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XS650 Bobber Rims/Tyres help

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ash, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Ash

    Ash XS650 Enthusiast

    Hiya,
    I've recently bought as XS2 and am looking to get some new tyres/rims.
    At the moment they're standard at 18" x 4.00 rear and 19" x 3.50 front.
    I'm using this bike as a donor so i can turn it into a bobber. Can anyone give me some advice on what size to go for.
    I've been told 16" rear 19" front. But reading more online people are saying 21" front.
    Are there common sizes that are mostly used to get the bobber look?
     
  2. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Ash and welcome,
    by "turning it into a bobber" you mean your planned build includes hardtailing the frame?
    Yes, you'll get more of a "bobber look" if you hardtail but don't plan on taking a it on a long ride.
    Over distance hardtails can wreck your spine and will be hard on your arse.
    About the wheel sizes, 16" rear 19" front can be done with stock XS650 wheels so it's easy to do.
    While the traditional bobber usually wears a 21" front that takes more work.
    You'll either have to lace a 21" rim onto an XS650 front hub or use a 21" Harley front wheel instead.
     
  3. mrtwowheel

    mrtwowheel Honda Etched On Brain Top Contributor

    For the best handling most people here recommend the stock rim sizes and close to the stock tire sizes. I bought Shinko 712's for my hardtail, 110/90-18 for the rear, 100/90-19 for the front. I buy my Shinko's from Chaparral on Ebay. I've used Shinko's on all of my other bikes, they are comparable to the Bridgestone Spitfires that I was using. I had a bad rash of deep sidewall cracks with the Spitfires, all under 2 years of production dates. I get the Shinko's drop shipped from a warehouse near me, sometimes next day, always within two months of DOT production date, I'm a happy guy. Have not rode on these yet. The Shinko's are a bit wider than most brands of the same size, this can cause clearance problems on some bikes. I've only had one problem on my '86 GoldWing, front tire rubbed on fender, tweeked it out and it is fine now.

    Scott
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
  4. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    I have Shinko 712. Good tires.

    Sure you want to bob an XS2?
     
  5. Ash

    Ash XS650 Enthusiast

    Hey, yeah I'm having a frame build at the moment by fenland choppers.
    I'm aware it won't be the comfiest but I also have another bike for touring so thats alright!
    So youre saying either way (having a 21 front 16 rear OR 19 front 16 rear) would be fine it'll just change how much work goes into it?

    Thanks
     
  6. Ash

    Ash XS650 Enthusiast

    I'm in the UK so not sure if I can pick up all the same things.
    Yeah I'm sure, why?
     
  7. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    Old XS frames are getting harder to find and becoming more valuable.

    Have you riden any bobbers with 21 fronts and 16 rears?
    Early bikes had stock 19/18. Later bikes had the 19/16.
    Personally I like the 19/18, even in bobbers and hardtails. The similar size makes them look more like a boardtracker instead of the run of the mill rolling TC Bros advertisement.
     
  8. Ash

    Ash XS650 Enthusiast

    Im having a new frame built so maybe I'll hang onto my frame and sell it

    I'm not sure if I've ridden one with 21/16
    I think so but this is my first build so my first time looking into things like this in detail.
     
  9. Ash

    Ash XS650 Enthusiast

    Im having a new frame built so maybe I'll hang onto my frame and sell it

    I'm not sure if I've ridden one with 21/16
    I think so but this is my first build so my first time looking into things like this in detail.
     
  10. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Ash,
    it all depends on what "look" you want and how much money you are prepared to spend on getting it.
    The least work (and cost and effort) is to leave the bike's front end stock and stay with the 19" front wheel.
    And if you discard the front mudguard remember that it acts to stiffen the forks so you'd best fit a fork brace in it's place.
    To use a 21" front wheel you will also need to have the bike's front end modified (and that ain't cheap) to suit
    it or the bike won't handle as well as it did.
    EDIT,
    if Fenland Choppers are building you a new frame you have to trust they know what they are doing
    so it's up to you. Just tell them what size wheels you want and they'll build to suit.
    ENDEDIT
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
  11. Ash

    Ash XS650 Enthusiast

    Think I'm Gona go for 19/16 thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.
     
  12. Ash

    Ash XS650 Enthusiast

    How much do you think a 1972 XS2 is worth then. I've got someone who wants to buy it from me!
     
  13. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    In the US, if it has a clean title, I'd pay $500 for it.
     
  14. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    Can't compare US prices to Europe or England You would be better to use your local XS650 Forum for a better gauge on local prices.

    If you decide to keep the front end wheels ect for your purpose built frame be aware the front fork lowers, (external), hub and rotor, front guard and stays are a one year only set up.Cant swap any of those parts with any other model/year XS650 and the rotor has a rubber damper between the rotor and Hub

    If you have already commissioned the frame me, be aware the front engine mount on the engine is different to later 74-84 447 motors. Actually double check that info as it might pertain to the earlier XS1/XS1B engines only.
     

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