The 3 year warranty on the Alpinas were no good to me, get a leak under warranty and I believe it means returning the wheels to Italy... The positive results from other owners mean nothing to me as they can and do leak and thats not something I want to risk. (if its going to happen.. it will probably happen to me.) Similarly.. the 4 year guarantee for Bartubeless. a lot of money for a non-permanent result. My reasoning, if it were permanent then they would offer a guarantee without any time limit.
In both cases any problem.. leakage can only be fixed short term. by adding a tube. which doesn't suit my needs at all.
I wanted a permanent 'fix' something that keeps the spoked wheels but where leakage is impossible unless the rim itself is damaged, just the same 'risk' as on any wheel.
It would have been great if Honda had given buyers the option.. even at an additional cost to opt for wheels built in the same way as they are on the X-ADV or VFR-X. which bear some similarity to the tubeless spoked wheels on BMWs
But.. sadly that isnt going to happen unless or until Honda release a more 'road' oriented bike. or recognise a demand.
So.. I bit the bullet and ordered, 5 weeks ago a pair of Kineo Wheels.. which are spoked, but these are mounted external to the rim on the internal circumference, with zero chance of them leaking. the wheels have just one hole, for the valve.
They are considerably more expensive even than the Alpinas. 47% more. at a minimum.
here on a standard bike.. image from this forum via google images.
Im eagerly anticipating their arrival from Italy. And will have more to say once they are fitted.