(coming back) From a flat tire at freeway speed.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mr. matteeanne, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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    Time to change to an airless alternative?

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    Michelin Airless motorcycle tires



    Think of having a type of "slinky" supporting the tyre from the inside - instead of pressurized air.


    Pity seems no progress on this since November 2005! :mully
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  2. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    About a year and a half ago, I had the front tube pop on my 990 Adventure at about 65mph. Wheeee! Hang on tight and try not to die. Rode it out. Got the tire fixed (new tube) and was riding the next day, although nervously for the first few miles.
    Many years ago I was T-boned by the classic left-turning cage. I still believe he was aiming for me, Lord knows I tried to get out of his way and almost made it. Ambulance ride, debate over whether or not to keep the left foot, months on crutches.
    Bike was out of the shop before I could ride, and I was on it as soon as I felt my left leg could hold the bike up. I was apprehensive about cages, bad, for a while, and I'm still paranoid about 'em. Probably healthy. What's weird is, ever since then I can't ride on the back of another bike. Gives me the willies. Before, my friends and I used to pack each other around all the time.
    Best advice seems to be to "Get back on the horse that threw you."


    1911fan
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  3. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    It was not like a tube blowing, but it got flat FAST. I felt the bike pulling to one side, which I thought was because of crosswinds, but when it pulled to the other side I knew I was in trouble.

    When I managed to stop the tire was completely flat, didn't pop the beads. Scraped that tire as it overheated badly and I suspect the carcass got damaged.
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  4. lost...

    lost... Guarior

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    Just passed a semi, heading north near Loreto, Baja. Got the wobbles, REAL quick- did a quick glance back to confirm me suspicion: blown patch on the rear that I had performed the night before, and me tire was losing pressure. Semi was haulin ASS behind me, blowing his horn, and not slowing down or moving over to pass. With zero shoulder, I had to throw the bike down the steep bank to a side road at high speed or get squashed. Somehow managed to keep it upright though, and not die. Much more cautious about a.) passing semis, and 2.) tube repairs in the dark! :lol3
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  5. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    I've never had a blow out (at speed) on the tarmac.

    You guys make me feel like I'm missing out. . .
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  6. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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    I've never been decapitated while out riding, and I don't feel lacking at all. :evil

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    (Ask any Australian motorcyclist over the age of . . . 57 (or so) for an explanation)
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  7. Avocet

    Avocet Been here awhile

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    I think the "studly" adjective has more to do with how I look than with how I ride.:evil
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  8. YJake

    YJake Roaming

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    Had the rear tube on a bike blow at 60mph, I could see the rear end of the bike out of my left peripheral vision as I slowed the thing down trying not to crash. :eek1

    I swore off tubed wheels on anything other than dirt bikes that day.

    Had a nail in the rear of my Bandit 1200 and rode it 80 miles before the PSI was low enough to make the rear end squirrely in the corners. I plugged it 1,400 miles ago and still ride it like I always have. :norton

    The first incident made me somewhat apprehensive about riding but several commutes later I was back to normal.

    I now carry a tire plug kit, compressor, and PSI gauge in my top box at all times.

    -Jake
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  9. Animo

    Animo Beastly n00b

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    You're right. I bent a rim and had my front tire deflate at speed a couple of times. Now every time I feel a strange sway on the front wheel I always think 'FLAT!" :lol3
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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I do not now have it, but I will. I think TPM is one of the best pieces of mind you can get on a bike. This is especially true when you are tired and not 100% on your game!

    Jim :brow
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  11. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    All 5 flats I ve lucked out . 4 happen 3 or min after I stopped doing hwy speeds and end up in town doing 35 or so. Last time was close Patch gave out 4 seconds after I exited hwy was going 75 Mph hauling to get a fairy 20 seconds before that. Was doing 40 MPh and off throdel. Just road it off into the grass in the conner of the exit and pushed to the gas station 1 block away and fixed it. The first time I was run off the road in my first year of riding 25 years ago I had trouble for 3 days driving my bike. 1 st day was the worst came to tight coners and just froze up.
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  12. mr. matteeanne

    mr. matteeanne Bender can pass him

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    I am adding a tpm as soon as the boss lets me. I see one for $199? Any advice?
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  13. Badge320

    Badge320 Wild Hog No. 3

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    Last year I borrowed a friends Paul Smart Ducati and got a flat on the rear while on the highway. I was fortunate to get the bike stopped without throwing it down.

    What spooked me was how fast I was riding it prior to the tire going flat.....
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  14. the Pheasant

    the Pheasant Been here awhile

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    I assume 'rode it out' means 'came to halt without falling off'...

    Which I managed to do last time I had a riding flat. 80+mph in heavy traffic at dusk - poor visibility - on the M4 past Reading. I was in the outside lane on my tube-tyred Transalp when the rear tyre went down. First I knew of it was when the bike wouldn't steer crisply; seconds later, the back tyre began to swish and I had a real job to get the bike to steer across the inside two lanes to the safety of the hard shoulder, still at 70mph, while not getting squashed by a truck.

    Fitted a new tube by the side of the road (sheltered by a Highways Agency vehicle that turned up after I started removing the wheel) and was on my way. I'll admit to a big sigh of relief on reaching the hard shoulder, but whilst trying to get there all my attention was focused on retaining control.

    It did make me think about the wisdom of riding tubed tyres with a pillion but this was my only riding flat with a tubed tyre. I have had a couple with tubeless, which IMO gives a lot more warning of imminent deflation.

    I have had innumerable flats while cycling and a high-speed flat when riding wired-on tyres can be very dangerous. Not only do you quickly lose directional control but, if the tyre comes off, it can wrap around and lock the wheel. And riding on the bare rim is not funny.
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  15. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My wife and I helped a guy load up his bike after a getting a flat at 55 mph Friday.

    He was on a newer Suzuki Boulevard (the big one) and got a big gash in the tire on one of the few straightaways along that lonely stretch of road. His buddy came to rescue him with a 2WD pickup and a ramp. The rear tire kept sliding sideways (because he was leaning it slightly toward himself for balance) so we had a tough time lining it up with the ramp.

    Finally, we started from the middle of the traffic lane, and it slid into position. Once the front tire was on the tailgate, it took 5 of us to pull it up the ramp. We didn't dare use the engine power, since the rear was already sitting at the edge of the ramp.

    Once the bike was in the truck on its side stand, the poor guy began to hyper-ventilate. He had inherited the bike from his deceased grandfather, and was terrified he was going to have to abandon it on the side of the road overnight (couldn't afford the tow bill). I'm just glad the blowout didn't cause him to crash, because he was wearing t-shirt, tennis shoes, and a half shell helmet. No gloves.
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  16. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    The controllability of a flat is definitely dependent on the bike and type of tire involved. I had one once on a bike with stiff sidewalled, low-profile sport tires where I picked up a nail in my rear tire in the morning and then at the end of the day noticed that the tread on the tire had evaporated and the tire was toast. All that day I was riding quickly through twisty roads and hitting high speeds on long, empty stretches of central Idaho highway. I never suspected I had a flat the whole time. :eek1

    Now, I check tire pressures a bit more often. A TPMS wouldn't be a terrible investment, though. I was already pretty good about checking tire pressures, and had checked my pressures that morning before starting the ride. A TPMS would have let me know and I would have been able to patch the hole and not have had to buy a new tire so soon.
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  17. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    I just posted about RideOn in another thread - I think it works well as a balance tool, but the real reason I use it is for SOME protection against catastrophic deflation. I know it's not as effective in tube tires, but I figure every bit helps.
    Luckily, have not tested it yet :norton
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  18. henshao

    henshao Bained

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    I once hit a pothole on a left-turning interstate mixing bowl that gave me two instant flats. More of a crater than a pothole, it destroyed both rims while I had her leaned over. It wasn't until after I sat back down and tried to continue turning that I realized I had two flats.

    Must have had angels on the handlebars holding the bike up.
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