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post #1 of 16 Old 10-16-2010, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Brake fluid and tires don't mix

Recently, I had a busted from brake line that leaked fluid onto my front fender and tire. I thought I had cleaned it all up but when I went out this morning I was in for a rude awakening. I took a corner out of my neighborhood nice and slow since it was cold out and my tires weren't warmed up yet. Well, that didn't seem to matter much because the front end lost traction and slipped out from underneath me. So, the bike is going to be in the shop now for what appears to be mostly cosmetic damage.

I had crash bars approved by the wife as a Christmas gift this year. I guess I shouldn't have waited. So, take this as a precautionary tale and get those crash bars on. If I had my bike wouldn't be in the shop right now.

Lastly, I obviously want to prevent such a mishap in the future. When the brake fluid got on my tire I did clean it up with a soapy cloth, but obviously missed a spot or didn't do a good job. So I have two questions ...

What's the best method / product to use for cleaning your tires when you know you've got something on them?

Once cleaned, how can one test traction, short of low-siding like I did?

I'm fine BTW (sans bruised ego), I was wearing proper gear etc.

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone? .... Bueller?

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 09:49 AM
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Not to sound like a smartass, but if you aren't sure you cleaned it all off it might be best to just buy a new tire. Cheaper than a trip to the shop or even worse, hospital.

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What's the best method / product to use for cleaning your tires when you know you've got something on them?

Soap and water should be fine. Brake fluid shouldn't hurt your tire, but it will dissolve paint.

Personally I don't think brake fluid is the cause of your mishap. Perhaps something on the road. Wet tar strip? Ice? Sand?

Why do you have a "busted brake line" on an 09 Wee ABS? Sounds like "somebody" was monkeying around with it and didn't put it back together correctly. Face it: you fell down. It happens. Glad you are ok. Now, put those crash bars on!

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When my back tire gets questionable for any reason, I have fun trashing it. Do some burnouts, slide into some corners, slide around in the dirt. It's practice I don't get under normal conditions.
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My Kawi Concours dumped anti-freeze on my rear tire when a radiator hose broke. Now THAT is some slick stuff. I tried to exit at a cloverleaf and kept losing the rear wheel. Very exciting, must be what riding on ice is like.

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As to why I have an '09 with a bad brake line is that I had the brake lines upgraded to accommodate new handlebar risers. After a number of screw ups with the shop I took it home and Velcro'ed down the brake lever to pressure test the lines. Turns out the top line had a hole that was leaking fluid (I'm not sure what caused the breach in the line and don't care to speculate as I can't prove sh*t either way). I found the leak the next morning and traced it to the source. Galfer sent me out a replacement and I was taking the bike to the shop with the new brake line when the fall happened.

Trust me I know I fell, there's no disputing that. Being that the front end slid out from underneath me and the fact that brake fluid had leaked onto the front tire it seems like that would be a good correlation.

Oh, and new crash bars from AltRider have been ordered.

Ozart, I actually thought about doing a good burnout as suggested, but then thought that wouldn't do me much good for the front tire. I also don't have any gravel roads near by, otherwise I would consider that as an option too.

Jeems, that doesn't sound smart-ass at all and it's probably the safest bet all around, albeit an expensive one.

I was thinking that in addition to soap and water that giving the tire a once over with some sand paper might be a good options. Thoughts?

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I was thinking that in addition to soap and water that giving the tire a once over with some sand paper might be a good options. Thoughts?
I got some Armor-All type protectant off my front tire with an 80 grit "sponge" type sanding gizmo. It came right off.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Jeems, that doesn't sound smart-ass at all and it's probably the safest bet all around, albeit an expensive one.

I was thinking that in addition to soap and water that giving the tire a once over with some sand paper might be a good options. Thoughts?
Yes, I wouldn't want to have to replace one if at all possible.

And maybe give it the twice or thrice over with the soap and water. I don't see the sandpaper hurting anything, either.

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Oh, and new crash bars from AltRider have been ordered.
I want some of these...

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I use a Magic Eraser from mr clean and soapy water

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