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Has anyone ever been on a ROF when it went flat? I'm wondering what the "transition" to "no air" is like. I mean, if you are riding along on a fairly straight road, would you notice it? Then, when you got to the first corner, what's it going to feel like as the bike leans over?

This is definately one of those cases where I'd rather listen to others experiences than to experience it for myself - LOL. :bow:
 

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You could do like I and a couple of others has done. Ride it without any air! I am serious. Take the valve core out and ride it a short distance. I rode mine 5 miles on the interstate, got off an exit and turned around and came back home. Tire was brand new. I know exactly what to expect. And I also know that I won't be stranded in the event of a tire puncture.
 

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I did the same thing Murgie did. Not quite that far though, maybe two miles.
It convinced me, that if I ran over a glass bottle or something at 80 mph the tire would not blow out and would get me off the road.

I think though if one did ride it for any distance with no air, it would be wise to just replace it. Even if it looks okay. Or at least I would. I am delighted with a Run Flat, takes one less thing away to be concerned about.

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I have had to rear tire flats while on the road the first one was on I 110 in LA during rush hour at 60 mph it just felt strange so I pulled over to discouver that it had a half inch hole in it . That was on a 82 GL1100A.
The last one was last year in the Olympic Penn. on 101 The 1500sei just felt a little bit squirley in the rear and I thought at first it was just the rain groves in the road and continued for about a mile when I decieded to check it out and found out it was slit wide oven I must of hit a peice of steel of something sharp in the road . I was doing around 55 or 60 at the time.. any way they droped my 1500 off the lift atOlympic Powersports when they were changing the tire and totaled the bike so I now have a 08 1800.
 

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any way they droped my 1500 off the lift atOlympic Powersports when they were changing the tire and totaled the bike so I now have a 08 1800.
Ouch - always wondered how bad it would be if the bike came off the lift. Guess I better be careful when it comes time to do the Wing.

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As far as blowouts on a regular tire vs. ROF's go, I've only had one non-ROF blowout. Back when I was a teenager, I blew a front (tube) tire on a 250 Enduro doing 60+ on gravel. There was NO sidewall on those tires. She folded over and I cranked the steering to a full right lock and it still headed toward the left ditch. I let off the gas and slowed down. Just before I hit the ditch, it flopped over to the other side, I did a full left lock and headed back to my side of the lane and got stopped. Total luck that I didn't get killed.

The Dunlop E3's that I run on the XII may not be runflat's, but they have a very stiff wall. I've never blown one of these, but had a leak and ran it down to about 10 - 15 psi. The tire held up well and I didn't have a problem till I slowed down (it got squirrely at slow speeds).

All I can say is that I would much rather have a Run Flat on the bike than not. Just like having ABS in an emergency stopping situation, the Run Flat makes a puncture situation pretty much a non-critical event. Not sure how it will feel flat, but anything would be better than a critical failure on a weak sidewall tire.

Get the Run Flat. Test it flat if you like as several have done to get a feel for it. I don't even have my setup ready to go yet, but really believe it is worth the investment.
 
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