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post #1 of 29 Old 05-08-2012, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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Why is my back tire spinning...aw nuts

Finally got my oil changed, new battery installed, chain lubed, tires pumped up and the bike ready to go! Rode it out of my driveway and promptly dumped it flinging myself into the neighbors yard. Awesome.

So what happened? As I made a slight turn the rear tire lost traction eventually leading to a slow speed highside. It appears the rear tire had some sort of film on it that happened while in storage over the winter.

Thankfully I'm okay. Sore shoulder from landing on it and a few scrapes. The bike has a scraped front fairing, bent handlebar, and a few other cosmetic blemishes. Overall could've been worse.

Gotta laugh I guess. Been riding for a while, made it through the Rockies, Black Hills, Blue Ridge Mountains, The Dragon....only to be foiled by tire film 94 feet from my driveway.

Lesson learned. For the rest of you be safe and check those tires!

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Totally awesome story...

"Been riding for a while, made it through the Rockies, Black Hills, Blue Ridge Mountains, The Dragon..." but you never heard of cold tires before.

That's just as good as the "damned thing wouldn't turn" story I got from someone who didn't understand countersteering...
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Thx for the reminder, SkalStrom. It helps my old brain keep from twisting the throttle quickly for the first few miles. Glad you didn't suffer more damage to the bike/you.

An SD, thank you too. Almost forgot I have a Tourettes Avoidance appointment next week. :biggrinjester:
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...you never heard of cold tires before.
Unless he drops his bike every single time he leaves his driveway with cold tyres, I don't see why you would assume it was temperature related.

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Sorry to state the bleeding obvious but..........

Chain lube, bet you lubed the chain before you stored it for winter too.

Do you lube the chain with the wheel rotating [I do mine idling in first gear, dripping oil on the inside bottom run of the chain- too much and it ends up on the tyre].

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I've never heard of a film forming on a tire when it's stored. Dry-rot, flat spots, losing air...those I've heard of. But not a slick film that would dump a bike.

Is this common?

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Sorry to state the bleeding obvious but..........

Chain lube, bet you lubed the chain before you stored it for winter too.

Do you lube the chain with the wheel rotating [I do mine idling in first gear, dripping oil on the inside bottom run of the chain- too much and it ends up on the tyre].
I also lube mine on the centerstand while idling in 1st gear. It works great but it can be a good way to lose a finger. For anyone considering this, keep hands and fingers away from moving parts.

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I also lube mine on the centerstand while idling in 1st gear. It works great but it can be a good way to lose a finger. For anyone considering this, keep hands and fingers away from moving parts.
I don't want to start a discussion about overprotective regulations but a prudent employer would not allow anybody to work beside or on an unguarded rotating sprocket and an open chain is just an invitation for mayhem.
Lubing a chain with the engine running is a situation where you have to seriously look at damage what can happen.
If you can afford to be without a finger or can work around a mangled hand then have at it.
I need all my parts in working condition.
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I also lube mine on the centerstand while idling in 1st gear. It works great but it can be a good way to lose a finger. For anyone considering this, keep hands and fingers away from moving parts.
What if the rear tire hit the ground while spinning, mine would end up in the living room.

I was working on my last bike sitting on my butt next to it. It was running and I accidentally engaged it into first. The bike lunged forward and fell on top of me. It took my wife and 2 daughters to lift the 650 lbs off of me. Thank god the bike wasn't hot and they were home!!!!!!!!
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