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Tubles tires on tube type rims

SHUMBA

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Hey all,
SHUMBA here....after a two year stint on a Yammer Hammer Super Tenere and 43,500 kilometers (27,000 miles) I'm now riding a 2020 Africa Twin DCT non adventure.
It's equipped with Metzler Karoo street version tires. At only 2,700 km I ran over something that caused the rear tire to go flat. The bike felt a little abnormal and before I stopped to investigate I knew what it was. .
I bribed the CAA tow driver into letting me ride home with the bike strapped onto a flat bed truck. I have CAA PLUS, so all good there. I had my dealership install a new Metzler Karoo.
I studied the tread pattern on this tire and there's a lot of open gap between the tread area and the tire closest the tube. Here's my plan....advice please.
I found a new unused set of Avon 53 and 54 tires off a 2020 KTM 790.
I can get these cheaper than a new set of tires when the time comes.
The specs/size of the KTM tires are identical, except for the speed rating, which is higher than the Africa Twin's Metzlers. The Avons are tubless, the Metzlers are tube type as are the AT's rims.
Can I use these tubless Avons on my Africa Twin rims with a tube??
Thanks for reading and looking forward to your input
SHUMBA


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RItwin

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You can run tubes in tubeless tires but not the other way around for obvious reasons, I have been running tubeless tires on my tube rims with a tube on my AT literally since I bought it 5 yrs. ago. I have done this on multiple other bikes I've owned aswell with no issues. I have heard they accumulated more heat in the tires with a tube through friction of the tube moving but have never seen any real evidence or reasons to show me why not to (and I do inspect my tires and tubes thoroughly at changes and before I ride as they are the one thing connecting me to mother earth). All in all you should be fine with tubeless tires on a tube rim with a tube.

Keep the rubber side down

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SHUMBA

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You can run tubes in tubeless tires but not the other way around for obvious reasons, I have been running tubeless tires on my tube rims with a tube on my AT literally since I bought it 5 yrs. ago. I have done this on multiple other bikes I've owned aswell with no issues. I have heard they accumulated more heat in the tires with a tube through friction of the tube moving but have never seen any real evidence or reasons to show me why not to (and I do inspect my tires and tubes thoroughly at changes and before I ride as they are the one thing connecting me to mother earth). All in all you should be fine with tubeless tires on a tube rim with a tube.

Keep the rubber side down

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Thanks for your reply Ritwin.
Greatly appreciated.
SHUMBA

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