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My wife and I pulled into Angel Fire, NM (rode from Amarillo) this PM and discovered that the rear tire on the VTX 1800c was very low. I had aired the tires before we left, so I know they were correct then. Apparently there is a slow leak. I checked the tire and could not find a nail or anything penetrating the tire.

The local Honda Shop in Taos, is closed until Tuesday and we can't wait around until then.

What do you guys think about using Fix-A-Flat to make it home to Amarillo?

I'm using the hotel's computer, so I will check in a little later to see what you guys think.

Thanks! Xer
 

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I'm no expert on tires, but if you need to ride before you can get it fixed, I'd try the fix a flat. Check it often on the ride home and get a new tire as soon as you can. Clean the fix a flat out. My uninformed $.02 Good luck!!
 

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Check the valve stem. If the valve stem core is leaking you should be able to get it replaced at any tire shop. Sorry but I have no idea on the fix-a-flat.
 

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Thanks, guys. I have a cap on the valve stem, so I don't think it is the valve core. What else could it be? I picked up a can of Fix-A-Flat but I'm not sure I will be able to screw it onto the valve stem because of the limited space. Looks like Mr. Murphey is workingk overtime.
 

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It will get the job done, but clean it out real good when tire is replaced. I know your not home but make a note of this stuff its got real good reviews Its a tire sealant and one of its variations is for mc you put it the tire permanently. Good luck and safe ride home.


http://www.ride-on.com/
 

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I did some searching and found posts about tires going flat due to a faulty valve stem. Where would the stem leak and how can I check it? Is there any place I can get a valve stem fixed (if it is the stem) besides a Honda dealer?

Thanks again for the input!
 

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Fis a Flat will do it with no issues!!! Now to get it in the tire U need the Can with a Fexable Hose on it.. Most auto parts stores as well as Walmart and Kmart all sell it...

But make sure U tell your tire guy when U take him the bike for a tire.. LOTS of fun cleaning out of wheel :D
 

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To check the valve core for a leak, just take off the cap and put some good ol spit on your finger and put it on the valve and check to see if it bubbles. You will need some air in the tire. I would try this first, even with a cap on it can still leak. If this is the culprit you can get a new valve stem core and tool to remove and put the new one in for under $5. If this is the problem it will save you the cleaning the fix a flat when you get tire replaced.

May be worth a try to see if this is the problem. Just my .02


Good luck and hope you have a safe trip home.

Jim..
 

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Get a bucket of soapy water. Put the soapy water on the tire and watch for bubbles. You may have to roll the bike to find the leak since the tire is still on the bike. Once you know where the leak is, you will what you're dealing with, and you will have a better idea of how to proceed.
 

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Any automotive store will have valve cores and the tool if that turns out the be the problem.
 

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Most likely the leak is some where in the tire, but it could be the valve core and also be sure to use soapy water around the rim, where the valve stem comes through the rim....I've seen valve stems tear or cut around the hole in the rim, where they come through. While you're at Wally World or an automotive store getting the Fix A Flat, look for the mini electric air compressors. They are small enough to fit in your saddlebags ( if you have saddlebags ) and will work off of your 12V system. A compressor could come in handy in a pinch, out on the lonely road somewhere.

Hope you get your problem resolved and get back on the road again!
 

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There's not much in Angel Fire, but I did manage to find a can of Fix-A-Flat with a hose and successfully put it in the tire. I aired the tire to 40 lbs and am ready to get on the road. Thanks again for all the help! As a last favor, I would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts for a safe trip home.

Xer
 

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highplainsXer said:
There's not much in Angel Fire, but I did manage to find a can of Fix-A-Flat with a hose and successfully put it in the tire. I aired the tire to 40 lbs and am ready to get on the road. Thanks again for all the help! As a last favor, I would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts for a safe trip home.

Xer
Thoughts are with you,

Jim
 

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Prayers said for your safe journey home.
 

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I'm home! The Fix-A-Flat did the trick. Made the 300 mile trip from Taos to Amarillo today and did not have a problem. The moral of the story is that if you have no other recourse, Fix-A-Flat will get you home. "Don't leave home without it!"

Thanks again guys for your help and prayers/good thoughts. VTXOA members are the best!!
 

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Glad you made it home safe. I agree, this board and memebers is one of the best.

Have a great 4th.

Jim...
 
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