Tubeless Tyres and Spoke Wheels
I have a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and I go on long trips at least once in two months. Following numerous punctures, I am considering changing to tubeless tyres as they are more convenient to repair. I heard that spoke wheels can be shod with tubeless tyres after sealing the inside of the rim. Is it advisable to do so and will it have a negative effect on the handling?
Rajesh Bihari, Lucknow
Dear Rajesh, it is true that tubeless tyres are easier to repair as you don’t have to dismount the tyre from the rim to repair a puncture. However, it is not possible to fit a tubeless tyre to a conventional spoke wheel. There are bikes that do come with spoke wheels and tubeless tyres, but they use special wheels where the spokes are fitted in reverse and the inside of the wheel is completely sealed, just like an alloy wheel. Instead, we would recommend that you use good quality tyres and keep them inflated to the right tyre pressure that should keep the number of punctures to a minimum.