ALLOY wheel rims are a mixture or content of Aluminum, carbon and other alloys. Earlier Alloy rims were made of a mixture or Magnesium, but mag-alloy rims were flammable, so in a few countries like UK they were banned for racing.

Nowadays in our motorcycles we generally getting alloy wheel rims which are known for less weight, accuracy and efficiency. The charm of spoke wheels is now limited to only a few motorcycles like some Royal Enfields, etc. Alloy wheels are perfect for tubeless tyres because of the sitting position of the tyre on the rim. The tyre fits perfectly and accurately on the rim in the periphery which is very much important; improper fitting may cause the bike to start wobbling at the time of riding.

alloy wheelWhen a tubeless tyre gets punctured you don’t need to remove the tyre from the rim and hence there would be no damage to the rim. I would suggest to never put tyre with tubes on alloy wheels, unless you take care while maintaining the tire because otherwise you could be damaging the edges of the rim every time you remove and refit the tire.

Those rims are relatively softer than other metals because as we know aluminium is a very soft and light material. So on the road if you have a flat tyre then the regular puncture fellow would use his screw driver or some sort of Tommy bar which could damage the rim. Try to only make use of tyre removing machines for removing or changing the tyre.

Alloy rims have got proper seat and edge to fix the tyre rather than conventional spoke wheel rims. And on conventional wheel rims you can’t put tubeless tyres due to those spoke holes which will leak all the air.

For alloy rims there are special tools available in the market. Here are a few quick pointers on alloy wheels…

  • Alloy rims always need special attention. 
  • Keep your tyre air pressure as per company recommendation to avoid damage (whether it is Nitrogen or Regular Air).
  • Use proper tools for removing and changing tyres.
  • Alloy rims on two wheeler also need dynamic balancing.
  • Do not use hammer to remove tyres.
  • Do not use “under diameter” tyres on the rim.
  • Try not to remove tyres from the rim when it is punctured.
  • Try to buy branded alloy rims, rather than any local rims.
  • Do not buy mag-alloy rims.
  • Try avoiding potholes. Ride on potholes slowly otherwise, instead of bending, they may simply crack!
  • Try not to repair wheels at home if you are unknown to any auto parts.

Tubeless Tyre Puncture Removing Kit is available in the market. Always keep it with you. Puncture repair on tubeless tyres is very easy.

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And yes, Alloy wheels can be repaired but there are hardly a few who can do it with precision. If it’s a major issue then don’t try to repair it, because rims are a matter of life or death, so don’t play with it.

– Chinmay Dangre

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17 COMMENTS

    • bikes such as GLAMOUR,SHINE,SPLENDOR,PASSION,NXG,STAR CITY,DISCOVER etc. have alloy wheels but they dont have tubeless tyres what to do with such bikes. i have not heard yet that any body got a problem with alloy wheels in these bikes.

  1. Hi Chinmay, very informative article. Loved it. Thats all news to me as i was not as much aware about the rims/alloy wheels. But the problem is that, do all the puncher maker have the actual tools? I’m afraid now if I buy a new bike having alloy wheels, moreover only few bikes have tubeless on their alloy rim. as I have an LML freedom DX right now having spoke rim.

  2. Yes, you are right. Most of them don’t have proper tool for alloy rims. The tool which I am talking about is very small. When pro-tyre people remove tyre from the rim, they use machines. But on road most of them use tommy bar which damages the rim edge. Check this link >> http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=wheel+rim+protector&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_odkw=wheel+tools&_osacat=0
    This tool is not available in Indian market. It’s very small n light weight but very effective.

  3. Aravinth,
    you can procure it from any automobile market.
    Or best to ask this question to the fellow who removes puncture.

    Since I am not from coimbatore so can’t guide you either..

  4. Hi Chinmay,

    it’s nice to read about. I am running an Auto Repair Workshop in delhi. I have very much querries for RIM Alignment.

    I am interested to setup the same at my workshop. Request you to please help me/guide to setup such a setup.

    Awiting your reply.

  5. Hi Chinmay,

    Your article on tubeless tyre is very informative. I am from Orissa and have a Pulsar 150 bike with alloy wheel, which I bought 1 month before. I want to replace the present tube type tyre with tubeless tyre. Kindly advice where can i get the tubeless tyres for my bike and how much those will cost to me. Also kindly advice where i can get the tubeless tyre puncher removing kit.

    Thanks,

    Rajesh

  6. yes i woluld surely like to learn the art of removing tyre from alloy wheel will u teach me i live in delhi do u also live in delhi heres my no 9953953413 pls do cantact me as soon as possible through this no or through this mail id kush.1529@rediffmail.com

  7. I am buying TVS SPORT next week.It do not have tubeless tyres but has alloy wheels.Can I ask dealer to change to tubeless tyres.Will it be fit for tvs sport?please reply as soon as possible.I have to change before taking delivery so i can save some money on exchanging tyres(if possible)

  8. Hi Chinmay,

    Great information and explanation for Alloy wheel.

    I have some doubts. Can you please help me out? I have booked RE Classic 350 CC and planning to go for alloy wheel. Can you guide me what kind of other changes I should do to manage my bike? Should I go for normal, company fitted tyres with alloy wheel or I should go for tubeless tyres? Which brand you suggest for alloy wheel and tubeless tyres for RE Classic 350? And you also suggested to have disk break with alloy wheel and this bike doesn’t have disc brake for rear wheel. Should I change it to disc break as well?

    waiting for your guidance… Anyone else with knowledge and experience or with good suggestion, please reply……

  9. i can repair the alloy wheel of any bike if it get damege then also i can repair and my shop is in hyderabad and if u need any details about alloy wheels i can solve your problem so contact me 8688006590.

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