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post #1 of 29 Old 09-17-2014, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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I no longer fear getting a flat up front

I've been riding street bikes since 1987. I got my first flat 2 years ago...on the rear of my 1500 Vulcan Classic. Funny thing is I knew what it was immediately. It didn't scare me because I could still control the bike, but I always had this fear of getting a flat on the front tire. I hoped that it never would happen.

Well it happened Saturday. I was on I95 south on my way to West Palm Beach when I noticed I was having a very difficult time negotiating even the slightest bend in the highway. Changing lanes was a major battle! It took me awhile to realize what was going on because I had never experienced it before, but then it hit me that I must have a flat.

I got off the highway & sure enough I had a puncture. The hole was big enough, and it happened fast enough, that the Ride On wasn't able to do it's thing. It ended up all over the engine guard, my boots, pants & inside the front fender.

Anyway, I carry a plug kit with me but had never plugged a tire in my life. Well I watched a quick YouTube video on it, did what the video showed & the tire didn't lose a bit of air pressure!

So I guess it was good to get that fear out of the way, but now I have the fear of a blowout up front!

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Most punctures involve the front tire picking up something and firing it into the rear tire. It's unusual to have something sticking up on the road so the front tire gets stabbed.

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Most punctures involve the front tire picking up something and firing it into the rear tire. It's unusual to have something sticking up on the road so the front tire gets stabbed.
Makes sense but that's what happened though. Absolutely nothing wrong with the rear tire.

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I have had more flats tnan I can count on the rear, but never had one on the front. I have always feared it too.

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I have had more flats tnan I can count on the rear, but never had one on the front. I have always feared it too.
I was doing about 85mph when I noticed it. Can't believe it wasn't worse than what it was. I really thought it would be a much worse experience. I suppose it could be, but it wasn't in this case.

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I run with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) if the bike ever feels funny a quick glance will put the mind at ease.

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I run with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) if the bike ever feels funny a quick glance will put the mind at ease.
Hopefully its the not the TPMS that screws onto the valve stem and add's a heavy weight to the valve stem. I have seen these snap valve stems often and strand riders far from home with a broken valve stem.. No plugging that problem.
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Hopefully its the not the TPMS that screws onto the valve stem and add's a heavy weight to the valve stem.
He'd have to be very flexible and have the ability to read it when the wheel is turning at ~17 revolutions per second if he did that at 85 MPH...


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Never had a flat in the front, several in the rear though...

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glad you are OK, and that nothing bad happened.

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