As mentioned in another thread, I ordered and have now received a studded 205/50R17 General Altimax Arctic XL
car snow tire, and I plan to mount in on my 2012 DL650A
this weekend. This is your chance to save me from wasting a bunch of time, trying to mount this thing myself and discovering it doesn't fit.
My two big concerns at this point are:
1. Most of what I've read about this tire has been from
and I believe he was running an older DL1000. But I have also been given the impression that the amount of clearance from tire to chain was the same in the 650. Can anyone confirm for sure that this is, or is not, true? Does anyone know if there were changes versus the pre-2012 bikes that would cause reduced clearance on a 2012?
(Or, more simply, does anyone know for sure either way whether this tire will fit my bike?)
2. Concern #2 is something randyo mentioned in passing: that his tire guy didn't want to swap the car tire back to a bike tire unless he replaced the wheel. Since this is just for winter (10 miles daily commute on surface roads), I definitely want to swap back in March. Does anyone know if that is a typical problem with car tires? I definitely can't afford a new wheel for this experiment.
I appreciate any specific knowledge that might be floating around out there.