Originally Posted by Süsser Tod
I still can't get the "flat tire" out of my mind...
First time it happened it was the rear tire on my SV1000S. I was doing 125mph when the valve stem broke, instant flat. Managed to stop without wrecking, but it's something that really messes with your mind.
The second time was just a few weeks ago, again on the SV1000S, but this time something made a hole in the front tire. Managed to stop without problems and fixed it with my fix a flat kit.
. . .
Time to change to an airless alternative?
Michelin Airless motorcycle tires
Interesting, too, is the tread and plastic sidewalls can be made in various colors as the blue version shows. No word, as far as I can tell, about how close these are to commercial application. It would be interesting to ride an airless tire to see how it responds under various riding conditions. Since a broken band doesn't require a tire change and there is no air to lose, these would seem to be a natural for extreme offroad use though they would be great for normal riding, too.
Think of having a type of "slinky" supporting the tyre from the inside - instead of pressurized air.
Pity seems no progress on this since November 2005!