “bands”… that’s what the new bling tires are called “bands”…. like rubber bands….. just a big ass wheel pimp’in out front…. I’m gunna chrome the whole damn thing and install mirrors on the side…. B pimp’in like a disco ball at night !!!!!!!! LOL

    Hope you guys sell a million wheels!!!!!!!!! I’m sure it will look awesome and ride like poop !!!!!

  3. 3 Mike Jan 12th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I applaud anyone making new products in this marketplace… good on ya.

    But 30″? 2 and 1/2 feet tall before rubber? Seriously? I am baffled. And that’s rare 🙂

    I shudder to think what that was machined on and how long it took, which makes me shudder even more at the price! I can’t imagine how it rides and drives either.

    I’d love to see more innovation in wheels rather than just going bigger. How about tire pressure sensors? Or build in some white LED’s with a dynamo hub so they will light up when you move – the Goldwing guys will go nuts over that (it would be cool too, I think). How about lightweight materials – magnesium, carbon fiber…. people have even used acrylic for wheels. Someone should do a dual-wheel front end like that Italian scooter has… or do a line with transparent candy powdercoat over chrome (that looks pretty cool too).

    Just something other than always bigger.

  4. 4 jatinder pal Jan 12th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Totally agree with mike they should do something new other than just making it taller…not sure that this much taller wheels looks good or not,moreover how will they behave on road thats the serious point.

  5. 5 J Jan 12th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Good ideas, Mike- I’ve heard that scooter set up is pretty fun to ride, I’d like to see it tried on a bike.

    Acrylic? Wow- I’d like to see those- bicycle wheels have been done for awihle, always wondered why there wasn’t someone trying more on bikes…

  6. 6 bobx Jan 12th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    looks good im sure. personally, id take the same amount of money that it’ll cost and buy myself a sportster .

  7. 7 PBR Jan 12th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Mike,

    I agree with you. Someplace performance took a backseat in a long limo when it comes to how the general public makes buying decisions. The whole “chrome don’t get you home” idea somehow got lost. Don’t get me wrong. We’re machining a 26″ wheel to go on a new show bike we’re building to grab attention, but it is designed as a way to begin a conversation about performance versus style. Again, not that they must be mutually exclusive but too often that is the result.

    Revolution Mfg. has been trying to educate people about carbon fiber for years. We still get the question, “Can you chrome it?” NO, you can’t. But you can do some bad ass candies over it that really make a bike pop. We now have a partnership here in the states with a company that will allow us to produce modular carbon fiber wheels with a more competitive price point.

    I’m investigating now the whole acrylic process. One thing at a time. Anybody know of somebody that is doing any research on acrylic applications?

    PBR

  8. 8 stella blue Jan 12th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    The clear wheel’s been done, and done well by Doug of prior Metalsport fame. It’s been rigorously tested for safety, originally developed for high end cars. Throw in a clear pulley and a 360 Brake and you have one clean setup.

    As for the first 26, I saw two debut at the same time. One on some crapbox looking mishmash of ‘style’, and Yaffe’s brown 26 Road Glide that had a Metalsport 26 on it.

    Curious what tire you’re putting on that 30? I know one has been spec’d but am not saying anything here- you’ll see it in Cinci. Is there a bike built around the wheel or is this just an exercise in what can be done?

  9. 9 Lyle Jan 12th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    The writeup says it can be used on baggers soI think they’re going to throw a 30″ fender at it along with some 14″ overlength shocks.

  10. 10 Conrad Nicklus Jan 12th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I am liking this Idea but now we must get into what the cost of one of these suckers will be. I would bet they are not forged wheels and they are cut from a solid block of aluminum…thatits BIG dollars right there.

  11. 11 Mike Jan 12th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    As for acrylic wheels, a guy by the name of Doug McGoon owns the patent on it…. but personally I think it is a ridiculous concept. If polycarbone or PMMA (acrylic) were suitable materials for wheels, the big OEM’s would be using those materials.

    You have a lot of issues with clear wheels – the material yellows over time, and loses strength. It is not generally resistant to impact (in the case of acrylic) and deteriorates over time (in the case of polycarbonate).

    Not something I would use on a wheel… but it is an innovation, nonetheless.

    RE: Couture at the V-Twin expo… all I can guess is that they put them on some bike that’s gonna be there, since they aren’t an exhibitor.

  12. 12 Scott Jan 13th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    The first to machine 3 dimensional wheels? Out of curiosity, when did that happen?

  13. 13 Doug McGoon Jan 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Clear wheels are Polycarbonate, not acrylic. They have a chemical hard coat to eliminate swirls and yellowing. 30’s are big, real big, in size and dollars, and yes, they wouldl be cut from plate…I looked into it, good luck Aaren!

  14. 14 Mike Jan 13th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Doug,

    Good to see you posting here.

    As you know, hardcoat coverings on polycarbonate will slow down the weathering/yellowing/aging process but no hardcoat will eliminate it.

    As for the wheels posted here… machining from a solid block of aluminum is insane. I am surprised anyone would make a 30″ wheel from a block… unless it was just one-offs. Must be a ton of machining time, a crane to load the machine, a couple grand for the block of 6061 to start, and god knows how much to chrome it.

    I’m surprised they don’t make it in 2 pieces, weld it, and remachine.

  15. 15 Tim Jan 13th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    We will have the first and ONLY 3D 30” wheel and tire on a bike at the expo . So I guess that means you won’t have the First 3D 30” wheel at the V-twin Expo …

  16. 16 Mike Jan 13th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Tim,

    Can you clarify your post?

    Ballistic Cycles is not listed as an exhibitor at the expo. But you say you will have the “first and ONLY 30″ 3D wheel and tire at the expo”.

    So Couture isn’t going to have this 30″ wheel at the expo?

    And you are saying it’s not the first 30″ wheel?

  17. 17 Tim Jan 13th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I will have an 08 roadglide with a 30” wheel on it at the expo in someone elses booth . . Right now I have the only 30” tire in the industry made by V-rubber . I have been working with V-rubber on this tire for a year, so I would say Im way ahead of anybody on this 30” project . I have been told couture and metalsport will also have 30” wheels at the expo on display but who knows ….

  18. 18 Doug McGoon Jan 13th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Mike, you are right on all counts. Tim, you’re crazy, LOL

  19. 19 stella blue Jan 13th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Tim speaks the truth, I’ve seen the wheel and the tire, oh and the bike.

    As for the cost- why do you care? This blog goes on and on about buy American, bla bla boom boom rah. Billet costs money and there are people who can afford these types of products. They’re not made for mass consumption, just like most of the builders who chime in here everyday.

    That’s kind of the concept of custom. No? If everyone had it or could afford it it’s not likely custom. Bolting crap on a bike from a catalog is far from custom.

    I’d go as far as stating that the custom bagger has been the only segment keeping this industry afloat. Harley too for that matter, the Ultra is the MOCO’s number one seller in this shit economy. For the few real deal guys here, you’ll see it in cinci.

    You guys crack me up, fellating guys that build unridable POS rigids, but come down on someone that’s doing something different. It’s ok, keep on building inside your box, just stop complaining how the masses aren’t buying your junk.

  20. 20 Boss Hawg Jan 14th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Stella Blue….well put!

    I love one-off custom creations myself, but until Leo (ex Avon Engineer) at Vee Rubber gets an odd sized non-proven non-production tire DOT certified, I would not ride it out of the shop…much less at highway speeds which I seriously doubt it will ever hold up to when some rider chooses to crack down on the throttle. Same goes for the billet wheel with all due respect to both parties here…I do admire their works put forth for the industries much needed bling .

    Sort of like the 360mm a few years ago when it was introduced (No DOT Approval at that time) that I flew in from Thailand and had the only 360mm softail on display at Cinci…one horse dog & pony show with the cart ahead of the horse as it relates to rider safety and product liabilities…Great for a head turner, but otherwise worthless.

    You all know the story…Whys does a dog lick his b@&&s…cause he can!

    Conrad…does your daddy know your wrote this post? Maybe you should get him to make a little chime-in statement here and you turn your focus back to pre-med school…wink wink

    Boss Hawg

  21. 21 Jeff Nicklus Jan 14th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Boss,

    Class starts back up on Monday for him so maybe his attention will be in the classroom and not on a blog! LOL

    See you in Cinci.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  22. 22 Doug McGoon Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I f*&kin’ love this s%*t. see you there everyone!

    Oh yeah, Boss, ask around about the quality of Vee Rubber’s tires, I know many that run 26’s and 360’s and freakin love them. the only complaint I have had from their tires are the 23″ other than that the leaking 360 thing has been fixed, and I can assure you that these tires have seen well above “high-way” speeds. most people I know get out of second gear at above the legal limit anyways.

    Keep the rubber side down guys, and see ya soon!

  23. 23 B'COOL Products Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Lyle, the 30″ fender will be out soon. I am hoping it will be available by Daytona Bike week!

    I have been working with both Doug McGoon and Ballistic Cycles to get the dimensions. They have my commitment to making it happen as quickly as we can develop the tooling and then the parts.

    As a fender manufacturer we worked with Doug to develop the 24 and 26″ 12 gauge steel front fenders as those tires became available. To date are still the only Company manufacturing steel fenders for those sizes……. Stay tuned!

    As off the wall and outside the box as these products are it’s people like Doug and Tim that push the envelope to keep fresh ideas in the industry.

    Like them or hate them this wheel and tire has certainly created a lot of discussion which can’t be a bad thing for all involved.

    Randy Briley
    B’COOL Products

  24. 24 Lyle Jan 14th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Well, if you can make it work more power to you. But how many inches of travel does it leave up front?

  25. 25 Tim Jan 14th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I’m FLMAO guy’s !!

    C-ya L8tr

  26. 26 Tim Jan 14th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    We made it work !!

  27. 27 Boss Hawg Jan 15th, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Doug…

    Please brother…I know so and so do others, therefore no need to ask since I have had them (360mm) separate and blow apart…personally, I would never run another Vee Rubber tire again on any builds or personal bikes! I do ride (and yes I do ride) on the faster edge of speed, but I do it with race proven rubber!

    In this regard, maybe you would like to be the first to assist (email Leo please) with posting the APPROVED DOT certs for the 30″ Vee Rubber Tire and 30″ wheel(s) along with a photocopy of the REQUIRED DOT Certs and DOT Wheel stamp ? Or better yet, I will be at Cinci with other industry professionals if you would like to tell us here where you will be displaying to show us the DOT Certs as asked above?

    When you have, or have had, a street licensed and daily rider Harley clocked at 164mph (as my MVR reflects) while running up the road in fourth gear (with a 5-spd tranny) twisting on the throttle without incident (with Metzelers of course) other than having your ass hauled off to jail like I was….please let us all know?

    No conjectures and nothing personal here at all…just the facts please and by all means do expand upon your first-hand knowledge here to others with your self professed profound knowledge and infinite wisdom as you posted above and kindly asked now.

    I must ask you, what does or would your product liability insurance agent and underwriter think about these tires?

    Any others wish to chime in here with facts?

    Again…Why does a dog lick his b@&&s…cause he can!

    Boss Hawg

  28. 28 Jeff Nicklus Jan 15th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Like Boss I have had a DOT Approved V-Rubber 360 come apart on me at speed …… it sucked. I was lucky to keep control of the bike at only 75 mph. I will never use another V-Rubber tire.

    Secondly, I will never ever put one of my bikes on the road without tires that are DOT Approved and manufactured from a reputable company (I use only Avon Tires) …… anyone who would use unapproved tires on a bike are doing little more than begging for a problem. If I were to use an unapproved tire on one of my bikes my Product Liability provider would most likely drop our coverage. Those of you who would use this 30″ “yet to be DOT Approved Tire” do carry Product Liability Insurance don’t you? Right!

    Third, has anyone given any thought to what a 30″ wheel and tire combination is capable of from an engineering stand point? Anyone out there ever heard of a term called “Rotational Mass”? I am sure you have figured on installing bigger brakes and rotors, beefing up the suspension, using stronger hardware or changes in suspension geometry? Better give this one some serious thought guys before you end up killing your dumb asses, or even worse, you cause someone else to kill themselves with one of your “Conestoga Wagon” creations.

    Just my 2 cents worth!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  29. 29 Boss Hawg Jan 15th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Whoa Brother….you damn sure have those thar Texas ponies a runnin outta tha corral this morning. God loves ya! How about those Republicans!

    Man you hit the nails all on the head and drove em in with just one swing of the hammer with the “Conestoga Wagon” wheel. Love it and rotational mass is so true…Any of ya ever been in a 4 G spin will surely know.

    Some of these folks here are definitely snortin up a damn bunch of “blue sky & wiffle dust bullshit” with bling bling bling as those tumble weeds roll by the wagon wheels….Anyone that purchases this bling bling bling needs to sign the insurance (if their dumb asses have any) papers over to the little ol lady and just get on their bike and ride it about 140mph into the back of a drop gate semi tractor sittng still on the interstate…see if their helmet embeds into the roll-up door…duh!

    Boss Hawg

  30. 30 Doug McGoon Jan 15th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    LOL, guys, get a 30, and you aint plannin’ on haulin’ ass, that’s for sure. This will all be over after Cincy. At the most, I see 5-10 of these things going out world wide. ALL SHOW, NO GO, and that’s that, but to see the finished thing will be truly amazing.
    Again, Good luck Aaren, (he is the one that started this post after all) … I am far from having wisdom, let alone “infinite” so I guess I am just talking out of my a$$ here, but I feel excitement and hype are not only good, but great for the industry as a whole.

    It all good guys.

  31. 31 Conrad Nicklus Jan 15th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Boss,

    LOL, Come one man throw me a bone and give me some credit!!!! I just want a 30 on my next project but who can I get a tire from without me dying at 50 mph???

    Dad,

    School started Wednesday…..

    Conrad Nicklus

  32. 32 Boss Hawg Jan 15th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Conrad…Now you listen here…You get your med degree cause us old timers like me and your father are gonna need ya one of these days that are coming sooner than later…wink wink. You stay off those bikes unless you and your father build one that is proven and tried like the many you have.

    Doug…Like you say…its all good.

    Boss Hawg

  33. 33 Aaron Glenn Jan 18th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Personally It’s about form and function! striving to blend the two. But some times “YOU JUST HAVE TO BUILD SOME CRAZY LOOKING @#*$ just because you can.

  34. 34 B'COOL Products Jan 23rd, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    The first 30″ fender has been built and delivered to Ballistic Cycles. They tell me it is already mounted on the bike with wheel and tire. It is a reality. See you at the Expo.

  35. 35 Doug McGoon Jan 26th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Aaron Glen, will you be in cincy?

  36. 36 Aaron Glenn Jan 29th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Well HELL YES. See ya there doug! Booth 2424 We be bringin a bad asss silver bagger!

  37. 37 Hammer Feb 15th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Just to let you know there was a full blown custom with a 30″ wheel at the Easyiders Invetational and it got snuffed from a photo shoot. Who knew they wouldn’t want to shoot some thing so new.

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