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Old 04-24-2014, 07:17 AM   #1
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How often do you get "screwed"?

Lead my friend (who has a Honda S2000CR) for a nice 500 mile day trip in the blue ridge of GA/NC. After pulling out of our lunch break a yellow triangle got my attention and flashed the tire pressure at me, rear 33. I pulled over and found this



My girlfriend always gives me shit for the on board computer of the Beemer, must be jealousy (she rides a Tuono). It definitely gave me the early warning I needed though. Was able to find a tiny bike shop just a few miles down the road (mostly HD...and the owner really wears an eye patch) who just happened to have the right size tire that someone else ordered and never got. The last time I got "screwed" was about 8 years and maybe 70k riding miles ago on the interstate, and I didn't know it until it felt like my rear tire turned into a wet noodle (I was pretty new to riding then too).

I was a bit bummed because I only had about 6k on the PR2 rear, and I do my own tire changes usually. I do carry a compressor and gummy worms but didn't need them. So how often have you had a tire get taken out before its time? And what's your opinion of the conti motion? It was my only option at the time and place...
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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I do carry a compressor and gummy worms but didn't need them.
I'm curious why you replaced the tire if you have all the tools needed to plug it?
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:30 AM   #3
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I had this happen to me, last Fall, for the first time ever on my scooter (my dual sport bikes have had a few flats but tubes are easy to repair/replace). I had a tubeless tire repair kit a compressor with me. I fixed it in the parking garage at work (a 3" drywall screw).

No experience with Conti Motion tires. I've only ridden Bridgestone Hoops and Shinko SR567/568. I like them both.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:41 AM   #4
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It seems to happen to me or one of the kids once a year. We just plug with sticky rope and ride on till the tire wears out.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:41 AM   #5
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My girlfriend always gives me shit for the on board computer of the Beemer, must be jealousy (she rides a Tuono). ...
Maybe your girlfriend isn't jealous, but gives you "shit" because your attitide regarding the onboard computer is a bit pretentious. I'm sure that she still loves you very much, though.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:42 AM   #6
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I'm curious why you replaced the tire if you have all the tools needed to plug it?
Yeah, I would have had that patched from the inside and re-mounted.

I get a screw or nail in a car tire about once every year or two, but have been pretty lucky with the bikes. A friend of mine got one this year, and refused to even get it patched (cheap bastard). He used a plug, and its still holding fine.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:45 AM   #7
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I'm curious why you replaced the tire if you have all the tools needed to plug it?
My luck plugging MC tires has been spotty. Seems like the steel chews up the plug and then it leaks again. But maybe I didn't let the "goo" cure long enough, or rough up the hole correctly? I did consider it, especially since I could easily monitor the pressure. If it didn't work though I'd have a 3 hour ride home with no shops open. Guess I was being conservative
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:45 AM   #8
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I've been lucky. I've never had a puncture on any of my bikes. A delam issue and wearing others thin are another story. In trucks and cars,I've had a few. Very few for how much I drive. I just pull,plug,inflate and go. I'll recheck in 50 miles,then 100. In work vehicles... way too many times to count. I've found a 1" bolt about 6" long in a tire before and my last blowout took a couple fenders off.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:47 AM   #9
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Maybe your girlfriend isn't jealous, but gives you "shit" because your attitide regarding the onboard computer is a bit pretentious. I'm sure that she still loves you very much, though.
Yeah it was tongue in cheek!

The shop guy offered to patch from the inside...for $70
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:49 AM   #10
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It seems to happen to me or one of the kids once a year. We just plug with sticky rope and ride on till the tire wears out.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:53 AM   #11
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Sounds like the plugs work just fine, I'll definitely give that a shot next time and save the $$$!
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:59 AM   #12
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I find the frequency depends on where you ride. I got one in 10 years then moved to the inner city and got three in a year
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:04 AM   #13
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I've been fairly lucky, only picked up one (not a screw though, just a regular ol' nail) in my 12 years of riding. And that was when I was being stupid and riding up a gravel road where there had obviously been some recent construction in order to get to a nice overlook for a photo.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:21 AM   #14
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It seems to happen to me or one of the kids once a year. We just plug with sticky rope and ride on till the tire wears out.
+7. Happens nearly every year with me. Plug it, inflate to riding pressure, put compressor and tools away, re-install riding gear, ride untill the tire is bald, then replace tire.
Repeat the following year.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:56 AM   #15
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Just pulled one out of the tire this morning. Luckily, I have another bike and a spare for the flat one since it was almost worn anyway. I seem to get at least one a year. I'll plug them and use them if the tire still has lots of life.
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