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2011 Wheel Design of the Year – Paramount

2011 Wheel Design of the Year – Paramount


We are very proud to continue our tradition of industry-leading innovation with the addition of our 11th V-Twin Award at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, the prestigious Wheel Design of the Year for our Paramount design!

The Paramount was designed by our R&D Manager, Jason Tiedeken, and has proven extremely popular with motorcycle enthusiasts both here in the States and around the world. When asked about the conception and production of the Paramount design, Tiedeken offered some insight into the process:

“The Paramount was an exercise to see if I combined bits and pieces of our favorite wheels: would it culminate into a winning wheel or backfire into a mess? Basically it is an experiment in statistics. After a few conversations with sales and marketing I locked down some of the design attributes I wanted and I sketched it up on paper and I almost instantly knew it would be a hit. I also added some brand new rim detail cuts that we haven’t seen before and some complex multi-radius cuts to really take it to a new level. With a good hand sketch to start with I brought it into our Solidworks 3-D CAD program and honestly within hours the Paramount was born! The Paramount is a testament to efficient design, but more often than not wheels can take many meticulous and painstaking hours of sketching and modeling to get it right. The competition in the wheel market is strong, so every year that passes [coming up with a]wheel design becomes more challenging, however, [the]challenge and competition is motivating. “

Jason Tiedeken-R&D Manager (left) Mark Finnie-President (right)

As with most Performance Machine wheels, the Paramount is accompanied by matching rotors, belt sprocket, and air cleaner faceplate. The Paramount is available in Chrome, Contrast Cut and Contrast Cut Platinum finishes, in addition to the full range of color options offered by our Custom Finish Shop. Retail pricing starts at $1,999.95, for a set of Paramount wheels of your own, contact a Performance Machine sales representative at (800) 479-4037.



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