FLHR RR Tire for Spoked Rim

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by wjsjr, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. wjsjr

    wjsjr Member

    I'm riding a 1999 FLHR and am for the first time buying a rear tire myself and not through my dealer. My INDY shop closed this year and I'm on my own ordering through the WWW.

    The tire that's on it is a Dunlop MT90B16 MC 74H D402 white wide sidewall. There is the word TUBELESS on the tire. I have spoked rims.

    My question is...I thought with spoked rims a tube was required. Do I need to order just the tire or tire and tube?

    Sorry for the newbie question, and thanks for the help in advance.
  2. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

    The tires will say tubeless but with spoked wheels you'll need a tube. I'd recommend putting a new tube in with the tire change.

    I just got a new tire for mine and have been using Jake Wilson for for my tire needs. They claim they'll beat anyone's price and offer free shipping. I ordered mine and had it in 3 days.
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  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

    Jeff is right, even if your wheel ere set for tubeless, I would run a tube and a new rim strip for peace of mind JMO
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  4. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

    I believe all tires today are tubeless. As recommended above new tube and rim strip need to be replaced also.
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  5. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

    ALL tires are now tubeless rated, hence the sidewall imprint. You should also order a new rim strip, they are cheap and protect the tube from chaffing on spoke nipples.
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  6. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    When replacing a tyre on a spoke rim I always fit a new tube and rim tape the place I buy sells the tube and rim tape together so they are the correct size
    I did an article on tyre changing years back but seems to have gone as all the pics were in my album which did not survive the forum upgrade so perhaps I will re do the tyre change guide sometime soon

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  7. coopernicus

    coopernicus Junior Member Contributor

    Yup, mine say tubeless also even though I need tubes!
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  8. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

    I hate tubed tires; too old school for me and if you ever change a rear tire out in the Texas hill country, or anywhere in Texas for that matter, in July; you will curse tubed tires for the rest of your life.

    My BMW R9T came with tubed tires; I know the bike is supposed to be a bit retro, but tubed tires? really? Anyway, the first thing I did to the bike was to pull the tubes and go to a tubeless setup that simply requires a plug to get back on the road. Cost was less than $20 and the operation is a bit time consuming because to do it properly, you have to allow sufficient cure time between sealant applications. Before converted, the tubed tires would drop 4-6psi in a week or two between rides and after converting, it would take 4 weeks before the tires would show any loss of pressure.

  9. wjsjr

    wjsjr Member

    Thanks everyone. That's kinda what I was thinking. Seeing "Tubeless" threw me. Order the tire, tube and rim strip.

    Glad again I joined this forum!
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  10. rusntx

    rusntx Active Member Contributor

    Have spokes on my 14 RK, run tubes, my experience has been they hold air great. As Dolt said I hope to not experience a flat in hot boondocks of TX. Knock on wood..