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  • TWTK - How do you handle a flat tire?

    You're out riding, and you get a flat. What happens next? Do you patch it, or get the bike towed? Can you patch it yourself using a standard set of tools, like a bicycle, or do you need to take it to a tire specialist, like a car?
    Dual sport riders do it in the dirt

  • #2
    After being caught out once, I now fix mine of the side of the road. Patching is only for Tube tyres which very few bikes use. You can use a tyre plug.

    If its not to bad you can limp it to the nearest servo. But I have a nifty cordless aircompressor I carry with me on out of metro trips .
    You put the c*nt in country run

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    • #3
      1. remove compressor from boot.
      2. re-inflate tyre, find hole
      3. Can I make it home or to somewhere where there's light? ie, how fast is the leak?
      4. No: is it in the tread or sidewall, is it repairable?
      5. Yes: remove repair kit (cloth plugs and tool) from boot and have at it.
      6. No: call tow.



      No point in having the plugs on the side of the road if you have no means of re-inflating the tyre. I looked at the CO2 bulbs but figured a compressor only cost $40 more and wasn't much bigger so went with that instead. Handy at the drags, too.

      The other option is the slime in an aerosol can - for small (nail or screw) punctures it works fine BUT the tyre repair place will probably charge you extra coz they then have to clean it AND the shit only works for small holes.
      "Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey."

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      • #4
        I've ridden a competely flat rear tyre for 30k's to get it to the nearest servo.

        The scary thing was it made my bikes handling better.
        You put the c*nt in country run

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        • #5
          That's honda for you :p

          My ST1100 had a prang (I was just a passenger when it decided to do this ) past Perisher Blue in the Snowies. Had no choice but to ride it back to mobile phone range...

          Very weird handling, turned out to be a totally flat tyre. The 35mm buckle in the rim probably didn't help much either
          "Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey."

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          • #6
            I carry an excellent little flat kit, fits in the non existant space under the zx10r seat, so it is very small.
            Locate hole, ream, plug, re-inflate (co2 canisters - little ones, need 2 for enough to ride to servo, or 3 for pretty firm)
            easy
            costs about 50 for the kit (Rick Gills, ask Kev) and the canisters are about $10 to replace after you use.
            222 Loctite doesn't taste too bad.

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            • #7
              Ask Stone who had to ride 15kms with completely flat tyre due to badly dented rim from hitting kerb, used 1 of those emergency can refills designed for cars, said it worked a treat
              LIVE TO RIDE AND RIDE TO LIVE
              LET THOSE WHO RIDE DECIDE

              'Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out,
              shouting 'FUCK YEAH ...WHAT A RIDE!'

              REGRET NOTHING YOUVE DONE


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              • #8
                1. take off jacket
                2. look upset

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                • #9
                  ^^^ +
                  3. fluff hair, re-apply lipstick
                  4. wait for some kind and preferably good looking man to fix it for me

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                  • #10
                    What am I, a freakin chick? That sh*t doesn't work if you're a guy.

                    EDIT: <--- Don't let the boobs fool you, they're not mine.
                    Dual sport riders do it in the dirt

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                    • #11
                      Depends who comes along i guess
                      In complete darkness we are all the same. It is only our knowledge and wisdom that seperate us. Dont let your eyes deceive you.
                      Its the little things that make the difference
                      Originally posted by IPIT on relationships
                      If either/both of you can take a dump with the other person being next to you within a week of meeting them then you're in with a VERY good chance.

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                      • #12
                        Call home, get them to bring trailer and ropes/tie downs.

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                        • #13
                          ^^ not just a flat tyre - doesn't this apply every time you take the bike out lately?
                          "Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nipPlesticker View Post
                            1. take off jacket
                            2. look upset
                            Originally posted by Chyna View Post
                            ^^^ +
                            3. fluff hair, re-apply lipstick
                            4. wait for some kind and preferably good looking man to fix it for me

                            You 2 forgot the most important step.

                            Stick out boobs and make sure your wearing a very low cut top.

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                            • #15
                              You women and your boobs.

                              God bless you all
                              Dual sport riders do it in the dirt

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