between 40 and 60 percent less than OEM wheels, BST wheels bestow
sportbikes with sharper corner-carving abilities, faster acceleration,
and quicker braking by weighing less than their production-bike
counterparts. Lighter wheels are also easier for suspension systems to
control over bumps and irregular surfaces, yielding more traction and
unimpeded acceleration. Less rotating mass also equals less rider
lighter rear wheel is easier for the shock to control properly, which
leads to superior power application and much higher trap speeds in
competition and track days.
high-tech processes pioneered in the aerospace industry, BST wheels are
manufactured in a single molding operation. This technique produces a
wheel that is far superior in strength and much lighter than any
aluminum or magnesium wheel, and one that is light and strong enough for
racing and street use.
wheels are a unique monococque (single unit) design with hollow spokes.
The end result is wheels with unsprung weight reduced 40-60 percent
compared to stock wheels. This delivers the lowest possible moment of
inertia, a critical factor that affects all aspects of motorcycle
the molecular and structural properties of carbon fiber, BST has
reduced spoke and rim weight without compromising their strength. Mass
is therefore concentrated in the hub, reducing rotational inertia. This
results in quicker acceleration and braking, allowing faster corner
entry and exit speeds.
designs the tooling, molds, wheel and hubs, then manufactures them in
its state-of-the-art factory. Precision cutting machines, like those
used in the aeronautical industry, ensure that the process is repeatable
and meets the highest certification standards. BST uses only the finest
“prepreg” carbon fiber, which is embedded in a top-secret resin matrix
epoxy. Carbon-fiber layup is done in a dust-free and
temperature-controlled “clean room.” The wheels are cured in a
superheated steam oven, or autoclave, at 260 degrees and 85 psi. This
produces the best material compaction and smoothest surface finish.
Every step of this process is logged, the entire history of each wheel
is stored and stamped with a unique serial number. To ensure the highest
quality manufacturing processes and components, BST’s entire operation
is managed under strict, new ISO 9002 standards.
in 1992, BST is based near Johannesburg, South Africa. BST engineers
and manufactures the world's finest carbon fiber motorcycle components
from wheels and frames to fuel tanks and fenders, to the highest
international standards. The standard equipment wheels on Confederate
and Norton motorcycles, BST was also chosen to provide wheels and
produce the carbon-fiber frame on the radical MotoCyz project. On the
world stage, BST wheels have been proven at every level of FIM Grand
Prix roadracing competition and have won 12 national championships. BST
has sold more than 8,000 carbon fiber wheels around the world.