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Old 11-11-2005, 15:38   #1
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Tires

After cleaning my bike yesterday I noticed that my rear tire has a screw in it. It isn't losing air so I'm going to wait and take it to the dealer for a change on Tuesday.

I hate the street! It's a Pirelli with only 1,000 miles on it. :(
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Old 11-12-2005, 16:32   #2
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Man, I feel for you. If they can patch it from the inside, then maybe try that first before buying a new tire.
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Old 11-12-2005, 23:45   #3
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I wouldn't ride it with a screw in it. I'd pull the screw and patch it with a regular from-the-outside tire plug just to get you to the bike shop for repair or replacement.

FWIW, I used to work at a motorcycle shop several years ago. I saw lots of the from-the-inside patches get installed. Never once did I see one of those tires come back because the plug failed. This was mostly on Goldwings and only tires meeting certain criteria for tread-wear and hole location would get patched.
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Old 11-13-2005, 15:46   #4
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The shop is close to the house so I'm plugging the hole and dropping it off on Monday. The shop is closed, but the owner is going to be there doing paperwork so he'll take my bike in.\

Since I want to go on the track and I ride the twisties I'm getting a new tire.
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Old 11-13-2005, 15:53   #5
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Smart move. I woundn't want a patch of any kind anywhere near a track.
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Old 11-13-2005, 22:54   #6
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I've been down once because of a rear tire "Blow-Out" at 65 MPH. I don't care to ever repeat the expirience.
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Old 11-15-2005, 00:15   #7
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Evangelina the red Ducati Multistrada is in the shop and I miss her.

I'm hoping to pick her up tomorrow so I can ride the mountain and break in the new tyre.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:24   #8
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"Evangelina"?

That's a good name for a spaghetti burner.

Mine's is Malena. As in the character Malena played by THE GODDESS OF LOVE HERSELF - MONICA BELLUCCI;3
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Old 11-15-2005, 13:04   #9
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Update

I just called the hospital, Ducati Dealer, to check on Evangelina.

She is stable but won't be discharged until Saturday due to waiting for a tyre to be delivered from Nevada. I'm switching to the Pirelli Strada tyre to try to get more mileage. I don't think I'll lose much in traction since I'm riding street only on her and I always keep some in reserve when riding on the street.

It's a beautiful day and I should be doing the twisties. My heart is sad and I'm lonely not having Evangelina under me right now.
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Old 11-15-2005, 14:30   #10
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The Pirelli Diablo Strada is almost the same thing as the Metzler Z6 albeit with slightly different tread - a rose by any other name. You'll like it. Plenty sticky for the twisties short of pushing the bike 90%, and good road mileage. I'm up to 10,000 on the front Z6 and 5000 on the back (the original Z6 picked up nails at the 5000-miles mark). The front starts to show some wear but the rear looks like new. The Strada should behave the same way.
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I want to get to the track with her, but the soonest would be Feb/March. Since wants and reality are 2 different things I'll stick with reality and plan for the track.
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:00   #12
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You're going to need another set of tires and wheels specifically for the track. Sure, you can ride anything on the track, but I don't know about pushing hard on sport touring tires on the track.
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:27   #13
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Re: Tires

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After cleaning my bike yesterday I noticed that my rear tire has a screw in it. It isn't losing air so I'm going to wait and take it to the dealer for a change on Tuesday.

I hate the street! It's a Pirelli with only 1,000 miles on it. :(
There is a very good writing in http://www.sportrider.com/ this month
on several brands of tires tat compares handling,wear,stability,ect.
Just from my experience michlin pilot sports were like a train wreck on rain grooves in the rain or on dry grooves . dunlop z208's cured that. and they war well also. Avoid Chen chen at ALL costs. and there is a mfr. now doing recaps for bikes. not for me! Make sure you check this out. dec/05 issue. Good luck and Ride Safe
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Old 11-21-2005, 18:24   #14
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I've been down once because of a rear tire "Blow-Out" at 65 MPH. I don't care to ever repeat the expirience.
been there done that, didnt even get the t-shirt, and would not want the pants...
replace the tire, i am in the same boat kinda, my rear tire has the cords showing right in the middle. but i have a tube in it, 200 series avon. 174 bucks is the cheapest i can find it... :(
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Old 11-22-2005, 13:22   #15
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OK, Evangelina is back home wearing her new tyre!

I now have the task of "scrubbing in" her new tread. I can't ride today, too many chores/errands, but tomorrow I plan to take the scoot through the twisties.
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Old 11-22-2005, 15:34   #16
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Just take it easy through the first several miles. Lean the bike over easily but progressively so that you can scrub in the sides as well.
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Old 11-22-2005, 18:23   #17
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Not to worry, I am cautious until I feel a new tire is broken in. I may go down a dirt road a bit to help with getting the slick crap off.
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Old 11-24-2005, 05:08   #18
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OK, back from 50 miles of mountain twisties. I have 1" chicken strips on both sides of the new tire. I'm taking it easy breaking in the new tire, but also riding different, so I don't lean over as far, thus allowing me to go faster with more control.

I'll get rid of the chicken strips eventually, but the tyre still needs some miles. It ain't broke in to my satisfaction yet. Had a nice easy ride through some great country.
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