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Old 08-14-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Question Common Road Side Break Downs

Hey guys what are the COMMON road side break downs you have heard folks experiencing on long rides?

So far I have heard of the following:

1) Flat Tire
2) Rock busting a hole in the radiator
3) Hole in Radiator hose
4) Running out of gas
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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getting pulled over ...cop threatening to take your azz to jail...
that's a real break down..
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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NOT doing a daily, and weekly pre-ride check..EVERY TIME (the BIGGEST "breakdown" in my book)

(Which can lead to)
Throttle cable snapping. (or coming loose from cable housings)
Clutch cable doing the same.
Worn/improperly adjusted chain- breaks, or derails from spocket.
Leaking seals...

etc etc..
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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NOT doing a daily, and weekly pre-ride check..EVERY TIME (the BIGGEST "breakdown" in my book)

(Which can lead to)
Throttle cable snapping. (or coming loose from cable housings)
Clutch cable doing the same.
Worn/improperly adjusted chain- breaks, or derails from spocket.
Leaking seals...

etc etc..
Well put
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:56 PM   #6
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Oh forgot one other thing,

Not a breakdown per se, but , OUT OF GAS.


Not all bikes come with a reserve, and surprisingly a lot of riders don't know on average how far they can go per from full tank, to riding on fumes.

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:57 PM   #7
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Broke a throttle cable on my old 82 cb750 in the middle of 149. That was fun. I was luckily able to mend (swap push with pull cable) it with a flat head and Phillips head.

A wreck... that'll slow u down for sure.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:46 AM   #8
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Regulator/Recitifier catching on fire (very applicable to Ducati owners). That sucked, but luckly I yanked it before it did any more than char part of the frame.

Parts falling off. Had the front fender on my ironhead Sportster shake/break loose and wad itself against the tire while riding around in North Texas.
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a lot of riders don't know on average how far they can go per from full tank, to riding on fumes.
I know
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Offhand most i seem to recall are...

Tire, clutch cable, chain, electrical issue...followed by...crashing.
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Out of gas twice on the Ninja--rocked tank, got just enough juice to carbs to fire it up and go to Mr. Exxon or Mr. Shell....I filled the Guzzi, set the odometer and will determine the range---it has a low fuel light though and does not use a petcock system. In early years of riding: flat tires twice, blown piston on Honda, and crashes on very remote forest service roads....
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Take a tire plug kit that has inflation cartridges.
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Wow Thanks guys for the replies! So far this board has been the most responsive...
I am trying to identify the most common road side break downs that most folks have experienced on the road. Once I have a common list with specific items, I will post a summary of the findings.

For example, a common specific electrical problem that may end your ride is blowing a fuse.

Thanks again guys! Hopefully I will have enough responses to post a summary by the end of the month...
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had my shifter fall off on 35 once and ran out of gas once (bad sensor).
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When I see the fuel light.. I get gas immediately. But one day I want to run out of gas on purpose just to see how far I can make it when the light comes on.

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^^ i can ride next to you and bring a small gas thing to find out. do the same for me?
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Dang a lot of running out of gas. How many miles are you guys averaging normally?
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:14 AM   #19
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After decades of touring all over there have only been two issues. Getting lost (fun) and looking for gas (not so fun). Never had a flat on tour but I know inflation cartriges are . You can use all you have and still loose your air before you get to a safe place. Get an Aerostich compressor.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:27 AM   #20
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BTW, there are no common breakdowns when touring. Thats just normal worry that makes you think about it. The bike goes through no more than usual stress when far from home. Just treat touring like a daily ride and relax. If you take care of your bike during normal riding thats already the best habit to have.
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