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Rear wheel offset on a 2005 1200S

Hello, everyone. I am a long time admirer of the BMW K bikes and found my way here because I am researching a wheel question.

On another forum (VFRWorld) we have been discussing options for doing something different with our rear wheels. One option uses a wheel from an earlier model, but it is narrower than stock. I think the 2005 1200S factory wheel is SUPER COOL and would compliment my 2000 VFR800. I know the wheel is built to handle the weight stresses of sport touring and the mounting side is the same on both bikes.

The tough questions are whether the wheel offset is something I can work with and if the extra 1/2" of width can be accommodated. Ideally, the offset of the 2005 1200S wheel would allow me to make an adapter to mount the 6-bolt wheel to my 4-bolt hub. If not, then maybe I could weld up a custom rear wheel spindle.

The critical piece of information I need is the offset measurement of a 2005, 1200S 10-spoke rear wheel. For anyone who is unsure what I mean, imagine you are sitting on the pillion, looking straight down at a mounted wheel. The flat surface that goes against the hub is either inline with the center of the wheel (zero offset), to the right of the center of the wheel (positive offset) or to the left of the center of the wheel (negative offset). I posted a great image, but looks like the forum rules won't let a noob post pictures.

I looked at some pictures of a 1200LT wheel and I swear it said ET39 (39mm offset). That offset would be VERY adaptable to my needs. Ideally, the 1200S wheel has an offset like that. I would really appreciate it if anyone on the forums can answer my question. TIA for any help.


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