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Old 08-23-2012, 11:55 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:11 PM   #22 (permalink)
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You will probably also need to strap your floor jack on the back because you don't have center stand.
If you recall I only travel 5 miles to the bar in my Camry. It has a jack in the trunk
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Saying you need to carry a spare tire sounds rather smart assy to me.
Not meant that way at all, and not unheard of. But I always appreciate when others second guess my intent. Thank you so much for your efforts in that regard! But back on topic!
On my last flat a nail ripped about an inch gap out of my sidewall. Tire irons and a compressor wouldn't help. I believe the whole question is sort of a cost/benefit analysis of what to carry in case of emergencies.
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Your intent was obviously to try and prove someone wrong from a post on another thread.

But back on topic. (your new favorite saying)

My floor jack comment was a polite way (or maybe not) of trying to tell you a center stand would be helpful in the situation of which you inquired.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:50 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Your intent was obviously to try and prove someone wrong from a post on another thread.
Thanks so much, I appreciate your input and your concern for the integrity of this thread. What am I thinking right now?
As I mentioned to Mr. Pickles, there are differing views on centerstands. I suggested a search of the previous topics to him, and I do so for you as well if you want a review of the pros and cons. I really never meant to further or play back all that was said before in so many ways in so many threads. I'm happy you like your centerstand so much.

When he pointed out he never intended to discuss their value I apologized for my error.

I did think afterwards about if or what people carried for tire emergencies. Since these are all based on opinion (read "no right or wrong) I was hoping for a discussion. If you insist on continuing the sidebar on my motivation and hidden intent, please pm me. That's probably a more proper venue.

Either way, don't let that heavy centerstand "bring you down!"

Now can we get back on topic, please!

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"My floor jack comment was a polite way (or maybe not)"
You've always been very polite to me. It's a valued trait. Much appreciated!

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Old 12-04-2012, 12:51 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Getting a flat bothers me more than anything else as it's not something you can avoid by being conscientious. I don't worry about engine transmission or frame because I take care of those with regular planned maintenance, and thus feel I have done all that could be done to prevent problems on the road.
The flat is an issue, even though I change tires and tubes before trips if wear is apparent.
I do carry a couple of fix-a-flat bottles but I am rather dubious about their efficacy. I hope to inflate the tire enough to get to some kind of civilization. I do use preventative goop called ride on as a hopeful magic elixir. Anything rather than wield a tire iron. I do carry Triple A RV coverage. I do keep my fingers crossed.
My project for the winter is to get the spoked wheels made tubeless if I can. The only reason is to make flats less of a hassle.
PS at home I have a trailer and have parked the bike, taken the bus home and hauled the bike to the shop for repair. Hate tire irons.
I have just started to make my spoked wheels tueless, done the front one and made a start on the rear wheel.

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:37 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I don't carry anything on my Scrambler (too lazy right now).

However, when I ride my Husky, I always carry some tools:
Motion Pro tire spoon that has a built in socket for my rear axle nut and the adapter to use sockets on that spoon so I can loosen the nuts on the front axle (I think I keep an 8mm socket in the kit). I also need an allen socket for the front axle its self on that bike...
~8" adjustable wrench for the rim locks and valvestem lock nuts
One front tube (it is right for the front and will get me out of the desert/woods if I put it in the rear)
Hand-pump/CO2 cartridge pump

I don't need a tire gauge (it is an emergency/temp fix and my hand is calibrated well enough for that).
I put the bike on a rock as a bike stand...
I am able to break the bead myself.

I am going to buy the cool new Motion Pro tool that is two tire irons and a bead breaker all in one. When I buy a new LiFePo battery, I will use the space to mount the tools to carry on the Scrambler.

I tried to 'just ride it out' once and had too much trouble climbing up out of the canyon/keeping the rear settled even in first gear. It also sounded like my rim was demolishing its self.
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I also use "Ride On" puncture preventative and carry a mobile phone to call the AA if necessary.

http://www.ride-on.com/motorcycle-formula-mot.html

I'd sure like to here a testimonial on this stuff.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:21 PM   #28 (permalink)
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A month after I got my Street Triple I got a nail in the back tire and plugged it with out a center stand. A month after I got my Bonny I got a nail in the rear tire and didn't know it until the dealer found it on my 500 mile check. I have since installed a center stand on my Street Triple and just use it to oil the chain and clean the back wheel. Oh taking the wheels off to install a new tire front and back.
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I have just started to make my spoked wheels tueless, done the front one and made a start on the rear wheel.

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Is this something you did yourself? Or is this a new rim?
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I must be paranoid about getting a flat or breaking down. Despite being an AA member, I feel uncomfortable and insecure about going anywhere without the following items packed in a stuffa bag lashed to the rack.

1/ Electric air compressor.

2/ 9 inch 2 way cycle pump (should the above fail). Useful for adding a lb or two when checking pressures.

3/ Pressure gauge.

4 / Puncture repair kit with a few extra large patches & some talcum powder.

5/ 2 x 10inch tyre irons.

6/ Sockets and wrenches suitable for wheel removal.

7/ Small bottle of soapy water - to find leaks and aid tyre removal/fitting.

8/ Hand cleaner...also useful for tyre fitting.

I also use "Ride On" puncture preventative and carry a mobile phone to call the AA if necessary.

Next job - Seal the spokes when new tyres are due.

Boy Scout's motto - "BE PREPARED"
sheesh! you're joking aren't you?

if not, you must be paranoid to carry that amount of stuff. and two air pumps in case one fails!

I was in Blighty last September and one is never more than a few miles away from a town or village
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