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Old 03-07-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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06 BMW F650gs tires?

Late last fall I got my wife a nice used 06 F650 GS, it's sporting a set of Conti TKC 80's and to be honest they are near new but I don't feel these are really needed at this time. (I have and use the same tires on my 950 ADVenture but doubt she will really "need" these meaty tires).

So, my question is this.
What comes stock on this bike? Also, what would be a good tire for her for 80-90% tarmac and 10-20% fire/logging dirt roads?
Can we go with a wider tire on the rear?
What are a set of used (VERY little use mind you) Conti. TKC 80's worth?

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-07-2010, 03:51 PM   #2
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Late last fall I got my wife a nice used 06 F650 GS, it's sporting a set of Conti TKC 80's and to be honest they are near new but I don't feel these are really needed at this time. (I have and use the same tires on my 950 ADVenture but doubt she will really "need" these meaty tires).

So, my question is this.
What comes stock on this bike? Also, what would be a good tire for her for 80-90% tarmac and 10-20% fire/logging dirt roads?

What are a set of used (VERY little use mind you) Conti. TKC 80's worth?

Thanks in advance
Can't remember what came stock but I know when I bought my 06 used in 08 the front was badly cupped. I installed a set of Anakee's and got a little over 9k on the rear before replacing it with a Shinko 705. Only 2k on the Shinko so far so to early to tell on it. I have a set of MEFO's waiting to go on next.

Both the Anakee and Shinko have done well for me on the gravel roads.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:50 AM   #3
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My Girlfriends 2006 F650GS came with Metzler Tourances, my 2006 F650GS came with Bridgestone Trail Wings. She got 20k miles out of her Tourances. Good luck on your selection. Regards, Jim.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:42 AM   #4
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My Girlfriends 2006 F650GS came with Metzler Tourances, my 2006 F650GS came with Bridgestone Trail Wings. She got 20k miles out of her Tourances. Good luck on your selection. Regards, Jim.
How are the Tourances in light duty off road riding, do you know?
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:24 AM   #5
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Put dunlop 607's on my GF's F650GS. They were okay off road but like the tourances, tend to slip on the dirt. We are going to the TKC's this time as she wants to get more dirt experience and not have all that slipping around.

Think the MEFO's would be the true compromise but don't have any experience with them at this time.

20k with tourances? WOW... best I ever got was 5k on my R1200GS
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We take our bikes "off pavement" quite a bit, dirt roads, gravel roads, fire roads/breaks, and the occasional cart path. I keep the Tourances on both of our bikes with good results. We took a trip out west years ago and found out the hard way that deep sand will bog these bikes down. If you are going to be riding on the beach I recommend a more aggressive tire. If you are going to be riding dedicated off road single track trails I recommend a more aggressive tread. In the warm months we commute with our bikes every day and it is 100% paved asphalt all of the way. We find the back roads on the weekends, I can't think of a better all around machine for our purposes. Good luck on your selection. Regards, Jim.
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20k with tourances? WOW... best I ever got was 5k on my R1200GS


She is not an aggressive rider, and she only weights 125 lbs, and her commute is all county roads, her max speed is about 50 m.p.h. I keep both of her tires inflated @ 35 p.s.i. I did manage to get 20k miles out of my last set but the back was bald and flat and thin, should have replaced at about 15k but I'm a cheap one. I think keeping the inflation up at around 35 p.s.i. helps prolong the tread life. Regards, Jim.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:18 AM   #8
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If you don't mind to spend the money, the Mefo Explorer is an excellent tire for that bike. I always got at least 7,500 miles on the rear, even loaded heavy, and twice that on the front. The front wears better if you mount it reversed.

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Old 03-08-2010, 10:20 AM   #9
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My Girlfriends 2006 F650GS came with Metzler Tourances, my 2006 F650GS came with Bridgestone Trail Wings. She got 20k miles out of her Tourances. Good luck on your selection. Regards, Jim.
Same here. Tourances front and rear and they are still looking great after 10k. I have a set on my Strom and I can reach 20k with no problems. We keep ours atleast 37psi.

We take outs on also light duty gravel/dirt and lower the them to 23/24psi and work very well.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:56 AM   #10
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We take our bikes "off pavement" quite a bit, dirt roads, gravel roads, fire roads/breaks, and the occasional cart path. I keep the Tourances on both of our bikes with good results. We took a trip out west years ago and found out the hard way that deep sand will bog these bikes down. If you are going to be riding on the beach I recommend a more aggressive tire. If you are going to be riding dedicated off road single track trails I recommend a more aggressive tread. In the warm months we commute with are bikes every day and it is 100% paved asphalt all of the way. We find the back roads on the weekends, I can't think of a better all around machine for our purposes. Good luck on your selection. Regards, Jim.
Thanks for the replies everyone,
As to her riding in sand, VERY doubtful. (heck, I don't like sand either but that's because I was running a set of Scorpions and they suck in mud and sand, now I have a set of TKC's and have no problems in either. That being said I don't go looking for the stuff mind you ) When she rides off road with me I'm going to take her on decent dirt roads (especially while learing the dirt) so I don't think there will be too many problems with a set of Tourances. I sure hope not. Sounds like a great tire.

Once again thanks for the input everyone.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:53 PM   #11
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Another vote for Tourances. I got 12k miles on my last rear. Great street tire, great rain tire, OK gravel tire, lousy sand/mud tire.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:25 AM   #12
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Looking at a set ofShinko 705's

OK the wife's 05 F650gs has 100/90/19 front and a 130/80/17 rear sneaker.
Can I change the front to a 110/80/19 and the rear to a 140/80/17?
However, the 110/80/19 is a tubeless type, should be a big deal should it?
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