Bike wheels are designed to cope with axial and radial forces. Other critical components like suspension, final drive and brakes are also mounted on them. Bike wheels and anything attached to it is considered as unsprung mass. Traditionally, bikes used wheels having spokes with pneumatic tyres and inner tube. Cast wheels were first invented in the year 1927 but it was not commercially used until 1970. Cast wheels are usually made from aluminium or alloy. Nowadays they are also made from exotic materials like carbon fibre and magnesium.
The first commercial Motorcycle Tires and wheels were designed like bicycle wheels which had wires. The wheels were made with wire spokes and wooden rims. Up through the 60’s, this wheel evolved and became stouter but still it had spokes. In 1992, the Motorbike Tires and Wheels with a rim made from aluminium were made to differentiate them from the traditional bicycle. Today, most of the motorcycle tires are made and customized to provide fulfilling performances from the different users of the brand.
When it comes to Motorbike Tires and Wheels, many people prefer alloy wheels, which are also known as ‘Mag Wheels”. The reason for this might be because of its clean and solid looks. Alloy wheels are made from light metal alloys like magnesium or aluminium. Mainly it is made by casting which involves pouring of extremely hot liquid alloy into a readymade cast. After cooling down, the raw wheel is separated from the casing mould. For durability and strength, another method known as forging is used to make Motorbike Tires and Wheels.
The process begins by pressing a solid metal piece with a hydraulic press at very high temperature. It shapes the metal into a compressed round form. Alloy wheels are made from light weight metal which makes it lighter than spoke wheels having steel rims. Alloy wheels provides excellent stability even in high speeds. Due to the flexible nature of spoked wheels, it is not efficient for travelling in high speeds. The rims of the spoke wheels are made from steel while the spokes are made from steel or other similar metals. The spokes are connected to the hub where the disk brake or brake drums are located.