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I have spoke wheels on my 650GS. The tires have tubes in them.  The larger (1200 GS) runs tubeless tires on their spoke wheels.  I prefer tubeless tires.  Can I run em or am I missing something?
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What does BMW recommend? That's the ultimate answer....



Chances are that since they have tubes they are tub-type rims... which means that the spokes are affixed to the center line of the rim, and inside the rim, under the tube, it runs a piece of rubber that covers the spoke nipples. These wheels are not airtight.

The wheels on the big GS's have the spokes that affix to the rim outside of the tire wall. Therefore, they can be solid metal and airtight.

While you may prefer tubeless tires, off-road and even more aggressive adventure riding, it's easier to repair a flat on a tube-type wheel than a tubeless. Puncture a tubeless tire and you have to replace the tire (cause a plug isn't a long term solution!). Puncture a tubed tire, you replace the tube and keep on your way and ride out of the situation.

Also, tubeless tires have a smaller sidewall, and when you decrease your air pressure  it allows your tire to ding the rim if you hit a square edge... and a cast wheel is a heck of a lot more expensive than a $100 rim and another $100 to spin it!



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If you're really wanting to run tubeless give these a look.

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Well Swampy, that was a hell of an explanation. Now you got me re thinking my desire to go tubeless. I was prepared to replace the rims but now I am not sure.
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You know what they say.......If it ain't broke......don't fix it.
There's probably less than one percent of the folks on here that run tubeless systems. And that's probably being generous!



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I just put the Tubliss on rear, about three rides ago, & so far, I like!

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I have been Tubliss for about 2 years and have no complaints.

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I've heard good and bad on the Tubliss system, about the same going each way.

I stay with tubes .... cause I can't justify the expense of the Tubliss...


Now, there are even tireballs out there as well.....don't know anyone that uses them, or the mousse.....

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I'm sick of buying ultra HD tubes, not getting any cheaper. I figured if the Tubliss last like claimed, I'll be saving $ and aggravation. And you should know I'm not the spendy type.

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