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Which tyres for XS2, original style or not...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by eight0, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Hi All,

    I have an XS2 which is by and large, a very original bike. It needs new tyres and I was wondering, in terms of resale value, does it matter to a potential buyers if the tyres are period correct or not?
    I was thinking about the Bridgestone BT45 or the conti classic attacks but wasn't sure if I should get something even more period correct like the Dunlop TT100's.
    Any advice is much appreciated!
     
  2. txxs

    txxs XS650 Addict

    The XS2 came with Dunlop K70's from the factory.

    Some people who raced XS2's back then used Dunlop K81's.
    They work well with the XS2.
     
  3. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Kinda of here-say but had a 71 back in the day, long before I knew ANYTHING, that bike damned near kilt me with head shake, wobble. There is a period Dunlop "movie" showing how ALL bikes (on Dunlops) were prone to weave or worse. I suspect that "period" tread pattern may have contributed, perhaps why the straight tread groove Dunlap was installed beginning somewhere in the 70's. So I guess my vote is for more modern tread pattern. I have Shinko 712s on the 79 "survivor" and kinda figure this type of bike is more likely to need tires based on them getting old than wearing out. Just a story I guess but I survived a bit of a harrowing nail puncture with a new Shinko on the back of my Road Star, kind of embarrassed, but that tire got me (mostly FLAT) about 60 miles at 80 MPH to the next "services" exit where I finally figured out why the bike had been handling "funny" then plugged it and finished 1200 miles of the trip. I expect to run that tire till it's bald.
     
  4. rsor

    rsor Wanna do this again!

    Shinko 712's on both my 650's, economical, and handle just fine!
     
  5. txxs

    txxs XS650 Addict

    Just clarifying, from the safety point-of-view, I don't recommend K70's (although they are OK in gravel, dirt).
     
  6. mrtwowheel

    mrtwowheel Honda Etched On Brain Top Contributor

    I have Shinkos on all of my bikes. Shinko Tour Masters if the size is available. Shinko 712s if the size is not available in the Tour Masters. So, in general, 712s on the small bikes and Tour Masters on the big ones.

    The Shinkos are a bit taller and wider than other brands of the same size, I have had no problems with that.

    Scott
     
  7. cycleranger

    cycleranger Generally Ok.

    I went with IRC GS11's. They look very similar to the Dunlop K70's.
     
  8. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Hi All,

    Thanks for all the input. Somehow I didn't have alerts turned on for my own thread so didn't know you all replied. I've spoken to a few people about this now and decided on the Continental Classic attacks. I think the fact that the bike will handle so much better outweighs the look of the original style tyres. They are expensive and maybe a bit overkill for a 50 hp bike but I've never been one to skimp on tyres.
     
  9. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    I would go with the Shinko tires and save the money
     
  10. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    I managed to get the conti classics for £190 the pair. The shinkos seem to be hard to find in the UK but the ones i have found are about the same price..
     

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