Author Archives: Chris S

Tubliss and similar tubeless cores

Tubeless Conversion Index Page Systems like the US-made Tubliss liner are primarily made for dirt bikes running low-psi. They are not recommended for highway use in the US by the manufacturer, most probably due to homologation issues rather than safety. But I know people … Continue reading

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About Tubeless Tyres & Wheels

Tubeless Conversion Index Page Tubeless rims are more commonly solid alloy wheels with a lip or ridge (left) to help locate and seal the tyre bead securely on the rim. This lip is also considered a safety feature which stops the tyre coming … Continue reading

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Tubeless: OEM Spoked Wheels

Tubeless Conversion Index Page As adventure motorcycling evolves, more and more flagship models are running ‘adventure-look’ spoked wheels, sometimes with an ‘off-roady’ 21-incher on the front but rarely designed to run tubeless in this size. I update a list here. The one-litre Africa … Continue reading

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Enfield Himalayan: desert ready

Himalayan Index Page Supported by While I was dodging the winter under the shady mangroves of the Coromandel peninsula (right), Simon-with-a-workshop quietly worked on my Himalayan, like a gnome chipping away in a pink rock-salt mine. The long list included: Bolt-ons Move … Continue reading

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Electric, 2×2 and riding UBCO’s utility bike

Are we ready for electric motos? Probably not, but I did a twitter poll  and it looks like we certainly want them. I’ve always liked utility bikes (‘ag bikes’, ‘farm bikes’) where functionality is measured in terms of load carrying and off-road … Continue reading

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Himalayan: first proper ride

Himalayan Index Page Just back from my first long ride on the REH; a chilly 130 miles up to Simon’s near Bromsgrove to get some work done while I’m away. After what feels like weeks of dawn-to-dusk clouds, I picked a … Continue reading

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XSR Scrambler: Western Isles Tour

My mid-summer 2018 ride on the XSR Scrambler from Wales via Ireland to NW Scotland got published in RIDE magazine. The article ends on Vatersay (right, near #5 on the map, below), the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides. The … Continue reading

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