Met for the 1st time Michael Kamalian from Revolution Cycle Manufacturing during the 2005 V-Twin Expo where he was exhibiting his first custom motorcycle fitted with his own carbon fiber parts, frame, tank, wheels etc. Seven years later we talked again at the same last weekend V-twin Expo and Michael gave me an update on his company progression and specifically on the improvement brought to his carbon wheels that he manufactures in his Marietta, Georgia facility.
But first, a reminder of the multiple advantages of carbon fiber wheels. In addition of look (if it’s the one you are after), because of reduced static mass (upward to 26+ lbs on some common wheel sizes) a motorcycle will feel lighter while riding, turn faster and just make handling more controllable and comfortable.
Mike redesigned all his wheels using technologies not available just a few years ago. They are no more pieced together, like in the past, but in fact woven in one piece through a 3D tube, providing increased strength over the original carbon designs. Some fitment issues for some motorcycles have been resolved by creating a removable hub system similar to the one used in conventional billet wheels. It’s now possible to fit any make, model, and year (of course, if a conventional chain/belt drive is used). These carbon fiber wheels can be adapted to single sided hubs and to some fancy specialty brake systems now offered by the industry .
Current sizes offered are. For front wheel: 17×3.5, 18×3.5, 19×3, 21×2.15, 21×3.5, and 23×3.5. For rear: 17×6, 18×3.5, 18×5.5, 18×8.5, and 18×10.5. The good news is that due to new more efficient technology, cost is much lower with retail pricing starting at $1,600 for front and $1,900 for rear, with a $200 surcharge for the 23″ front and 10.5″ rear sizes. They are offered in a 6-spoke design for the first runs with a 5-spoke model in the works. Expect to see these carbon wheels on quite a few high-end custom motorcycles during the 2011 show tour. Revolution Cycle Manufacturing. 770-420-9191