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For my birthday yesterday wife and I decide to take a 300+ mile ride up into the Canadian Rockies. What a great day, mid 80's, blue skies with a great lunch of borsch and homemade bread at a little town just north of the border. After crossing back into Wa State found some non E-10 premium, topped off the RGU and headed south for home. Cruising along at 65 mph and taking in all the sites and smells of the surrounding country side I all of sudden notice a sluggishness to the otherwise smooth ride. Within moments I feel the rear starting to waddle. I immediately pull over and sure enough the rear tire is FLAT. Thank god this spring I updated my AAA account to include my two wheeler. An hour and a half later my steed is up on the flatbed headed to the local dealer. I call the dealer at 515pm knowing they close at 6pm. They agree to leave a storage gate unlocked so I can drop the bike and keys for new rear rubber. When we finally arrive at the dealer after a 25 mile trek with my steed waving I'm the wind we find the gate locked. No option at this point until the tow driver offers to leave bike on the trailer and keep in his shop overnight. This morning he shows up right at our meeting time of 830am.
Duane with T&T towing gets a $20 and a big thanks from yours truly. Great guy who own's three bikes all non HD. Dealers response on why they failed to leave gate open? A shrug of the shoulders. I'll be having conversation with dealer owner tomorrow when I pick up my ride. 42 years of riding hundreds of thousand miles and this is my first tire failure.
All in all it was still a great day/ride with a sub note on the day that shit happens and all's well that ends well.
 

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At least you got the flat tire out of the way. Now you don't have to worry about another flat for a long time.

Sounds like a much better time than walking around Busch Gardens yesterday in 95-degree heat. I envy you.
 

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At least you got the flat tire out of the way. Now you don't have to worry about another flat for a long time.

Sounds like a much better time than walking around Busch Gardens yesterday in 95-degree heat. I envy you.
No flat is fun. I have to ask, why didn't you plug it? I definitely would and have to get me going again till I get a new tire.

Has anyone else plugged their tire?
 

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I plugged at rear tire on my bike several years ago when traveling in CO on my way home tp CA.
It worked fine and saved my Ass from waiting a day to get repaired as the dealer was closed that day.
 

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No flat is fun. I have to ask, why didn't you plug it? I definitely would and have to get me going again till I get a new tire.

Has anyone else plugged their tire?
Most don't carry a plug kit. I have one with a mini compressor, but have not needed it yet. Hopefully I never do, but like to be prepared.
 

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I carry a plug kit, slime, and tire inflator also. Just in case. Luckily I haven't had to use it but it doesn't take up allot of space and it was pretty cheep security.
 

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I could ask a bunch of what if questions--but I won't instead--Happy Birthday. Your tire didn't "blow", it turned out to be an inconvenience, and all in all sound like a good day. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda just doesn't apply in this scenario. Props to the tow driver for helpin a brother out.

Glad ya made it home safe.

Rowdy
 

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Riding on a plugged rear right now. It's holding air, finally. Happened right after I ordered tires from Gateway HD at 50% off (Dunlop American Elites again). Unfortunately the first open appointment was July 7.
 

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Picked up bike a couple hours ago at dealer. Tire had one inch cut which could not be plugged. So much for that scenario. Rode 50 miles to start the process of running the new tire in.
Had the recalled brake light switch replaced while having tire changed out.

Still want to upgrade cams but will probably hold off until winter when dealer gives discounts for parts and labor while in storage.
 

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Happy Birthday first!. Now you have a B'day to be remembered. Looking back several Birthdays from now it will be a fond memory. At least it did not cause you and wife to go down and you both are safe and sound.

Like so many others here I also carry a plug kit and small compressor in case needed which I pray I never need. I hope I use mine one day to help a brother out of a jam and never have to use it myself.

Again, glad you and the better half had a great and safe ride.
 

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I've had one flat in 68,000 miles of riding. That was early on. Since then I run "Ride On" in my tires.
Won't run without it.
http://www.ride-on.com/
 

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Besides the dealer forgettin to leave the gate open for ya, at least the tire replacement was eventually completed none-the-less gettin you back on the road. Ride safe! :cool:
 
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