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Old 08-09-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Whats a good heavy duty inner tube?

Im looking for a heavy duty inner tube for 150/70 17

what would you recommend?
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:58 PM   #2
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I like Bridgestone. I use the ultra heavy duty in our dirtbikes, I think they are 4mm thick rubber. They are a little more pain in the ass when changing tires, but are well made, quality tubes.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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Kenda Tuff Tubes work well for me.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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Metzeler. Natural rubber is easy to patch.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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I like Bridgestone. I use the ultra heavy duty in our dirtbikes, I think they are 4mm thick rubber. They are a little more pain in the ass when changing tires, but are well made, quality tubes.
I too use the bridgestone ultra heavy duty tube on the xr 650 l . Its just a safer feeling i get with thick tubes ! They cost just a little more then a paper thin tube , but you get what you pay for ! Thats all i use in my 3 honda's !
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:11 PM   #6
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Im looking for a heavy duty inner tube for 150/70 17

what would you recommend?
I am guessing that is a big, highway capable bike? I wouldn't use an ultra heavy duty in that case. Heavy duty sure, but some of these really thick tubes have to build up some serious heat on the highway. Kenda Tuff Tubes and Bridgestone Ultra Heavies, I don't think, come in 17s.

I have been using Michelin Heavy Duty tubes lately, but you are going to have to look around for that size I suspect. Make sure you get a tube sized for that wide of a rim otherwise.

What bike is this for?

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Old 08-10-2013, 05:29 AM   #7
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I am guessing that is a big, highway capable bike? I wouldn't use an ultra heavy duty in that case. Heavy duty sure, but some of these really thick tubes have to build up some serious heat on the highway. Kenda Tuff Tubes and Bridgestone Ultra Heavies, I don't think, come in 17s.

I have been using Michelin Heavy Duty tubes lately, but you are going to have to look around for that size I suspect. Make sure you get a tube sized for that wide of a rim otherwise.

What bike is this for?

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #8
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These are what I recommend above ANYTHING else, if they fit. They only come in 3 sizes as they are made for dual sport and dirt bikes. I have them in my XT225, and had them in a KLR650. They are FOUR times as thick as regular tubes, not nearly as easy to puncture, and if they do get punctured, they don't usually shred like cheap stock tubes, and can often be patched. Never had ANY problems with them but the price. But they are worth every penny, and I would still get them at twice the price.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:56 PM   #9
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I still don't think a 4mm tube is a good idea on a big bike running sustained high speeds. I think you will notice a handling difference too, those things weigh a ton.

Judging from the charts it looks like you need a 5 inch wide tube.

I would use a Michelin 17MHR, it is listed as an "MX" tube for 130-140/90-17. That is close enough to 150/70-17 for me.
Available here:http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...am=WT_MICHELIN

These would work too: http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/...s__IRC-XX.aspx

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On a slightly unrelated note, do you reuse tubes or is it a new tire-new tube kinda thing?
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:52 PM   #11
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On a slightly unrelated note, do you reuse tubes or is it a new tire-new tube kinda thing?
I go based on the age.If they are 4 or 5 years old,I replace them and use as emergency spares until I can replace with a new one.
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:41 PM   #12
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Bridgestone Ultra heavy duty. accept no substitute
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:45 PM   #13
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I go based on the age.If they are 4 or 5 years old,I replace them and use as emergency spares until I can replace with a new one.
Oh yeah,and I am a Bridgestone tube guy.Unless it's some large odd tire,then Metzler.
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Bridgestone Ultra heavy duty. accept no substitute
I posted about Bridgestone 17-inch Ultra Heavy Duty tubes but I was all wrong so I'm deleting it. :)

Fact is, I've run 18-inch Bridgestone UHD tubes in a KLR and DR for 60,000 miles with no problems, no flats. Bridgestone doesn't make 17 inch UHD tubes and never did.
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I have found that continuous high speed running is really hard on ultra heavy duty tubes. They generate a lot of heat and friction in the tire. The tube starts to get thin spots, then flats. It's almost like using Mousse tubes at high speed, which melt. Regular HD tubes will last a lot longer. This comes from running airhead GS's and Gran Canyons for over 200k miles.
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