I'll not use Ride-On again!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by paulcbrowne, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. paulcbrowne

    paulcbrowne Adventurer

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    This product is supposed to provide protection from small punctures as well as balance the tires without using wheel weights. A month ago I installed a pair of Metzeler FeelFree tires and put in the recommended volume of Ride-On. The balance seemed very good after an initial 10 mile ride and for most of the time since. Most of my riding is up to 55 or 60.

    However, last week I was on a freeway and had to do 70+. I got an awful vibration. I have checked the bearings and tires and found no abnormalities. I called the company and they said that they only get one or so call a month for this problem. They suggested taking the bike to a dealer, have him carefully remove the wheels and then spin balance them. Sounds like a $100+ idea to me!

    As far as I'm concerned, Ride-On is junk. Expensive junk at that. It's $14.95 per bottle (3 needed) plus shipping. This product has had some good reviews, but I'd definitely not recommend it after my experience.
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  2. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    Would it make a good anal lube?
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  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Did the bike sit for a while? I wonder if some of it dried onto the tire, so it was unable to spread evenly.
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  4. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    I put it in my tires 8,000 miles ago and have had no problems.
    This included an 1800 mile round trip to Daytona bike week.

    :dunno
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  5. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    I have it in both my bikes and it performs as advertised - as a balancer - haven't tested the puncture feature. A recent trip had speeds in the 90's and it was smooth with no wheel weights.
    I have noticed some balance related vibe after the bike sits a while in hot temperatures - I presume it pools - but it smooths out quickly with riding.
    I will continue to use and recommend the product.
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  6. paulcbrowne

    paulcbrowne Adventurer

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    I did not let the bike sit. It's ridden regularly. It should not have set wrongly per the manufacturer. No solution except removing the tires, washing the stuff out and starting over. Lead weights in the future!
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  7. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Meh, go ahead, I'll keep using the stuff.
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  8. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    What else would you expect from gizmo's and gadgets? :ear
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  9. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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  10. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    :eek1

    Let's hope so, OP needed some lube on this deal
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  11. Sp4Mike

    Sp4Mike Been here awhile

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    Mine works just fine, at speeds I'm not willing to admit too.

    Maybe it's something else? The Shinko 244 I put on the front wobbles at anything over 75, but with a D606, and a trailwing before that, there were no issues at any speed.
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  12. jacksgp

    jacksgp Been here awhile

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    Lead weights in the future![/QUOTE]


    I tried cerimac beads....Works perfect!
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  13. Handy

    Handy Sunburnt

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    That some sort of French thing?
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  14. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Air Soft Pellets..no worries whatsoever..
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  15. jacksgp

    jacksgp Been here awhile

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    Gotta luv the French!:evil
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  16. DirtMedic

    DirtMedic Intrepid Explorer

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    I load my DR650 tires with green Slime from Autozone. It is cheap and it works. I don't balance my tires. No vibrations either and I will ride it up to about 85 mph routinely. It isn't advertised as a wheel balancer like Ride On, but no problems noted in that department. Then again it is just a DR650 and not a performance machine. I had a puncture that I didn't get around to fixing for about a month. It held up without losing any pressure. I eventually replaced the tube and put Slime back in.
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  17. EKinOR

    EKinOR Been here awhile

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    I've had good luck with Ride On. I've used it in Conti Trail Attacks, TKC 80, Heidenau K60, and Karoo 3 tires. No balance or other issues up to 100 MPH. Thankfully, I've not had to test the puncture repair abilities. I'll continue to use it.
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  18. rob feature

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    Same here. I spooned a new set of T-63s on my DRZ and put a bottle in each tire. It totally wiped my balance issues off the map. I can't speak to the flat prevention/mitigation, but I use similar stuff in my mountain bikes. I can speak to that - it just works and extremely well.

    So far so good with Ride-On. :thumb
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  19. rob feature

    rob feature Domain Ranger

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    freedom beads :D
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  20. anotherguy

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    Dyna beads here. 140MPH and no issues.
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