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Old 09-09-2014, 12:34 PM   #1
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ROAD HAZARDS: What have you run over lately?

The other day, my husband was riding his F800GS home from the airport, when he heard a loud POP. The bike didn't ride any different, so he continued on towards home, about 15 miles away. He made it almost all the way, but about 500 feet down the street, he could feel the rear tire going flat. He actually made it all the way, and when he pulled into the garage, he put the bike up on a jack to inspect the tire. This is what he found:


This spike was driven in the tire all the way up to the head, and getting it out was not easy. By the way, these are brand new TKC80's. Not even 200 miles on them.


This thing is 3 inches long......



and left a hole 1/4 inch across.

Gary had to get a new inner tube, and a hole plug kit. He also put a rubber patch on the inside of the tire. So far it's holding up.


So, what else has been run over? Ladders, lumber, house siding?
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:20 PM   #2
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Railroad called, they want their spike back
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:24 PM   #3
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none lately...knock on wood.

a couple years ago, though, there were some contractors renovating a house in my neighborhood who were not very good at actually getting stuff into--rather than just somewhere in the vicinity of--the dumpster they parked on the street. picked up several nails/screws in a few month stretch from those assholes.

a few words were exchanged. but that was about it... it's kinda frustrating that there is nothing you can really do about crap like that when the city doesn't care.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:27 PM   #4
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none lately...knock on wood.

a couple years ago, though, there were some contractors renovating a house in my neighborhood who were not very good at actually getting stuff into--rather than just somewhere in the vicinity of--the dumpster they parked on the street. picked up several nails/screws in a few month stretch from those assholes.

a few words were exchanged. but that was about it... it's kinda frustrating that there is nothing you can really do about crap like that when the city doesn't care.
Perhaps if they started running over an abnormally high quantity of what they can only assume to be their own screws and nails....
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:29 PM   #5
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Standard incident for new tires. The last two sets of tires I have on a bike have been punctured within 200 miles. A rear Heidenau K60 on a BMW R100 GSPD and a rear Michelin Road Pilot 3 on a BMW R1150RT.
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:55 PM   #6
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I ran over a ladder that was flat-spinning on the road after flying off a pick-up from the #4 lane to the #1 lane where I was. I lucked out that by the time I ran over it, it was oriented perpendicular to my direction of travel so I only ran over the legs and was clear. If I'd ran it over the other way I'd have had to run over every rung of the ladder...


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Old 09-09-2014, 05:31 PM   #7
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Armadillo carcass, in a decreasing-radius Interstate off-ramp with a concrete guard barrier. Fairly slick, the bike got squirrelly for a couple of seconds. No mishap ensued, but I've been lucky for too too long...

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Old 09-09-2014, 05:41 PM   #8
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Hit a pothole south of Watson Lake, Canada that I needed GPS directions to find my way out! (At least it seemed like that!). Bent my front wheel, but still holding air!
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:45 PM   #9
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Ran this over about three years ago, new tire of course and between the tow, hotel room and a new tire cost me about 500 dollars.

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Old 09-09-2014, 10:26 PM   #10
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I ran over a mattress not long ago. Almost had to lay er down.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:34 AM   #11
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I ran over a mattress not long ago. Almost had to lay er down.
Well, at least you'd have been in the right spot!

Riding around the Detroit area, there's almost always some kind of debris in or alongside the road, though the main threats are the potholes. There have been a few that have even made me nervous on my DR, but thankfully it's usually easy to avoid potholes on a moto.

The last thing I hit was a suicidal squirrel. Damn thing was in the road as I was approaching, so I slowed down and let it get out of the way. It did, but then sprinted back out into the street just as I passed, head-butting my skidplate. I felt a little bad for it but it also got caught by the rear wheel so I doubt it suffered for long. No idea what goes through those little fancy rats' minds when they're playing in traffic.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:17 AM   #12
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The last thing I hit was a suicidal squirrel. Damn thing was in the road as I was approaching, so I slowed down and let it get out of the way. It did, but then sprinted back out into the street just as I passed, head-butting my skidplate. I felt a little bad for it but it also got caught by the rear wheel so I doubt it suffered for long. No idea what goes through those little fancy rats' minds when they're playing in traffic.
You mean, besides skidplates and tires?
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:22 AM   #13
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Well, I didn't hit either of them, but it must be the season for hammers dropping here in Colorado. Almost ran over a ball peen hammer and a 2 pound sledge hammer in the last week. How the hell do they get in the middle of the road?
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:01 PM   #14
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Hit a pothole south of Watson Lake, Canada that I needed GPS directions to find my way out! (At least it seemed like that!). Bent my front wheel, but still holding air!

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By the grace of God I didn't go down with my two simultaneous flats while leaned over.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:21 PM   #15
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The last thing I hit was a suicidal squirrel. Damn thing was in the road as I was approaching, so I slowed down and let it get out of the way. It did, but then sprinted back out into the street just as I passed, head-butting my skidplate. I felt a little bad for it but it also got caught by the rear wheel so I doubt it suffered for long. No idea what goes through those little fancy rats' minds when they're playing in traffic.
I asked the same thing once after hitting a dog. I was told that even though they've run off the road, they're scared and they run back to where they just were because they (in their mind) were safe when they were there a few seconds ago. I guess it makes sense.
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