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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Now I know...

...what happens when the rear tire flats out at 75mph

Actually...not so scary. I noticed that suddenly there was some vibration in the handlebars and it was getting stronger very quickly. I slowed to see if it was the road surface and then the rear end got a little loose...it doesn't take much to be really uncomfortable! I pulled over and found the hole easily.

I have no idea what I ran over but it was enough to put a big, jagged hole in the middle of the tread on a tire with less than 4000 miles on it.

I carry a tire plugger kit but there was too much damage for the plug to do any good.

FYI...in the future I'll pull over at the very first sign that somethings not right...by delaying just those few seconds the tire got very hot and cracked which meant its next trip could only be to the childrens playground as mulch.

Anyway...if someone needs a recommendation for a great dealer in Jacksonville, IL let me know. Bud, the owner of Sport City of Jacksonville, really took care of us. It happened on a Sunday evening so we had to stay over night but he had us on our way first thing Monday morning. Even gave us his cell number to call after hours if we needed help in the future.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-17-2011, 08:59 AM
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Nice to here there are some goods ones still left out there. Glad to hear it all worked out.

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Glad you're ok! It is a rather disconcerting feeling... like the rear end dropped into jello....

That you've gone this many miles (close to couple hundred thou?) and this is your first speaks well to the durability of these new fangled radial mc tires and quality overall these days.

Fortunately, I've not had one come apart since around '87 so hopefully this is your one and only.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2011, 12:12 PM
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Thanks for the info, good idea to stop early when you feel anything that might be going wrong.

We a a great experience with the Honda dealer in Alcoa ,Tn. about 4 years ago. My Avon Cobra's had worn down to the cord after a trip down the Blue Ridge , Dragon , and Cherahala. Sitting on a curb sipping a morning cup of coffee , I almost spit it out when seeing the 10-12" long patch of cord showing. A word to to the wise " Don't I repeat Don't slide your bare hand across the cord of a tire" those cords will gitch-ya.
I got my first set of Elite 3's. It was the only set of tires he had in stock to fit the VTX . I was a little unsure of them after the OEM Dunnies were a piece of crap, but after talking to the service rep about my concerns and wanting to get home in one piece I took them, been using them ever since.
They put us in front of the line when they found out we were traveling and got us going in just over an hour.
Anyway nice to hear you had a similar experience with your tire. There are some really nice dealers out there and sometimes they don't get the recondition they deserve.

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