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Jun 6th 2021, 04:20 PM   #1
 
  Dec 2020
  Vancouver

  Constantly changing..
Inner tube headache or not?

I am looking at Husqvarna 401 and really interested in buying one.

But it has spoked wheels and inner tube.

How much of extra maintenance does it require?

Thanks.
Jun 6th 2021, 04:27 PM   #2
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

No more maintenance than normal tubeless tires. Just replace the tube with the tire.
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Jun 6th 2021, 05:01 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 BMW R 1200 R Classic...2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...
the only trouble with a tubed tire is getting flats...you can't just throw a plug in tire and ride on...a tubed tire..with a good all rubber tube..will deflate slower that a tubeless tire..making stopping safer...a good rubber tube will leak air all on it's own and your having to check your tire pressure more often is the worst of it...
my '83 beemer has forged wheels and tubes...my 2012 beemer has wire wheels and tubeless tires...
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Jun 7th 2021, 04:18 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Use Natural Rubber tubes, avoid butyl tubes. Natural rubber tubes generally will not "Blow Out" like butyl tubes can. Though nothing is nail or screw proof, HD and UHD tubes generally have fewer flats. Additionally I always put Berryman's Tire Sealer in every new tire, tube or tubeless.
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Jun 7th 2021, 11:18 AM   #5
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2021 Z H2 SE
I got so tired of dealing with tubes on my F800GS several years ago that I did a tubeless conversion on the rims, and it worked fine. Especially if you're road riding mostly, I'd recommend that.

My job's location had an ongoing construction site next door for a couple of years (complete building gut/rebuild), and I punched tires repeatedly because of it. After going through the tire & tube business a couple of times, I did the tubeless conversion, then then could fix my rear tire in the lot, thanks to the center stand on that bike. [After I complained about my tire issues (as did others) they started sweeping the lot, as well..]

Tubeless is the way to go unless you're hardcore off-road, in my opinion.
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Jun 7th 2021, 02:07 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Agree completely but tubeless isn't an option on most spoke wheels. When I started riding in 1970 there weren't many tubeless wheels/bikes around. Today my two street bikes are tubeless and my on/off road dual sport has tubes.
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Jun 8th 2021, 07:29 AM   #7
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2021 Z H2 SE
The F800GS had spoked wheels. You have to seal the center track of the rim the next time you change tires, then voila, no leaks and tubeless tires are possible.
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