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Old 07-08-2014, 08:18 AM   #5491
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fix a flat... How did it work. I am having nightmares thinking about getting a flat on the rear tire.
Try ride-on. You can put it in before or after the flat. If you put it in before it balances the tire and will seal any puncture you get along the way. I know a guy who put 5, 000 miles on his front after he got a flat and added ride-on. I just put it in my rear when I swapped tires. No balancing and it is as smooth as when the last tire was balanced at the shop, and I don't have to worry about a flat
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:46 AM   #5492
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try ride-on. You can put it in before or after the flat. If you put it in before it balances the tire and will seal any puncture you get along the way. I know a guy who put 5, 000 miles on his front after he got a flat and added ride-on. I just put it in my rear when i swapped tires. No balancing and it is as smooth as when the last tire was balanced at the shop, and i don't have to worry about a flat
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:12 AM   #5493
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fix a flat... How did it work. I am having nightmares thinking about getting a flat on the rear tire.
Sooner or later you will get a flat that can't be fixed with fix-a-flat or Ride-On.

You might consider carrying spare tubes (front tube can be put in the rear of you only want to carry one) and 2 or 3 spoons. I also carry a tire patch kit and some liquid soap as well as radial patches in case I have to repair a tubeless tire if a plug does not work. The soap is added to water to make the rims a little slicker and helps get the tire on and off the wheel. The soapy water can also help find a hole in a tube.

You should make sure you carry the tools needed to remove the wheels from the bike (otherwise you will have to patch the tube while still on the bike). The tool kits that came on my wife's GS650 (tubed tires) and my GS1200A (tubeless tires) did not have all the tools needed.

Consider removing your tires at home, breaking the bead and spooning the tire off and then back on. Learning at home sure beats learning on the road in the middle of no where.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:16 AM   #5494
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It's really easy to change motorcycle tires once you do it once or twice.

Another tip, only use the tools you keep on the bike when doing any repairs or maintenance at home. This way you will learn what you need to keep on your bike for whatever issue you run into in the road.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:22 AM   #5495
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:14 AM   #5496
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:01 PM   #5497
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Consider removing your tires at home, breaking the bead and spooning the tire off and then back on. Learning at home sure beats learning on the road in the middle of no where.

I have changed tires at home which is exactly why i really dread trying to change one on the field. Especially the rear tire.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:17 PM   #5498
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It's really easy to change motorcycle tires once you do it once or twice.
Then you can come do my next set. I have a fridge with beer.


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Another tip, only use the tools you keep on the bike when doing any repairs or maintenance at home. This way you will learn what you need to keep on your bike for whatever issue you run into in the road.
Good theory.

I guess I oughta try not to bump into the tire changing machine when doing this on the floor, right?

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Old 07-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #5499
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Then you can come do my next set. I have a fridge with beer.




Good theory.

I guess I oughta try not to bump into the tire changing machine when doing this on the floor, right?

What's a tire changing machine? lol
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:24 PM   #5500
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This was me and my friend Chris in the middle of WTFAW (where the fuck are we) Massachusetts, on the way to Nova Scotia and beyond. Sunday morning with a flat. Great guy at a BJ's helped us out. Then I rode to a Harley dealer about 40 miles away that was open on a Sunday who had the BMW inner tube. Really saved our asses.



BJ's was a God send!


Lesson learned, take anything that can repair a flat with you (fix a flat etc and a tire pump) and then take it to a place that repairs motorcycle tires (hopefully near-by). I say FUCK trying to repair it yourself (unless you are Superman with very long levers!).
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:27 PM   #5501
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:45 PM   #5502
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Like other things in life it's all about proper technique and a lot of lubricant. I have the Motion Pro Enduro levers (like 10-12" long) plus a third slightly larger spoon for sport bike tires. You could leave the larger one at home if space is more important than saving a few minutes in case of a flat.

I've broken beads with only tire spoons before. It took over half an hour of profanity per tire though. Also once used another bikes side stand to break the bead.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:58 PM   #5503
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If you believe this then you will believe anything. It TOTALLY depends on the tire. Not some general fix for ever bike and tire combination out there. It really helps not to listen to retards with quick fixes to complicated problems.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:24 PM   #5504
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.................Lesson learned, take anything that can repair a flat with you (fix a flat etc and a tire pump) and then take it to a place that repairs motorcycle tires (hopefully near-by). I say FUCK trying to repair it yourself (unless you are Superman with very long levers!).

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I like my 800xc. But I think I would like a regular 800 with cast wheels and tubeless tires even better.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:14 PM   #5505
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If you believe this then you will believe anything. It TOTALLY depends on the tire. Not some general fix for ever bike and tire combination out there. It really helps not to listen to retards with quick fixes to complicated problems.
Always on the bike, air compressor, tire tools, one long and two short, patches and plugs and a can of Slime. Main thing I try to do, is keep good tires and watch were I pull over.

Edit: always carry both tubes on the spoke bike.
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