What tires do I need (pics included)

fyl1982

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I can barely read my back tire and I can't read anything on my front. I have a 1981 Yamaha XS650 Special II.

I want to know...

A) What size tire do I need for the front and the rear?

B) Do I need a tube or a tubeless design tire?

Thanks! :shrug:

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tscacadc

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You have I believe a 19 inch front and an 18 inch rear. So you could buy for example an 19x3.5 and a 18x4.0. You will need tubes as well, those spokes holes don't keep the air in very well..;-)
 

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Thanks... I'm pretty sure the 100/90x19 (front) and 130/90x16 (rear) spec is correct.

I have exhausted HOURS of Google searching. Can anyone point me to some decent tires and tubes??? I bought a set of Kenda K671 but they are tubeless so I don't think I can use them. Can someone help me? I've really hit a wall here. :banghead:
 

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Beautiful! OK! I bought...

Kenda K671 Cruiser ST...
Rear Tire (130/90H-16)
Front Tire (100/90H-19)
www.motorcycle-superstore.com

Bridgestone Motorcycle Tubes...
Rear Tire (Type: TR-4/TR-6 / Tire Size: 130/90-16)
Front Tire (Type: TR-4/TR-6 / Tire Size: 100/90-19)
www.revzilla.com

Thanks! I'll let you guys know how they work out!

Get new rim strips while you are at it . Are you mounting the tires yourself ? If you are and plan on doing your own in the future, invest in some good tire irons and some rim savers. I use three 16" tire irons with rim savers , lots of soapy water and baby powder on the new tube. There are some videos on Utube that give you good step by step .
 
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