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.
2009 Aprilia Tuono - Ginger
2001 XR650R BRP (Big Red Pig)
2006 Honda 599 - Ex wrecked it :-D
2007 Honda CB900F (sold)
2006 Honda VTX 1300C (sold)