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Old 04-05-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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One of those DOH! moments...

It's thursday, 6pm, my boss and I are leaving work. We get on 45N right after West Rd., my boss is leading, and all of a sudden my bike starts feeling really strange. It started wobbling like a SOB every time a car passed me or every time I got a little gust of wind. I thought there might be something wrong with the front end because I've been hearing some squeaking lately. So as I'm riding along, bike sporadically shaking, I keep leaning off the bike and angling my head so I can see the front tire and I don't see anything wrong . So as I keep riding and playing with this new found "wiggle", my boss changes lanes and I try to do the same, but my bike does not want to turn. I have never had to put any effort into changing lanes until now and at this point I was just desperately trying to get his attention so I wasn't pulling off alone on the side of 45. So I start waving at him and he doesn't see me. I honk, but he doesn't hear me. I turn on my flashers and flash my lights at him, but to no avail so I finally just started moving over to the shoulder. For some reason, he noticed me moving over to the left shoulder and I decided that it would be much safer to get off the freeway instead. So we cut across the freeway, me pushing the bars harder than normal just to change lanes, and we exit for 1960. He leads the way into the Goodson Honda parking lot and quickly jumps off his bike. I was trying to quickly get off of mine, but it felt like it was staying upright and not resting on the kickstand.

Now, I'm still in dumb mode, so I think that the ground is uneven or something and I cautiously get off the bike. I look at my boss and say "there's some thing really phucked up!" and he says, sarcastically, "Yeah, ya got a flat tire"... here's your sign.

So I pull up to the quick lane area of Goodson Honda, and ask them if they can air my rear tire up for me. They were quick to help. We found a gash about a quarter of an inch long in my tire. I guess the hole was much smaller because they were able to plug it. The service tech and a service advisor were awesome. The advisor says he had a Honda Shadow VTX 1300 and he's got it down at Lundsford's to put pipes on it. When they were done patching my tire I asked what I owe them and they replied nothing. So I slipped the tech a few bucks and my boss and I cautiously went on our way. The plug is holding, and hopefully it will do so until I can get some money for new tires. It sucks cuz I only put about 3,500 miles on my new pilot road 2 in the rear, so I'm kinda . All the irritation aside, I'm glad for the experience and maybe next time I won't ride from rankin to 1960 on 45 doing 70 with a flat

Anyway, big for Goodson Honda by 1960!
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:12 AM   #2
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Glad it worked out for you man. That does suck though.
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:46 AM   #3
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Thanks, I am too. I guess I should have taken the oppurtunity of the soft rear tire to practice being like Gixxerbill and pop it up on 1 wheel.
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If you think it handled bad with the rear flat, try turning with a flat front.
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If you think it handled bad with the rear flat, try turning with a flat front.
I think I'll pass on that one for as long as I can
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I think I'll pass on that one for as long as I can
yup.. that's the slowest I've ever gone down Honea Egypt.. think I was actually at the recommended speed thru a couple corners...
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My GF had the SAME thing happen to her last Friday riding my F4i to work, she called me and said.. hey baby....

I got a flat on the freeway today..

and im like OH IS MY F4I OK?? lol i didnt even ask about her =)

same thing happend to her she almost didnt even notice that the bike had a flat it's nice to know at highway speeds most bikes will handle well enough with no air in the tires to get to where you need to go to fix it.

Sux because the metzler I put on it had still had the nubbies on it ;(!!!!
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Aw... that sux. flats are stupid. :/: Glad you're okay-
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