How often do you get "screwed"?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by combustor777, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. combustor777

    combustor777 Been here awhile

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    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

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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). 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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  2. sarhog

    sarhog Ride far...

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    I'm curious why you replaced the tire if you have all the tools needed to plug it?
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  3. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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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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  4. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

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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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  5. NukeLife

    NukeLife n00b

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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.
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  6. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    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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  7. combustor777

    combustor777 Been here awhile

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    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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  8. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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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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  9. combustor777

    combustor777 Been here awhile

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    Yeah it was tongue in cheek!

    The shop guy offered to patch from the inside...for $70 :eek1
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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :deal
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  11. combustor777

    combustor777 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like the plugs work just fine, I'll definitely give that a shot next time and save the $$$! :clap
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  12. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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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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  13. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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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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  14. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    +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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  15. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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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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  16. SlowPony

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    Fortunately, it's never happened to me on the bike, although at one point I managed to pick up 3 screws in my car tires in a 6-month period (my husband was more than a little annoyed: "Were you aiming?!"). All but one of those could be patched, though.
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  17. fast1075

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    I used to run Q2 on my Buell until I discovered S-20. Anyway, I believe that if you were to mount a new Q2, put he bike in the garage and place a nail on the floor 20 feet away, the nail would of it's own accord, unassisted, impale the tire the first time you look away.

    I got a nail in a new rear tire (Q2) during a three mile ride from tire shop to home. Another time, I picked up three nails in a 200 mile ride.

    I switched to S-20's and never got another nail or screw. Go figure.
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  18. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Basically, I wouldn't do a track day on them, but for street duty I've never had an issue.
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  19. cccolin

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    I got a huge staple once. Just left it in there, never ended up causing a flat.
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  20. KirkN

    KirkN Been here awhile

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    Just suffered my very first non-off-road motorcycle tire puncture in 40 years of riding about 2 weeks ago. Off-road thorns and the like, sure; car tires, sure, but never a street bike tire puncture.

    I ran over a utility knife / razor blade. Just the blade - no knife. I hit it with the rear tire, and that blade had to be standing on it's edge, cause that's how it went into the tire - like it was a penny standing perfectly on it's edge, oriented long-ways to the tire, and I ran it over perfectly.

    I bet you could run over a razor blade lying in the road 10,000 times and not have that blade kick up and puncture the tire like that. But, that's what happened.

    Sigh.
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