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Old 19th October 2017
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Default Quick review on repo borrani rims

I'm not a big fan of steel wheels, mostly because they weigh a ton compared to a good alloy rim.

And, I just adore the look of polished alloy rims, especially shouldered borrani rims oft called "mud catchers."

Buchanan's is now importing genuine borrani at nearly 300 clams a rim, but what about those repo rims sold by valtermotousa on eBay for 1/3rd to 1/2 the price? After seeing them on another forum members build, I decided to pull the trigger.

Rims arrived in four days.

I ordered a wm3 18 inch for my 46 flathead's rear (star hub) and a wm2 by 19 for the front hub, which is a triumph tls unit form a 68 Bonnie.

The 19 inch rim is outstanding. Even the weld is really good and the polishing top notch.

The 18 was also really nice, but the polishing more crude with some crud scratches and compound still on the rim. The weld is a little more pronounced but really not bad.

The 18 was also drilled for .271 nipples, which meant I had to open them up with a letter L drill for buchanans .280 nipples. A letter K will work as well, I just like the little extra to get the offset nice without stressing anything.

I laced the 18 last night while bs'ing with the wife. Slipped together like you wouldn't believe with a set of stainless spokes from buchanans. I was a little shocked at how nice this low dollar rim is.

Keep in mind these will work on rear hubs, but the fronts will be a different story for those of us running drums.

The 19 was drilled specifically for the triumph hub, so no issues there.

There's no protection on these rims, so wax the hell out of them before running or they will get dull fast.

All in all, by using these rims I essentially got a bogo on rims that are "borrani" in all but name. yippee!
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Thanks for sharing that Chuck. I did purchase an 18 inch, 2.25? some time back for a song, I have no recollection of its origin. I must dig it out. I too love the look of the 'mud catchers' but the price of the genuine, gasp! Your 46 is going to look nice.
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I have been real happy with the ones on my latest XR.

The only problem is the lack of a WM4 in 18 or 19".

I keep sending them messages requesting them, maybe if we all did?
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Yeah, I noticed that . . . I wanted to run a 4.50 by 18 on the rear; but wasn't about to fork over what Buchanans wanted for a "genuine" borrani in that size.

You and I may be the only ones asking though . . .cause, you know, 16s with fat tires look cooler and polished aluminum isn't chrome.

Me, I stripped the chrome off the star hub and sprayed it black before I started lacing . . . who wants to clean a rusty chrome hub? With a nice black hub, no one notices all the chain lube and brake dust.

I also have found that using sharkhide metal protectant on the inner portion of the rim keeps it respectfully shiny without the need for constant repolishing. I did the Guzzi wheels with it as an experiment in 2011 -- they still look great and I just touch up the outer rim portion every other year or so to keep it shining.

Now, if only we could get Buchanan's to make brass nipples -- I love shiny brass with polished stainless spokes and a polished aluminum rims. Ummm, just tasty.

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You and I may be the only ones asking though . . .cause, you know, 16s with fat tires look cooler and polished aluminum isn't chrome.
Going to have to disagree with you on this one, Chuck. It's hard to give the 16s away anymore. Everyone wants 18s. Unless the rim is shiny new, I just cut the spokes, and toss the rims.

If anyone's looking, I have three or four nice 16s taking up room in the shop.
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I just put on aluminum rims also. I used an oem rear and got an excel from Buchanans. I went with a 4.00-18 tire on the back I thought a 4.50 would be too much on the OEM rim.I was worried about keeping the rear clean, I glass beaded the centers, and I ended up spraying just the centers with a Cerakote matt clear air dry. They tell me you can spray polished aluminum if prepped right.
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Hey Guys,
i have had "3" x !8" RECORD", 40 hole, hoop in my stash for a bit, from a swap meet. I am not so familiar with the details on these rims whatsoever, other than google searches. I am guessing it came from a Guzzi or Laverda???
It does have a small crack near seam. Is it worth getting something like this repaired?
Is there a certain # that was used on early XL's?
If it has any use to anyone here, I would gladly part with it as it appears I will not be using it for anything.
Maybe I'll turn it into a cool clock??

P.S. also have a similar unmarked 19" sitting right next to it.
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Hey Guys,
i have had "3" x !8" RECORD", 40 hole, hoop in my stash for a bit, from a swap meet. I am not so familiar with the details on these rims whatsoever, other than google searches. I am guessing it came from a Guzzi or Laverda???
It does have a small crack near seam. Is it worth getting something like this repaired?
Is there a certain # that was used on early XL's?
If it has any use to anyone here, I would gladly part with it as it appears I will not be using it for anything.
Maybe I'll turn it into a cool clock??

P.S. also have a similar unmarked 19" sitting right next to it.


HD stamped their part number in all the Borrani's I've seen. There are indeed several part numbers . . .

Guzzi, did not stamp a part number. I don't recall whether Laverda used 40H rims -- I thought they used 36, but I'm far from even a newb on Lav's.

If they don't have a part number; you have to carefully look at the dimpling pattern and hole angle to figure out what they may have fit.

It is NOT worth trying to repair a cracked alloy rim --- sure it can be done; but why? It's easy to find good used ones. I usually see 3 or 4 front and rears every year at the swap meets. Sometimes dirt cheap ($20) sometimes pricey. The nice part is that the originals polish out really well, even if crummy.
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I love the look of the high shoulder borrani and akront hoops. What's funny is there are quite a few companies selling "borrani style" hoops and they all seem to ask more than they sell for on eBay. I have a friend that grabbed a set for his bike from a retailer that specializes in restoration Harley parts, they sell frame castings and repro parts. They were about twice what the same hoops would run you on eBay and they looked exactly like a set of knock offs I ordered from an eBay retailer.

The knock offs are actually nice hoops all things considered, borrani swears all there hoops are still hand made in Milan, but I have even seen knock offs stamped borrani made in Italy.
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HD stamped their part number in all the Borrani's I've seen. There are indeed several part numbers . . .

Guzzi, did not stamp a part number. I don't recall whether Laverda used 40H rims -- I thought they used 36, but I'm far from even a newb on Lav's.

If they don't have a part number; you have to carefully look at the dimpling pattern and hole angle to figure out what they may have fit.

It is NOT worth trying to repair a cracked alloy rim --- sure it can be done; but why? It's easy to find good used ones. I usually see 3 or 4 front and rears every year at the swap meets. Sometimes dirt cheap ($20) sometimes pricey. The nice part is that the originals polish out really well, even if crummy.
Thanks Chuck The 40 hole was probably the reason I picked this piece up in the first place. I'm sure I didnt give much for it, knowing me at a swap meet! I guess Ill post the 19" in WTS/WTT priced closer to the "dirt cheap" category.
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