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post #1 of 17 Old 10-19-2017, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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What's the worst thing you have pulled from your tire?

Was ready to ride to work the other day when I noticed a large shiny object protruding from the rear tire. Closer inspection reveal that it was the shaft of a screw driver . Fortunately it had gone in one side of the block and out the other without penetrating the undertread. What's the worst thing you've pulled form your tire and not had a flat?

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I pulled a 3 masonry nail out of a 10ply Nokian Hakkapeliitta on a VW bus I owned, the nail went into the tread and came out the sidewall, how it missed the air in between, I do not know

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I pulled a 3 masonry nail out of a 10ply Nokian Hakkapeliitta on a VW bus I owned, the nail went into the tread and came out the sidewall, how it missed the air in between, I do not know

Almost the exact same thing on the rear tire. Through one of the tread blocks, and up towards the rim on the left side. Nail was bent and just followed the curve of the tire. Didn't leak, but I replaced the tire due to fears about broken cords in the casing along the sidewall.

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the nail I had was a masonry nail, so it didn't bend, if it was a regular passenger car tire, it prolly would have ruined the tire, I think the only thing that saved it was that it was a 10ply truck tire

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A few years ago while riding the KLR 650, we stopped in Madrid, NM for lunch. Pulled into the Mine Shaft Tavern and parked with a bunch of Harleys. Chuckling at the oddball KLR amongst all the hogs, we walked in and ate a nice lunch. While we ate the rear tire went flat. I looked around as if another rider sabotaged my thumper only to discover we picked up a nail somewhere. Don't remember what kind of nail, only felt shame for trying to blame the other guys fo my misfortune. Had no spare tube or pump so called a rescue vehicle and headed home.

Back on topic...I picked up the hook from a ratchet tie down in my Ford E250's right front tire an after pulling over and cutting the strap, I drove straight to the tire shop. Not sure how I missed seeing it as the ratchet and strap were still connected. What a racket that made. Beat up the wheel well and made a mess. Think I was leaving a stressful job and not focused on the road. Oh, tire was not repairable but road hazard warranty kicked in.

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No way I can top that truck or bike! On bike finishing nails and stables only ones that did not go flat.
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I know this doesn't count but I was taking my 1200 bandit for a good flogging and a wild turkey committed suicide on the right side of my tire and then off the pipes. Made a hell of a ping. The truck behind stopped and picked it up. Free turkey.
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Deer hair from my front tire. The bike was a goner.
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-20-2017, 09:59 PM
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When I owned a tire shop one of my customers had a 1 ton long bed pickup with stake sides on it equipped with 10 ply Michelins (load range E). He was coming out of the mountains on a 4 wheel drive road at a brisk pace with a huge load of firewood and picked up a rock that was about 3"x4"x8" and kind of pointy on one end - shaped sort of like a wood splitting maul. It went through the tread of the tire and lodged there.

I can't imagine how much energy it took to do that but we tried to get it out just for grins and couldn't budge it even beating on it with a large hammer and prying with tire irons.

That was the most interesting thing to ever cause a flat but we had some animal teeth and bones in our collection too.

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post #10 of 17 Old 10-21-2017, 06:08 AM
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2012 on my KLR outside the UN compound in Nairobi, took a six-inch piece of sharpened rebar 3 deep in the rear tire. Don't know how my front tire missed it, had to have hit it just right . . . mostly I remember the racket it made. Seriously loud.
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