I just bought a stock 2004 Harley Sportster 883. It's my first bike and I love it. It has a couple of things I want to change to dress it up though, like adding more chrome.
Also, it currently has a stock, solid rear wheel. For reasons of personal taste I'd prefer a spoke rear wheel.
I realize those wheels need maintenance such as wheel truing and vigilance for loose, bent, broken or missing spokes.
In that regard they are in the same ballpark as spoke wheels on the various 60's era sports cars I've owned.
But - in correct well maintained condition - are they safe for a bike with stock 51 # torque?
And if that torque isn't a disqualifying factor, how about the stress of curves and bumps?
If I recall correctly for purposes of discussion, Shelby's first year AC Cobras made 271 bhp and about 300 # torque - with spoke wheels. I think the spokes were less of an issue than the splines on the wheel and hub.
Obviously, a Sporty doesn't use a splined hub so that can be ruled out - but the overall strength of the spokes cannot.
Thanks in advance