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Old 09-08-2011, 07:08 AM
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Flat tires?

So, it appears that flats generally occur @ the worst of possible times (hard rain on the NJ turnpike or in the middle of no where with no ability to perform a patch for example)

What's your nightmare story? (freely reply herein)
(oh, & a poll above entitled 'How many lifetime flats have you had? )
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Nothing like having the NPS open up their maintenance shop on a cold and rainy Sunday. (original post here) Rules, after all, were made to be broken.

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:49 AM
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Re: Flat tires?

I've had only 3 flats in almost 500K of street riding. None were pleasant expieriences.

1. Once while on a trip to Virginia about 25 years ago...at about 8am on a Sunday morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway.. in the fog.. in pouring down rain.. in full leathers with no rainsuit and no tire repair kit.. before cell phones.

2. Second flat was while passing through Detroit on my way to Canada about 20 years ago. Had a flat while on the interstate. Rolled to a stop at dusk in the most dangerous part of town and was immediately surrounded by one of the early (and no infamous) street gangs who wanted to share their rich and diverse culture with the white boy from Tennessee.

3. And my last flat I chronicled here...Good Day Gone Bad: Karma Gone Amuck .. A Ride Tale From Hell http://pirateslair.net/KarmaGoneAmuck.htm

I now carry a foofoo fancy tire repair kit wherever I ride..

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Re: Flat tires?

Two that I can recall, both on urban highways. First time just as I hit the light at an intersection off ramp the front tire went down. Found a spot, pulled the wheel, took a bus to a bike shop, repair effected. Bus ride back to the bike.

Next time at about 60 on an LA freeway, rear end got all squirrelly, thought I hit a patch of oil. Pulled off the freeway at the exit right about where it happened, luckily. Pulled into a gas station, with permission parked at the side of the garage pulled the rear wheel, another bus ride, this time to the Hollywood BMW dealer. Repair effected, another bus ride back to the bike.

Both times, tires with tubes and usable tool kits on the bikes. Both times fortunate as to the location of the incident and the outcome. I too now carry a fancy tire repair kit, and plug in inflator. Hope never to have to use either.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:48 AM
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Re: Flat tires?

Had a couple... no incident to talk about.

I always carry a pump and a both types of kits.
Fixed more flats for others than I ever had.

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Re: Flat tires?

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I too now carry a fancy tire repair kit, and plug in inflator.
Everyone (mechanically capable) should carry these items, and they don't have to be fancy. Why let a flat tire ruin your day?



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Re: Flat tires?

Pretty much identical to what I carry Rick, and hey, I bet you didn't notice that the YANKEES are 2 1/2 games on top of the American League East, over some losers from Boston.

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Pretty much identical to what I carry Rick, and hey, blah, blah, blah... Yankees suck!
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Fixed.

Good thing we haven't hijacked this thread, as usual, eh? (as our Canadian friends might say).
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Re: Flat tires?

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Good thing we haven't hijacked this thread, as usual, eh? (as our Canadian friends might say).
Its likely to go 'political' shortly
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Its likely to go 'political' shortly

If it does, you can be sure Obama did it. ;-)
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Either that or BLPD!
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My only flat tire was back in 1977. It went flat while I was off the bike and only 3 blocks from home.
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Nothing like having the NPS open up their maintenance shop on a cold and rainy Sunday. (original post here) Rules, after all, were made to be broken.


Or to have a couple of buds happen by to offer you all the "instruction" that you could ever hope for...
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Re: Flat tires?

While we are on the subject......I don't care if the Yankees win every other game they play for the rest of their entire existence. I went to every single alcs game and World Series game in 2004. Greatest choke in the history of sport. Period.

Call me silly but that was enough to last me a lifetime. So ya.....go ahead....go Chok...I mean Yankees.
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two that I recall. Both on my first, and previous BMW, an R850R. The first two weeks after I got the bike, the second about a week later and less than a mile from the first.
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I have had two.
First one on a late Sunday afternoon in May after riding thru rural Hoke County two up, I noticed the bike a bit unsettled in some curves. Then in Southern Pines, had the center stand drag around a corner when it shouldn't have. Pulled into a convenience store and checked air and found it at 18lbs (does this count as flat??). Then found a screw off to the side but still in the tread area. At this point I know that I have ridden with it for about 40+ miles as the point where I first noticed the unsettled behavior was about 35 miles back. Dilemma. Do I tighten the screw in a bit more, air it up, and keep riding the 80 miles home or take it out? There aren't many stores along the way but enough I could get air, just not a lot of help. I do have a small mountain bike pump with me that can be used to pump up a tire with lots of strokes. I find inside the store a $4.95 plug kit. Do I try to fix it and ride and would the plug hold. My wife and I talk and decide our fate. We pull over to the $0.50 air pump and I take out the screw and learn how to plug a tire. It works, it holds air, we arrive home safe and sound with only about a 30 minute delay on the trip. This tire was new just 2 weeks before. I monitor it closely for the next month. It was in a thick part of rubber, somewhat off to the side. The tire makes it 10,000 miles over the rest of the summer. I asked for a mini pump/plug kit for Fathers Day and got it.

Second one, leaving work, hop on the bike and go to retract the stand and it scraps the ground. Something rotten in Denmark as they say. Find the tire has about 10 lbs of air in it. Now the expert at plugging,hahahhaa, I get out the tools and the pump and the plug kit. Folks are leaving work and all asking is all OK and do I need help (this never happens it seems when you are truly in a dilemma and needing help). I pull a 6 penny nail out, and plug a very very thin tire. I was due to be changed out that week as I was pretty well past the wear bars. The glue is all but dried up in the tube. This plug I really don't trust much at all. It holds air. I ride it around the parking lot a few times doing figure 8s leaned over to stress it to see if will hold. It does and I ride the 40 miles home with extra awareness to bike handling. I do stop once along the way just to spit test it to see if it is still holding. This tire goes and gets changed out for the new one that night.

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Horror story? I have had 3 (counting today ) in my 38 years and oodles of miles. First one, I put on nice new 6 piston P&M brakes on my Open Super Street bike back in 83 ... it was a little too close to the valve stem apparently and ended up ripping the tip of the valve off. Front tire went flat pretty quick ... easy fix ... shorter valve stem and new tire. The second, and most notable was when I was on Hwy 1 in California and got a rear flat with a tubed rear tire. No cell phone service, got lucky and got a ride 3 miles up to Gorda where i spent about 9 hours searching for, finding a tow service, and getting the bike to a shop at 9:30 PM. Shop owner opened for me to put the bike in and I would be first out in the morning. Between the tow, the hotel for the night and the new tube repair, it was a $650 repair.

Today I pulled off the freeway through an area where there was construction .. in less than a mile, I was out of air in the back. I was pulling into a parking lot of a store to run and errand and could tell something was flat, but thought it was the front which checked out fine. I never park on my side stand, but for some reason I did and when I came out of the store, it was obvious what was flat. 10 minutes later with a gooey worm plug kit and compressor I always carry, I was back on the road no worries.
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While we are on the subject......I don't care if the Yankees win every other game they play for the rest of their entire existence. I went to every single alcs game and World Series game in 2004. Greatest choke in the history of sport. Period.

Call me silly but that was enough to last me a lifetime. So ya.....go ahead....go Chok...I mean Yankees.


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Anybody had a flat on the front??
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Anybody had a flat on the front??
Besides Peter P.

I did back in 1977 on a CB350F going over the Merrimack River bridge on 95 near Salisbury, MA. I managed to keep the bike up-right, but it was not a fun experience. That was the first of 2, but the only front flat.

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I can remember six.... Three in the last two years. I'm getting handy at fixing flats.
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I have had a lot of flats, between dirt bikes and street bikes, carry a kit now and pump.Worst time I had with a flat wasn't even on my own bike.On a Sunday going home in the truck,I saw a couple guys pulled off on bikes, one with a flat.About a mile from my house, so I stop and offer help, went home, got an air tank. Went back,aired up the tire, had then follow me home. I used my tire changer, gave them a tube, lubed the chain, checked the front tire. Did not charge them, even for the tube.Both were nice, thanked me. While I cleaned up tools, they left. When I went to go inside the house they wrote me a note taped to the door explaining how insulted they were with my language and that God was going to get me and I was going to burn in hell for using some magic words to get the bead on.Seems they were some born again bible thumpers, but did not have the balls to say anything to my face, so left me some scripture laced note hoping I burn in hell.Ya know, a quick," Hey we're God freaks, could you tone down the blasphemy?" would have not offended me.But to play along, accept my charity and then leave a burn in hell note really pissed me off.
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I have had a lot of flats, between dirt bikes and street bikes, carry a kit now and pump.Worst time I had with a flat wasn't even on my own bike.On a Sunday going home in the truck,I saw a couple guys pulled off on bikes, one with a flat.About a mile from my house, so I stop and offer help, went home, got an air tank. Went back,aired up the tire, had then follow me home. I used my tire changer, gave them a tube, lubed the chain, checked the front tire. Did not charge them, even for the tube.Both were nice, thanked me. While I cleaned up tools, they left. When I went to go inside the house they wrote me a note taped to the door explaining how insulted they were with my language and that God was going to get me and I was going to burn in hell for using some magic words to get the bead on.Seems they were some born again bible thumpers, but did not have the balls to say anything to my face, so left me some scripture laced note hoping I burn in hell.Ya know, a quick," Hey we're God freaks, could you tone down the blasphemy?" would have not offended me.But to play along, accept my charity and then leave a burn in hell note really pissed me off.
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I have had one flat on vacation , discovered one in my garage before riding and found 3 nails at different times on different bikes. Tire plugger took care of the road trip until I had it patched from the inside. My R90/6 came with a tire pump attached under the seat to the frame. Nice tool kit too. I have not had one go flat while riding, knock on wood.
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Had one on the k1200rs a couple of years ago coming home from the BRPR on a Sunday afternoon. Riding two up, pulled into a convenience store for a break, and noticed that it was almost flat. Found the nail and unpacked the 11 year old tire kit. The tube of glue was hard as a rock. Went inside and they had ONE bicycle repair kit on the rack. Only needed the tube of glue. Then lubed up the hole in the tire and the BMW square shaped plug before insertion, and pushed the tool into the hole. The rock hard plug broke in half at the insertion tool. So did the next 4 plugs. I slathered all the remaining glue on the LAST plug to soften it and tried again. It went in without tearing and plugged the hole.
I didn't have enough cartridges to fill the tire, but the store had a compressor, and plenty of air to fill the tire.

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Flats on both bikes! Last one on my recent trip to the smokies. And the last one happened twice since I failed to install the plug properly....I couldn't believe how small the piece of stone was that pierced the tire. It took me forever to find the source of the leak...had to get to a gas station and make a soapy water bottle to locate it. I got a nice pump & repair kit for Christmas now.
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Never had one on the motor powered two wheel conveyance but had loads on the pedal powered version, including today by Maastricht/Aachen airport - I'm over here on business and knew I'd have the afternoon off so brought the push bike - and then found that although I had the spare inner tube I didn't have the tyre levers

Lucky me - found a lady who lent me a knife and a fork, got the tyre off, and 20 minutes later I'm back on the way to my hotel

Back to bikes, I carry a aerosol can of Tyreweld. This will inflate the tyre sufficiently to get you to a garage - of course it's no use if you have a rip in the sidewall but I don't think there's any repair kit that will deal with that.
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I did back in 1977 on a CB350F going over the Merrimack River bridge on 95 near Salisbury, MA. I managed to keep the bike up-right, but it was not a fun experience. That was the first of 2, but the only front flat.


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Left home in Boston the day after I graduated high school with a new 75 Superglide, a sleeping bag and $300 in my wallet. I had the world by the balls!

Got as far as the Holland Tunnel and blew a rear tire about half way through. Location required me to do the spread eagle slow dance to get out of the tunnel. Just praying the wheel would be true later.

Pushed it into a parking lot in NJ at 3 am. Well, I wanted to be a big shot and grow up fast.....I guess I got my wish.

Put a patch in the tube and headed out. Rolled into a Harley shop in Virginia the next day. Asked parts guy for a new patch kit. He laughed and said a patch would never hold up on a motorcycle. Must have been his first day.

All in all a very unpleasant "opportunity to grow".
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I had probably around 10 in 400,000 km, all at rear wheel. Still had 2 last summer
1-The worse was in 1988 in Maine on my Honda CB 750 79 with tube type tires. On visit to relatives, it happened on a saturday around noon. And I spent the whole afternoon at the relatives garage to fix it, with inappropriate tools. I had to dismount and remount the rear tire four times and finished around 7 at night. Either I succeeded or had to wait to monday morning to get it fixed at a bike shop. At the time, I told myself that the perseverence and stubborness of the marathoner that I was would get me through this. It did....
At 7h15, I was able to join the group at the restaurant for dinner, and....was able to return to Canada at the end of Sunday with Luce on the back.

2- Another one was about 10 years ago on my K100LT while riding at 112 mph (180 km/h)on A-73 south near St. Isidore QC. The bike was handling progressively bad. I suspected a flat and slowed down to a stop on the paved shoulder, and had about 1 inch of tire to rim height left. I prolly got a nail about 20 miles north at the gas station.
Took the cell phone and call CAA (AAA) to pick the bike and bring it to BMW Quebec. Called my wife Luce to come 25 miles north from home to pick me up. I had the K12RS waiting for me and ready...Got the LT back few days later.
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Haven't had a flat yet but I'm not dumb enough to think I never will. So I have a question on repairs/compressors.

I checked out kits on a couple of bike accessory sites, and couldn't find the Slime one pictured above. They now sell a compressor & repair kit that includes a can of Slime Sealant.

Reading the reviews I saw something about not using that stuff on alloy wheels, so ... should I or shouldn't I, am I better off buying a compressor with a separate repair kit (plug) rather than the can of sealant?

FWIW I have a 2008 K1200GT.

Link to the product here: http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/sl...rt/SLIME-50001
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I always carry a good quality plug kit and air compressor that can be plugged in to the powerlet outlet I have directly wired to the battery. None of that did me any good on Father's Day when I was 500 miles from home and hit a freakin' pot hole the size of a meteor crater on I-26 just north of Johnson City TN. I was changing lanes and this menace was hiding on the black stripe between the lanes. It had been raining pretty hard and I didn't see it until too late to maneuver. BLAM! Followed by a rhythmic vibration in the front end of the bike. A few seconds later the TPS goes off and tells me the front tire has 23 psi. I pull off into the median, get off, and survey the enormous dent in my front rim:



I then turn around and kick the guard rail really hard, and then decide to hop back on and ride it while it's holding 23 psi. It's a quarter mile to the exit and once I'm safely parked at a BP gas station, I used the iPhone app for BMW Roadside Assist which worked great. They answered the phone at 9:30 Sunday morning, knew exactly where I was located, and within minutes had a tow service dispatched. This is where the "fun" started.

I got a call from Brown's Towing Service in Johnson City to verify my exact location, and to tell me that I would be required to sign a waiver releasing them from any liability for any damage they did to my bike. And, they went on to say that since the BMW Roadside assist people were "A hassle" that I would be required to pay them directly in advance for the tow, storage, and delivery of the bike to Asheville BMW the following Tuesday. And by the way, the waiver release was because they "don't tow motorcycles." Uh, no. I called the roadside assist people back and asked them why they dispatched a criminal to handle my roadside emergency. They didn't have a very good answer and said they'd go to work to figure something out.

I called Bob's BMW and got the emergency roadside number from their message and called that. Chuck, of Chuck's Motorcycling towing called me back within minutes and said he'd have to check with Bob before he could tell me anything. Within 10 minutes, again this is on Father's Day morning, I got calls back from Bob Henning, owner of Bob's BMW and Chuck saying that Chuck was on his way to pick me up.

Chuck arrived at 6pm, we loaded the bike, and started the 460 mile drive back to Bob's. We unloaded the bike at 2:30a Monday morning and I got home at 3a. Chuck drove 17 hours and nearly 1,000 miles round trip to come and get me and get my bike back to my home dealer. Bob also followed up with the BMW Roadside assist folks and has offered to help me get me covered on the $1,500 tow. Bob brought up a good point with them - because I was more than 300 miles from home I was entitled to hotel rooms, rental cars, etc to complete my trip. I'm not asking for any of that, just the tow which I had to arrange myself due to the completely unacceptable contractor that was dispatched by the Premier One BMW folks.

The bike is still in the shop at Bob's while they track down a wheel. Bob has already committed to taking a wheel off a new bike on the floor if he can't locate a replacement for mine. I can't say enough good things about how well Bob responded to this incident or what a pleasant experience it was to ride home 7+ hours with Chuck. I would recommend Chuck's tow service without any reservation at all. And, though I'm not back on the road yet, I feel pretty darn good about the dealer I bought my K16GT from. Thanks Bob!
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This is the pump that I carry:

http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-30...o-w-gauge.aspx

There's a plug kit like the one I have on the same web page. Never used it but I have tried the pump and it works great.
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Haven't had a flat yet but I'm not dumb enough to think I never will. So I have a question on repairs/compressors.

I checked out kits on a ...

Reading the reviews I saw something about not using that stuff on alloy wheels, so ... should I or shouldn't I, am I better off buying a compressor with a separate repair kit (plug) rather than the can of sealant?



Buy a compressor on sale (around $10) and plugs.
Works great
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I have one of these on each of my bikes, a mushroom plug kit, works great.

http://www.stopngo.com/categories/Tire-Pluggers/

For trips I carry a small 12v inflator in the bags
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Last flat was 5 days ago. In the middle of nowhere with no phone reception. A piece of wood the size of my thumb pierced the tyre which was only 1000km old (new?) of my k12r which meant the puncture repair kit I carried would not cope with the large hole. Phoned BMW road side assist (My mate rode 15km to find a landline phone). BMW arranged a tow to the nearest BMW dealership 160 km away and paid for a nights accommodation as the dealer was shut when we finally got there. New tyre fitted next morning and we were on our way again. BIG thanks to BMW roadside. We were up shit creek otherwise.
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More than 10; all non-events - since tubes went the way of the dino.

Seems like a lot but I've ridden over 50K miles a year for the last 12 years, always carry plugs and pump. Only one plug that wouldn't hold air in all that time (but plugs still got me over 300 miles home), by the time I replaced the tire I was putting 3 strings in at a whack.
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Had one flat, unfortunately on my brand new bike after about 100 miles. Dumb ass neighbor decided not to clean up the nails he dropped all over.
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I had my second flat (ever on on motlrcycle) on my '07 K1200GT. Like Wes, lane change, only this time to the left. A pothole with no business being there. After a horrible jolt at the front end the Z6 in the front went down to an indicated 11psi with a blinking red triangle TPM warning, front end already very sluggish. The extra painful punchline was that the left side of the rear wheel was also bent, the upside was that it was not enough to let any air out.

I had a minor tow drama, only a four hour inconvenience still I had a guy show up who said he couldn't move the bike without crushing the fairing.

I think that this Hossack front end is one of the reasons I remained in control. I also think that the OEM wheel took a lot of abuse without falling apart. I hope never to bend two wheels on a vehicle at the same time again.

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I always carry a good quality plug kit and air compressor that can be plugged in to the powerlet outlet I have directly wired to the battery. None of that did me any good on Father's Day when I was 500 miles from home and hit a freakin' pot hole the size of a meteor crater on I-26 just north of Johnson City TN. I was changing lanes and this menace was hiding on the black stripe between the lanes. It had been raining pretty hard and I didn't see it until too late to maneuver. BLAM! Followed by a rhythmic vibration in the front end of the bike. A few seconds later the TPS goes off and tells me the front tire has 23 psi. I pull off into the median, get off, and survey the enormous dent in my front rim:



I then turn around and kick the guard rail really hard, and then decide to hop back on and ride it while it's holding 23 psi. It's a quarter mile to the exit and once I'm safely parked at a BP gas station, I used the iPhone app for BMW Roadside Assist which worked great. They answered the phone at 9:30 Sunday morning, knew exactly where I was located, and within minutes had a tow service dispatched. This is where the "fun" started.

I got a call from Brown's Towing Service in Johnson City to verify my exact location, and to tell me that I would be required to sign a waiver releasing them from any liability for any damage they did to my bike. And, they went on to say that since the BMW Roadside assist people were "A hassle" that I would be required to pay them directly in advance for the tow, storage, and delivery of the bike to Asheville BMW the following Tuesday. And by the way, the waiver release was because they "don't tow motorcycles." Uh, no. I called the roadside assist people back and asked them why they dispatched a criminal to handle my roadside emergency. They didn't have a very good answer and said they'd go to work to figure something out.

I called Bob's BMW and got the emergency roadside number from their message and called that. Chuck, of Chuck's Motorcycling towing called me back within minutes and said he'd have to check with Bob before he could tell me anything. Within 10 minutes, again this is on Father's Day morning, I got calls back from Bob Henning, owner of Bob's BMW and Chuck saying that Chuck was on his way to pick me up.

Chuck arrived at 6pm, we loaded the bike, and started the 460 mile drive back to Bob's. We unloaded the bike at 2:30a Monday morning and I got home at 3a. Chuck drove 17 hours and nearly 1,000 miles round trip to come and get me and get my bike back to my home dealer. Bob also followed up with the BMW Roadside assist folks and has offered to help me get me covered on the $1,500 tow. Bob brought up a good point with them - because I was more than 300 miles from home I was entitled to hotel rooms, rental cars, etc to complete my trip. I'm not asking for any of that, just the tow which I had to arrange myself due to the completely unacceptable contractor that was dispatched by the Premier One BMW folks.

The bike is still in the shop at Bob's while they track down a wheel. Bob has already committed to taking a wheel off a new bike on the floor if he can't locate a replacement for mine. I can't say enough good things about how well Bob responded to this incident or what a pleasant experience it was to ride home 7+ hours with Chuck. I would recommend Chuck's tow service without any reservation at all. And, though I'm not back on the road yet, I feel pretty darn good about the dealer I bought my K16GT from. Thanks Bob!
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I always carry plugs(actually vulcanized thread) and tire pump. A simple nail hole is relatively easy to plug(weather conditions/night notwithstanding). Helps to have LED headlamp strap-on for nighttime repairs. Needless to say,a flat can be a major inconvenience. Being able to perform even a temporary fix can be a huge advantage.
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This here happened to me last spring, first day out and still a lot of holes int eh roads from winter. It was between lanes on Lake Shore Drive and after the impact I had complete loss of pressure and severe wobble in the front end. I was in the left lane with 60 mph traffic barreling down behind me, I had no choice but to maneuver it across three lanes of traffic and onto a turnout. I was covered under comprehensive and made a claim against the City of Chicago and guess what? I'm still waiting for my reimbursement

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Another time I had a big ole bolt right in the center of the rear tire commuting home from the office. A little gas station fix with the Aerostitch Pocket Plugger kit and I'm still riding on this tire. I think this spring will bring a new rear shoe for me.

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...Another time I had a big ole bolt right in the center of the rear tire ...
It is good to see you doing it properly, with a new tire.
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First memorable occasion was just after I got my K1200RS, while I was still transitioning from a cruiser, coming up to 600 miles. Driving 70 on highway 92 through San Mateo, saw something on the road, felt a bump on the front tire, heard a clang as whatever-it-was hit underneath, then a "Whoosh" from the rear tire. Bike was stable down about 40, then wobbled almost to where I went down before I stopped. Rolled the bike to the next exit and to the garage on the corner. There was a hole the size of my finger at the edge of the tread near the sidewall. The guy made a thick plug out of a bunch of the tire patch strings and it held! Rode home slowly (10 miles), took the wheel off and went to Cycle Gear for a new tire.

Second memorable occasion was a couple of years ago when we rented a cabin at June Lake for a couple of days. Went out in the morning to get on the bikes and my rear tire had a big nail in the tread and was flatter than pi$$ in a plate. Called the cabin to try to change dates but it was non-refundable. Took the Volvo. Next morning, at the lake, right rear tire was flat. AAA came and fixed it. The next morning, driving home, hit a rock while looking at the scenery. Bent the rim and blew the right front. AAA put on the "spare" and we limped home. I count this as one as the others were on the car.

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Fortunately I've only had one or two that I can recall, and nothing overly dramatic...

I do carry this nowadays... bit more compact that a mini-compressor. (I have two different types of string plus mushrooms, just in case!)

I know the brand is wrong, but it's the most compact one I've come across!



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How about 3 in the last month or so ...

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How about 3 in the last month or so ...

The last one being on the rear tube tire of my new R90S , a very unpleasant experience to say the least ...

You lookin' for pity here bud?
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Despite that, a tube tire flat on a bike is kind a PITA...
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Anybody had a flat on the front??
Besides Peter P.
Once. The bike rides fine at 70, then slowing for an exit the front does not want to turn !!!!

As in life, a leaky rear is usually easier to administer aid to than a leaky front.
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Despite that, a tube tire flat on a bike is kind a PITA...
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It is... you want your running shoes or what?
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I now have to change my answer to 1 ... and I was lucky I happened to be right outside a gas station since the tire top off and slime repair kits were useless. Well, I say useless but in reality the tire top off was the useless bit ... that compressor doesn't do diddly!

The repair kit was enough to get me a mile down the road to work, where I could store the bike while the rear wheel was off, but I can't fault the repair kit or my repair abilities, since the cause of the tire was a key inserting itself into my tire up to the fat bit, creating a 1 inch slit instead of a nice round hole that could have been patched!

So now I have no confidence in the tire top off compressor, and I put Ride On tire protection system into both ... hopefully that will do as advertised if I'm unlucky enough to get another puncture!

Here's the link if anyone wants to take a look: http://www.ride-on.com/motorcycle-formula-mot.html
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I've had 3, on 3 different bikes. No horror stories though. Always had the right gear to plug the tire and air up on the side of the road.

Most recent flat was on the K1600. Picked up a screw in the rear tire just north of Jacksonville.
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I've had just one in the last 5 years, front tire, a screw, 600 Km far away from my house,

Now I'm a devoted follower of the Rema Tip-Top repair kit
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:16 AM
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Re: Flat tires?

Had the K1300 2 days and less than 600 miles when I had my latest flat, prior to that I had a good run of about 10 years trouble free. I normally carry a patch kit but hadn't even given thought of putting it on the new bike. Naturally this happened......





Now stranded on the side of PCH, closest gas station 3 miles away, and the sun going down my options were limited so I pulled out the AAA card. Here's the moral of my story:

If you don't yet carry AAA roadside assistance with the Motorcycle coverage...GET IT!!!!

I've been a member for quite a while and remember cringing last year when I saw the annual fee get charged to my credit card seeming as I've never had to use it. That opinion quickly changed when I saw the charges if I wouldn't have had the coverage

$75 hookup fee
$12/mile x 36 miles to my house = $432

2 days later to get the bike to my dealership of choice with a different towing company

$85 hookup fee
$9/mile x 26 miles to the dealership = $234

Total (potential) cost = $826
Actual cost with AAA = $0

Policy just paid for itself for the next 8 years. If you do have AAA make sure you get the "extended towing" coverage which gives you up to 100 miles along with the motorcycle coverage. Driver told me that many people only have the standard coverage where only the hookup and the first 7 miles are covered which could leave you a bit short depending on where you get stranded.
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Getting up towards the 10 fatal flats for me. Most recent was this one end of last April.



Ended up in the back of a Bike Ambo for the trip home. Gotta love BMW Roadside Assistance

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That wheels I need when I drink too much...

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That wheels I need when I drink too much...

That's why I prefer the Ganga. You cannot get "drunk" on it, and its effects only make one ride slower. But....with the distinct possibility of missing 2/3 of your needed freeway exits. As long as you are not on a tight schedule; your good too go!
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