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Street Only tires for XR600R


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  • shrapnel

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Location: Indiana

Posted October 04, 2007 - 11:38 AM


I have a '96 xr600r that is ridden entirely on the street, mostly around town. I'm trying to find a tire that has great street grip with good wet and cold weather traction, but it has to fit my stock rims. I have a few questions:

1. Can I run tubeless tires on my rims and still seal the air?

2. Can I run tubeless tires with tubes in them, or am I limited to only tube-type tires?

3. I plan to keep the stock tire sizes, but are there any STREET advantages to changing the tire size (in the scope that the stock rims will fit them)?

I ride in the rain quite a bit, and the DOT knobbies don't like it very much.

  • Frank ZX

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481 posts
Location: Georgia

Posted October 04, 2007 - 12:59 PM


I have a '96 xr600r that is ridden entirely on the street, mostly around town. I'm trying to find a tire that has great street grip with good wet and cold weather traction, but it has to fit my stock rims. I have a few questions:

1. Can I run tubeless tires on my rims and still seal the air?

2. Can I run tubeless tires with tubes in them, or am I limited to only tube-type tires?

3. I plan to keep the stock tire sizes, but are there any STREET advantages to changing the tire size (in the scope that the stock rims will fit them)?

I ride in the rain quite a bit, and the DOT knobbies don't like it very much.

You can't run tires without tubes on your rims.I got street tires on my XR's stock rims.Try the Avon Roadrider's.They grip great even when wet.

  • cleonard

    I ride therefore I am.

9,923 posts
Location: California

Posted October 04, 2007 - 01:04 PM


I think the best selection comes from Avon. They have several styles to choose from. Many report that the Distanzia (AM43,AM44) work great. They have silica for better wet traction and it is a 90/10 (road/dirt) tire. For a pure street tire consider the new Avon Roadrider AM26. Avon is based in England. They know a thing or two about the rain. Check out the website at http://www.avon-tyres.co.uk/

There are actually tires from a lot of mfgs that will fit. You can thank Harley for using 21 inch fronts.

For your questions.

1.) I have heard about some products for this, but as far as I''m concerned the answer is no.

2.) The mfg will not tell you to put a tube in a non tube type tire. If you want a tire with decent grip you must use a tubeless tire. There are very few road type tires that are for tubes. I've used tube in tubeless tire with no issues (yet). The problem is friction between the tube and the tire. I replace the tubes every tire change. Plenty of Supermoto guys have done this with no problems. You can ask in the supermoto forum.

3.) Do not go up on the tire size for the street. A overly large tire actually reduces the tire contact patch. The tire gets pinched and that causes it to be more curved. Some of the tread gets so far up the side of the tire that you will never reach it no matter how far you lean.

  • shrapnel

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2 posts
Location: Indiana

Posted October 04, 2007 - 02:10 PM


Thanks for the advice. I noticed some Avon tires that were the right size that I like, but they were labeled as tubeless. Since others have been able to use tubes in tubeless tires, I guess I can just follow suit. I'll make sure to get new tubes for them.

Any advice on what brand or type of tubes to run in the street only Avons?

Thanks again.

  • stepho

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346 posts
Location: California

Posted October 04, 2007 - 09:49 PM


avon (Tony) Distanza's are a lot of fun, good grip. Slowed the speed wobble down quite a bit. Wobble starts at 95 not 85mph. They look cool. I put a 120 x 18 on the rear. Good for now until i get 17's then I will get Tony's again.:confused: PS can still roost your street bike friends from the side of the road at 60mph:ride:

  • daz max

    TT Newbie

20 posts
Location: United Kingdom

Posted October 15, 2007 - 07:32 PM


I've just fitted a set of Pirelli Scorpions to my 600R
very impressed with them.

  • nukinfutz

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Location: California
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Posted October 16, 2007 - 08:24 AM


I can't remember which Avons I ran.....last season....but I do remember dragging my boots in turns chasing sport bikes.....felt like that fenced in dog that runs the perimeter chasing cars.....cept' I jumped the fence and was biting tires....:crazy: :D :applause:

  • Ferdinand

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502 posts
Location: Pennsylvania

Posted October 16, 2007 - 09:29 AM


Avon Distanzias or Gripsters, though I'm not sure if the gripster is still made for the rear size.

  • FoolishMortal

    TT Bronze Member

116 posts
Location: California

Posted October 16, 2007 - 10:21 AM


I've just fitted a set of Pirelli Scorpions to my 600R
very impressed with them.


+1 :crazy:

Scorpion S/T front, A/T rear. 1200 miles and I've had one mild slip (over a painted crosswalk, when it was misty, in an off-camber turn) and that's it. I ride them almost as hard as I ride my sportbike with Pilot Powers, if that means anything to you.

  • ridered7603

    TT Newbie

19 posts
Location: Nevada

Posted October 23, 2007 - 07:30 PM


Avon Roadrider

  • dzrtrat1111

    TT Member

96 posts
Location: California

Posted October 24, 2007 - 06:02 PM


i've been running Avon roadrunner front and Avon Venom in the rear for the last year or so, and out of all the tires i've used they are by far the best! i can pass street bikes on the mountain and drag footpegs without sliding out!
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  • bart dm

    TT Member

38 posts
Location: Belgium

Posted October 26, 2016 - 11:34 PM


+1 :applause:

Scorpion S/T front, A/T rear. 1200 miles and I've had one mild slip (over a painted crosswalk, when it was misty, in an off-camber turn) and that's it. I ride them almost as hard as I ride my sportbike with Pilot Powers, if that means anything to you.

hello, do they work on the standard rims with tube tires



  • JoeRC51
1,563 posts
Location: Other

Posted October 27, 2016 - 11:06 AM


You can put a tube in any tire. I rum Michelin Pilot Powers on a couple of bikes , with and without tubes.







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