I'll not use Ride-On again!

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

  1. Mat

    Mat Long timer

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    I never balance my tires and never have problems. No need for slime or anything other than air in my tubes either.

    I know how to fix a flat, but never needed it. Talk about a cheap solution :evil
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  2. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    I know a fellow who should start running this stuff in his Vulcan 750. :1drink
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  3. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    :lol3
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  4. blues

    blues Been here awhile

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    Maybe one of the new tires is not well seated?

    I've been using Ride-on for several years on 2 different bikes, no issues.
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  5. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    I was thinking the same thing...


    You guys claiming that with this stuff inside, your tires seems perfectly balanced...did you try the same tires without the stuff (and obviously no weights) to see if the tires still have a balance problem?
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  6. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    Has worked in my jeep for... well, since I've had it. Every once and a while ti will get a vibration from the tires, but a quick brake check seems to sort that out.
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  7. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    I noticed that my local BMW dealer in So Cal had a flyer regarding Ride-On recommending it (of couse they made good money off it). I inquired about it and they mentioned that the CHP in their area required it in their bikes -- so I tried it in my R1200GS. No wheel weights and the tires balanced just fine.

    Then the dealership was putting on a tire puncture repair demonstration and the head mechanic put several screws into his R1200GS rear tire to show how to properly remove them and correctly plug the tire. He had Ride-On in that tire and when he removed the first screw the tire immediately self sealed -- getting in the way of his demonstration. He proceeded to ream out the hole anyway and showed how to plug the tire but I was pretty impressed with the inadvertant display of the benefits of Ride-On.
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  8. boxermoose

    boxermoose Now fully goosed

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    Yup - on a trip the front started hopping. 6oz in the front and it smoothed right out
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  9. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    I'm sure Ride On is great for balance and all, but it's not hard to balance a wheel. The bike is practically its own balancing stand.

    And I'm sure it's great for flat prevention too. If it's actually covering the area with the puncture. The only time I used it, it collected near the center of the tread where the puncture wasn't. At least it doesn't make a mess like slime and fix-a-flat.


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  10. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    Balancing wheels is so easy. I got a balancing stand from harbor freight for 40$ and some weights for 7$ and I'll be set for years.

    I noticed a difference on my KLR 650. Didn't notice putting on a Shinko 700 rear, but when I did the front there was a difference.

    I will not be neglecting balancing again.
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  11. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    >At least it doesn't make a mess like slime and fix-a-flat.<

    Good point! Ride-On seems to be water soluble and does not make a mess at all. Washes right out of the dismounted tire.
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  12. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Tell me about cleaning fixed-a-flat wheels. Took me over an hour and very sore fingers not long ago.And too much brake cleaner for my liking.:puke1 The beads all clumped together, that was also interesting.:roflDarn POs...:lol3

    Got to look at the application procedure for Ride-On. Is that pour,spin and expect the best? Maybe could be painted on before mounting the tire for even distribution???:ear

    And maybe check the compatibility with my tire lube, wouldn't want to break up the Ride-On or clump it.:eek1
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  13. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    Ride-On is added through the valve stem in the recommended amount. It will naturally initially pool at the low spot in the tire. Ride the bike for a mile or two and it distributes arounf the inside of the tire. You will notice it for the first couple of miles but probably never notice it again.
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  14. rob feature

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    Just a little update. I put Ride-on in a new set of T-63s for the DRZ and took one trip back in mid July (5 days). I just now got the opportunity to ride it again here at the end of October. So the bike has been sitting on the tender unmoved for that long. It's time to winterize, so I took it out for a spin for an hour or so before getting to it. I was a little apprehensive about the sealant thinking it may have settled to the bottom of the tire with the intention of remaining there. To my pleasant surprise, the bike is still silky smooth at (made so by the goop - bad vibes before) and hadn't lost ANY air pressure! Still 2 big thumbs up from this rider :thumb:thumb
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  15. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    People really over think this kind of stuff. Put it in the tires and go ride. Its not magic.
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  16. InsideThePerimeter

    InsideThePerimeter North GA bound

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    I've used it in all my bikes with no problems.
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  17. acap650

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    IMHO balance/sealers should only be used in tubed tires to prevent sudden deflation. The tubed wheel/tire should be balanced with weights prior to adding the sealer. Once sealer is added weight balancing is impossible.

    Tubeless tires do not suddenly deflate when punctured and can easily be plugged so there is no need for a sealer.

    A good balancer is not that expensive and will be paid for the first time you mount and balance your tires. http://www.marcparnes.com/
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  18. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Now that wasn't my experience just out of Yellowstone when I picked up a big chunk of broken Allen wrench, must have been a 3/16" to 1/4" from the chunk I found inside the tire.:eek1 One second I was riding along.....the next I was all over the place.:eek1
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  19. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    My experience in California on the highway was that the chunk of metal ripped a nice hole in my rear tire causing it to instantly deflate. Pulled in the clutch and coasted to the edge of the highway. The natural drag a of a flat rear slowed the bike.

    Yes, tubeless tire do suddenly deflate. They are however easy to repair if you brought along a patch kit and air pump, which was handy.

    I see no point in sliming ro ride-oning a tubeless tire. Easy enough to carry a patch kit.
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  20. St. Arbucks

    St. Arbucks Looking for clues...

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    Question on Ride On (or any sealant). With tube tires, how do you know you have a puncture if Ride On seals it up? I'd want to know if I'm riding on tires with a hole that has been filled with a sealant. Thx,
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