Tim, good to know that you like the Shinko's on your XR 200. I really was happy with them on my DR 650, both the way they act for the street, and the way they wear.
I hear you on the difference in the cost of mounting tires, between here and the States. That is if you can find someone who is willing. I got my hair cut yesterday for $1.50 with tip, compared to $15 - $20 in Seattle.
While getting the haircut, the skies opened and I got to ride through a foot or so of water in a few places on the way home.