I paid $10K for my 2017 Africa Twin. Even though I would love to have a set, I can't justify spending >20% of that cost just for Kineo wheels. One of my non-negotiable, must have features on this AT purchase was the DCT. I have no desire to go back to a clutch system. So, I either install a "hole plug" wheel system, the Kineo wheel, or just grin and bear it and carry tire irons and tubes and hope I never have a flat (yeah ..... right). I elected to perform the 3M sealant method, time will tell if this decision was a wise one. If this 3M method does not work out for me, reluctantly, it's back to installing the tubes. $%^# !!
Yes, I believe Honda's release of the AT with tube wheels is centered on a cost savings marketing decision. In my case, I don't lower my tire pressures, I don't ride it like a dirt bike. My bike sees pavement, gravel/dirt roads and occasionally cutting across a pasture at a sane speed. I don't have a need for tube tire system. I'll keep this AT for many years and ride it many miles, maybe someday some other manufacturer will come along with an affordable tubeless wheel system for the AT? I can only imagine the tooling and design costs on such a venture ........... no wonder the Kineo is > $ 2K. But then .... maybe you could investment cast the wheel or 5 axis machine the wheel from 6061 T6 aluminum ring .......or ...??... the possibility is there.