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    Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    I have spent many hours searching the net trying to identify this wheel and have admitted defeat
    It is made of aluminum (Or perhaps magnesium alloy?), marked with the words "Japan" and "R-25" and I think "Enkei" a hole for a valve and a diameter of 20 inches and a rim width of 2 and 5/8th inches.
    Any ideas about what this was from, dates or other details would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks
    Tony

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Motorcycle wheel. Search Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha and I bet you find it.
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wire wheels
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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Enkei is a major manufacturer of aftermarket wheels for cars and motorcycles. ( Enkei Wheels - The leader in lightweight aftermarket wheels )
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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Hi keiser31 and Dave@Moon many thanks for replying with your suggestions it has narrowed things down somewhat..
    I have searched for the words vintage wheel and then Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha but no luck as yet, I didn't think about it being a motorcycle wheel...
    I looked at the Enkei site in the hope they might have a forum but they have facebook and I really dislike using their system but I might rejoin later to see if they can be of help
    Still will keep trying, all the best, Tony

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    I think you're going to find that it is not old and not, particularly, valuable. Someone that needs on may pay 50 bucks, or so, for it.
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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Hi 58mustang thanks for reply, whilst it would be nice if it was worth something I am just as interested in what and when.
    Cheers
    Tony

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    wiyh that heavy cast it look like farm equip.

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Hi Gary F thanks for reply, that was my first thought as well especially painted a sort of "Traction Engine red" but what with the marking it looks like it might be a motorbike wheel, I am still looking around the net.

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    If it is cast iron, it might be agricurtural equipment. If it is aluminum it is more than likely motor cycle.

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Hi Curti, definite AL or Mg (Less likely) I hoped I might find one on google image search but no luck.
    Thanks

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    I remember a friend of mine had those on his motorcycle. Cannot remember the year. It's DEFINITELY a motorcycle wheel.
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wire wheels
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wood wheels (my 1st car and still have it)
    and visions of my past old cars....

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Hi keiser31, thanks for that confirmation it all helps narrow it down.

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Google "curved spokes motorcycle wheel" and see similar examples....
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    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wire wheels
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wood wheels (my 1st car and still have it)
    and visions of my past old cars....

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Hi keiser31, thanks for that but I went through all the google pics and nothing the same as mine.
    I also tried "enkei curved motorcycle", and "enkei vintage curved" "enkei old motorcycle" and numerous variations oh and also "turbine". It's the 5 pairs of double curved spokes that seem rare.
    For one second I thought I had it but then realised it was the picture from my forum post!

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Try posting this below in the "Motorcycle" forum.
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wire wheels
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wood wheels (my 1st car and still have it)
    and visions of my past old cars....

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Thanks Keiser31 I have put it in the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Owners Group forum and am crossing my fingers.
    Many thanks for your help

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    Re: Can anyone please help identify this old wheel?

    Thanks to you all for your kind help, it appears it is likely one of these
    early 80s Yamaha. Maxims (550, 650, 750), Viragos (750, 920) and XV920R
    Cheers

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