First, thank you Pashnit for this new Adv section. I am not quite ready to go down to Panama, but I am thinking about it. Let us get that new section to use.
The new bike I bought is shod with Continental TKC80, but the front is tubeless and the rear has a tube. My goal with this bike is to be able to repair a flat if I get a flat in Lala Land, and I wonder what is best.
Like every kid, I repaired tires on my bicycles and I feel I could do that on a motorcycle, but that means carrying irons all the time. Tubeless repair kits seem a little better and lighter as far as packing goes. Carrying both is even worse since the 990 has NO storage room, not even under the seat.
I think I will go for tubes since I also would like to be able to replace the tires on my own. Even if the local Sunnyvale shop does not charge much, knobbies tend to melt very quickly with my weight (on the throttle). Is there a tubed road or half-and-half tire that does not require a press to break the bead, by the way?
Hoping some of these questions make sense, where does everybody stands? And, does that really matter if I do not balance a tubed knobby tire?