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Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:18:36 am »
On my way down to the COG National in Kerrville with my brother Steve Saturday afternoon when I got a flat rear tire on US 69 just south of McAlester, Oklahoma.  I pulled my C14 off the road thinking I would plug the tire, inflate it, and be on my way.   Unfortunately, I discovered about a 1 inch long cut in the tire… no patching.  Kawasaki Protection Plan Roadside Assist helped me get the bike towed back to a hotel in McAlester.  The local Kawasaki dealer doesn’t open until Monday at 9:00 am, but I’ve been told they probably will not have a tire in stock. 

Wondering if anyone out there is familiar with motorcycle dealers in Oklahoma?  I would like to see if I could find someone, hopefully close by, with a tire in stock.  Any COG members in the McAlester, OK area? 

Thanks,

Mark Wojcik
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 11:02:17 am »
Anyone headed to Kerrville via US 69 in Oklahoma?  When you pass by the EconoLodge in McAlester, OK give a beep and a wave.  I’m afraid I’m going to be here a few days.    >:( :'(
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 11:30:39 am »
There is a Cyclegear in Oklahoma City, they are open on Sunday, check with them.
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 12:19:39 pm »
Hey Kurt - That’s a great thought.  There’s a Cycle Gear in Tulsa that is only 1-1/2 hours away.  I will be calling them when they open at 10:00 this morning. 
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 12:32:34 pm »
Hey Kurt - That’s a great thought.  There’s a Cycle Gear in Tulsa that is only 1-1/2 hours away.  I will be calling them when they open at 10:00 this morning.

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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2018, 01:31:54 pm »
FWIW some of the guys here said some of the stores would mount and balance if you brought the wheel in.
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2018, 01:36:05 pm »
FWIW some of the guys here said some of the stores would mount and balance if you brought the wheel in.

Yeah, I’ve heard that as well.  I’m hoping they have a tire in stock.  About 25 minutes to go before I can call.
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2018, 01:37:32 pm »
Mark,

You can call any Cycle Gear, they can check inventory at any store. Just find one on ET and call them.
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2018, 02:30:19 pm »
Good luck getting back under way. Cycle Gear will be your best bet remember most motorcycle shops are closed Mondays and open Tuesday through Saturday.
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2018, 02:34:25 pm »
Cycle gear in Memphis mounted one for my son for $25. This store does not take the tire off so I just brought it in.

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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2018, 04:03:55 pm »
Update:

Because Cycle Gear’s Oklahoma stores don’t open until 10 am, I called Cycle Gear’s Indianapolis store this morning to see if they could check inventory for the Tulsa store.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to tell me what tires any of the Oklahoma stores would have in stock. 

Waited until 10 am and called the Tulsa and the Oklahoma City stores.  The pickings were really poor at the Tulsa store, but the Oklahoma City store has a Pirelli Angel GT (but not the A-Spec) in stock.  Took the wheel off in the hotel parking lot and strapped it to the back of my brother Steve’s C-14.  Riding time to/from the Oklahoma store is about 5 hours round trip.  With any luck, we’ll get to Kerrville Monday evening. 

I’m a little concerned about running a non A-Spec Angel GT on a C-14, but it should get me to the rally and back home.  I’m thinking it just may not give me the same mileage as an A-Spec.  Thanks to everyone out there for the calls, messages, and well wishes.

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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2018, 05:27:36 pm »
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2018, 06:34:51 pm »
sorry I'm late to the response, just saw your plight on the ADV forum, where LSGiant posted a request... I responded to him there, with..

also, there are a couple shops there...
https://www.vicarspowersports.com/

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/dealer/mcalester-motorsports/

http://americanperformancecyclemcalester.com/

http://motorcycle-dealers.find-near-me.info/in/mcalester-ok

but it looks like you already have plans in progress,
best of luck, ride safe.

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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2018, 11:43:42 pm »
Thanks MOB! 

Just finished mounting the new tire and we’ll be back on the road to Kerrville tomorrow.  Only one day of lost riding time, which isn’t bad considering I got the flat after 5 pm on Saturday and was able to find a replacement and get it mounted on a Sunday.  Special thanks to Kurt (aka MotoCommuter) for mentioning Cycle Gear. 

Ride Safe Everyone!

Mark
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2018, 12:09:17 am »
Glad to assist.

Did you use the ROK towing?
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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2018, 12:45:57 pm »
Mark don't worry about the non a spec I have these on my 14 and they are fine. Over 4000 miles no problems.

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Re: Trouble on the way to the National - Stranded in Oklahoma
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2018, 02:58:45 pm »
Plus one on the non-A spec Angels, Mark.  I've got 5K on my set and easily two or three more.  I do ride solo if that matters to you.  No worries, mate.
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