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I am really curious about this too. My Sport classic had the tubed spoke wheels and I know Alpina makes a tubeless. I was hoping that was why they classic and enduro were $1500 more (extra cost of tubeless wheels). I honestly can't see an aluminum fender or different seat adding $1.5 K to the cost over the Icon.
 

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I would assume the scramblers outfitted with spoked wheels will have tubes though...
Incorrect, No tubes in spoked rim either. Those are Alpina rims.
 
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oh thats interesting now, why the conflicting information? are the spokes not the Alpina's originally thought?
Don't know who makes the spokes, but when I was placing my order for the Classic I specifically asked about the rims. The dealer contacted the technical man in Ducati UK and they confirmed that the spoked wheels were tubed..... :(
 

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Run flat tyres on cars affect their handling markedly, read reviews on BMW cars with run flats. Run flats on a bike would affect feel, so important for motorcyclists as we have a very small contact patch and feedback, especially from the front tyre is so important as modern motorcycles are front end biased ( except for cruisers). Also run flats may increase weight of the tyre, which would be unsprung weight, not desireable. Been riding for over forty years and only had 2 flat tyres in that time, had more in a car!
 

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... what's the big deal between tubed and tubeless? I've only ever had tubed tires, so I'm actually curious about what makes tubeless better.
What is the main difference between tube vs tubeless. Why is it that some out there only want tubeless?

I am not tech-minded when it comes to bikes, so forgive me if my question may seem silly to some out there.
The biggest difference is in the way they deflate when you get a puncture. With a tube it can be like bursting a balloon and deflation is very fast. Not nice when your rounding a corner at 70mph. Tubeless tyres rarely deflate quickly unless they suffer a large cut. Often the nail or whatever remains in the tyre partially sealing the hole and pressure loss is very slow.
Over the years I've suffered instant flat tyres many times with tubes but only once with a tubeless tyre when a new tyre (with only 80 miles on it :( ) suffered a 3/4" long cut from something I ran over.
 
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