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Old May 8th 2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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Calling BST owners!

Looking at getting into these, but there are so many options for cush drives & ceramic bearings and extra crap that I have no idea what is essential. I tried search to no avail, but if I missed a thread please point me in the right direction.

When you bought your wheels, did you buy any additional components? Were they really necessary or "just because?" Anything you bought that you would not buy again? Many thanks in advance!
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Old May 8th 2014, 07:56 PM   #2
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I just put BST's on my 899. Go with the ceramic bearings, if you're spending the scratch on wheels already why not go all the way and put those mega-light bearings in them!?!? The wheels are so freakin' light you won't believe it when you grab them and toss them around. I've had Forged Magnesium Marchesinis on my last 5 bikes, so that's my frame of reference, but these BST's are noticeably lighter. The cush drives are only applicable to dual-sided swing arm bikes, so you don't need to worry about that on your 1199. Depending on who is doing your tire changes for you, buy a set of the Motion Pro rim guards to use during tire changes. Any shop who is a BST dealer will already have them, but if you're buying your BST's online and having tire changes done at a standard shop or from a trackside tire vendor, bring the rim guards yourself just to make sure!
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Old May 8th 2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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I have BST wheels and everything Jarel said about the weight is true. If you are going to spend the $'s on light weight wheels I recommend you get the ceramic bearings along with light weight rotors up front like the Brembo HPK rotors and for the rear I would go with a light weight Polyurethane cush drive for the single sided swing arm by AFAM see link below, DID EVR 3 520 chain, AFAM 520 light weight conversion kit and a light weight flange cover (CNC, AEM, Ducabike). You will see a significant difference immediately.

is it necessary? it depends what you are trying to gain. For optimal performance in unsprung weight I think so. Its like going to Mc Donald's and ordering a Big Mac large fries and a diet coke. If you are trying to lose weight you might as well go all the way and order a salad and diet coke instead of the Big Mac and fries i guess.

Superlite Hyperflex Cush Drive Set (6 bolt drive system)

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Old May 9th 2014, 02:32 AM   #4
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Here's my AEM set up with a magnesium carrier and hyperflex Cush drives.

Doesn't get much lighter than this.
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Old May 9th 2014, 10:34 AM   #5
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Only the front BST wheel is available with ceramic bearings. I note however that the racing BST's have magnesium inserts where the road wheels have aluminium inserts. I am not sure what the weight and price differences are between the two, but if I knew that beforehand I would have taken the race wheels.
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Old May 9th 2014, 03:33 PM   #6
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Thumbs up BST Baby!

I had so many choices on my list to look at wheels and fell back on the BST even though the style is quite antiquated in a way. I even asked the company if they planned on releasing a newer style and was told no, that it cost 50k to develop that and they didn't have anything in the works at the time. So far they have held up great but then again I don't ride as much as some of yoo's guys! lol.

Also, I did NOT get the ceramic bearing because I was told Id be better off NOT having them - and there is no better resource who gave me this info than you guys will EVER get, trust me! Anyone wanting to know this can PM me.

To be honest I did not notice a dramatic difference in them compared to the S wheels on the 1199. When I went to Magnesium wheels from forged on my 748R I saw a MASSIVE difference but not with these BSTs. All in all they look awesome. I recall posting pics and news of the Rotobox CF wheels when Bellissimoto fist got them and NO ONE liked them, including myself! However, it seems like many are digging the look now and they do actually appear much different ON the bike. They come with colors on them now which perks it up a bit too! JeffD got them for his bike and seems to like em. But this is a BST thread isn't it?

So here are some shots of mine both before and after I applied the TriColore rim strips, and the cool neoprene booty that comes in both red and block from Podium Racing (Brian is one cool cat)
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All I know is that they're lighter, and in engineering terms ceramic bearings have a longer service life than steel bearings, so what could possibly be bad about them?? The U.S. distributor for BST told me I DID want the ceramic bearings and even got me a sponsorship deal to run the ceramic bearing company's decals on my bike. Spill the beans Gunny!!
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Old May 9th 2014, 05:14 PM   #8
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Sorry my friend but when someone involved with these wheels asks me to keep the issue to myself its a bridge id truly not wish to burn down ya know?
I assume you're speaking of Brocks which is a super company and did that article on me. Im not saying its a bad thing but from what I perceived I went with regular bearings thats all.

http://www.brocksperformance.com/bro...=577&zoneid=22
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Old May 13th 2014, 05:28 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by BAIBAICOP View Post
Looking at getting into these, but there are so many options for cush drives & ceramic bearings and extra crap that I have no idea what is essential. I tried search to no avail, but if I missed a thread please point me in the right direction.

When you bought your wheels, did you buy any additional components? Were they really necessary or "just because?" Anything you bought that you would not buy again? Many thanks in advance!
-- if you have an R, then the wheel weight difference is not significant (i don't have the numbers handy, but they are posted somewhere on the forum)
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Old May 13th 2014, 06:30 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by RD16RR View Post
-- if you have an R, then the wheel weight difference is not significant (i don't have the numbers handy, but they are posted somewhere on the forum)
The S, Tricolore and R all have the same wheels.
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