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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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This weekend my local CMA chapter sponsored a ride around the Chesapeake Bay. Started out in White Plains MD, crossed the Henry Nice bridge into Virginia, down highway 17 to Norfolk and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (highway 13). We hit some back roads and spent the night in Exmore VA. Got up this morning had breakfast and got ready to head out. As soon as I picked up the bike it felt heavy to the point I check the front tire which has a quick pressure valve stem cover that is green if it has 40 PSI, yellow for 35 etc. It showed green.

Everyone was starting up to head out so I got on the bike and started out as well but it just felt like the front end was heavy and wanted to flop over. At the first light the rider behind me asked if I was ok and I asked her to check my back tire but then the light turned green and off we went. After a few green lights we finally got a red and she said that my tire looked low but not completely flat. Normally I MIGHT lose a couple of pounds in a month and I had checked the pressure the previous morning. We had a few more miles to our first gas stop which was about 20 miles from the hotel since we didn't stop for gas before we got to the hotel.

When we pulled over over I found two nails a couple of inches apart. I had a tire plug kit and air pump but didn't want to take the chance with two so close together. And after riding for ~20 miles on a very low tire they were quite hot

Lessoned learned. If something don't feel right it probably isn't. I was too worried about delaying the group while I tried to figure out was was wrong.
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That really sucks but look at the plus side, the tire was close to shot anyway!

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No one knows your bike better than you. You're correct...if it don't feel right, it probably isn't. Good it turned out like it did. Ride safe.

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I have just over 8k on them, I was thinking around 2-3k more so I guess 3/4 life is better than new tires. I just wish I could've finished the ride with Elvira like in the first picture instead of the second
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Call me crazy, I'd have plugged them and rode on.
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With over 200 miles/4.5 hours to go I didn't feel it was worth the risk. Others might've. To each their own

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I actually carry a plug kit and "Slime" brand of electic tire pump in my XR all the time. Remember those huge bags these bikes got, may as well carry some flat repair items. I got those items as mentioned but I still do not have a quick way to hook the pump to the battery. I got to get an end to hook to the battery tender hookup, then I will be more prepaired. Good thing you got your bike home without a mishap!
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Here is what I carry with me all the time. Sounds like pretty much the same thing you do. For connecting it to the battery, I spliced a cigarette lighter extension I bought at Walmart with a spare battery tender pigtail I had lying around. Just remember that the connection is just the opposite of how you would hook it up to the battery. Connect the black end to the center connector and the red to the outer connector of the extension. I was going to connect it straight to the pump but it is a lot more versatile connecting to the extension instead.
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A plug will hold up fine. I have had one in for over 2K with zero issues or loss of pressure. That tire still has plenty of life left in it, but then again I'm cheap and don;t like replacing tires when I don't have to.

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