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I'm looking for tires for an upcoming trip to Colorado where we'll be doing some trail riding. Of course finding adventure style 50/50 type tires for 17" wheels isn't easy. I already run a 150/70/17 rear and have had no issues with that but wondering about the front. I'm seeing a lot of people mention the 130/80/17 but I'm not clear if that requires a fender modification or if that size will fit as is. Anyone with experience that can shed some light and possibly a tire recommendation? I'd like to avoid modifying the fender. I have a '17 650. Thanks.
 

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TL;DR: put a tkc80 120/70 and enjoy about 14000km with it (should outlast most rear)

Approximation:
a 120/70 means ~120mm wide / 70% of that for height, that means 84mm.
a 130/80 means ~104mm height which adds 20mm, plus whatever bulge squeezing a 130mm into 120 mm rim causes.
There is about an inch (25mm) of space between a 120/70 and the fender.
It would be a very risky proposal to ride on a <5mm margin...
Any rock caught in the knobs (happens many times a ride) would scrape or tear something severely on its way up and out...

The only 50/50 in 120/70 is the tkc80. keep the max 35psi checked every week, don't brake hard and you'll minimize the cupping and wear. Enjoy.
 

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I'm looking for tires for an upcoming trip to Colorado where we'll be doing some trail riding...
trail riding, or just rambling around on the Colorado gravel roads? even if just those gravel roads the conditions can vary from day to day depending on rain and other factors. for this trip i'd run TKCs on both ends, 120/70 and 150/70, forget the 130/80 front, that size was run on the Versys front back in the olden days when there were few options in 17" tires...used to run that tire myself until i found it wasn't worth it. you can't out ride the OEM suspension by running a 130/80.

armor yourself and the bike for Colorado, few if any soft landings out there.
 
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