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Not very much, if you are riding on two good tires.

Quite a bit, if you have one good tire and one ruined tire.

If you are riding a V-Strom in Florida, and you DESPERATELY need a tire,
then please telephone me and ask me to bring you the tire you need.
I will comply unless something really important prevents me from helping you.

And the answer to my question?
It's free.

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Thanks, Digger. I have posted a similar message before,
with no responders. Florida gets a lot of tourists, as I am sure NSW does,
so I hope I can help someone. I have 2 fronts and 2 rears, and each of
them has enough tread to get a bike from here to Idaho, but maybe not
a round trip ... and thus I replaced my tires before setting out on a long ride.

I just don't want to roll them to the curb, and later find out someone
languished in Vero Beach (300 km away) for lack of rubber to get home.

Maybe I will get to help someone. I have had my share of help,
sometimes when it was desperately needed.

Keith
 

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Help when it was needed.

I should have taken some spare rubber from my garage.

Instead of replacing tires that were nearly used up, I set out from Sarasota Florida to ride to Toronto Ontario on them, on April 29 2014. The next day, in Chesapeake Virginia, I felt that sloshy sloppy feeling under me, and pulled off to examine the situation. Sure enough, the rear tire was toast.

A call to my resourceful wife led to my finding All-Out Cycles, a Victory motorcycle dealer. They were courteous and resourceful and found a tire for me, at a near-by BMW dealer. I purchased the tire by credit card, and a manager fetched it, then a mechanic installed it. They charged me only $85 for labor, which would barely buy wiper blades for a Victory bike, ya know. I tipped them generously, and was on my way less than 150 minutes after noticing the problem.

So I am again reminded that a poorly shod bike is trouble waiting to happen.
Generally, the wait for that trouble is not very long, so I will be glad to help.

Keith

P.S. I will be out of town for a while in the summer.
 

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I paid 10 bucks for a well worn tire for my side car rig at a used place in Astoria, Oregon on a Sunday and was damn glad to get it. Silly thing got me all the way back to LA.
I had a tire drop shipped to a motel room in Pocatella, Id when no one in So Idaho had one cheaper. Local Honda dealer did the R&R for twenty bucks. I hate nails.
I usually change tires before I hit the long road.
 

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Wise decision.

I doubt I would deliver a used tire to Idaho,
but if I set out to attempt such a quest,
I would again ride US-93, downstream on the Salmon River.

South Idaho was used for Atom Bomb tests, because it is seldom shaken
by earthquakes. Of the continental states, Idaho was the 49th I visited, but it was the 10th my Wee-Strom entered. It and I have persevered, and this month my Wee-Strom rode into New Jersey, the 41st state it has taken me to. It has also taken me to all the provinces of Canada, from West to East.

Please understand, I do not step into a state just to notch it on my map; I have ridden this bike into Michigan six times (UP3, SP3), Wisconsin and Delaware twice, Texas four times, Maine and Oklahoma twice, Kansas and North Carolina thrice, and most of the colors below more than once. Never mind why I rode around South Dakota without entering it.

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ah geez Keith, where were you 2 weeks ago
at Strom-a-Thon when I ended up laying out $300 for a new rear Tourance?
Well, I was in Ontario Canada, after shelling out $178 for a rear tire in Virginia,
plus $85 for fetching and mounting it, plus $40 willingly paid as a tip to the
young father who did the hard work. It seems that you and I each found out
that continued safe mobility, at a severe price, is a bargain.

Your state is a delight to ride through, as I found out when I tried and failed to reach British Columbia in May 2010. I followed US-64 across the north of New Mexico, all the way to Teec Nos Pos Arizona near the 4 Corners. At that point, the wind, as they say, "Found another Gear", and just about blew me over. I studied the situation during a brief detour to the actual corners, then decided I was not up to the ferocity of those winds. I turned tail and was back home three days later. My choice was wise, I think, because in Nevada a semi-trailer was overturned by the wind and a friend of mine, riding a mere Cadillac, was blown from one lane to another despite her best efforts.

Meanwhile, I was way south, studying New Mexico's sandstone cliffs,
looking for aliens and perhaps finding a few in Roswell New Mexico.
The cliffs amused me a lot, because they strongly resembled the craggy
features of Statler and Waldorf, the aged muppets who criticized Kermit
and the rest from the balcony of the theater in which The Muppet Show
was presented.

In order to avoid getting lost on that trip, I avoided Bugs Bunny's error.
He once failed to reach Miami Beach and ended up near the North Pole.
To find out where he went wrong, he consulted a much-folded map,
and reported his mistake thus: I shoulda toined left in Albukoikey!
When I reached Albuquerque NM, I went downtown and made a deliberate left toin!

I did the same six years earlier, and this time I made it to the west coast,
but I was not on a V-Strom at the time, so NV, OR, and CA below are white.

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Jeeze, Keith, I thought I took it in the shorts when I pair $200 for a Tourance.
Buck them fuddy, I'll stick with Stinky Shinkys!
A free used tire with go home miles is a miracle.
May the donor be blessed with long life and happiness!
 

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The used tires I offered above are now too old to be used safely, so I have
discarded them. If I again have useful spares, I will repeat the offer.

Keith
 
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