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 Post subject: XL700V Spokes
PostPosted: July 14th, 2017, 7:33 am 
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Can someone out there tell me the length of the rear spokes on a Transalp 700? I've got a new 700 hub and rim, but the rim has a deeper center groove than my 600 so the spokes would be a little shorter. I want to have Buchanan make some new spokes for me but I need the length first. I thought, well I'll just but one spoke from Europe and tell Buchanan to match it, but they want $52 to ship it to the USA. They must be buying it a seat on an airplane.


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 Post subject: Re: XL700V Spokes
PostPosted: December 31st, 2017, 6:17 pm 
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You seem to have access to the Honda parts catalogues. Is the 700 rear the same as the 650? I think both are 17", so if the same, I can give you the length of mine, and I have a funny feeling that both my front and rear had 2 different length spokes, but I may be thinking of the old Z750B.

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 Post subject: Re: XL700V Spokes
PostPosted: December 31st, 2017, 10:21 pm 
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The spokes use different part numbers between the 650 and the 700, but I just put a 700 rim on a 600/650 hub and used the same spokes I always use and it came out perfect. The 700 rim is wider and has a deeper center chanel so I thought the spokes would need to be shorter, but that wasn't the case.

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 Post subject: Re: XL700V Spokes
PostPosted: January 1st, 2018, 4:01 pm 
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OK, so let me talk so more on this and clarify somewhat.

Being a US model my 89 Transalp came with a drum rear brake and when I converted it to a Disc Brake hub I called Buchanan Spokes And told them I wanted a set of spokes to use a Disc Brake hub with a 18 inch rim and they said they never heard of a Disc Brake Transalp and if I would send them my hub and rim they would gladly build me a set of spokes and assemble it for me. I happen to be working on my XR650L at the time and tried the spokes from it in the Transalp Wheel. The XR650L uses 2 different size spokes because one side of the hub is smaller that the other. I used the shorter spokes on the inside and the longer spokes on the outside and it all fit together very well. So I called Buchanan Spokes again and ordered a set of XR650L spokes for a 18 inch rim and a set of XR650L spokes for a 17 inch rim. Both sets of wheels went together fine except my 17 inch rim was drilled for a smaller hub and I didn't notice it until I had it all together and trued and could then see the spokes bending.

So back to eBay and I found a set of new Transalp 700 rims (17 and 19) and a new 700 rear hub. Once again I called Buchanan Spokes and ordered another set of XR650L spokes for a 17 inch rim and when they arrived I assembled the wheel and it was much better.

So Jackflash was asking about spoke lengths and I went out and measured them. The stock 600/650 spoke is 212mm and the 700 spoke is 208mm. That 208mm spoke came from Buchanan and had I been using a 600/650 rim they would have been too short. I just got lucky. But know I have actual lengths and bend angles so next time I need a set of spokes I can order them right on.

Jackflash was also asking about the front spoke lengths. The Dual Disc 21 inch front wheels all use 2 different spoke lengths. According to Honda they are 252mm an 242mm, but never have had seen a dual disc Transalp front wheel that's all the info I can give you.

I hope that helps. What are you trying to do?

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 Post subject: Re: XL700V Spokes
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 12:39 pm 
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Your first post asked if anyone could tell you the length of the spokes for a 700 rear rim and I was trying to help you work out that spoke length (i.e. if 650 same as 700 I'll measure mine), so maybe I have done what I set out to do.
My apologies if I caused some confusion with the way I worded my post, I sometimes beat around the bush a bit with the way I say things, that wasn't my intention.

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 Post subject: Re: XL700V Spokes
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 5:03 pm 
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Hell, I'd forgotten I asked the question it was so long ago. I've since had the gold 700 rims powder coated black, ordered spokes and assembled the wheels. I've got 2 new tires and tubes sitting here waiting to be mounted which I'll probable do this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: XL700V Spokes
PostPosted: January 4th, 2018, 1:27 am 
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Wow! I didn't even notice that the post was 6 months old, sorry mate. Glad to hear you sorted it out.

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