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Having a DR650 with 17 rear I took a serious look at this. An opportunity to buy a DR350 18 rear wheel presented itself and after some research I decided to stay with the 17.
IIRC, the Varadero, TransAlp, Africa Twin, KLR, all BMWs and some other bikes run 17 rear, as do most all street bikes. KTM and most true dirt bikes run 18, with a few 19s in the mix.
Although a street tire may not be your first choice, they're readily available. A MX dirt knobby, only available where real dirt bikes are sold, might only last 1,500 miles.
For extended touring in 3rd world areas, the idea of planning far ahead for fresh tires makes sense to me. Even grossly over supplying yourself along the way is preferable to the opposite problem. You can always sell a tire if need be. Waiting on delivery of tires can be very frustrating and make a mess of plans when time is an important factor.
for the cost of the swap you could probably courier a couple of tires at least to just about anywhere
ANY tire is hard to come by in many parts of the world, you often have to put up with something that fits as opposed to nothing, and while there are more 18's out there, 17's are becoming much more available all the time.
If you have loads of money and time, it might be worthwhile.
I have a 1984 43f model 600. I have 2 sets of wheel. EXecl rims on one set of hubs. And set of stock rims on the 2nd.
Putting a 18 alloy on your back wheel will be good. Do you ride off-road alot? Lots of 18 rear tires to put back there. Your front rim can be stock. Or putting a alloy-rim front is good too. Better rims always good for your XT 600E. If this is a RTW bike i would up-grade the rims. Why? Better ride, ahd not so hard to bend. Stock rims are just to get the bike out to the rider!! Stock rims are just for paved roads! BIG ED XT&TT 600 FAN!!
I've got experience with 17" and 18" rear rims as I've luckily got both - the 17" has the better choice for road biased tyres and the 18" one is much better for off-road rubber. The likes of 17" Conti Twinduros can't compete off road when it comes to road legal Enduro 18" tyres, so if you are going to be doing any serious off roading then get your hub rebuilt on an 18" rim. An 18" tyre that offers the best of both worlds is the IRC TR8, its quite cheap (£45) and lasted me over 6000km including motorways and a lot of trail riding on a trip, and it does offer pretty good grip on and off road.
I'd leave the front, being a believer of fix it when it's broke, I am still running the stock steel front wheel after more than 20,000km of mainly off road use and with regular spoke maintenance it's still pretty true... amazing!
I can see your point, but as Grant said: 17 inch tyres are more easy to find now in Central and South America.
I have traveled 250.000 km on an XT600 Tenere around the world. Half way on the 18 inch rear alloy rear rim and half way on the 17 inch alloy rear rim. The change over was done by Yamaha Brazil for me, because my rim was badly damaged and all they had was 17 inch rims.
Yes, the 18 inch is better off the road than the 17 inch.
Yes, 18 inch tyres are easier to find in Africa.
The money you would spend for the change over will get you a long way on your trip. And the steel rims are as good, ok they are heavier, but you are not going to race down to Argentina, or are you ?
No, I would not do it.
Decide for yourself you have all the information you need now.
No I would not change the rimes.. I beleive steel to be more reliable.
and for the cost of changing to an 18" rim would be better to pre ship a new 17" tyre, or plan your route so there will be tyre available at about when or before you will need it. You will save time and money, because any tread wasted can be taken from the cost of changing the rims
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