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Rear tire failure

Post by hwydoc2 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:35 pm





I was returning home from an extended solo ride that had a first stop in Houston, then on to Tucson, then to Fremont, Ca. I had left Shamrock Tx. @ o'dark thirty, motoring along I-40 east bound in the right lane. Had just passed the first exit for El Reno, was on cruise @ 63mph, pulling my time out camping trailer. All of a sudden the rear end got wiggly/wobbly, cruise snapped off and speed started to drop. Knew I had a flat tire, was trying to move to the shoulder and the bike was wobbling in bigger arcs. Thought I was going to high side; luckily I didn't. Finally got to the shoulder, had not down shifted nor pulled in the clutch; bike stalled leaned over to the right and went down on the crash bars. I did a nice barrel roll over the handle bars, somersaulted and stood up. Nothing hurt, wasn't dizzy, but was amazed that I had managed to get off the expressway, without crashing in the traffic lane. Did I mention that I have never had the pleasure of a flat tire on a motorcycle before.

The next thing I know here is this gargantuan scruffy looking man and his wife asking me if I'm ok. Helped me to get the bike upright, as luck would have it the slope of the shoulder was such that bike would not stay up on the side stand. Tried getting it up on the center stand; that was a no go, so laid it down on the left side crash bars. This mans name was Steven (Tazz) Scott, he was a retired outlaw biker, complete with the tats and the attitude. He also was a very kind and caring person under the gruff exterior. He was on his way to a doctors appointment, had blocked the right lane behind me while I was weaving all over the lane; then asked if he could give me a lift into town!!! I gladly accepted his kind offer, explaining that I would need a flat bed to haul my bike and trailer. He names off a firm, then proceeds to drive me to the tow company. I thanked him profusely for his kindness and generosity of spirit; he wouldn't accept any money for his time and trouble. His only comment to me was to pay it forward. He also gave me the name of Maxey Motorsports in Oklahoma City as a place where I could have my bike serviced.

The tow company, Calvin Wrecker Service in El Reno, OK provided me with top notch service, expertly securing my bike and trailer so they rode well without incident or further damage to Maxey Motorsport, which was 35-40 miles away from where I was picked up; all for only $215.00!!!!!

I had called Maxey's while en-route and explained that I would need a new rear tire for my 2000 Gold Wing. They didn't have a tire in stock, but told me not to worry they would find one soonest. After arriving @ Maxey's and unloading my bike and trailer, they informed me they had located a Dunlop E-4 for $280.00, would that be alright??? Well that was the good news, they informed me that they would work my bike into the next available lift, and true to their word this is what they did. I arrived at their dealership @ 1045 in the morning, they mounted, balanced and replaced the rear tire; I was back on the road @ 1415 in the afternoon. Total cost for tire, and labor was $436.53!!! I cannot say enough about the kindness and professionalism of all the people that I had contact with at Maxey's. If you are ever in or around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and need service this is the shop to go to. They are located @ 4112 N.W> 39th Exp. 405-946-0558.

I rode on my way and stayed for the night in Joplin, Mo. tired but amazed by all of the kind, caring and efficient individuals that I had the incredible luck to come into my path on that day.

All in all, I would not recommend having a flat tire on your bike, it is a terrifying experience and one fraught with potentially disastrous consequences. I feel exceeding lucky to have been merely inconvenienced by my experience.

I had replaced both tires @ 22,000 miles with OEM Dunlops, left for my trip with 26,300 and all of the above occurred @ 33,500 miles. I hadn't realized that I was pushing the limits of the tire until it failed; however in retrospect I was less than diligent about checking the condition of my rear tire!! Kind spirits were taking care of fools on that day!!!

See you all at the fourth annual gathering of the bikes; where ever that may happen. Ride safe and be alert!



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Re: Rear tire failure

Post by minimac » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:20 pm

hwydoc2 wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:35 pm

I had replaced both tires @ 22,000 miles with OEM Dunlops, left for my trip with 26,300 and all of the above occurred @ 33,500 miles. I hadn't realized that I was pushing the limits of the tire until it failed; however in retrospect I was less than diligent about checking the condition of my rear tire!!

Luckily, it was only an inconvenient and expensive lesson to learn. Don't forget, the last 1/2 of the tread wears a LOT faster than the first 1/2. Take a look at them before each ride.

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Re: Rear tire failure

Post by brettchallenger » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:23 am

I was less than diligent about checking the condition of my rear tire!!
I suspect a lot of us fall into that trap. The rear tyre isn't the easiest to examine properly. It necessitates getting down on the floor with a lamp. Even checking the pressure is a pain.
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Re: Rear tire failure

Post by hwydoc2 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:56 am

minimac wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:20 pm
hwydoc2 wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:35 pm

I had replaced both tires @ 22,000 miles with OEM Dunlops, left for my trip with 26,300 and all of the above occurred @ 33,500 miles. I hadn't realized that I was pushing the limits of the tire until it failed; however in retrospect I was less than diligent about checking the condition of my rear tire!!

Luckily, it was only an inconvenient and expensive lesson to learn. Don't forget, the last 1/2 of the tread wears a LOT faster than the first 1/2. Take a look at them before each ride.
You are correct, inconvenient and an unnecessary expense. Was not aware that the second half was accelerated wear. Will keep much closer track of mileage and wear state in the future for sure. Would have been alright if there wasn't ~ 4000 miles prior to leaving on the tires. Tire failed @ ! 11,000 miles.

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Re: Rear tire failure

Post by hwydoc2 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:58 am

brettchallenger wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:23 am
I was less than diligent about checking the condition of my rear tire!!
I suspect a lot of us fall into that trap. The rear tyre isn't the easiest to examine properly. It necessitates getting down on the floor with a lamp. Even checking the pressure is a pain.
Ah, yup it sure is a PITA, but a necessary evil none the less. Lessons learned!!! :oops:

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Re: Rear tire failure

Post by dingdong » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:24 am

Well if I had known I would have offered you a cup of coffee. I live 3 blocks from Maxey's. Glad you made it through your ordeal.


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