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dumb question about tubeless tyres on spoked rims

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by peanut, Sep 13, 2019 at 8:38 AM.

  1. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    i know this must sound like a bit of a dumb question but how safe is it to run a tubeless tyre with a tube on a spoked rim ?:)

    I need to replace both the tyres on my spoked alloy rims but I am a little concerned about the lack of a tubeless tyre lip on the spoked rims .
    I currently have 'King' ? tyres fitted, which came with the bike and I have no idea if they are tubeless tyres (they have tubes fitted ) there is no information on these tyres other than a rotation symbol and size

    Nearly all the tyres I see for sale seem to be tubeless :umm:
  2. solo2racr

    solo2racr Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow

    Having formerly worked for Dunlop at CamelPro roadraces back in the '80's, I can tell you that there is NO problem with tubeless tires running with tubes on spoke rims.
  3. kevski

    kevski XS650 Addict

    I think you have been in the west country too long and watching too much Jethro LOL, just pulling your leg.:)
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  4. Bushyeyed1

    Bushyeyed1 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    I have been running tubeless tires with a tube in my spoked rims for thousands of miles now with no issues.
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  5. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Any "old" rim is less safe than new style rims with bead retainer ridges. Just one of the risks we take.
    The retainer ridge is intended to keep the tire on the rim even if it goes flat. Gets ugly if the tire leaves the rim while you are moving. Longish story but I blew a tube tire on a Honda Shadow spoke rim at 70 MPH in truck traffic and survived, was happy the rim had the retainer ridges. Interesting that the Mikes rims do NOT have the safety ridges either. Sometimes what you don't know can bite you.
    The safety rims came in to use gradually in the 80's and 90's
    Some reading
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  6. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I don't think you're going to have much choice in the matter. It's very hard, if not impossible, to find a "tube only" tire today. You may run across some marked "tube/tubeless", but there's probably little difference between them and ones only marked "tubeless".
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  7. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    so I'm worrying about nothing lol:)

    Thanks for the reassuring answers I'll go ahead and order some tyres. I was a little concerned as I can ill-afford to throw away such a large amount of money now I'm an old age pensioner wink wink ;):laugh2:
  8. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

  9. gene xs

    gene xs XS650 Enthusiast

    When you run tubeless tires with a tube it decreases the speed rating by one click. The tubes make them run hotter so they are not good to as high a rate of speed. Other than that, there's nothing to be concerned with.
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  10. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Apparently tubeless tyres are not constructed to work with tubes and consequently the inside of tubeless tyres have a rough surface which can result in increased tube and tyre temperature. Some tyre suppliers include a warning in their supply terms &conditions that they will not be held liable for tyre failures
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  11. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey

    Retro bikes, like my W800, run 'tubeless' tyres with tubes on wire-spoked wheels as standard with no problems. The recommended fitting is Dunlop Roadmasters but I run Avon RoadRiders and other people run other fittings such as Trail Wings and so on. Sounds like the tyre manufacturers are just trying to cover their backsides?
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  12. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    yes but the rims of the W800 are only 8 years old at most and are probably designed to use tubeless tyres ?
    my 79 xs is now 40 years old and the rims were definitely not designed for use with tubeless tyres .

    I have read a couple of references about this but I've mislaid the link I had from the tyre supplier who stated the caveat .
    Basically it depends on whether or not the tyre has a ribbed interior or not . Also the shape of the rim is important too.You cannot fit a tubeless tyre to a WM type rim it must be a WT rim :).
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  13. Without changing their appearance at all the mags are looking better......
  14. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey

    Ah, I wan't fully aware of WM and MT rim profiles. From very imperfect memory, and I didn't inspect the rims to check for a hump, the W800 rims are more of the WM profile.

    Can understand your concerns in the event of tyre losing pressure. It is pretty unusual but not impossible for a tube to lose pressure suddenly and you're concerned that the tyre might come off the rim?

    Many years ago, about 1986-87, rear tyre suddenly lost pressure on a Kawasaki Z1. Puncture allowed tyre to slip around the rim as power was applied, ripping the tube at the valve. I actually felt the back end of the bike 'drop' as it let go. We were overtaking a column of cars at the time and the occupants were treated to the spectacle of a motorcycle going past sideways. Tried to lose speed but almost inevitably we fell off.

    These things don't happen often . . .
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  15. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    sideways when overtaking:bike:.... :yikes: definitely focuses your attention lol:laugh2:

    I had an episode earlier this year ,.... due to infrequent riding and lack of attention I inadvertently changed from second gear to 1st gear whilst accelerating hard Luckily I still had my fingers on the clutch lever ! there was an almighty bang as the rear wheel locked up and the bike suddenly went sideways at about 30+mph ........

    I didn't know anything about the various rim profiles before doing a little google research yesterday. My main concern initially was not the tyre coming off the rim but spending $200 on tyres and then finding that they didn't fit the rim properly .:(
  16. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    So I take it unless you were planing on buying the absolutely cheapest tire you could find and then take you XS650 on a long run down the Autobahn you would probably be pretty safe?
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  17. arcticXS

    arcticXS XS650 Junkie

    I just make sure to install a new inner tube with a new tire, and check the pressure frequently. All you can do is to improve the odds, nothing is 100% guaranteed anyway.
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  18. XSLeo

    XSLeo XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    There are differences between the bead shape of tube tires and tubeless tires. The rims are slightly different to match the bead profile.
    How much this effects how well the tire works with a tube I can't say. I think that as long as you keep the tires properly inflated it won't be a problem.
    On the tire running warmer with a tube may be from the stiffening effect on the sidewalls. With the proper pressure the sidewalls flex the proper amount to warm the tire. If you run a tire to hard or to soft this effects how the tire warms up.
    Now adding a tube make the sidewalls thicker. This reduces the flew of a tire sidewalls. This reduces the heating of the tire.
    If you had two wheels, the same, one with a tubeless tire and one with a tube and ran the wheels on your bike. Using the 10% cold to hot change to determine the correct pressure , would the tube tire need a different pressure to achieve the 10% increase?
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  19. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey

    An interesting question. To do the experiment, you need to compare the same (type of) wheel and the same (type of) tyre on the same (type of) bike with ideally the same rider. What you need in fact is somebody who runs tubeless and is prepared to pull his tyre off, put a tube in there and run it that way for a while taking notes of pressures hot and cold.
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  20. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I know just the man for the job ,...........but he's got too many bikes lol :laugh2:

    I suspect that a key element here would be the strengthening ribbing inside some tubeless tyres which would rub against a tube , The resultant friction would certainly raise the temperature of both tyre and tube and possibly cause early failure of the tube
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