Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Forest Lake, MN
Yes, there ARE tubes inside those "tubeless" tires. We need tubes on account of the spoked rims on the Classic. When the tire says "tubeless" it simply means it is capable of being used without a tube on the proper rim.
In my case, (and mine got bad around 8k too, just like yours) I replaced with Metz 880's and I had also ordered the replacement tubes from Metzeler to have ready just in case they were needed. The shop that did my install determined the old tubes were still new and good enough to be reused, so they did that. Now, I have the extra set of tubes ready and waiting for the next tire change.
BTW, my Metzelers now have about 17k on them, more than 2x the original tires and are still going strong. I also had Metzelers on my previous Vulcan 750 and got 28k before replacing those! You will love them.
—Mustang Wide Studded Touring Seat
—Metz ME 880s
—Irons In The Fire lowers
—Küry Iso Grips w/Throttle Boss
...and a bunch of other little stuff