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Old Yesterday, 07:39 AM   #1
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Tiger 800XC Inner tubes?

I did a search and haven't found any info on Inner tubes.
What tubes do you all have the best success with?
I hope there is some good info out there, it has been a long time
since I have had a bike with tubes.
thanks in advance for the help
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Old Yesterday, 10:38 AM   #2
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My $0.02 worth ...

Buy the least expensive rubber tube. (avoid vinyl as it cannot be patched)

A lot of folks put stock in the Heavy Duty tubes, but the only thing they protect from are small thorns that are long enough to get into a normal tube, but not long enough to go through the thickness of a Heavy Duty tube. Beyond those who do a lot of desert riding where this would be of benefit, the rest of us who get punctures from nails, screws, etc. are going to have a flat with either tube.

Negatives of HD tubes:
More rotating mass takes more energy to accelerate, slow, and steer.

HD tubes are a pain to install and remove compared to their anorexic cousins.

They cost more. often a lot more than a normal tube.

HD tubes are often not available at the local shop and must be ordered.

They take up almost twice the space in storage if you carry a spare.
With this in mind, after running HD tubes for a while and still getting flats just as often I have gone back to running whatever is least expensive that I can still glue a patch on in a pinch. (pun intended)

In addition, I have sealed the rear wheel using 3M Extreme Sealing Tape and now run tubeless on the rear. Though I still carry a front and rear tube, as well as tubeless plugs, tube patches, Slime air compressor, tire tools, can of glue, etc. (better to have and not need ...)
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Old Yesterday, 12:45 PM   #3
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^^^ Good advice. You don't need anything special.

It's a good idea to get natural rubber tubes, not butyl rubber -- the natural rubber tubes don't hold air quite as well long-term (you may need to top up a couple PSI every few weeks), but when punctured they tend to retain their shape and just leak, while butyl rubber tubes often tear and disintegrate like a balloon being popped. By extension, this can mean that while a natural rubber tube will usually go flat fairly slowly, a butyl rubber tube can rupture and flatten quickly.

Unfortunately natural rubber tubes are a little harder to find. I buy online as a result.

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Thanks, I appreciate the input. I guess I will be buying the Regular tubes and avoid the extra cost of the HD tubes. Makes sense. I will be mounting up a couple of the new tkc70 tires soon.
The original tires are knackered at almost 4000miles. Pirreli scorpion Trails.
good on the road, not so much off.
Thanks again. I will be carrying spare tubes and definitely don't need to take up extra space on the bike.
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my search for a natural rubber tube only turned up Metzler -- and they don't make them in a 150/70-17 size --the closest is 160/70-17 and up .

So 1) what's the source for a natural rubber 150/70-17 tube or,
2) what size are you using that seems to work?

TIA

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