The Shinko 705s can indeed be run tubeless but not with a stock KLR rim. The stock rims of the KLR are meant to be used with tubes, and the Shinko's are perfectly fine with one.<...>
I already bought tubes, and even though I think the Shinko 705s can run tubeless, I think I'd rather just put in the tubes. Is this OK?
Also, I'm wrestling with this tire, trying to get it off. Looking at some of these KLR650 videos YouTube, it looks like they're having a lot easier time. I'm wondering if tubeless tires are just tighter on the rim? I'm scared that I'm going to damage/bend the rim. I've mixed a few drops of Dr. Bronner's with water and lubed it up, broke the bead on both side, etc.
Looking for assurance/advice before I proceed any further
I had the spoon in there and looked at the valve stem, which was sealed on the inside with nuts, and the valve stem wasn't attached to a tube. Went fishing in there a bit with my fingers and could feel the tube. The spoke wells look sealed, and the rims don't look stock. The stock ones on the 2nd gen are chrome. The ones on my bike are black. (But maybe they came in different colors? IDK.)Hey - I wish I'd have seen this earlier! I was changing both front and rear tires this weekend, and could have offered some local help.
RE: "Tubeless?" - If there are spokes, and it's not a German bike, there are probably going to be tubes in the tires - "tubeless" tires can take tubes, just like your bicycle.
Good luck and let us know how it turned out.
RE: Removal- The internet videos always make it look easy, but that's the magic of cinema - it's amazing what a little judicious editing can do...
Getting the old tire off is the "easy part"; after you squeeze the sides of the tire to break the bead, squeeze one of your spoons into the gap between the tire and the rim and open it up enough to get another spoon in there. As noted above, it helps to get the other side of the tire seated in the drop-center of the rim, so I usually kneel on the opposite side that I'm "spooning". After that, take little bites with the spoons to lift the tire over the rim, and eventually you'll be able to pull it off the rim with your hands. It is a feat of brute strength - but it gets easier as you get more of the tire off the rim.
Typo! My bad, I couldn't feel the tube in there.You say the valve stem wasn't attached to a tube, but you could feel the tube in there? That's weird... Once you get inside the tire, you should be able to see the inner tube pretty clearly. Letting the tires warm up in the sun will help, and I've found the front tire is easier than the back one.
- For what it's worth, my bike (2014.5) has stock black rims, so that's not too unusual.
Good luck and keep at it. The first one is the worst one and, although it's always a pain in the butt, it gets better...
I'll suggest that the chances are high that your inner tube has ripped completely off of the valve stem.Typo! My bad, I couldn't feel the tube in there.
It looked like it was more than just a cupped washer though. It was circular though, I think. I honestly didn't get a good look at it. I think it also had knurling on the outside.There is normally a cupped washer held firmly by a nut on most inner tubes.
There is normally a thin, stretched on rubber band covering the spoke heads to help protect the inner tube from chaffing. It will NOT seal air pressure into the tire.