My bead locks caused a flat on the dr350 by rubbing a hole in the tube. So out they went.
I personally don't see why they exist...
I rode 25 miles through rough terrain on a flat on my Terra 650 a few weeks ago and it has no bead locks.
I didn't have my tool kit because i bought the bike the day before. But nothing bad happened, just had to go slow.
Many 'a hand began to scan around for the next plateau. Some say it was Greenland, and some say Mexico. Others decided it was nowhere except for where they stood.
Border Road 100 Border Road Rally Raid
'13 Husky Terra 650, '08 Kawasaki Meanstreak 1600, '95 DR350S