Alpina spoked wheels are strong, light and gorgeous

Publish Date: 
Feb 16, 2013
By Bruce Steever

DEALER EXPO, Indianapolis, Ind. - Walk by the Alpina display (Booth 2338) and be prepared to stop in your tracks.

It doesn’t matter that Alpina wheels are used by supermoto and rally champions to win races, what matters is how cool they look in the two tone layout: half carbon fiber and half fluorescent orange (or green).

Countless additional custom combinations are easy to create thanks to various paint and alloy finishing options on hubs, rims and spokes and nipples.

Each rim uses a composite of alloy and carbon fiber to create a wheel that is claimed to be significantly lighter than competingspoked wheels without sacrificing strength or durability. Each wheel is airtight and ready for tubeless tires thanks to Alpina’s proprietary spoke and nipple design. According to Alpina, since the nipples are adjusted from the outside of the rim, the spokes hold tension much longer than traditional wheels, again improving durability and reducing maintenance.

Besides the usual adventure touring suspects from KTM and BMW, Alpina also makes complete bolt-on-ready wheels for select Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Triumph motorcycles as well as most motocross and supermoto models from Japan, Sweden and Austria.