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I would not use any of the Fix-A-Flat or Slime type products in a tubeless tire because of the mess it is reported to be when the tire is dismounted. But, what about using these products in a tube type tire? This would be just to make it home or to a shop. If the use of these products is okay, then is there a preferred one for our motorcycle tires? The reason I am asking is my wife and I went on a ride this morning and she picked up a nail in the rear tire. The good news is: 1. She got to experience the feeling of getting a flat while riding, 2. She kept the Aero up and was able to find a safe place to pull off, 3. We were only about 35 miles from home, 4. We have a very good next door neighbor that has a trailer I am free to borrow,
and 5. She had me along to go fetch said trailer and come to her rescue! I did have to leave her on the side of the road while I went for the trailer, but I didn't worry too much as she is mean and heavily armed...

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It seems to me there has to be a way to seal the spokes inside the rim allowing the use of tubeless tires. I've dealt with this issue too many times with my bike and the Jag, I'm going to check the net on this.

AH....HA!!! This is what I found so far, I'm still checking further for more recent info.

Seal Motorcycle Wire Wheels to Use Tubeless Tires

The right sealant, expertly applied can permit you to run your wire-spoke wheels without tubes. From the "Tips" column of the October 1998 issue of Motorcycle Cruiser magazine.

From the February, 2009 issue of Motorcycle Cruiser

You can't escape cleaning them, but you can run tubeless tires on your motorcycle's wire wheels if you seal them properly. That requires making the holes for the spoke nipples (visible in the right side of the rim) air-tight.

Nostalgic, pretty, and capable of absorbing some of the shocks the road dishes out, wire-spoked motorcycle wheels also have their drawbacks. They are more time-consuming to clean and require occasional maintenance.

However, the biggest drawback is that most wire wheels (there are exceptions, such as BMW) use tube-type tires — that is, tires that require inner tubes to hold the air that supports the motorcycle. Inner tubes entail a risk of rapid deflation (or blowout) and resulting loss of control if punctured because a punctured tube immediately loses its air. Tubeless tires, on the other hand, usually release pressure slowly, which can give you sufficient warning to get off the road safely.

For some time, wire-wheel builders have been sealing automotive wire wheels to permit the use of tubeless tires. Unfortunately, the same sealant used for cars tends to peel off when confronted with the lateral stresses encountered in motorcycle wheels. However, some motorcycle-wheel builders are now sealing wire-spoked wheels for our machines, too. It seems a new compound has been developed recently that appears to have solved the problems of the past.

We asked Wheel Works in Garden Grove, California (714/530-6681) to fill us in on the details. Although a spokesperson was reluctant to specify the exact ingredients, we learned that the sealant (which is applied over the inside of the spoke nipples in a two-part process) takes about 12 hours to set up. It is impervious to the stresses and chemicals normally encountered in motorcycle applications. After you discard the tube, the total weight of the wheel is actually lower than with a tube. The reduced weight and the elimination of friction means that the tire runs cooler than with an inner tube. Wheel Works charges $59 per wheel to convert your wire wheel for tubeless use. This fee also includes the installation of a tire valve stem.

Wheel Works
12787 Nutwood Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 530-6681

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