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Old 06-13-2013, 10:47 AM   #31
MrMorgan
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Dot approved tubes?

I see lots of discussion about tube sizes, what to carry for a spare, etc., but can someone tell me if there is such a thing as a DOT approved tube for street use? I took the rim down to my local dealer to mount a 110/80 R19 shinko 705 and they say they only have dirtbike tubes, no DOT approved. So I started calling other dealers and two more have said they have to order a tube in. This includes the Triumph dealer (it's off my tiger). I find it hard to believe three dealers dont have a tube to fit. Do i just tell them to throw a "dirt bike tube" in?
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:34 PM   #32
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I see lots of discussion about tube sizes, what to carry for a spare, etc., but can someone tell me if there is such a thing as a DOT approved tube for street use? I took the rim down to my local dealer to mount a 110/80 R19 shinko 705 and they say they only have dirtbike tubes, no DOT approved. So I started calling other dealers and two more have said they have to order a tube in. This includes the Triumph dealer (it's off my tiger). I find it hard to believe three dealers dont have a tube to fit. Do i just tell them to throw a "dirt bike tube" in?
Are they talking about a radial tube to go with a radial tire? I put about 20,000 miles on a R1100GS with a bent rim, radial tire and bias tube. When radial tubes first come out, the rubber compound was a tiny bit different, then we just made the radial versions a little bit heavier and then in passenger type tubes, the bias versions were discontinued.

Again, this is my only my opinion, but I would put a regular tube in and not worry about it. The bigger question is why do you want to put a tube in it? Or does it not have a tubeless rim?
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