Rear tire flat at 75 mph


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Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby 702scottc » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:59 am



Had an interesting experience this weekend, here goes.
A buddy and I decided to ride down to the SoCal swap meet Sunday in long beach, ca to see what's for sale. Ride down was nice, enjoyed the meet, didn't find anything that interested me but fun none the less. We decided to ride up the coast to Ventura for a different way home, again pleasant. Rolled into Victorville, Ca to jump on I-15 for the blast home and that's where it got interesting. Got on the freeway, accelerated to 75 mph rode about 1/2 mile and the rear end of the bike broke loose. Felt like the swingarm snapped, headed into the barrier wall at almost 80, took every skill I had from 30 plus years of riding to keep it upright and out of the wall. Got it settled down and off the road to find the tire went flat . Took me and my friend to get it up on the center stand and found a nice hole where I apparently picked up a spike or large nail. Bead had separated but tire stayed on the wheel. Roadside assistance on your insurance is a lifesaver, got towed to a truck stop, buddy rode into Vegas and got a trailer.
Obviously, ordering a new tire, too bad this one is only 7 months old..
Just some advice, be careful when entering on and off ramps, lots of debris that you really can't see.



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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby Michael Faircloth » Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:07 am

I did the same thing on I-5 in San Clamente Ca. going north years ago... fast lane doing 75 MPH and the rear tire suddenly went flat with wife and I on the bike..... Wife went off into the guard rail... I rode the bike down.... we both went to the hospital in the abulance... but walked away with just some bruises and road rash. The valve stem seal on a tube tire was the culprit. Ride safe.
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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby 702scottc » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:44 pm

Glad to be able to hear from you.. It was definitely no fun but it didn't go down. My friend was about 75 yards behind and he said it looked pretty ugly, he was amazed it didn't go over. Could be skills, luck or the Lord, I'm leaning more toward the Lord and maybe a little luck.. The weight of the bike could be a positive? I will say that the tire remained intact, it's a tough one. I was a bit scheptical to try Kenda Kruz but they have held up. Ordered a new One this morning with a bottle of the RideOn tire sealant, can't hurt.
I have no idea how to prevent something like this other than park the bike and that's really not an option. You can't live in fear..

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby Michael Faircloth » Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:06 pm

Scott,
The scariest part of my fall was that after I came to a stop in the middle of the fast lane... I looked up the lane behind me and saw a white haired old man in a dark green Chrysler New Yorker that was sliding SIDEWAYS straight at me. My fist thought was that I lived through the bike accident and now this clown is going to run right over me and kill me !! Funny thing is... he actually straightened it up in the next lane over and never even slowed down as he went by... but i'm sure he stopped not far down the road to change his underware.... in the end my Guarding Angels were busy that day. :o
Mike in Naples

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby minimac » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:26 am

I had the same experience driving down I-81. Fortunately it was early on a Sunday morning, with very little traffic. That tire was only two months old. I was miles from an exit/entrance ramp , but picked up a slug of metal that I must have missed seeing on the road. I added RideOn when I changed the tire. I can't tell you if it works or not, and I don't want to find out!

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby 702scottc » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:50 am

That was my fear as well. I-15 thru Victorville and Barstow on a Sunday afternoon is bumper to bumper at 80 mph, everyone is in a hurry to either get back to LA or Vegas. My friend did the highway patrol weave lane to lane to get me some room, grateful he was with me on this ride. Not sure if the tire sealant will do anything or not, a little insurance might be a good thing. I try not to think abut what could have happened but didn't , my wife and my folks do that for me.

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:23 am

702scottc wrote: Not sure if the tire sealant will do anything or not, a little insurance might be a good thing.

Peruse the RideOn web sight. It definitely works as advertised.
The only detractor, since Honda decided to save a little by not protecting the sensors on the TPMS, you can not use RideOn at this time!!!!

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby 702scottc » Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:33 pm

Got her all fixed up and back on the road again. Installed a bottle of RideOn in the rear tire, we'll see. Hope to never need it.. Did find myself looking for road debris, guess it will take a while before I get comfortable again.

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby minimac » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:20 am

Just learn to relax while looking. It should be part of everyones riding ritual. Keeping an eye on the road for crap is important. While you're at it, I'd add the Ride On to the front tire also. You certainly don't want to lose one of those while tooling down the road at 75!

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby 702scottc » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:49 am

I plan to order another bottle for the front tire. I'll need to remove the balancing beads before adding it I would think? Not sure if it can be added with beads. You right, I always look for debris but now I'm really aware of it. Been riding many years, maybe I had gotten too comfortable.. Big wake up call to be more cautious.

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:26 pm

702scottc wrote:I plan to order another bottle for the front tire. I'll need to remove the balancing beads before adding it I would think? Not sure if it can be added with beads. You right, I always look for debris but now I'm really aware of it. Been riding many years, maybe I had gotten too comfortable.. Big wake up call to be more cautious.


Do not add tire sealant to a tire with balancing beads - they will clump up and cause major inbalance.

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Re: Rear tire flat at 75 mph

Postby 702scottc » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:34 pm

I'm not going to add sealant until I replace the front tire,thanks for the advice.




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