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Offline Justin

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I finally had my first flat!
« on: November 17, 2013, 10:53:56 AM »
After hundreds of thousands of miles on two wheels, I finally had my first flat tire.

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Must be because I have a car tire on the back (just to get that out of the way). Luckily, I always carry a tire plugging kit and know how to use it. Pulled off the road, plugged the tire, and proceeded to pump it up. However, it had popped the bead and my little compressor wasn't up to the task. The guy who's driveway I had to pull into told me there was a gas station a few miles up the road, so I had to ride on the flat to go use their air pump. Luckily that one had enough oomph to seat the bead :). I was relieved to hear that pop when the bead seated.

Lessons learned:

1. Always carry a plugging kit. I'm sure glad to have had it with me.
2. Know how to use it. I've practiced on old wheels before.
3. Refresh your supply of sticky worms and rubber cement. My sticky worms were starting to get dry and most of my rubber cement had dried up. it was pretty cold too, so the worms weren't very wormy. I had just a few drops of glue left as well. After warming up the sticky worm in my hands I got it pliable enough to use. In the future I'll check those every few months.


So yeah, the lesson of this story: Carry tire plugging supplies!
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2013, 12:05:49 PM »
I wouldn't be too concerned over the glue.  I've plugged many tires and have never used the glue.  It was probably dried up when you bought it.  :D

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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013, 12:06:27 PM »
Oh the little compressor will seat the bead on a motorcycle tire.   :twofinger:

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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 12:34:22 PM »
Never had a flat on a bike.


Correction, on a street bike.
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2013, 12:45:57 PM »
Well that seals the deal.  You'll probably have one on your next ride.

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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2013, 12:52:30 PM »
Had an inner tube disintegrate on my old XS on the highway at 70.  That was less than pleasant.

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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2013, 04:51:44 PM »
Best flat experience:  Colleen picking up a nail in the middle of an uncharted Mendocino road and insisting the she "plug it" herself.   :clap:

DAMN that was a GREAT day!   ;D
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2013, 05:56:45 PM »
Welcome to the club
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2013, 11:08:46 AM »
Welcome to the club

Yep, welcome.

Had the rear go flat at 80mph on the interstate in Kentucky. Went flat in a split second and trashed the sidewalls. Lucky enough to plug it and get off the highway to get a new tire the next day. The hole was huge and I was lucky to get it plugged enough to get it to hold any air.

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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2013, 11:19:50 AM »
Part of the territory, flats.

Be the guy that has the stuff needed . . . many beers will come your way.
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2013, 11:21:15 AM »
Part of the territory, flats.

Be the guy that has the stuff needed . . . many beers will come your way.

Yup - I had the stuff needed, and bought myself a beer or three afterwards. :lol:
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2013, 12:57:22 PM »
I lost a rear on the B12 twice, a rear on an XS650 twice, a front on the Shadow and a front on the B12.  Not much fun.  On the XS650 I had no repair supplies, but a purchased can of fix-o-flat got me about 20 miles closer to home when I had the second catastrophic failure (meaning instant deflation).  All in the rain.  Luckily it was within an hour of home, so I picked it up the next day.  When it blew the rear end just floated all over the place- like riding a bike on loose gravel.  Stable, but floating around.

After that I purchased a repair kit.

On the Shadow I lost a front within a mile of home- that was downright scary.  Got REAL squirrely, so I slid to the back seat to take weight off the front and it got better- enough to make it back.

On the B12 it wasn't a huge deal.  The rear feels "mushy", as does the front (of course they didn't come off the beads).  I think the wider/lower profile tires are MUCH safer when they blow than the tall skinny tires on the XS650's or the Shadow.  There were huge differences.  Huge.  With a repair kit and pump it's not a big deal anymore.
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2013, 02:47:41 PM »
I take it you don't like the stop & Go plugs ?
- No glue or gummy worms to dry out.

don't know if it would work for you, I have found the tie strap around the center of the tire works for seating beads on smaller tires.  Don't know if this would work in your application.
- This is the red load strap, always keep one fo those just in case.  Then again my just in case pile is more than I can carry for gear  :o
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2013, 06:50:51 PM »
For the record; I do carry a roll of duct tape, for you know, just in case.
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2013, 06:58:02 PM »
For the record; I do carry a roll of duct tape, for you know, just in case.


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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2013, 08:52:52 PM »
During a lot of years of riding, I've had ONE flat... dunno whether I can assign that to the fact that I always carry plugs and compressor and have helped many others?  :shrug:

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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2013, 10:24:58 PM »
After using a plug kit on the road for the first time in August (successfully, thank goodness visitors can't see pics , please register or login
) and looking at the different kits we've had our hands on, we prefer the uber-sticky string that doesn't require glue at all.  That string was made of an impressively gooey substance, that amazingly left no goo on my fingers once threaded in the tool.
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2013, 10:26:15 PM »
The first MC flat tire I fixed required creativity.  I had never done it before and we couldn't get that sticky string thingy in hole in the tire.  So we improvised.  We found a wood screw on the side of the road, we put some glue on it and screwed it into the hole in the tire.  We pumped up the tire, it held, and we road off into the sunset with that screw in the tire.  Got us home without any problems. 
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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2013, 10:34:18 AM »
Thankfully, I've never had to repair a tire on the road (knock on laminated pressboard) although I've plugged a few at home.  I always carrying a plug kit and pump; I'm sure the first time I go without I'll instantly have a flat.

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Re: I finally had my first flat!
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2013, 08:56:33 AM »
This past summer I lost all air on my Tuonos rear tire.  I rode home about 10 or 12 miles at 12 mph on the rim.   12 seemed ideal; slower and the bike felt like it would fall over, faster and it would weave horribly.  I got passed by those spandex wearing fags on the 10 speeds. 
Around the corner from my house some guy cutting his grass actually yelled, " HEY, YOU HAVE A FLAT" as I rode by. 
Thanks bro.   ;)

I made it home without loosing the bead.   Turned put to be a good thing because the new Q3's I mounted are the best tires ever.