Alloy Wheels, also otherwise known as Rims, are made of alloys of aluminum or magnesium. Sometimes it so happens that a mixture of both aluminum and magnesium is used in making alloy wheels.
The basic advantages of using alloy wheels are that they are lighter, provide better heat conduction and also add to the looks of the Motorcycle.
People using Alloys can enjoy certain advantages but that doesn’t mean that spoke wheel are useless. In fact spoke wheels are still in fashion because of some inherent advantages. Both types of wheels i.e. Alloy and Spoke have certain advantages. In this article, we will appraise Alloy wheels in terms of performances, durability and others.
Characteristics of Alloy Wheels
It is a noted fact that everyone is now-days going for Alloy Wheels. So what are its characteristics apart from improving the looks? Let’s find out. The characteristics of alloy Wheels are listed below:
- Alloy wheels are lighter than steel rims and thus one can have better handling and control over their motorcycle. It reduces handling difficulty by reducing up sprung mass, allowing suspension to work in a conjunction with the wheel thus improving grip. Since these wheels are lighter, they help reduce the overall weight of the vehicle reducing fuel consumption marginally.
- Alloy wheels are better heat absorbers. They are good at heat conduction which eventually helps deviate heat from brakes. This improves breaking system and greatly reduces the chances of break failure.
- Alloy wheels are even purchased to improve the looks of the bikes. The alloys usually used in producing such tyres are not corrosion resistant (damage resistant). The Alloys used are usually bare-metal finishes (for looks) which are covered by paint and wheel covers. Even with all the protection they are not immune from damages. Their usual life is 3 to 5 years.
- Unlike Steel spoke wheels; Alloy wheels are hard to be repaired when they are bent. But one can eventually repair them at a considerably higher price. Whereas repairing steel rims are easier and low on pocket too.
- Alloy wheels are more expensive than spoke wheels. Thus when you go out to purchase a bike sporting Alloys, you will probably pay some extra.
- Alloy wheel gives a wider density to tyre which enhances bikes stability, handling and control.
- Alloy wheels are not very much popular in winters because they can develop cracks. Although Indian winter is not that bad but still alloy has an inherent limitation of developing cracks in winters.
- Alloy wheels reduce the up sprung weight of the vehicle. Up sprung weight refers to the weight of everything connected to the wheel including wheel itself, tyres, brakes (fitted within the wheels), spindles, bearings and even a portion of the weight of the half shafts, springs and suspension links. Reduced up sprung weight results in better performances which improves traction between tyres and the roads.
- Alloy wheels are high and replacement costs. Unlike spoke ones, one need to regularly wash them in order to maintain the looks and reduce distortion.
- They do not have a much longer life because of bare-metals used to provide a finish to the tyres.
Overall, one can really say that going for Alloy wheels will provide more advantages and added features for your bike. I personally feel that Alloy wheels not only add look but also enhances bikes characters in ways more than one. They are highly preferred by youngsters and elders alike. I guess everyone has their personal choics whether to go for Alloy wheels or spoke wheels.