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HAVE OU EVER HAD A BLOWOUT ON YOUR WING, NOT A FLAT BUT AN ACTUAL BLOWOUT

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Naw !!!! Motocycle tires just are not strong enough for some of us :lol:

FYI, it is easier to ride over large rocks on a car tire !!

JMHO 8)
 

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Max

Mitigating Factors on my Blow outs. I was leaving on a trip, I had a trailer on behind the bike and it was loaded. I was going to be gone for about 3 weeks.

I had a Avon on the rear, it was wore down almost to the wear bars, maybe a half thirty second to the wear bar but I was only going 400 miles and have it replaced in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Leaving out of town, running about 80 MPH I see a bunch of bikes gaining on me. Turns out to be a bunch of the local boys heading to Santa Fe for a race. Of course I had to play with them and was hitting 100+ several times. I generally don't let many in front.

We all stopped for coffee in Cuba, NM, laughed and joked, they were commenting on how good the wing will run with a trailer in tow. We split near Albuquerque, they went North, I went South.

I hate interstates, Got to an area that had a paved road parallel to the interstate and got on it. Was buzzing along about 80, just before dark, when BAM !!!!! ALL OVER THE ROAD !

In racing and playing with those guys, I finally wore ALL the rubber off the tire, down into the cords and split it and lost all the air... In less than 400 miles of some very hard riding, I ruined that tire...

I did break chunks of rubber off of a Dunlop early on this Wing, didn't loss any air but couldn't ride the tire.

Had a ME 880 installed on this bike... Rode it about 3000 miles, Could not keep it balanced and finally it split between the tread and lost all the air very fast.. Poof, all over the road !! I had just ridden a very terrible rocky road called Lime Creek in Colorado a day or two before. May have split it then. That road is not fit to even walk on..

Mitigating factors, Or tires not strong enough for a heavy bike ??


JMHO 8)
Why do I sense that you are proud of your actions? :shock: I do not mean to be unkind, ignorant, or judgemental, but stupid hurts. IMHO you are just damn lucky, and maybe so are some others that could have been hurt or worse by your poor sense of judgement.

I don't care how skilled a person "thinks" he is, if you ain't on a race track or test course, it it very selfish and flat out wrong to endanger others. Flame if you must. It would fit. :roll:

However, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. :)

Todd
 

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wvnnva

Yeah, I am proud of the fact that I have ridden since 1951 and used a motorcycle as primary transportation. I am proud of the fact that a lot of young guys come to me for advise on how to ride and be safe. I am proud of the fact that I have over one million miles logged on Goldwings since 1975.

You say I have a poor sense of judgment. Could you please explain to me where I have a poor sense of judgment.

I also flew airplanes under power lines, under over hanging trees, in and around poles, posts, barns, and other obstacles for 37 years, I suppose you will say that was a poor sense of judgment also.

And if you believe that stupid hurts, I sure hope it never catches up with you !

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours !! 8)
 

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I've never known anyone to have a, "Blow-out". Had a few uneventful tires go flat up in the mountains, but as KA7W has also reported, I simply ride it home and fix it.
 

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Tire blowout

About halfway home from playing in mountains of NC. on hwy 129 south I was running at about 60mph & out of nowhere I hear a loud bang. Didn't see anything in the road that I may have run over. The bike gave me no indication of anything being wrong untill I had traveled approx. 5mi. or so when the front end began feeling heavy at which point I pulled into a small truckstop to investigate the problem. Put her on centerstand & went to rotate rear tire & found the tire blistering hot with about a half a dime size hole in the center. Air pressure is checked every morning, riding 1 up, & traveling light. Tire had approx. 7 to 8 thousand mi. on it. What I found interesting is that the bike never shook or shimmied when the bang occured. Lady luck must have been with me for this took place on Easter Sunday. Needless to say, nothing open. Being at the truckstop for the night, I had every creature comfort that I needed to get me through to the morning. I take care of the bikes every need & when I needed her to take care of me, she came through. I LOVE MY STABLE STEED. BTW... The tire was an Elite 3.
 

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That's not a blow out... 8)

A blow out will not allow you to drive 5 more miles before you notice the steering gets heavy... A blow out won't let you get 100 yards.
 

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51 years of riding, over 200k on wings, I have never had a blowout. I have had many puncture flats, ( slow air loss ) I do carry an emergency temp. repair kit, along with an air compressor, that I have used on 3 occasions in the past 15 years while on the road.
 

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Yup, front and rear. Most recent was the front immediatley after hitting a chunk of conrete while traveling 85mph. went from a fully inflated tire to flat with a bent rim in the matter of a second.
 

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Had a blow out once, caused by Taco Bell, the only thing I felt was a slap to the back of the head! :lol: :shock:
 

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No blow out's in 25 years.
One thing I do find interesting.......
None of these stories tell of having the bike go down......
Luck?
Skill?
Combination of both???
One would think that a blow out on a bike would result in a lay-down.
NOT looking forward to ever having one to test my luck or skill.
 

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One blow-out. The tire had a damaged sidewall from a previous flat and started bulging. I was close to work so I made it to the parking structure. The bulge caused the tire to get stuck. I got off the bike, bent down to take a look, and about got my ears blown off and a facefull of dust! A car alarm went off. I crawled the bike to my parking spot and two of us got it on the center stand. I got a ride to the shop to get it fixed.

I had another M/T pick up a hole and damage the sidewall before I got the hole plugged. It also bulged but I managed to limp it to the nearest town in Wyoming on 10 lbs of preasure at 15 mph. I spent a day waiting for a new tire.

My C/T's have been run flat for extended times without damaging the sidewalls or stranding me.
 

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R.K. MA.3 George said:
No blow out's in 25 years.
One thing I do find interesting.......
None of these stories tell of having the bike go down......
Luck?
Skill?
Combination of both???
One would think that a blow out on a bike would result in a lay-down.
NOT looking forward to ever having one to test my luck or skill.
A Wing is so loooooong...... and as long as the front has air and is rolling, it would be pretty hard to crash it. I can see if it made you swerve off the road, where you would fall. But as long as you are on pavement, you ought to be save er. 8)
 

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I think Max is right about the Wing being soooo long as to give it stability. When I had the blow out on the Venture Royale, I was running over 100 MPH and the tire came apart. The rear end instantly started wobbling very bad, I found if I put a lot of weight on the handle bars, moved my body forward and concentrated on keeping the front wheel where I wanted. It worked, The front was easy to control, just kept going straight. When my speed bled down to 20 or so, I started moving to the grass along the ditch. Just as the front wheel went off the pavement, the rear end swung to the right and the bike just planted itself in the dirt. I just stood up, shaking like a leaf. The BMW driver came over, shook my hand and said he had never seen a ride like that before, he also gave me a bottle of water but I was shaking so bad I couldn't drink it for a while.

I remember a blow out on the GL-1500 and it wobbled but not real bad. When the front tire blew on the 1500, I really thought I was going to lose it but was able to control it right up to the full stop.

The tires in the last few years have been safer, at least they will stay on the rim. back in the old days, I had blowouts and tires coming off the rim.
 

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Anyone ever see the video of Mat Mladin's Suzuki Superbike rear tire blow out as he started down the hill at Road Atlanta at 180 mph???

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

That WAS the greatest blown tire save ever!!!!!!!!
 

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Do you have a URL for that picture ??? Would be interesting to see it.

Bet it would not of happened if he had a Car tire on it. 8)
 

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Do you have a URL for that picture ??? Would be interesting to see it.

Bet it would not of happened if he had a Car tire on it. 8)

Yes, but he would not have been at Road Atlanta, where motorcycles go fast in curves.

He would have been at Commerce Dragstrip, where motorcycles go straight.

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A few years back I left on a 7 day 4500 mile trip with a few friends. Just before leaving I debated about changing my tires that had about 7,000 miles on them, but felt they would be just fine and I could change them right after I returned from my 9 state motorcycle vacation.

Everything was going great for about 5 days and 7 states, although we also went over a number of roads that had been prepped and seriously rough-up'd to be repaved too. In any case, long story short, we had been riding all day long out in the middle of some extremely remote roads in Wyoming, North Dakota and were headed west to Montana where we were going to stay in Broadus, Mt. for the night.

Having recently left Theodore Roosevelt N.P. and headed towards Miles City, Mt., I felt something was suddenly not right with the way my Wing was riding. Our group excited off the interstate right there at Miles City and I stopped to check out my bike. The guy behind me told me my rear tire looked like spaghetti and I had a serious problem. He was right, my rear tire although remarkably still holding air was trashed and needed to be replaced.

Problem was it was 5:45 pm on a Saturday night and where was I going to find someone that would sell me a new set of tires and also put them on my bike. After all I still had a lot of great riding planned over the next couple of days. My greatest fear was the dealer was not only closed, but was also going to be closed Sunday and Monday too. I raced over to a nearby restaurant where there was a phone and began calling, the dealer (closed), nearby people in the GWRRA Gold Book (all gone), and my hopes of a great motorcycle vacation were getting darker and darker.

Fortunately, a waitress heard my desparate calls for help and came over and told me she knew the owner of the nearby Honda Dealer. She got me the phone number and I called the owner's home where I reached his wife and she gave me her husband's cell phone number to call. As luck would have it, both the dealer and his Service Manager were across the street getting gas for their trucks. FORTUNATELY, my Guardian Angel was looking in me for not only not letting my rear tire do a blowout, but also that the dealer agreed to open his store on a Sunday morning at 6:00 am, sell me a new set of tires, and install them both on my bike so I could rejoin my group at a meeting point during the next day. The good people of Riverside Marine & Cycle in Miles City, Montana came to my rescue big time.

I learned a number of lessons that day, but most importantly I now never - ever go on a long trip or ride without a new set of tires on my Wing. Never........ I also do a far more thorough check of my tires every day I ride and never take them for granted like I foolishly did before.

Here is a photo of what my mess of a tire looked like. We had done about 700 miles that day and they looked okay that morning, but things went bad very very quickly:



Not a blowout, as it remarkably still had air, but close enough for me....

DaleC
 
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