Tire blowout

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by bbishoppcm, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. bbishoppcm

    bbishoppcm It ain't a moped.

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    yeah, looks like I ran my tires a bit too thin this time... the rear tire on my Helix just blew out after about 100 miles of riding today... it happened, thankfully, less than half a mile from my house, and not 30 miles away (where I was), OR worse yet, on the freeway. Anyone else experience a tire blowout? it's not fun. Same thing happened on my Elite 150 just as I was pulling into the parking lot at work.
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  2. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    I've never had a blow out on a two wheeled vehicle and don't want to think about it.
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  3. elite1

    elite1 Been here awhile

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    It's sometimes comes to the fore front ( of what remains) of my mind. Scary thought fo sho.
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  4. klaviator

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    My last flat happened at around 75 MPH on the interstate on my old R1100GS. The only reason I realized it was flat was because of the loud howling noise. the bike felt fine. When I stopped I found a huge hole in the tire.
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  5. emmettken

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    I had a blowout on my Burgman,rear tire,loud pop,,55 to 60mph. Not much wobble or anything. A string plug and portable air pump got me home and to the cycle shop the next day. The string plug leaked so I had to stop and add air a couple of times.
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  6. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    never had one in car or on bike and dont want to!
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  7. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    I ve had tires go 3 times on me but every time I ve got lucky. I ve gone from hwy speed down to 30 mph min before it's happened. just random chance but I ve never ever run down tires till theres no tread left. Not worth the trip to emergercy . Last time it happen just as I exited the hwy and went flat . Rode it over on to the grass .
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  8. cdwise

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    Last April I was tooling along at about 70mph thinking only 5 more hours until I would get home I heard a noise like a metal file run across a metal zipper. Slowing down I looked in my mirrors to see if I could discover what caused the noise when my rear end started to wobble a bit. Oh crap I thought, I think I have a flat. Fortunately, I was able to continue to slow down and pull off onto the should as the wobble turned into a fishtail flopping. The only casualty was that the scoot fell over when I tried to put it on the kickstand. Since it was fully loaded for touring the saddlebags with the flat tire made it impossible for me to get to the center stand without a third hand to hold hold the saddlebags out of the way. A couple driving behind me pulled over and helped get the scoot up on the center stand. Sadly, I didn't get to make it home for 3 more days since it happened on Saturday afternoon. Too late for the half day of local shops which were closed on Sunday. The rear tire size on the Scarabeo isn't one that shops keep in stock so one had to be overnighted in. Tuesday night I finally got home.

    There was still thread left but something caused the tire to lose a strip of thread similar to the big rig rethreads you see on the freeways.
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  9. Süsser Tod

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    Rear tire went flat at 125mph on my SV1000S when the valve stem broke. The bike started weaving and I first thought it was the wind, when it pulled to the other side I realized it wasn't the wind but a tire. I didn't knew which one was it, so I slowed down smoothly, without getting completely off the throttle. When I had slowed to about 30mph the rear tire howled like nothink I've heard before, and it overheated to the point of blueing. Only casualty was a turn signal as the bike wouldn't stay on the sidestand, with the flat rear it wouldn't lean against the sidestand.
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  10. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Ok what where you doing going at 125mph ? Like wow thats fast and you were very lucky. Not putting you down but to me anything over 85 mph unless your at a race track seem really fast at least on 10 or 12 inch wheels.
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  11. Tromper

    Tromper Been here awhile

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    Have picked up a nail a couple of time$ on the 650 & found myself riding low/no pressure. left the nail in & pumped it up on both occasions since wasn't too far from home. Must have been lucky really, I noticed it was a bit soft in the back end on corners so had backed off until I could pull over & check it. I always travel with a pump
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  12. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    It wasn't on my scooter, only way it could go that fast would be on free fall from an airplane!

    It was on my SV1000S, on a Mexican tollway, MX85D, 19.800786,-98.948908

    If you look it up on the map you'll see that there are very long straight sections on that road, and I don't twist the throttle that hard if cars are around me.

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    I had a lot of time to think about what I had done as I waited for the tow truck...

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    Three hours later I was on my way home...

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  13. bbishoppcm

    bbishoppcm It ain't a moped.

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    VW pickup trucks... why can't the US get a decent compact truck? Grrrr.
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  14. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Same old same old. Safety standards, eg vw bug cheap etc but you don't want to be in one in a bad crash. Environment reg add so much cost to bikes and cars. Thatsa reason that india has a 2500 buck car and scooters for grand. Even ford when fock it went they were going to build 100 model T for sale for the 100 th year anniversary. They would have to meet those regs and heaven forbid anything happened because ford would be sued for an unsafe car . A model T is part wood frame etc. Hell I would guess someone would have bought one and broke an arm hand starting it and sued. It would be nice to get 100 MPG bikes and cars but it's not going to happen untill it's all to late.
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  15. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    Yes, I'm pretty sure that mini truck wouldn't meet any recent safety regulations. It is a VW Saveiro, based on the Audi 80 from the late 70s. Although it received numerous updates within the 30 year production run, underneath it was the same old platform. It wouldn't also be able to meet newer emissions, with the engine management they come with, Digifant 1.7, althought it would be very easy for VW to put Motronic in there, they would just have to pull it from the parts bin.

    BUT the newer Saveiros shouldn't have a problem meeting safety regulations as they are based on VW's PQ24 platfrorm, which does meet European safety regulations.
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  16. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    It is OK to install 2 or 3 string plugs in the same hole if needed, to get to a better place. Put glue on the string if you have it. I've had them last the life of the tire, on a car. Although, on a bike, I'd change the tire as soon as practical.
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  17. hayasakiman

    hayasakiman Been here awhile

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    I know a kid who has that plug thing in back tire of his sport bike. It seems it doesn't bother him. :eek1
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  18. emmettken

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    Yeah, I should have tried that. Never thought of it at the time. Now I also carry a mushroom tire plug kit.
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  19. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    If done right strings can last along time. Then again some people have them go after less then 50 miles. The one thing I would never ever use unless you want to buy another tire is slime. It make it dam hard to patch the tire afterwords. I feel as long as you take your time with strings, let the glue set for for 15 min and your really rasped out the hole it should last for a while. At lest it lasted for 2 000 miles for me. Then again where not traveling at 65 Mile per hour day in and out.
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  20. klaviator

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    I once had the rear tire of my Yamaha Venture repaired with a sticky string. I put about 14,000 miles on that tire after the repair and that included riding two up and speeds well over 80 MPH. I replaced the tire when it was worn out. On the other hand, I needed 2 strings to repair the hole in my BMW's tire. I only rode on that long enough to get home.

    I have read other threads on plugging tires. The general consensus has been that the sticky strings work much better than the plugs found in many motorcycle repair kits.
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