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Hello, everyone. I don't think I've ever introduced myself even though I've been around since 2013. I have a 2006 Wee that I daily and I'm planning a trip from Vegas to Texas so I'm wanting to throw on a car tire. If this upsets you, please turn around

I've read up about the tires most people are using on here but the General Exclaim UHP has been discontinued. I tried looking around and found the Wide Oval Indy 500 UHP but it wouldn't get to me on time for my ride so I settled on what I could find in town.

The tire I bought is the Falken Pro G4 which the guy said was a high performance tire. I haven't tried mounting it yet but wanted to ask if the tread pattern's symmetry (or lack thereof) matters. I'm just wanting something that'll tour better than the Metzelers or Shinkos I've been using. Thanks a lot, guys. Any helpful advice is welcome

...oh, and since I'm introducing myself I'll introduce my machine. K6 Wee with 30k and here it sits fresh from our 2k trip from Vegas to TJ, MX to San Francisco to Sacramento to Fresno and back lol. I just started doing long distances and I'm loving it
 

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A great idea though a swingarm mod might be necessary, and perhaps even a longer shock or some simple rear subframe mods.
It will give great touring mileage, HUGE traction at the lights and your bike stand/s will become unnecessary.

Looking forward to the photo. :smile2:
 

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I've been running a sumitomo sport tire that has a tread pattern similar to what your picture shows and have not had a problem with them. On one side of the sumi it says "This side out"... LOL
I'm on my 4th sumi, I pay about $75 per and get 11,000 + miles. I didn't need to make any mods to the bike.

 

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A great idea though a swingarm mod might be necessary, and perhaps even a longer shock or some simple rear subframe mods.
It will give great touring mileage, HUGE traction at the lights and your bike stand/s will become unnecessary.

Looking forward to the photo. :smile2:
I stuck with the 205/50/17 that people on here are using. Do you think this specific tire will cause clearance issues? Members running the same size (different brand) tire haven't complained about clearance issues.

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I've been running a sumitomo sport tire that has a tread pattern similar to what your picture shows and have not had a problem with them. On one side of the sumi it says "This side out"... LOL
I'm on my 4th sumi, I pay about $75 per and get 11,000 + miles. I didn't need to make any mods to the bike.
Thanks for the response! My biggest worry was the tread pattern which you helped relieve me of. I'll be trying to mount it tonight using my tire spoons. Wish me luck!

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Thanks for the response! My biggest worry was the tread pattern which you helped relieve me of. I'll be trying to mount it tonight using my tire spoons. Wish me luck!

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I DO wish you luck! I have a machine in the basement and I still need someone to help me get a DS tire on.
Have fun on your trip!
 

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I DO wish you luck! I have a machine in the basement and I still need someone to help me get a DS tire on.
Have fun on your trip!
After a whole lot of sweating, straining, and cursing myself, I got it. I ended up ripping the tire a tiny bit (haven't notice any air leaks) before I figured out a method using a clamp to collapse the tire a bit. This was a three-spoon job at a minimum ?

So far, I've put 80 miles on and it feels interesting. Thanks again ??
 

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Looks good! A lot of folks run lower PSI, for me I like to be around 28 to 30.
 

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Looks good! A lot of folks run lower PSI, for me I like to be around 28 to 30.
What kind of gas mileage are you getting? I just filled up and calculated 37 mpg ? I'm running it at 40 psi

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I'm running a Falken asymmetrical tread on my ST1300 with no problems. 2 years and 9K miles and it still looks like new.
 

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I typically ran 25PSI on mine. Play with the tire pressure it makes a HUGE difference in how it handles. I probably ran mine a little lower than others. I tend to do the same thing on my mt bike. I just like the way they feel at the lower pressures. Good luck with it. Welcome to the DARKSIDE!!!!
 

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"I ended up ripping the tire a tiny bit"

^^^^ Never a good thing! If I hear or feel and/or ripping or tearing while working the spoons and/or levers the tire goes in the scrap heap. YMMV!
 

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What kind of gas mileage are you getting? I just filled up and calculated 37 mpg ? I'm running it at 40 psi

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Usually low to mid 40s
 

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37mpg on a 650? Man, I've been considering going to one of these, but I don't know if I want to give up the 50mpg for it.
 

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Two up, loaded to max capacity doing 75 on the slab ~38 mpg. Otherwise mid 40's two up with a full load in mixed driving conditions.

55 mpg for an average week commuting.

Tires set to pressure listed on the sticker on the bike. 33fr/41rear for max load.

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