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box_wheelsBeing frugal and customizing your motorcycle seems like a contradiction of terms, right?

Not really.  With the economy in a slump, more riders are no longer trading for a newer bike, rather are hanging on to their current ride longer.  My last ride kept me tinkering one piece at a time in the garage for nearly 10 years before trading to a bagger.  Like many of you I want my bike to stand out, so I go through periods of modification or tweak components to reflect what I want to see.

Recently I needed tires.  When I originally purchased the motorcycle I planned to customize the wheels, but could never justify replacing perfectly good tires/wheels and over the last 3 years I’ve been setting aside $$ in my “modification jar” for the appropriate time.

Wheels_OnRenegade Wheels – Chuck Frederick and Wendell Smith are good guys, that also happen to make amazing wheels.  I’ve made it a point to stop at their booth whenever attending a motorcycle rally to check out their new models and styling.   Last February the company announced ownership changes with Chuck continuing as President and Wendell moving on to pursue other opportunities.

So the day came to order a bolt-on set of wheels, pulley and matching rotors wrapped in Avon rubber.  I didn’t contact Chuck, but the customer service I received and finish quality was excellent.   I specifically wanted to provide a shout-out to Kerri and Yvette for making an average customer feel like he was getting extraordinary service.  Tire sizing is confusing as there are 5 methods in use and there are 3 technical organizations that all manufactures adhere too.  I had a number of questions which they easily answered.  I stepped up to a 21” front and 18” rear wheels which are manufactured in the U.S.  All wheels come with applicable hubs, bearings and carry a lifetime structural warranty.

Finally, getting custom wheels on discount is an oxymoron, but some worthy advice is to pay attention to rally pricing and any show specials as it helps establish the discount a non-dealer will pay.  In addition, show specials often include free installation which is a 2-3 hour service savings for folks who aren’t inclined to do the work themselves.  It’s always good when enthusiasts are given options especially when we (the customer) can save some money during these more difficult times and for me it’s about making modifications and keeping the motorcycle longer.

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