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Tube or Tubeless for off-road riding

For aggressive off-road tires, what are you thoughts on tube vs tubeless? I've always been riding and racing 450s and they were always tube type tires (but easy to change anywhere). I have the little emergency stand to lift the tires up on my Versys, but it seems a little sketchy to me....? It seems like any accidental bump would cause the bike to fall and (even with engine guards and a skid plate) the tank area would get dinged up.

Given the weight of these bikes, the tubeless patch system seems to make sense. I would appreciate any experience with tire changing issues as well as tube vs tubeless issues on the trails. Thanks!

....and I know the Versys is not a dirt bike. I'm talking 4 wheeler trails, Jeep roads, and gravel roads (with no water!).

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tube tires are necessary when running wire rims that don't accept tubeless. Unless you are airing down to 6 psi and installing rim locks I don't see any need to go with tubes in the tires.

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So you think the 120/90-17 TKC80 would be OK to run tubeless, as one sight suggested?
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tube tires are necessary when running wire rims that don't accept tubeless. Unless you are airing down to 6 psi and installing rim locks I don't see any need to go with tubes in the tires.
I converted the wheels on my KLR to tubeless (took a few days, start to finish), and the pressure would only drop a few pounds when I came back after the winter to get ready to ride again in spring.

TUBELESS is the answer for ME (but I can't comment on running tube-type tires tubeless).

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