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Old 30 Sep 2005
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carry tires yes no?

sould i carry new tires with me on the bike?
can i get new tires in central south america?
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I'd say don't take tyres. You can either get some at a bike shop out there, plan ahead if you can to locate a shop in advance at a stop off on your route and ask or check they have something in. Plan to change the tyres with a good buffer in hand a quiet bit ahead of the tread run-time. Have some people at home with a stand by set, you can get them sent anywhere within a few days with DHL who can customs clear.

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The more luggage, the heavier the bike - meaning more wear & tear for your tyres.

I wouldn't take any along unless you've got an address in South America where you can store them and have them sent if needed. Besides, South America is quite civilised ;-)
You also find guys riding bikes there.

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What if I ask same question for Middle East? (Iran, UAE, S.Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Turkey).

And what do you guys suggest if I have a flat tyre on the road?

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i live in isreal and in isreal you can get all the types off tires its just very pricy about twice what you pay in the u.s.
and if you get aflat on the road here there will always be someone to help you all you need to do is pick up ypur hand and wave it
about the other states i wouldent know (isrealis are not allowed there)

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In reply to Ozhanu's post.
We too found all "normal" tyres available in Israel - Jaffa seemed to be the place, but they were very expensive! So with the fore-knowledge that the Egyptian Police used BMW's (Do they still), we left it until Cairo, where we "asked a Policeman" We didn't actually find a retailer, so can't comment on general availability as we were led to the Cairo police workshop/garage. Where we were "gifted" a set of Metzlers - they even fitted them and balanced the wheels!

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And what do you guys suggest if I have a flat tyre on the road?
Fix it yourself! I carry the string type fix for tubeless tyres, patches for tube type tyres and always have a spare tube (even with tubeless tyres).

According to the Turkey country description - they have tyres. The Turkish community looks really good here - use them for more info on tyres?


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Hi,
Thanks for your replies about Middle East. But only country that I will not go is Israel. I'll visit other countries and as you all know of you have Israeli stamp on your passport you can not enter to these countries. I think I can find tyres in Bahrain and/or Lebanon. I'll change my tires before I start to journey anyway.

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when you get in to isreal ask them to not stamp your passport they will attach a new page that will have your satmp and when you live isreal you rip it off.
isreal is one of the most beutifoll contry i have been in do not skip it
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Visiting Israel isn't a problem with your paperwork being "tarnished" as the Israeli Customs/Immigration are used to and prepared to stamp things on a loose sheet of paper. The only thing to watch is that the Immigration further on are not foolish: - The Sudanese are likely to check your Carnet for its entry stamp into Egypt. If that stamp's from Taba/Rafa crossing, they know you've been in Israel!

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Puncture Repairs - On our R100 BMW, we carried spare tubes, so that we could do the actual repairs at liesure and needed only to change the tube. After lots of practice (5 on one awful day in southern Egypt!) we had it down to a fine art - 45 minutes from stopping to being back on the road. If you lean the bike over on one leg of the centre stand, a.n. other can slide the rear wheel out, but if you're alone:- remove front wheel, re-install its spindle and securely tie it to the centre stand, tilt the bike forward so it sits on centre stand and front forks, the rear wheel with then clear the pannier frames etc. and come out easily. We broke the tyre bead/rim seal by crushing the tyre under one leg of the centre stand and did the job using standard BMW tyre levers and hand-pump (unless you're Rambo, you need to find a compressor asap - the best I could get into it with the handpump was about 22/23psi)

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If you're going to Brazil, don't worry...Of course you're not gonna find a place in the middle of the Tranamazonica...But even the small towns will have a place that you can get hold of the tyres!

Ask for a "Concessionaria de moto" and you're gonna be fine.
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Hey guy's, i'd just like to mention that no one has specified tire size. There have been a few threads on people on 1200GS who had a very hard time finding tires for their bike in S.America, you'll have to search. It's also been mentioned to some extent on AdventRider, paticularily for the 1200GS.
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