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post #1 of 18 Old 07-28-2009, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Riding home from work yesterday down I-40 clipping along at a nice 72 mph and something felt funny. Felt like the bike was losing power. I rolled in some throttle and things got worse. I knew then exactly what it was. I just had to ride the bike to a stop to see which one it was. It was the rear Pirelli Scorpion Sync. With lots of tread left! That's how it always goes though! I was pleased that the Vee came to a stop straight on for the most part. It didn't squirrel very bad at all like some bikes out there. I just got through with the front brake conversion to the 4 pot GSXR calipers and was glad to have them there. Anyway, this one is NOT repairable so I've got a set of Battlewings on the way. We'll see how they run.

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-28-2009, 10:12 PM
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Glad to hear it didn't get to out of control and dump you on the side of the road!!

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That's a flat. If it was a blowout, the first word of the post would have been Bang

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Greywolf...It may have gone BANG! It lost air about that fast. I had my ear plugs in under my full face so I didn't hear much...But I felt It!!

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...something felt funny. Felt like the bike was losing power. I rolled in some throttle.... is not BANG!

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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...something felt funny. Felt like the bike was losing power. I rolled in some throttle.... is not BANG!
BANG would have been the sound he heard, the post would have read differently as it would have been placed by a friend, something to the effect of "I have some sad news...".

Semantics aside, good that you are OK. How'd you handle the logistics of getting the bike back to your house?

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Flats can be scary. This is a common story of a flat rear often caused by the front tire running over a nail/screw etc. and flipping it up so it penetrates the rear tire and the steering goes from vague to twichy to wobbly. An actual blowout happens suddenly and the tire is beyond wobbly instantly. The worst is if it happens on front tire since it's the ability to steer that keeps a bike upright and steering a flat front can be very hairy, especially if is a tubed tire on spoked wheels as they lose air in a hurry. For a front to go, the sharp object has to be sticking up rather than lying down and that is pretty rare. How bad was the damage to the tire?

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Flats can be scary. This is a common story of a flat rear often caused by the front tire running over a nail/screw etc. and flipping it up so it penetrates the rear tire and the steering goes from vague to twichy to wobbly. An actual blowout happens suddenly and the tire is beyond wobbly instantly. The worst is if it happens on front tire since it's the ability to steer that keeps a bike upright and steering a flat front can be very hairy, especially if is a tubed tire on spoked wheels as they lose air in a hurry. For a front to go, the sharp object has to be sticking up rather than lying down and that is pretty rare. How bad was the damage to the tire?
This happened to a friend of mine this weekend on a KLR. he instantly lost control and ended up going off the road as the rear end tried to swap with the front. That's a blowout. He managed to finally bring it to a stop but had to change his shorts soon thereafter.

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had a friend on a VTX1800, riding two up with his wife on the back, plus luggage. These folks are not small people, but the the back tire blew out, and I mean BLEW! The rim actually bent in one place it went down so fast. How he kept that bike up is a mystery to him and me both, the bike was all over the road, back trying to pass the front, etc. Some how he kept it up and got stopped. HIs shorts were very brown and you didn't get downwind after that.
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Blowout...Flat...Rapid loss of air...call it whatever you want....at 70+ mph it don't matter much when you're the guy trying to keep the damn thing on the road. The way I wrote this up it does sounds as if I had a bit of time to assess the situation but in actuality it happened FAST! Rolling on the throttle was just instinctive as it felt that I was losing power. The damage to the tire was a "V" shaped cut about 3/16" long on each leg. Luckily I was only a few miles from the house so my neighbor brought me my truck and trailer.

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