Three Great Wheels For Your Italian Superbike
What’s the first thing we do when we get our new motorcycle home? We modify it, of course, modify it so we can get the looks, performance, and handling we want. The go-to ways to do this, of course, are upgrading the exhaust system and fuelling, or swapping out the shock and fork internals. But on a top-of-the-line Italian sportbike, brutal horsepower and top-shelf suspension components mean your bike is close to perfection right out of the box.
But you can still get surprising gains in acceleration, braking, and handling just by swapping out the stock wheels for lighter, stronger, and higher-quality aftermarket wheelsets. Let’s look at three of our favorites.
#1. BST RAPID TEK 5 SPLIT SPOKE WHEEL SET [5.5" REAR]: APRILIA RSV4 '09-'19, TUONO V4 1100
BST is famous for offering the latest technology like this innovative split-spoke design. These carbon-fiber wheels provide the best bolt-on performance, a perfect example of BST’s "technology made beautiful" design ethos. The super lightweight wheel comes with an edgy look and showcases BST’s engineering with unique high pressure forged carbon hub areas.
The reduction in weight and rotational inertia means lighter handling, later braking, and quicker acceleration. These ISO 9001:2008-certified wheels are audited by the German TÜV, and strictly comply with US DOT E and JWL specifications.
#2. MARCHESINI KOMPE FORGED-ALUMINUM WHEELSET: APRILIA RSV4 / RSV 1000R / TUONO 1000/R
Marchesini is the leader in high-performance sportbike wheels. These forged wheels are unique to the motorcycle industry and offer a perfect balance between weight reduction, performance, and wheel lifespan.
The Kompe wheels are the strongest in the aftermarket due to the alloy’s high-density molecular structure, making the ABE § 22 certified wheels perfectly suitable for road use. This Marchesini Forged Aluminum Wheelset guarantees torsional resistance and high lateral strength as well as a significant weight reduction compared to stock, weighing in at under 10 kilograms.
#3. OZ MOTORBIKE GASS RS-A FORGED ALUMINUM WHEELSET: DUCATI PANIGALE 1199-1299-V4-V2, SF V4 [6.0" REAR]
The OZ Gass RS-A is the lightest street DOT-approved forged-aluminum wheel manufactured by OZ. This wheel makes a huge difference while riding, as the weight savings are concentrated on the outer rim. This shaves off almost five pounds of unsprung mass compared to a set of OEM Yamaha YZF-R1 wheels.
The reduced weight reduces the moment of inertia, resulting in quicker acceleration and braking. It also reduces the gyroscopic effect, resulting in sharper turn-in and more positive handling. The aluminum-alloy wheels are forged bi-directionally to provide a more uniform, rigid, and stronger final product.
Now is the right time to upgrade your wheels! Visit Motowheels to shop for the right ones for your bike!