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Harley Performance Wheels

by | Apr 19, 2024 | Motorcycle Performance

What is a Harley Performance Wheel?

In the world of high-performance Harley motorcycles, every component plays an important part in delivering an exhilarating riding experience, not the least of which are performance wheels. Harley performance wheels help translate the power of the engine to the road. It’s why one of the first things Harley motorcycle enthusiasts replace on their machines is their wheels.What makes a Harley performance wheel any different from a standard motorcycle wheel? Let’s take a look at the materials and designs that go into manufacturing Harley performance wheels and why they have such an impact on overall bike performance.

Key Features of Harley Performance Wheels

Harley performance wheels are critical not only to better handling, but also better safety. The reasons are related to these key features of Harley’s performance wheels.

Precision Engineering

Harley performance wheels are the result of precision engineering, specially designed to meet high demanding requirements of speed, agility, and stability. Engineers meticulously analyze factors such as weight distribution, aerodynamics, and heat dissipation to craft Harley performance wheels that can best handle the intense forces generated during high-speed rides.

Lightweight Construction

The lighter the weight of your Harley wheels, the less air drag, and the faster your Harley goes. This weight reduction also enhances your Harley’s responsiveness so you can navigate with agility and ease. Manufacturers employ advanced materials such as forged aluminum or carbon fiber to reduce unsprung weight. SMT Harley high-performance motorcycle wheels are made from aircraft-grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum alloy.

Enhanced Strength and Durability

You might think that a lighter-weight motorcycle wheel is a more fragile motorcycle wheel. Think again. Lightweight, high-performance Harley wheels do not compromise on strength and durability. These wheels can withstand the stresses of high-speed riding and maintain their integrity over time. In fact, this balance of strength and weight is critical for achieving optimal performance.

Heat Dissipation

Motorcycles generate heat, especially in components like the brakes. High-performance Harley motorcycle wheels are designed with features that facilitate efficient heat dissipation. This is crucial for preventing overheating and brake fade while maintaining consistent performance during intense riding conditions.


Performance Harley motorcycle wheels are more aerodynamic than standard wheels. Streamlined shapes and carefully crafted profiles help reduce drag so your bike can cut through the air with minimal resistance. This not only contributes to faster speed but also enhances fuel efficiency. It’s a classic win-win.

Tubeless Tires

Some Harley-performance motorcycle wheels are equipped with tubeless tires. The advantages of tubeless tires are numerous. Tubeless tires reduce the overall weight of the wheel assembly, minimize the risk of sudden blowouts, and offer better control over tire pressure.


While not directly related to improving performance, wheel customization is a highly attractive feature to Harley motorcycle enthusiasts. A variety of wheel designs, finishes, and sizes allows riders to personalize their bikes and enhance the overall aesthetics, while still achieving high performance standards.

SMT Harley High-Performance Wheels

Every detail matters to make a Harley performance wheel a truly high performer. The impact of Harley performance wheels on your motorcycle’s handling and stability cannot be overstated. The combination of lightweight construction, precise engineering, and aerodynamics results in wheels that respond quickly to rider inputs, providing a sense of control and confidence in the most demanding riding conditions.SMT’s custom Harley performance wheels meet the highest standards of quality. Our American-manufactured aircraft-grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum alloy wheels outlast any other mass-produced low-quality cast brand. Plus, SMT Harley performance wheels look badass on your Harley and increase its overall value.
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Harley High-Performance Rotors FAQs

  1. What defines a Harley performance motorcycle wheel? High-performance motorcycle wheels for Harley-Davidson bikes are specifically designed to enhance the motorcycle’s overall performance. Harley high-performance wheels feature lightweight construction, aerodynamics, and durability to improve handling and speed.
  2. How do Harley performance wheels impact motorcycle performance? Harley performance wheels contribute to improved handling, responsiveness, and stability. Their lightweight construction reduces unsprung weight, allowing the motorcycle to respond more quickly to rider inputs. Additionally, aerodynamic designs can enhance speed and fuel efficiency.
  3. What materials are commonly used to manufacture Harley performance wheels? Materials commonly used in the construction of Harley performance wheels include forged aluminum and carbon fiber. These materials offer a balance of strength, durability, and reduced weight. SMT’s custom Harley performance wheels are manufactured with aircraft-grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum alloy.
  4. How do Harley performance wheels look? Do they add to the aesthetic appearance of my Harley-Davidson? Harley performance wheels offer sleek and modern designs that can enhance the overall aesthetics of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. SMT offers a number of customization options to choose wheel designs that complement their bike’s style.
  5. Are Harley performance wheels suitable for everyday riding or just for racing? While Harley performance wheels are designed to excel in racing conditions, they are also suitable for everyday riding. The improved handling, responsiveness, and durability make them a practical choice for riders who seek an enhanced riding experience on both the streets and the track.
  6. Do Harley performance wheels fit any Harley-Davidson motorcycle or just certain models? SMT Harley performance wheels are designed to be compatible with a range of Harley-Davidson models. Check compatibility and fitment specifications to ensure that the wheels are suitable for your specific Harley model.
  7. How do I choose the right size and design for high-performance wheels on my Harley? Choosing the right size and design for your Harley performance wheel depends on factors such as your Harley model, riding preferences, and personal style. SMT can help you choose the right Harley performance wheel customized to your personal style and riding preferences.
  8. Do Harley performance wheels come with tubeless tires? They can. SMT can help you choose the tires that best work with your Harley performance wheels.
  9. Do Harley performance wheels require more maintenance than standard stock wheels? Harley performance wheels generally do not require special maintenance beyond what is recommended by the manufacturer. Following the maintenance guidelines for your specific wheels ensures optimal performance and longevity.
  10. Are Harley performance wheels compatible with aftermarket brake systems? Compatibility with aftermarket brake systems can vary depending on the specific design of your Harley performance wheels. SMT can advise you on Harley performance wheel compatibility with aftermarket brake systems.
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Our Performance series wheels are designed with speed and strength in mind. From stunt riding to racing this series offers everything you need. Get in touch by email, phone, or chat to discuss how we can help make your Harley go faster.