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Off Road Tire For 650 Versys

Hi All,

Has anyone changed their tire to 'off road'. I am now in Mauritania travelling Africa and want to change to off road.

What is the best/suitable off road for my 650 Versys and can I get them in Mauritania or Senegal?

Thanking you in advance for the response.

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Look at K60 Heidenau which are 50/50 tire. K73s which are suited to gravel and dirt, decent in rain or the Pirelli MT60s. I'm in the process of changing my scorpions to MT60s
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TKC 80's are always a good bet for off road travel. Also the Mitas E07 is very capable. All depends what is available where you are.


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I'm running the same tires that the big GS "Beemers" used to come w/ - Metzler Tourances. In my case a 130/80x17 rear on the front, and a 150/70x17 rear on the back. MANY dirt road miles on them!

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Thanks all for the reply.

Lets say I go for TKC 80 or K60 Heidenau, what would be the ideal tire size? I'm riding 2 up. Sorry for asking silly question, still new and not knowledgeable about tire matters.

I'm now in Nouakchott, Mauritania leaving anytime for Bamako, Mali then Burkina Faso and still with my full asphalt tire. Suppose to change in Marrakesh, Morocco but it didn't happen.

Can anyone recommend a place/person to buy the tire from in this part of the world where I am now? Can I order and have them delivered somewhere along the way I am heading to?

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TKC80 in stock size (120/70x17), OR raise the front fender and add a Tourance 130/80x17 rear (which gives about the SAME diameter as having a 19" front wheel/ tire combo) w/ arrow pointing forward. THIS works just fine for me, on pavement AND dirt (and I AIN'T the ONLY one)...!


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TKC80 in stock size (120/70x17), OR raise the front fender and add a Tourance 130/80x17 rear (which gives about the SAME diameter as having a 19" front wheel/ tire combo) w/ arrow pointing forward. THIS works just fine for me, on pavement AND dirt (and I AIN'T the ONLY one)...!

on the shinko 705 (essentially the same pattern as the tourance) the 130/80x17 is a dual use front/rear with and different direction arrow for mounting front vs rear

its a much heavier tire than my old ones so takes a little more muscle in the turns but i really like it.

but really if you are going to be doing that much off road then probably go with stock sized of the tkc's
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TKC80 in stock size (120/70x17), OR raise the front fender and add a Tourance 130/80x17 rear (which gives about the SAME diameter as having a 19" front wheel/ tire combo) w/ arrow pointing forward. THIS works just fine for me, on pavement AND dirt (and I AIN'T the ONLY one)...!

Hi,

Need more advise.

I found one TKC80 size 150/70Bx17 for the rear, do you think it suit the bike?

Could not find any for the front over here in Mali.

Thanks in advance.

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the 150 size works fine on the rear, that is what I am running in a shinko 705
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Hi,

Need more advise.

I found one TKC80 size 150/70Bx17 for the rear, do you think it suit the bike?

Could not find any for the front over here in Mali.

Thanks in advance.

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When I was getting "jdrocks" advice on tires, he suggested the Kenda BIG BLOCK 150/70x17 on the rear, because (HE SAID...) there's NOT enough room for a TKC80 150/70 in the V swingarm, w/out 'trimming' the tread blocks on the sides. His "Rat" has a Ninja 650 swingarm....

The Tourances I run are BOTH rears - the 130/80 on the front, the 150/70 on the rear, BOTH w/ directional arrows pointing FORWARD.

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That's what I was thinking too. My 150 TKC fits just fine.
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When I was getting "jdrocks" advice on tires, he suggested the Kenda BIG BLOCK 150/70x17 on the rear, because (HE SAID...) there's NOT enough room for a TKC80 150/70 in the V swingarm, w/out 'trimming' the tread blocks on the sides. His "Rat" has a Ninja 650 swingarm....

The Tourances I run are BOTH rears - the 130/80 on the front, the 150/70 on the rear, BOTH w/ directional arrows pointing FORWARD.
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Nope, not what I said mr. fast...

150/70 TKC rear fits just fine no matter the swing arm.

I did say the 130/80 TKC rear side lugs may interfere with the fender when used on the front, even if the fender is raised.
Sorry for the MIS-information.... Memory ain't QUITE what it used to be....

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