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My 2011 Classic has tubeless tires. However, the wheels have spokes. Does this mean that there must be tubes inside? Is there any way I can tell without taking the tires off?:confused:
 

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Can see you're a new member Kidneyman, so will take this question seriously.
YES. The Classic has tubes inside the tubeless tires mounted on spoke rims.
In the future, you may want to use
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Re: Kostik 7/6/2011

In all fairness to you, BMW may NOT have clearly explained this fact.
Some misunderstanding among customers in the past.
But, now you know.

Classic...Real good looking bike !
Enjoy.
 

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But are the tubed tubeless tires more likely to blow out than tubleless tubeless tires? Haven't seen an answer to that one.
 

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But are the tubed tubeless tires more likely to blow out than tubleless tubeless tires? Haven't seen an answer to that one.
would love to know myself... I can't imagine a nail would cause a massive loss of air with the tubeless tire still mounted.... seems like you'd get a slow leak...

anyone know?
 

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Re-Invent the wheel?

Hoshiko has a good point. As nano-fiber technology and polymer science advance, we may see more of these type wheels. Some ideas look promising. That tire profile won't corner as well as I'd like. Cruiser types might buy one.
 

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Getting close to time for tires for my bike. I've been dreading this for a while.. I think I'm going to go to Michelin from the Metzler..
 

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This are the tires recommended by BMW Motorrad.

Bridgestone


Battlax BT 021 F Radial 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Battlax BT 021 R Radial 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Continental


Road Attack 2 C 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Road Attack 2 C 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Metzeler


Roadtec Z6 Interact 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Roadtec Z6 C Interact 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 25

Roadtec Z8 Interact 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Roadtec Z8 Interact C 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Michelin


Pilot Road 2 Front 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Pilot Road 2 B TL 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Pirelli


Angel Street 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Angel Street E 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25

Angel Street 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Angel Street E 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL
 

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This are the tires recommended by BMW Motorrad.

Bridgestone


Battlax BT 021 F Radial 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Battlax BT 021 R Radial 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Continental


Road Attack 2 C 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Road Attack 2 C 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Metzeler


Roadtec Z6 Interact 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Roadtec Z6 C Interact 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 25

Roadtec Z8 Interact 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Roadtec Z8 Interact C 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Michelin


Pilot Road 2 Front 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Pilot Road 2 B TL 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25


Pirelli


Angel Street 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Angel Street E 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL 6, 25

Angel Street 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Angel Street E 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL
I'm looking at the Pirelli Angel Street. I can't find any negatives on these and have never owned any Pirelli. I see the recommendation for 180/55 but was considering a 190/50 but saw some people on other forums said with the slight stretch it makes them balloon a little bit but not really sure if for the riding I do, if it would be an issue. My buddy with the Buell bought a 180/55 Avon ultra 2 and it looks substantially beefier than my Metzeler and a lot wider. I want the slightly wider look now and would consider a 190/55 but since they are taller sidewall not sure if they would give me fits with the traction control and ABS??? Anyone swap some 190s on their bike????? :confused::confused:
 

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I'm very interested in the Classic but dont like the idea of a tube required in the spoke wheels. This may push me away from the classic model.

I wonder why they didn't use the same configuration as they used on the GSA cross spoke rims?
 

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Wheel swap

:001_huh:picked up my RR Classic in December. Still have my 2003 R1150R. Has anyone considered swapping the 1150 Alloys with the 1200 Wire spoked rims !?
 

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I have considered, and rejected, replacing the rims on my Classic. I bought the bike over other r12r's because I like the way it looks. I am nearing 20,000 miles on the bike. I had one flat that needed the tire to come off the rim to be repaired. That would also have been the case had there been no tube in the tire. Luckily, BMW and my insurance company both provide roadside assistance. I don't see the big issue over the tubes in the tires.
 

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I haven't heard of any unusual difficulties with the Classics "tubed-Tubeless" arrangement either. I like the look on mine. That being said, if I had 5 grand, i'd chuck 'em both for a set of BST rims. . .
 

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BMW's Motorrad magazine also said that last year's BattleAxe Pro's were better in the rain, braked faster, and lasted longer than the current BattleAxe. They said both are currently available.
 
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