Rebuilding a spoked motorbike wheel, this involves lacing the spoke pattern and for Part 2, truing the wheel.
This particular pattern belongs to the Royal Enfield Bullet.
Before starting it’s a good idea to take photos of the wheel, recording need to know info for later, such as pattern and layout of the spokes.
Step 1: Preamble and Layout
Here I’m going to tackle the front wheel, bearing in mind that there are 2 different types of spokes in the front wheel. There is the slightly longer 144mm one, and a shorter one 142mm. In addition to the length of the spoke, the 2 types also have different amounts of bend in the hook, which can be seen more clearly in the second pic.
The reason for this is that the wheel must be centered between the front forks, swingarm in the case of the rear wheel, to maintain correct balance and symmetry. In order to achieve this, the rim must be slightly offset with regard to the hub to achieve the correct wheel symmetry. In this case it’s offset to the LHS (left) when looking at the bike from the front, which I call the speedo gear drive side. This means that the shorter spokes will be on that side and the longer ones on the RHS (right) or brake linkage side.