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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-13-2018, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Here in KC Worth Harley bike nights are a great place to go on Thursdays, live music, beer, bbq, some good looking girls, and then you got other bikes to look at also. On the way home I noticed my bike kind of felt a little different , small and noticeable as I turned, got about 2 blocks from the house and the bike actually felt like it was fighting me on turns a little, actually while going on the next straight bike started to steer in a different direction when I was just trying to go straight , had the wife jump off and just slow rolled home.

Started looking at the front, tire pressure was good, Neck bearing seems fine, brake fluid was a little low but shouldn't have locked the pistons or cause the bike to steer in a different direction other than straight, also checked the front axel (was just looking at anything possible with the front).

Finally took the rear bag off and noticed that my rear tire was completely flat and actually cupped inwards off the bead, never had that happen to me before, so I guess I'll be taking it in to get a rear tire put on..... crazy how this stuff happens sometimes.

lol guess I'll be checking my tires a little more often.
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And now you know what the symptoms of a rear flat feel like.

You were fortunate you were on a local road versus careening down the highway at 75 mph!

Some folks seek the comfort of the straight and narrow. Me? I prefer the twisted road.
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And now you know what the symptoms of a rear flat feel like.

You were fortunate you were on a local road versus careening down the highway at 75 mph!
Or that it wasn't a rapid deflation.

And that the Dunlops are a very stiff sidewall tire.
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Agreed to both, it was a slow leak and it really didn't completely deflate till I was almost home, just had those tires done end of last year , still has a ton of tread on it.

I was just baffeled how the steering reacted, but I am now a little wiser and got a better understanding if something doesn't feel right what to look for.
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Here in KC Worth Harley bike nights are a great place to go on Thursdays, live music, beer, bbq, some good looking girls, and then you got other bikes to look at also. On the way home I noticed my bike kind of felt a little different , small and noticeable as I turned, got about 2 blocks from the house and the bike actually felt like it was fighting me on turns a little, actually while going on the next straight bike started to steer in a different direction when I was just trying to go straight , had the wife jump off and just slow rolled home.

Started looking at the front, tire pressure was good, Neck bearing seems fine, brake fluid was a little low but shouldn't have locked the pistons or cause the bike to steer in a different direction other than straight, also checked the front axel (was just looking at anything possible with the front).

Finally took the rear bag off and noticed that my rear tire was completely flat and actually cupped inwards off the bead, never had that happen to me before, so I guess I'll be taking it in to get a rear tire put on..... crazy how this stuff happens sometimes.

lol guess I'll be checking my tires a little more often.
I just installed the FOBO Bike Tire Pressure Monitoring System on my new wheels. It works great. Now I always check my pressure like we're supposed to do by just looking at the app. It sounds an alarm on your phone when there's a sudden drop in pressure. My dad was on his UC and his front valve stem split at 60mph. Luckily he got to the shoulder in one piece. Worth every penny if you ask me.
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Here in KC Worth Harley bike nights are a great place to go on Thursdays, live music, beer, bbq, some good looking girls, and then you got other bikes to look at also. On the way home I noticed my bike kind of felt a little different , small and noticeable as I turned, got about 2 blocks from the house and the bike actually felt like it was fighting me on turns a little, actually while going on the next straight bike started to steer in a different direction when I was just trying to go straight , had the wife jump off and just slow rolled home.

Started looking at the front, tire pressure was good, Neck bearing seems fine, brake fluid was a little low but shouldn't have locked the pistons or cause the bike to steer in a different direction other than straight, also checked the front axel (was just looking at anything possible with the front).

Finally took the rear bag off and noticed that my rear tire was completely flat and actually cupped inwards off the bead, never had that happen to me before, so I guess I'll be taking it in to get a rear tire put on..... crazy how this stuff happens sometimes.

lol guess I'll be checking my tires a little more often.

Yes, had that happen at about 80 mph on the PA Turnpike. Talk about an ass-puckering experience. Feels good when you finally get it stopped. My friend who was riding behind me and watched my bike begin violently shaking, looked more scared than me when we got to the shoulder.


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I was in RI on 146S - on a 2011 RGU CVO - I heard the rear go (85 MPH) - almost impossible to hold it straight - by the time it stopped I could barely hold the thing up and I'm no light weight 6'5" 265 - it had flattened / bunched on one side and just pushed the bike to the opposite side - got it on the sided stand and called HOG they sent a truck - took it to the closest dealer and I was on my way - I was very fortunate it went down slowly - I was testing a new slime had loaded both tires with it - had run the stuff several thousand miles - when the tire blew that green shit went all over the rear but obviously slowed the leak - dealer felt I hit something sharp a good inch plus wide - I don't know what it was or what held the bike up but the tire slime seemed to have worked - and I walked away - another story to add - and we still ride em!!!!

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Call me paraniod but I check my tires at least once a week or every two max, stickler for air psi, very important to be aware of your tires, and also brakes, nothing to play with, I had a friend if mine almost dump his streetglide going upstate only to pull over ask him hey when the last time you checked air psi, got that stupid look with I dunno? He barely had any air in his tires, one word Schmuck.
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I just installed the FOBO Bike Tire Pressure Monitoring System on my new wheels. It works great. Now I always check my pressure like we're supposed to do by just looking at the app. It sounds an alarm on your phone when there's a sudden drop in pressure. My dad was on his UC and his front valve stem split at 60mph. Luckily he got to the shoulder in one piece. Worth every penny if you ask me.
Yep been looking at them for a while now, going to pick me some up with the new tire.
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Not a great picture but this is the ten inch hole i got in my tire at 85. Not fun
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