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Tube Tires for F650GS Dakar


Id's_OK

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Hey guys! Looking for some 80/20 dual-sport tires for my 2007 F650GS Dakar and it seems tube-type tires are becoming scarce!  I can't seem to find a good matching set in both front and rear sizes (90/90/21 & 130/80/17). 
Tried Shinko 705s, TKC 70/Rocks, Dunlops, and more but only find TL front and TT rear or vice-versa.  The only ones I've found with TT front and rear are 50/50 or more dirt-oriented.  More dirt-oriented doesn't scare me as long as they can grip, perform well and safely on the road, especially in wet.   Any suggestions?  

 

Thank you!

Christopher

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2 hours ago, Id's_OK said:

Hey guys! Looking for some 80/20 dual-sport tires for my 2007 F650GS Dakar and it seems tube-type tires are becoming scarce!  I can't seem to find a good matching set in both front and rear sizes (90/90/21 & 130/80/17). 
Tried Shinko 705s, TKC 70/Rocks, Dunlops, and more but only find TL front and TT rear or vice-versa.  The only ones I've found with TT front and rear are 50/50 or more dirt-oriented.  More dirt-oriented doesn't scare me as long as they can grip, perform well and safely on the road, especially in wet.   Any suggestions?  

 

Afternoon Christopher

 

A lot of TT motorcycle tires are being replaced with tubeless. One of my favorite off-road tires is now available in tubeless only  with the tubeless tire now being approved to use a tube. 

 

A lot of tubeless tires are OK with using a tube, but not all are. Some tubeless tires are not built to take a tube as they are not smooth enough inside (in the past we would use a thicker  heavy duty tube in those tires for off-road usage but that kills the high speed rating as it makes lots of tire heat).

 

The other thing to keep in mind is in a lot of cases using a tube is a tubeless tire lowers the speed rating by at least one rating. (probably not an issue with your 650GS).

 

My suggestion to you is to find the tire that YOU originally wanted to use, even if it is now a tubeless design,  then  call the tire manufacturers helpline & inquire if using a tube in that tire is OK. 

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I was wondering after dirtrider's post if my tire suggestion was useless. :dontknow: No, it's good! :yes:

'The Trailmax Mission tires are tubeless, however if mounting on rims that require a tube (i.e., spokes) the appropriate tube may be fitted'

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