Why I Run A Tube In My Sealed Front Rim (And You Should Too) – Harley Davidson Softail

Why I Run A Tube In My Sealed Front Rim (And You Should Too) – Harley Davidson Softail


Hey, this is another video by Pet Rock. And today I’m just going to do a little bit
of a rant. There are a lot of guys out there on the internet
that act as if you are not a real biker or something stupid like that if you run a tube
in your front tire. I am not one of those people. This rim can actually run tubeless but I’ll
probably always run it with a tube and here is why. Right there. If you look closely there is a big old dent
in my rim. See if that will stay in there. There we go. Yeah, that shouldn’t happen. If I was running tubeless this tire would
have deflated. Yeah that would have been a good day. But being that it had a tube inside it stayed
inflated and I kept on going down the road and was able to get home. This is actually the second rim that I’ve
dented like this. The first one was the stock rim that came
with the bike, which is what got me to buy this rim. So if you look closely. I don’t know if you can see it on the camera
or not but you can actually see the beed is separated from the rim. So there is no seal anymore. So the only thing that is holding this tire
out and keeping it inflated is the tube that’s inside. This is also a standard sized rim. It’s not a low profile tire. The width is the same as stock. The diameter is same as stock. Everything. This happened when I was going about 65 mph,
which is actually the speed limit here, on the highway at around two in the morning on
my way home from work. Hit a pot hole so hard that it actually shot
me out of the seat a little bit so the only part of the bike I was actually in contact
were the grips on the handle bar. Needless to say the pucker factor was high. So to all those who say you have to run tubeless
or you’re not cool or you’re not a real man or you’re not whatever. They can eat me. Come talk to me after you’ve ridden your bike
hard enough where you dented your rim. If you want to run tubeless, that’s perfectly
fine. Just do it based on reality, not on what you
read on the internet. And yes, I am aware that this bike comes with
a tubeless rear tire. I’m actually fine with that. If the rear tire blows out on a bike you have
a very good possibility of being able to keep it up right and getting over to the side of
the road or whatever. But if you blow out a front tire, yeah good
luck. So long story short, run a tube in your front
tire. Going down is not fun and pot holes tend to
jump out a bite you when you least expect it.

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  1. I have never heard the anti tube thing. To me a tube is the way to go and who in their right mind would care if you put a tube in. HAHA

  2. I agree with ya buddy I think organic is the way to go. Now your wondering why i'm answering your comment here HAHA You seem to be stuck in my junk comments folder and can't get you out, LOL

  3. Had the same thing happen to my front rim. Hit a Michigan pot hole about 55-60 mph, (and yes Michigan pot holes are bad) – jarred my skeleton. Was still holding air, and got me home 30 miles without any issues.

  4. You make a great point. I put an aftermarket wheel on my 07 Train to avoid having to deal with inner tubes and tire irons, plus I'm pretty good at plugging tires. Now I wonder if or how much stronger aftermarket wheels are compared to spoke. I T-boned a car. I waIked away, my frame was toast but my front wheel was repaired (didn't break the seal). I may dig out that innertube.

  5. I've been riding for 35 + years and have never had a blown tire but that does not keep me from thinking it won't happen at any time, like people pulling out in front of you on a daily basis which always increases the pucker factor. I ride a "97 WG with the 21" front tire. Just for your opinion…. what would happen if the front tire went down on a bike at 60 mph ? Would it be a total loss of control ? Thanks for any input.

  6. Paid more attention to potholes you're lucky you had a tube in the front tire are you probably be dead what you doing 60 miles an hour on the highway

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