Originally Posted by Rohan
So let's say you run over something on one of your trips and a chunk of the tire (inner tread or sidewall) comes off but the tube inside stays intact... You can at least still get the bike down the road to a service shop and get it replaced.
Now let's say that you have a tubeless tire and the same thing happens... Your tire goes flat and you are stranded or it blows out completely and you have an accident...
If it only worked that way, Rohan.
Tubeless tires will go flat. If it's a nail, it can be removed, plugged as a temporary fix, and filled and ridden home.
When a tube tire fails, even riding on it a short distance, the tire can and usually does spin on the rim, and it tears the stem out almost immediately.
Personally, I have no beefs with tube tires. I probably put about 100K on tube tires. Changing them takes special care and pre-inflating them and then setting the tube before final inflation needs to be done, to make sure the tube isn't twisted or pinched.
These days, face it...... If you get a flat on the road, there's few cases where you're gonna NOT have to be trailered. Finding a nail in a low tire is one thing. Once a tubeless tire pops off the bead on the rim, you're not going to seat that without a compressor.....
If it's a rear tire on a bagger.......
If it's a 21" tire on a Softail or XL..... You almost need a machine and especially with a tube.
Ambulance time......followed by trailer time.