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Offline Warwgn

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Got a flat with a CT
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:19:11 pm »
well it happens, went in the garage this morning helmet in hand and ready to leave for work and notice the bike is sitting flat and not leaning. I guess now I know that loud pop and wiggle yesterday was not just a rock shooting out the side, but a nail or some other thing is now stuck in the tire. Yep it was completely flat and I was running late so no time to investigate so went back in and got the truck keys and took off.

Guess I will find the culprit tonight, gotta throw some air in it so can get it on the center stand and see if I can find the problem and decide a course of action. Choices are plug easy and fast, patch which means more labor involved taking the wheel off and tire off plus waiting for a new pack of dyna beads to arrive by mail, or worst case get a new tire. I only have about 13,000 miles on this tire so don't want to replace it if I can keep from it, just all depends where the puncture is I guess.

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2018, 07:22:04 pm »
waiting to hear the culprit.

besides...being a CT thread, there might be a chance of locking.  I don't wanna miss posting in it.   :))

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2018, 07:29:34 pm »
Just trying to be fair and show CT's are not invincible  :))

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2018, 09:34:38 pm »
A loud pop and wiggle? Sounds like maybe more than a nail. How far did you ride after the wiggle?

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2018, 10:06:29 pm »
about 15 miles.

found tbe problem, a 3/8 bolt 2.5 inches long!!!!

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2018, 02:17:45 am »
made a video clip and will load it on youtube tomorrow when I go to work and have good signal then post a link here. I decided to take the tire off the wheel so I can have it patched, so will vet that done in the morning and pick it up on the way home. Ordered some more dyna beads and they should be in Monday so wont put it on till then. Right about now I am wishing I didnt sell my other bike......

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2018, 09:53:03 am »
Patching a hole made by a large bolt? Already have 13k on the tire? I wouldn't feel warm and fuzzy about it. Luck.

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2018, 12:01:25 pm »
https://youtu.be/6BCwkE9KpSw

well there it is.

The plan will be to run the tire for a few more months but get a new one before I take my trip to Nova Scotia at the end of May, also hoping the front will last till then as well but don't think it will.

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2018, 12:41:35 am »
 Running CT since 2008 on 3 C10's.
 No flats yet but all tires are susceptible IMO.

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2018, 01:15:50 pm »
what tire you running?  I've had a Roadstone 175/75-16 for the last 3k...probably has another 100k to go judging by the lack of any noticeable wear...

Pulled the tire off since I'm selling the bike :/
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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2018, 07:40:01 pm »
Patching a hole made by a large bolt? Already have 13k on the tire? I wouldn't feel warm and fuzzy about it. Luck.
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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2018, 09:41:30 pm »
 Last several years running the Federal 657 165/80R-15

what tire you running?  I've had a Roadstone 175/75-16 for the last 10k...probably has another 100k to go judging by the lack of any noticeable wear...

Pulled the tire off since I'm selling the bike :/

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2018, 02:01:57 pm »
15" ??? guess your running an older Ninja rim?  I've heard that was one way to find a CT to fit since 16" that fit are hard to find...or used to be..
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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2018, 04:45:49 pm »
Patching a hole made by a large bolt? Already have 13k on the tire? I wouldn't feel warm and fuzzy about it. Luck.
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you know this is a car tire right? I think I am about 1/5th of way into the tire life and to clarify I though of plugging but since I took it off anyway a patch is a much better repair of the tire. When I looked at the inside the bolt went through very clean no busted belts or metal strands poking in. I have run patched tires on my truck for about 40K miles before getting a new tire so I am comfortable with a patched/repaired tire.

If this was any of a range of motorcycle tires regardless of miles I would replace, just not what MT are designed to handle.

At any rate the wheel and tire are back on and been riding since Monday so have a little over 200 miles on it and no issues. I did have to buy a tire gauge cause mine was not working at all, and now I have 3 bags of Dyna beads. I ordered 3 of the 2 Oz bags one for the tire now and one each for when I put new tires all around in May. Well while looking in the shop for my valve stem core removal tool I found a 2 Oz bag in a drawer, go figure.

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2018, 01:12:25 am »
 Odie,
 The C10 drive train was sourced from the ZL 1000 Eliminator that used a 15" wheel and thus slides right on the rear drive.
 At the time 15" CT tires weer easier to find local.

15" ??? guess your running an older Ninja rim?  I've heard that was one way to find a CT to fit since 16" that fit are hard to find...or used to be..

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2018, 06:45:25 pm »
I recall the 15" option from an old thread somewhere...but in the end it was easier to find the 175/75-16 than the 15" rim in my case...

If I was keeping the connie and doing it again, I would probably look for the 15" rim again...
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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2018, 12:48:23 pm »
Just an update on this, right at 3000 miles since I patched the tire and no issues. Think I am just gonna leave it on there and go with it for my trip next month, we will get to see how many miles I get out of this tire. So far it now has 16,789 so figure I should get at least that many more or around 30K miles before it needs to be replaced.

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Re: Got a flat with a CT
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2018, 02:53:07 pm »
I did leave the patched tire on and rode it on my Nova scotia trip, added 6671 miles and the tire now has 25,756 miles on it and still performs like it did when new. No issues with the patch or leaking down and it still has a lot of tread left on it, think I can get another 10K miles out of it or more.