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Old 02-12-2015, 06:58 AM   #1
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Sitting in Marathon TX with a worn tire - advice?

So when leaving Big Bend yesterday I noticed a scuff in the center of my rear tire that is quite low on tread (I know its past due, I was hoping I had enough to get to San Antonio where we are stopping for a few days). After babying it to Marathon at 40 mph this is how it looks now.



I'm planning on calling around in Fort Stockton which is 60 miles hoping they have a tire available and someone to put it on. If not, Del Rio is 170 miles and it was suggested if I keep going at a max of 45 mph I should be ok to get to the bike shops there.

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Old 02-12-2015, 07:17 AM   #2
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Buy some duct tape and wrap that bad boy.. Drive at a sensible speed to where you need to go..
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:28 AM   #3
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it sounds like fort stockton cant help me.. duct tape? I am not sure if you are kidding or not!
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:37 AM   #4
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I have seen much much worse than that and been riding on them too like that. You should be good to ease into a larger town, Marathon to Ft Stockon, not bad, but you say that there isn't a tire there to help you. I'd say just be easy on the tire and keep easing towards a bigger town.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:39 AM   #5
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Put tire size up and se if any inmates have a tire that will get you on the road.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:42 AM   #6
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Put tire size up and se if any inmates have a tire that will get you on the road.
Thanks for the help, my dad seemed to think the same, that people have ridden further on much worse and I should be good to make it to Del Rio as long as I go slow.

Rear tire: 150/70ZR-17

Going to call ahead to DR power sports when they open at 9 then patch it up with some duct tape and replace every so often. Ease my way 170 miles.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:44 AM   #7
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I've wrapped one with gorilla tape. It does work. Just don't do anything sudden or go fast.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:59 AM   #8
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Give Ralph Delmar a call down in Terlingua. He is cutting back on moto wrenching but maybe can help you out of a jam. He may still have some tires around.

http://www.cycletek.net/

Also, make a post over on Two Wheeled Texans. There are some members that live in the area.

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Old 02-12-2015, 09:57 AM   #9
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I would ride it carefully to Del Rio, I think it will be fine.
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:24 AM   #10
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check for an m/c shop in alpine, get a tire drop shipped there or find another m/c shop with one in stock to get a courier to take it to a bus headed for alpine.

Had a vmax rider do that in del rio, got the tire in SA, all you need is a credit card, and an extra day.
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:05 PM   #11
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No shop in Alpine.
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:12 PM   #12
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Check with Paul Glaves who lives outside Terlinqua, TX. He has good knowledge of the area and might have a tire. Also the guy in Terlinqua might be able to help. San Angelo, Tx has a couple of dealer ships that can help. Good luck.
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:23 PM   #13
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Big Bend Cycle is in Alpine, when I spoke to them it sounded like a small one man shop. He was also not going to be in the shop until 5 pm today.

Del Rio powersports didn't have a tire that fit. So we opted to head to Odessa, which was 25 miles closer. Spoke to a couple shops there and they both were able to order one for Friday, I then got a hold of Texas Motorsports who have a tire in stock. We left Marathon hoping to make it to Odessa by 3 (going 45 max). Unfortunately we hit snow and sleet the entire way (and slush covered road) and were icicles by the time we got to Fort Stockton, we are now holed up here and are continuing on our way tomorrow, should be in the shop by 10 am tomorrow.

I also was given a roll of Gorilla tape by a kind old mexican man at a gas station in Marathon, put it on and it lasted about 20 miles before it wore through! Will be putting some more on when we leave tomorrow morning, figure it can't hurt! There has only been a small amount of additional wire showing since we left this morning.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:23 PM   #14
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Was in that same predicament May 2013 in Alpine. Ended up riding to San Antonio loaded two up on the Concours 14. We made it but it was a nervous ride.
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:08 PM   #15
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Texas.If you do not like the weather-wait 5 minutes and it will change. But hey, you are a Canuck you can handle snow & ice..... Next time bring snow tires.haha
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