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I ordered everything to do my own tire changes and unfortunately when I pulled my new inner tube from it's package it does not seem to be the right size. I called Bike Bandit as that's where I got everything from but I'm waiting to hear back from a manger. Meanwhile I did a little research and I find it really strange that I can not find the correct Metzeler inner tube listed anywhere on any site.

I have the right tire. Metzeler Z2 130/80 17 On both Bike Bandit and Motorcycle Super Store they have a drop down for the tubes. Both 17" options seem to fit everything but 130/80.

http://www.bikebandit.com/metzeler-motorcycle-tubes

I mean this is a Bonneville right? I can't be the only one who's tried to order a new replacement rear inner tube. Am I missing something? Anyone have an idea where I can get the right tube online?

I don't want to reuse the old tube as it seems to have a slow leak.
 

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You could use a slight step-down in size without any issues. Something like a 120 would work and would be easier to install without pinching. These tubes will work perfectly and are readily available from your local shops:

4.50/4.75-17
5.00/5.10-17
120/90/17
 

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Ah! Thanks for that! That's exactly what they sent me. A Metzler tube for 4.10 - 130/60 -17. 120/90-17 is listed as one of the sizes.

So is this the common practice and tube size everyone is using since the other does not seem to be available? I felt I was entering the internet Twilight Zone during my search.
 

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Yeah, that's pretty much what people do. There's a bit of wiggle room in tube sizes so the manufacturers don't feel a need to create a tube for every size tire out there. Be glad for that. A bunch of low production tubes would be really expensive!
 

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I scoped out the Metzler tube on my rear wheel the other day, and it was marked thusly: 4.50, 5.10, 130/70, 120/80, 130/80, 110/90, and 120/90 - all for a 17 inch dia. wheel.
The Metzler tube was also marked that it was made in China.
 

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hmmm

Struggling with this right now myself. So here's the Metzler options at motorcycle superstore.

1. 17" Type A = 4.10/4.60, 130/60, 110/70 to 130/70, 100/80 to 120/80, 110/90, 120/90


2. 17"-18" Type A = 190/50-17 to 210/50-17, 170/55-17, 180/55-17, 160/70-17, 3.50/4.60-18

Thought I'd order number one there. Bike Bandit has a direct OEM replacement when you drill down through bike schematics, but it's $30 or so which seems a bit much. It's actually a Bridgestone. Is that worth the extra cost or will the Metzler #1 above work?

Thanks for advice.
 

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Buy a brand-name inner tube that is specified to match the tire size, such as your #1. The quality matters, but there's no need to match the brand of the inner tube to the brand of the tire.
 

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Actually it can be done BUT for emergency only . Don't know if they still do but International six day riders used to carry one spare tube , a 21" front , to save weight and bulk and used it in the rear if necessary .
 
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