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Hi guys, looks like it's time for my first tire change on my 2000 vstar 650 classic. When I bought the bike from my brother, he assured me that my tires had a ton of life on them, but when I had the bike inspected a couple weeks ago, the inspector was shocked at how worn down the rear tire was and the front was not far behind.

So my question is what tires do you guys suggest (I know the front and back are two different sizes) and what are the best places to order from? I'm in Canada, so will likely have to find a Canadian supplier so I don't get killed on shipping, plus our dollar is in the toilet atm.

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I just ordered a new rear tire for my 650, a Kenda Kruz K673. I ordered online from canadasmotorcycle. free shipping over $49, I order from them all the time.

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I personally loved the Metzler 880's I had. A little higher priced but I rode over 30k on them. I am now installing a set of Shinko 230's, so we'll see how they fare in the long run, but couldn't pass trying them at the low price point.
 

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I personally loved the Metzler 880's I had. A little higher priced but I rode over 30k on them.
Ditto. I went through a couple of sets of Dunlops and wasn't happy with how long they lasted, so I put on a pair of Metzeler ME888s about a year ago. It's too early to tell if they will last significantly longer, but I will say that I felt like I was riding a different bike with them. The ride is much smoother, there is significantly less impact from grooves in the pavement and the bike corners much better. I doubt I'll ever trying anything other than Metzelers from here on.

They are more expensive than the Dunlops but definitely worth it - no question.
 

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I think the 888 is a newer version of the 880; both were available when I got mine.
 

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I also need tires for my 650 bobber project.. front is a 100/90-19 and rear is a 170/80-15.

I wanted to go fatter in the front and back but there's not much room. I wont ride this bike enough to get the full treadwear out of the tires so looking for the cheapest set possible.
 

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On my 950t I went with Bridgestone Exedra's front and rear, my virago bobber wears the Kendall Challengers. The Kendas are rather beefy looking and have the look I was after for a bobber.
 

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I second the Kenda 673. easily a 10k tire without going to the darkside. couple that with converting to tubeless and running ride on tire balance, its worry free. now if only the florida sun werent so harsh on the rubber.
 

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I second the Kenda 673. easily a 10k tire without going to the darkside. couple that with converting to tubeless and running ride on tire balance, its worry free. now if only the florida sun werent so harsh on the rubber.
Sorry this might seem like a newb question but how do you go tubeless on spoked rims?
 

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Sorry this might seem like a newb question but how do you go tubeless on spoked rims?
there are a couple ways to do it, that you can find out there on the google.

what I did was seal it with clear rtv after cleaning cleaning cleaning the rim. layer was probably 3/16". 3years and no issues. my only other recommendation is find a 90deg bolt in valvestem(straight is a pain in the ass) and just about as the rtv is dry, put a rim strip on to protect the rtv when installing the tire
 
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