Main Motorcycle: Ducati Multistrada 1200S
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Vienna, VA, USA
After considerable research, I concluded 1) tubeless tires are inconvenient at best, since they cannot be plugged at the side of the road as can tubeless tires, 2) depending on roadside assistance may be overly optimistic, especially in areas where cell service is problematic or non-existent, 3) where you can expect help from roadside assistance, you're still going to need to be towed to a shop which can replace a punctured tube, 4) tubeless tires pose a notable risk in case of a puncture because they deflate much more rapidly than tubeless tires, which can lead to a loss of control, 5) conversion efforts using tape require particular care when changing tires, 6) the conversions may regularly lose some amount of pressure due to the challenge of making the wheel completely airtight (reports of many successful conversions notwithstanding), 7) many dealers will not undertake such conversions, and 8) there is a product, Ride-On, which purports to render even tubed tires puncture-proof, but it's difficult to find much in the way of objective testing to verify that claim; videos exists of the product working in tubeless tires, and 9) by far the best thing to do is to replace the stock wheels with purpose-built wheels intended for tubeless tires, admittedly at a price which includes new tubeless tires in addition to new wheels and the expense of having them mounted if you don't do it yourself.
As best I can tell, most people here just ride on unmodified factory wheels and hope for the best, perhaps understandably due to the considerable expense of changing out wheels and tires to more modern (and arguably safer) specification.
Last edited by GmanJeff; 10-11-2019 at 05:09 PM.