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Old 04-24-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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F650GS Twin Dual sport tires??

My girlfriend is taking delivery of a F650GS Twin next week. It comes with street tires but I would like to put a pair of dual sport tires on. It doesn't look like TKC 80s come in the right size for the rear tire. DO TKC require a tube?
Can anyone recommend some DS tires for this bike? Thanks
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:55 PM   #2
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I just put the Heidenau K60's on my F650. Waiting for the snow to melt up in the mountains so I can really put them to the test! But I love, love, love these tires!

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Old 04-24-2010, 09:43 PM   #3
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How do those handle on the pavement? Are they very noisy?
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:25 PM   #4
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My girlfriend is taking delivery of a F650GS Twin next week. It comes with street tires but I would like to put a pair of dual sport tires on. It doesn't look like TKC 80s come in the right size for the rear tire. DO TKC require a tube?
Can anyone recommend some DS tires for this bike? Thanks
TKC80 are available in 150/70-17, which is the correct size for the rear. It is a tubeless tyre.

I concur with rolo though, I have just fitted the K60 rear and TKC80 front to my 800.
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:16 AM   #5
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How do those handle on the pavement? Are they very noisy?
No. They've got a little more hum than the stock Battlewings. But a lot quieter than, say, a TKC-80. And they handle wet pavement better than some street tires that I've run.

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Old 04-25-2010, 08:19 AM   #6
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They look great on the bike thats for sure! I am going to ride my stockers cross country in July, by the time I get back I will need new ones. Those may be the ticket.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:39 AM   #7
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how do they wear? I've really liked the Metzlers on my 1150GS and will ride the stockers until they wear out. How long do the originals last?
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My BMW brochure says the F650GS Twin has a 140/80 17 rear tire.
I can't wait to take this bike for a spin later this week. My SO picks it up on Wednesday.
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:37 AM   #9
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how do they wear? I've really liked the Metzlers on my 1150GS and will ride the stockers until they wear out. How long do the originals last?
I got 11,500 miles on my rear, and the front still had some tread left when I replaced both a few weeks ago.

You can read more about K60s here and here.

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Old 04-25-2010, 06:15 PM   #10
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My BMW brochure says the F650GS Twin has a 140/80 17 rear tire.
I can't wait to take this bike for a spin later this week. My SO picks it up on Wednesday.
Really? Okay - I stand corrected! I thought the two bikes shared identical rears. That said, I'm using a 140/80 rear on my 800, so you could probably use a 150/70 on the 650, but maybe you don't wanna mess with the stock size.

Post pics on Wednesday!
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I think that is beyond my technical ability.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:37 AM   #12
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how do they wear? I've really liked the Metzlers on my 1150GS and will ride the stockers until they wear out. How long do the originals last?
At about 10000mi, mostly hard top, mine had squared off pretty well which made the front tire a bit wiggly at low speeds. There was still plenty of usable tread depth but they were unpleasant to use.

I replaced them at 11500mi with Avon Distanzias which are working out pretty well (3000mi so far). My next pair may be Continental Road/Trail Attacks since I like their street profile and tread depth.

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Old 04-27-2010, 08:40 AM   #13
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Really? Okay - I stand corrected! I thought the two bikes shared identical rears. That said, I'm using a 140/80 rear on my 800, so you could probably use a 150/70 on the 650, but maybe you don't wanna mess with the stock size.

Post pics on Wednesday!
you can use either or the 140 or 150 0n both bikes....but why spend more money on the 150 if you don't have too?
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:21 PM   #14
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you can use either or the 140 or 150 0n both bikes....but why spend more money on the 150 if you don't have too?
a) The 150 is a steel-belted radial with a higher speed rating and much, much stronger carcass construction. It ought to be more puncture-resistant, especially at lower pressures.
b) In the event I file an insurance claim, it's possible, if unlikely, my insurance assessor will note I have under-specced my tyres (narrower width and lower load index than specified on placard = naughty in Australia, maybe different for you).

That said, I've got the 140s, and I do enjoy the $150 cheaper price tag. We'll see how I feel when these wear out.
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:54 PM   #15
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I ran TKC 80s and liked them. The rear goes pretty quick and your overall mileage will decrease by about 10%. The front end can get a bit unpredictable at higher speeds...but you can get used to it. I switched to Michelin Annekees. Very nice tire overall. I know I gave up a good bit off-road but the Annekees are a very good all-purpose design.. My experience with the Battlewings was very negative...maybe I got a bad set but mine pretty much were a let down on all surfaces.
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