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post #1 of 15 Old 11-18-2010, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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End of the season for me :-(

So, hopped on the bike this morning for what I thought would probably be the last ride of the season, seeing how we had an unusually warm day (49 degrees at 7am) for the middle of November in Idaho.

Bike felt REALLY heavy this morning, was in neutral, and still seemed rather difficult to push around. I coughed it up to being motionless in a freezing garage the last few weeks and that I had just replaced brake lines so thought maybe they were gripping/rubbing too much. I was really hoping that wasn't the case. Chain probably needed a good lubing, too, I thought.

Anyway, thought I'd carefully ride her anyways and listen for brake rubbing. I didn't get 10 feet past the driveway when I felt it and was sure what it was.

REAR WAS FLAT! Couldn't really see it in the dark garage and didn't think to give it a good kick before heading out. No wonder it was so hard to push around!

Pulled back in the garage and inspected the tire. No nails, no chunks of metal, no cuts. But I do see what looks like a white dirt clod flush with the tire, I thought it was just dirt, so I go to wipe it off.

It's a ROCK. Fully embedded in the tire; flush. Pointy end down into the tire, of course.

Grabbed the nearest sharp object (a sawzall blade) and pried her out. Over 1/4" deep. Popped her out and now have a hole the size of a pencil eraser just right of center.

DAMNIT. I told my wife that I would wait until spring to get new tires.

I'm done for the year. And no, I won't plug the tire and ride. Just don't think it's safe enough.

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-18-2010, 03:09 PM
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New rubber time. Keep an eye out for winter specials.

look at it this way a decent rear tyre in New Zealand is around the $300 mark. You'll get one for half that!

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I came home last Sunday from being out of state to snow drifts. I'm done too.

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post #4 of 15 Old 11-18-2010, 03:36 PM
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haha.... went riding this morning! I think it was for the last time though...

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I came home last Sunday from being out of state to snow drifts. I'm done too.
Winter sucks...

Us Canadians used to have a rap for being in the snow, but it seems a lot of you have had it a lot worse in recent years. I'm hoping for a few more rides here in Ottawa. We've only had a few hours of snow so far.

g00gl3it - sorry about your tire. To have an end of season due to snow is one thing, but to have to stop because of a freak tire incident is just cruel.

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g00gl3it it could have been worse. Live to ride another day, be it this year or next year. Next year is not that far off.

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yes winter sucks... but i'm still riding... boy it sure is cold and WET... but i'm still riding... winter does suck....

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post #8 of 15 Old 11-18-2010, 08:26 PM
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its been in the mid-40's this past week here in Michigan..... forcast to be in the 50's on Sunday. Plan to keep riding until the first hard snow in which a good layer of salt will be involved.

Once the salt or sand is down, its over no matter what the temp is......

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Hoping to squeeze one more ride out this weekend before I put her in dry dock for the winter. Same deal here, once the salt gets laid down it's all over. That was another nice thing about living in Montana. No salt or sand. You just have to rely on common sense when there is snow on the road. Made spring riding nice

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you poor bastards.... just grabbed a new set of pilot power 2ct's and ill probably put on a good 2k-3k miles between now and march <3 so cal!

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Couldn't even imagine riding year round.........

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-23 C last night
Snow and ice galore now.
All the bikes are on stands, wheels off and in the basement so that good sport rubber doesn't not experience ill effects of -30 or worse.
Stabil in the tanks, all tanks topped, bikes run to circulate fuel make sure it's in the fuel rails and the injectors have seen it.
Batteries out and on tenders.
Summer coolant mix doctored for winter cold.

Rickard is laughing out loud here in town. He rides his bike every month of the year. I think he does that some winters just so he can say he does, as in finding the one hour of the month with a no ice no snow stretch of road with not too much sand or gravel and not caring about the temperature. He's sure made of tougher stuff than I am !

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Every year here in Grand Rapids, MI...... there is a a track-day Race School, called the Team Chicago Challenge. Its at the VERY beginning of the year..... in the morning is a couple track schools with good instruction, a track walk, with a couple sessions in the afternoon. You then are given a race license for the year to apply for WERA.....

2 years ago.....it was in the 30's that day, sure enough ---- it snowed. You wouldn't believe at how many bikes still showed up anyway......

2 guys w/ heated gear even rode their bikes all the way from Chicago in that icy, snowy, weather.....

Balls.....big, big, balls.





Here is a picture of the track-walk........


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-23 C last night
Snow and ice galore now.
All the bikes are on stands, wheels off and in the basement so that good sport rubber doesn't not experience ill effects of -30 or worse.
Stabil in the tanks, all tanks topped, bikes run to circulate fuel make sure it's in the fuel rails and the injectors have seen it.
Batteries out and on tenders.
Summer coolant mix doctored for winter cold.

Rickard is laughing out loud here in town. He rides his bike every month of the year. I think he does that some winters just so he can say he does, as in finding the one hour of the month with a no ice no snow stretch of road with not too much sand or gravel and not caring about the temperature. He's sure made of tougher stuff than I am !
Your post did make me laugh actually. My bike isn't laughing, sitting at the side of the road, cold, covered in snow. No Stabil, no battery tender and rubber on the road. You are right on the money about saying I ride every month just to say I did. There are times through the winter that I can get out more than just an hour however. I remember Christmas Day about three years ago when the temperature was 16C (61F). There was literally hundreds of bike cruzing the city. I think I will be out riding within 2 weeks. We are suppose to get up to about 3C by Thursday.

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Every year here in Grand Rapids, MI...... there is a a track-day Race School, called the Team Chicago Challenge. Its at the VERY beginning of the year..... in the morning is a couple track schools with good instruction, a track walk, with a couple sessions in the afternoon. You then are given a race license for the year to apply for WERA.....

2 years ago.....it was in the 30's that day, sure enough ---- it snowed. You wouldn't believe at how many bikes still showed up anyway......

2 guys w/ heated gear even rode their bikes all the way from Chicago in that icy, snowy, weather.....

Balls.....big, big, balls.





Here is a picture of the track-walk........

Mind boggling and hilarious at the same time.
That would be the kind of day to revert to dirt track style riding.
You know, foot down style.
But with a mini ski for a boot.
Maybe a skate instead.
Or a sled runner with a carbide.

And hours on the road in electric suits just to get to the track !
Madness, absolute madness.
I love it !

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