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I've been diggin' the looks of the old 7 spoke Lesters for a while now, but never see any on any bikes being built. are my tastes just messed up, or was there some sort of defect with them?
 

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factory used them on the 77 xlcr

have a spare set but they have 6 mounting holes for discs rather than 5, have never quite worked out what to do with them
 

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Popelli, if you decide to part with them, keep me in mind
 

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Danny, i did use the search button and only got seven hits, that's why i posted the question. i just bought a front 19" 7 spoke off of ebay and am going to try and starting hunting now for the rear to match. Doesn't matter that I don't have a bike for them yet, i figure I'll build a bike around the wheels.
 

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I've been diggin' the looks of the old 7 spoke Lesters for a while now, but never see any on any bikes being built. are my tastes just messed up, or was there some sort of defect with them?
I've heard that they were crack prone. Also, not really a defect, but those made for HD's were machined with a tire bead profile that is now obsolete.

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factory used them on the 77 xlcr

have a spare set but they have 6 mounting holes for discs rather than 5, have never quite worked out what to do with them
The XLCR used MORRIS wheels. I've been running Lesters since 1977. They were designed as DIRECT replacement for factory wheels...which is why they lost out to Morris (manufacturing costs). Also, both my single and dual disc front wheels are FIVE (5) bolt pattern.

Now, if you have a Lester rear wheel with disc brake for a Sportster I'm interested in buying one.
 

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Danny, i did use the search button and only got seven hits, that's why i posted the question. i just bought a front 19" 7 spoke off of ebay and am going to try and starting hunting now for the rear to match. Doesn't matter that I don't have a bike for them yet, i figure I'll build a bike around the wheels.
Are you interested in a rear Lester with stock 1977 drum brake set-up?

I'm trying to locate a rear disc Lester with no luck.
 

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I've heard that they were crack prone. Also, not really a defect, but those made for HD's were machined with a tire bead profile that is now obsolete.

Bob
NOT true. I've put 185,000 miles on a set since Christmas 1977 (present from the wife) with ZERO problems. Also have run tubeless tires since they were available....also with zero problems.
 

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They were popular for BMWs and many have very high mileages on them as Beemer generally get ridden lots more miles than H-Ds. When BMW strted putting their own mags on the market for Lesters dropped off.
 

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Here is a 75 with Lesters. They have been on the bike since 77, other than painting once, they have been problem free. I do run tubes, never tried to run tubeless.
 

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Underdoggie nice bike. REALLY like the look of those mags and dare I say it the new HD switchback rims which are just 5 spokes. A front one of those (Single sided) mated to a sprotor or drum would look great on a chop.
 

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Scored a set of NOS Lesters in the original boxes ($$$$$), with original shipping paperwork in the plastic pouch on Craigslist!!! Dual disc front and disc rear that were for an FX. Pete Hill is going to fit the rear to the 77 swingarm and I'll be on my way!!

I guess some days are meant to be good!
 
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