So this happened yesterday and I am still reflecting on how lucky I am, how I performed, and what I could have done differently. Incident - Merged into rush hour traffic outside of city limits. Approximate speed was 80-85mph. Tire was a TKC80 kept at 33psi with 3/4 tread using an HD tube. Bike is a KTM 1190R. I was just starting to slow down to highway speed after the merge (I like to be clear of traffic when I can). I was ahead of traffic by 1/8 mile. I felt a slight bit of shake and then a very hard pull to the side as the tire failed. The shake became severe and the amount of side pull took a lot of strength to counteract. The bike wanted to pull to the left, hard. I remembered my safety course and stayed off the front brake completely (although I had already grabbed it at the beginning) and was very light with the rear. I counter steered with as little lean as possible and slowly got the bike to the right side. I basically coasted to a stop. The bead stayed on the rim throughout the event Aftermath - I was close to home (4 miles) and rode it out on the shoulder. The bead popped off on one side after less than a mile. Tire was thick enough to keep me off the rim. I had the equipment to change the tire but traffic was blasting at full rush hour speed. I knew I would have adrenaline shakes for at least ten minutes so I opted to keep busy riding instead of testing inattentive drivers and shaky hands. I also realized I had no way of propping up the front wheel. No rocks or wood around and I couldn't lay the bike over as the grass was bone dry and she loves to 'spit up' fuel when prone. Like the safety class teaches. Hold on tight and ride it out. Stay off the brakes. Buy new underwear.