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install doughnuts and forget about it.
Like the mousse they put in dirt bike tires? I think they are only for low pressure off road conditions, aren't they?

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Just ask to any senior tyres operator in a workshop

on rims designed to run only tubeless (for an example a standard car wheel) is dangerous insert a tube since it may not have a proper seat

correct that tubeless tyres can run also with an inner tube

i just felt compelled to warn...
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OK for some answers to your questions.
With HD spoke rims you need a tube, no questions, the tire doesn't care.
I always use tire talc (not baby power) on all my tube work. Cheap solution so why risk it. NAPA sells it.

Now the issue with any rim is that you need to get the valve placement correct.
Some tubes are made with the valve in the center, common on front HD rims.
They also make a side placement for most rear HD rims.
Look at your rims and you'll see what I mean. Get the proper tubes.

Now for some not asked for info.
Some spoke rims are presealed, Not common but I have one on one chopper build.
Valve placement could be an issue for some car/truck rims but luckily this is a Sportster forum.
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I don’t see the point in fitting a tube type tyre, to a rim designed for tubeless tyres. What are you seeking to achieve, that can’t be achieved by fitting a suitable tubeless tyre?
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I don’t see the point in fitting a tube type tyre, to a rim designed for tubeless tyres. What are you seeking to achieve, that can’t be achieved by fitting a suitable tubeless tyre?
i agree... it's rare not to find a suitable tubeless tyre...
yet it can happen... in particular occasions

happened to me once... some years ago... after a flat far from home in the middle of the South Italy countryside... when an allen tool pierced the tyre of my Opel Zafira... no spare wheels anymore on natural gas car... only foam repair kits... and a compressor along with it...

the tube was inserted by a local little workshop...

40 kms after the repair the tyre abruptly went flat due to the inner tube exploded... very dangerous... i was on highway in that moment...
i never know if it was a valve issue or anything different since the tube really collapsed
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when arrived the rescue truck... the mech... as he heard the story... raised an eyebrow...

the very same thing happened also very long before to a couple of friends of mine... on more ancient cars to tell the true... (back then it did not serve as a lesson to me though)

i told about that to my old man... and he answered me it is a thing not to do... the correct repair would be a vulcanised rubber cap (of course)

maybe that is true only in a car environment...

but IMO is correct to be warned
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In my case, my front rim is corroded and leaks like a sieve. I had the shop use bead sealant when I put on my Pirelli Night Dragons. The front still leaks down slightly, but nothing like it used to. It's only down a couple pounds a week or so, not like the 5-10 it used to be.

I'm thinking next tire change have a tube put in and not have to deal with the messy bead sealant.

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If you buy a Sportster with laced wheels they will have the same tubeless tires that come on the aluminum wheels, however they will have tubes in them.
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Like the mousse they put in dirt bike tires? I think they are only for low pressure off road conditions, aren't they?
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Thanks, that makes it pretty clear!

And thanks to all who chimed in, big help.

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Yes, tubes in tubeless tires work fine. I've done it for over 20 years with no problems. As for the Michelin tire you linked, I have one on the rear of my bike right now. Handles fine, and I'm hoping for the high mileage others say they get from them.
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