"Long term reliability" was the only reason for choosing them. It certainly wasn't due to the price. I was able to justify this to myself by not rushing towards the usual upgrades, like luggage or a more 'eye friendly' exhaust can. both of which are on my wish-list, but have had to be pushed back. What helped most of all was the unexpectedly large 'end of year' discount I got on the bike which meant I had rather more cash left in my savings pot than expected. I was seriously considering the Alpinas, but I read a few. (admittedly only a few) reports of leaking seals and asked myself if I wanted to take that risk? Sods law dictates if ts going to happen, it will probably happen to me.
The other option was BARtubeless who offer a 4yr warranty. But that comes with a risk. The original front wheel doesn't have the 'safety lip' designed to hold the tyre in place in the event of a puncture. and I didn't like that idea one little bit. Same goes for the various DIY options, the wheel is unchanged.
The biggest change for me with this bike is the move back to Chain Drive. Im fairly 'slap-dash' with lube, I use gear oil, rather than these new fangled sprays. (I may at some point fit a Cobrra Nemo) And after owning an 1100GS for the past 22 years I am sick to the back teeth of cleaning spoked wheels. So, "Black everything" was the logical choice, any oil 'fling' from the chain is and will remain virtually invisible. and that suits me perfectly. Cleaning is no more complicated than a quick wipe down with a WD40 soaked rag.
I was hoping to get some money back on the original wheels, But there are so many of them for sale on eBay, They are effectively almost worthless. unless the fact they are 2018s makes a slight difference. I left the original tyres on them as they done have just 1,500 miles.
One point with the Kineos, They werent exactly plain sailing. There was a tiny problem.
The 'air gap' between the rear wheel speed sensor and pulse ring should fall between 0.40 and 1.06mm. Once the new wheels were fitted the gap was found to be 0.20mm. Which resulted in quite unpleasant gear changes at the wrong speeds and the DCT never went above 4th gear. This was fixed by adding a 0.50mm washer to the sensor side wheel spacer. That cured it. Kineo are sending me a revised 'original' spacer to fit and the importer are chasing up a refund for the extra costs all this lead to. Half a mm. and the bike was a mess. whether that was a mistake on Kineos part or a slight shift in tolerances at the Honda factory. who knows? Kineo are now aware of this being a potential issue, which is a good thing. It was quickly sorted (with a bit of ingenuity) and I have no complaints.
30th anniversary DCT 'Sport.