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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Repairing flat on '17 T100 front wheel

OK, I know all about how to fix the flat on a tubes wheel once it's off the bike, but getting the wheel off if out traveling has me baffled. On my old Tiger I'd put it on the center stand and with just the tiniest shifting of weight (i.e. removing or leaving my luggage boxes on) I could have either wheels off the ground for removal. On the Bonnie, NOT. I have it on the center stand and the weight is clearly forward. I put 40lbs of weight in my luggage bags and the front wheel was still firmly on the ground. Had to literally sit on the back to get the front wheel to rise. At home I resorted to a jack under the skid plate, but is there some other trick to getting the front up so the wheel can be removed? Carrying a jack is of course not an option. If I'm with someone else they could sit on the back the whole time but I usually am riding off alone. Help!!!
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You're right. This operation can't be done without a jack or a lift. You'd also need a 17mm Allen socket key and some way to drive it, plus other tools. No one carries this stuff when they ride, so road side assistance is about the only option.

I take comfort in the fact that I've never had a flat in all my years of owning and riding many different bikes, all with tube-type tires.

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Not as lucky as Tsmgguy here: 3 flats in a year. Maybe Vietnamese roads... two screws, one of which legit’ (*) and a cutter blade.

The 17mm Allen key weighs over a kilo I reckon, but is a necessary addition for a touring toolkit, as they don’t come easy, even a town-sized tyre repair shops.

I have a jack but found the engine bash plate is good enough if you slip logs under to prop up the front wheel, as long as you are careful and don’t load the bike while it’s up.

Ride-on did not save me from the flat, and repair spray gave me some respite from pump to pump to a proper-looking shop.

I often carry a battery-driven air pump on the longer rides, to be used while the engine runs.

I use Fobo TPMS, which have saved my day twice in the three times (not installed until after the first flat on the front wheel).

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(*) one was sharp at both ends, and found in a high-repair-shop-density area.

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Makes me think of having a 17mm male bit made, to adapt to large wrench holders.

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Makes me think of having a 17mm male bit made, to adapt to large wrench holders.
17mm bolt with 2 nuts locked together a dot of weld to make good should do the job .
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@DesertBum Why don’t you go to an Auto Breaker and buy a scissor jack of the sort used in small Hondas and Toyotas? If you’re already packing tyre irons, pump, spare tubes etc it’s not going to add too much extra weight.

The front spindle is easy - use a ‘multi adapter’. These nifty little things have 17,19,22&24 mm hexagon heads and fit pretty much every bike. They’re small, cheap, light and invaluable.



Look on Amazon or EBay for ‘motorcycle front spindle tool’ or similar. Or put this item # into EBAY..
202140363471

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Thought about adding Slime to my tubes. Anyone tried this?

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You could seal the rims and go tubeless
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It's not often I get a puncture in the front, but went to ride home today, and found the front felt a bit soft.
I still rode it home, and tomorrow morning I'll top up the air and ride it down to the workshop to fix it up.
Now if this had been a tubed wheel, this would probably have done the usual explosive decompression on the way in to work, and there's no way in hell I could have ridden it home.
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I'm just posting in response to @jsobell and his well scrubbed in tires. Nice to see it is being ridden hard. Do you take it to the track?
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