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post #1 of 17 Old 06-02-2016, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Tube or Tubeless

I am about to have a set of Anakee III tyres on my DL650. I find that I need to top up the air in my current (original) tyres every couple of weeks.

90% of my riding is on sealed roads. The remainder on gravel roads.

Should be installing tubes or staying tubeless?
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-02-2016, 07:59 PM
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Tubeless and topping off every couple of weeks is normal
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-02-2016, 08:40 PM
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Definitely stay with tubeless much easier to do an emergency repair out on the road if necessary and you would find tube tyres will most likely still need air every couple of weeks.

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Just put tubes in the tubeless tyres.











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I don't get to ride near enough but checking and adjusting air pressure is number 1 on my list. Just make it a habit, all tires lose a little air. Some brands more than others.

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post #6 of 17 Old 06-03-2016, 09:39 PM
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Tubeless is the way to go (stay).

If you are losing air over a two week period you will have a leaking valve or a small air weep from the tyre bead, or you may actually have a small nail or object in the tread somewhere that is letting air seep out.

Never pull out a nail or object until you are in a position to plug the tyre or have it repaired.

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post #7 of 17 Old 06-04-2016, 07:37 PM
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From experience, tubeless tyres win every time. Second is a tube in a tubeless tyre to get to a place to repair the tyre.

Any tyre I've have which was damaged could either be repaired with a plug or was so badly damaged that not even a tube in it could get me going again.

My experience with tubeless and air pressure losses is that any loss over a few months indicates some problem which needs to be corrected.

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Looks like tubeless wins. I will be getting them fitted as soon as the rain dissapears.

Thanks for your input.
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I've had the Anakee III tyres on now for 2 years and on the hardtop they are the best I've ever had, they stick to the road like s**t to a blanket and are very confidence inspiring, however....on the dirt they are not so confidence inspiring, in particular the front tyres, I just don't believe they are good for anything more than hard packed gravel...they are no where as confidence inspiring than when I had the Metzeler Tourances which gave me a lot of confidence on such a big bike in the dirt.
I haven't done much dirt recently so like most, my riding has been on the blacktop so the A III's do the job very well....but on the dirt I've gotta go so much more slower than my previous tyres.

You always should check pressures cold about once a week. On my Strom I do 38 rear and 32 front but I'f I'm touring with a bit of a load I'll jack up each an extra 2 PSI's.

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I have a brand new Anakee 2 rear tyre still in the plastic wrap in the shed if anyone wants to hand me $100 for it.. don't have a bike that it fits on any more. (DR650, KLE500, and the Honda VF500 all take narrower, or different diameter tyres than the Strom did)

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