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Old 02-20-2013, 08:11 PM   #21
vortexau
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Originally Posted by Süsser Tod View Post
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



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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!
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