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Offline Keith S

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Preparation is Key!
« on: October 04, 2019, 02:26:59 am »
It was a great Saturday afternoon project...after almost exactly one year of owning my '18 with 7,300 miles, it was time to dump the stock tires for some new Pilot Road 4 GTs.  I did the job myself, and although it took a lot longer than I expected, I finally reached the point to go for a test ride.  I backed the bike down the driveway - you know, like I've done many, many times before.  I still have no idea how I got off-balance coming down the curb into the street. But, it got to the point of no-return and I just had to let it drop.

In case anyone still questions whether Top Block Tip Over protection does the job, I've got proof!  Absolutely no part of the bike touched the ground except for the lower edge of the Top Block.  Even that had a barely-noticeable scrape. My pride had a far bigger bruise.  Picking it back up was also an interesting experiment, but the "walk it up backwards" approach worked really well. 

Oh yeah, the PR4's are GREAT!
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Offline texasdw

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Re: Preparation is Key!
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2019, 10:30:21 am »
Thanks for posting.  Very helpful.  I'm in the looking to decide which version to go with mode.  This clinches it for me.  Be a while before I take the plunge, but that's nice.
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Offline ZXtasy

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Re: Preparation is Key!
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2019, 11:01:45 am »
Tanks for manning up to the report, glad I have Top Blocks and hope I don't need to use them. Did you remember to pump your brakes back up after tire reinstall? That half second it adds to feather the brakes has caught a few off guard.
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Offline Keith S

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Re: Preparation is Key!
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2019, 10:28:03 pm »
I did make sure the brakes were pumped back up. So, either I was giddy with excitement to try out the new tires, or I was overly-fatigued from wrestling with a tire iron (remounting that front was a bear).
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