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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Front tire blow out!

Finally got a chance to take the bike out. It has been a cold wet spring in Southwest Michigan this year combined with working way too much OT. Beautiful day Tuesday turned into a beautiful evening and night so I told the wife I'm riding to work, going to leave early and take a nice easy ride up to the plant.
I have a 70 mile one way commute along the Lake Michigan shore line so weather permitting I ride as often as possible. Pulled out around 9:30 PM and had barley gone 4 miles when the bike started pulling to the left then went into a severe wobble. I was able to make it over to the right hand lane and slow down before I went down with the bike. Front tire went completely flat on me at 60 mph. I checked the air before I left and everything was good. Luckily I was able to slow down quite a bit before I hit the pavement. Didn't look like anything was wrong with the bike other than the flat but won't know till I'm able to see it in daylight. Just had the bike repainted and added chrome saddle bag rails and guards last November before I put it away for the winter.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 08:53 AM
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Bummer! I hope there isn't too much damage. The main thing is that you came out OK.
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I hope the bike is ok. Also, put some Ride-On in your tires. I did this after reading about Shrug's trip to Alaska. He had it in his tires and when he got back to the states, he had a new tires put on. When the guy pulled his tire off, he showed Shrug where ehe had at least 12 punctures I believe. Never lost a lb of air. Now, I won't put new tires on without install Ride-On. I balance the tires first, let the air out and put Ride-On in, then ride it for 15 or 10 minutes. It says not to balance the tire in the instructions, but we have found, when running the bikes on the dyno with out being balanced, it causes vibration because of the lower RPM runs and it not smoothing out would be my guess.
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Glad to hear your OK.

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That's more than luck, esp were 60mph in the dark, there's so little weight on the front tire, must have got gashed. Well done for the bike not doing cartwheels
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Stopped at the cycle shop on my way home from work to check out the damage. The only damage was a bent front motor guard (crash bar). Not a scratch on the new paint job, but the truly amazing thing was that there was no damage to the tire! After the shop owner thoroughly inspected the flat tire he couldn't find anything wrong with it so he inflated it up to 34 psig. and four hours later it still had 34 lbs. of air! After checking my air pressure (36 psig. both tires) prior to leaving for work that night I put on the new LED valve stem lights on both the front and rear tires. The best we can figure is that either the valve stem light was pressing down on the stem slowly leaking the air out of the tire or it through it off balance causing it to lose the bead. I will never ride with those again.

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I'm not sure what LED valve stem lights you are talking about, but let me tell you my horror story. 1996 EGC. Bought some lights that replace the valve caps, light up when they sense vibration. Put them on Saturday morning. Rode for about 3 hours, never above 40MPH or so. Hit the highway, about the time I get up to speed the bike starts wobbling and shaking like crazy. It's March of my 2nd riding season, I have maybe 500 miles on this bike. I think it's the speed wobble I have heard everyone tell me about, so I'm downshifting like crazy, lightly braking as I was told not to brake at all. Anyway, the bike is weaving side to side, the handle bars are shaking s hard I can barely hang on to a different rhythm than the wobble, the last I remember seeing the speedometer is about 30MPH, hit left and slams back over to the right side and I'm sliding. I remember thinking, where's my wife, and why the %$&^ did I decide today to ride without a helmet for the first time. Long story short, both valve stems were torn. Apparently when we got up to highway speed the offset angle with the extra weight was enough to rip both valve stem in half, both tires went flat. I will never %^$& with anything on my wheels after that. I threw the set I bought for my sons bike away after I got the wife home from the hospital (cracked ribs and scrapes/bruises).
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A friend of mine has a 2013 RG that he bought new. If the bike sat for any length of time. The rear tire would lose air. If it sat long enough, it would go completely flat. He thought maybe he had run over a nail, screw or something. Took the wheel off and inspected it. Nothing. He took it to a shop and they removed the tire. Turns out, the bead of the tire was damaged. This was the oem tire that came on the bike when it was new. Only had about 6k on the tire.
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You said you checked the air pressure in the tire before hand. It is possible that the valve core in the stem got stuck open and didn't fully seat. I've seen it happen on car tires several times. Glad you didn't get hurt
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You said you checked the air pressure in the tire before hand. It is possible that the valve core in the stem got stuck open and didn't fully seat. I've seen it happen on car tires several times. Glad you didn't get hurt
I suppose that is possible but I check my air pressure weekly with the same pressure gauge and have never had a problem before.

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