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Mar 30th 2018, 09:34 PM   #16
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Every meal a banquet.

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Mar 30th 2018, 11:12 PM   #17
 avboden's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Spokane Wa/Knoxville Tn

  2007 BMW F800S. 1999 ATK 605ESDS Sumo
yeah that big of a hole i'd never trust a patch with my life
Mar 30th 2018, 11:29 PM   #18
  Jan 2016


2 months ago I rode my Fjr to work just off 45th ,U district Friday night got off work, dead battery, called about 4 tow companyís, as soon as I said motorcycle they magically had no one available. Ended up calling Seattle towing which is actually in tukwilla (sp) waited 1 1/2 hours for them to get there in the rain under a tree and then a 2 1/2 hour trip in rush hour traffic , also same type truck took myself and the little Asian driver about 10 tries to push it up the ramp far enough to tilt the bed up (sketchy) the trip home was slow and although in very broken English I found out he was a very big Glock fan as he kept showing/ handing me various (3) to be exact loaded pistols. When I got home about 35 miles total, he said he usually charged x dollars per hour total was $450.00
But could cut me a deal $329.00 because I didnít know if my insurance covered towing on that bike. I paid cash but was reimbursed by my insurance later thank god, that night I joined AAA Just Incase, also backing in, the driver insisted on backing up my dark driveway and hit and damaged one of the lights lining my driveway.
Just a little different experience.
Mar 31st 2018, 06:01 AM   #19
 SilvieFox's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
Originally Posted by Sentinel
ive had to remove and install so many of those i can spot them a mile away..... even when 80% is burred in a tire xD
Mar 31st 2018, 08:36 AM   #20
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
It takes. Like 5 minutes to remove the rear wheel. flasher to install.
Awaiting new tire via ups.

Also, i noticed some corrosion around brake calipers and other low points on the bike. Road salt spray, and i only got caught in some of it one time after they had sprayed, it had not quite dried, and it was drizzling. That shit is evil fuckery. sigh.
Mar 31st 2018, 08:43 AM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Vancouver, WA

At first I thought a tent stake had gone through your tire and became "one" w/ the rim ruining it!

Which reminds me. Anyone see a ladder fall off a construction truck? Scary. Even in a cage. Would hate to be on a bike when that slapped yer as.

Edited by holypiston on Mar 31st 2018 at 08:44 AM Reason: roadkill
Mar 31st 2018, 08:51 AM   #22
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
SO, I thought about this whole thing last night when I got home.

THe C14 has tire pressure monitors. Intially I thought this was an unnecessary gimmick. But there it was, so I got used to flipping the display to check the pressure now and again when I ride. I mostly eitther watch tire pressure or outside temp on my display when I'm riding.

SO, I ran over that piece of shit on 6th Ave, a VERY busy street.

As soon as I hit it, I thought "Fuck. What was that? I wonder if it stabbed my tire?"

Reflexively I flipped the dash to tire pressure and noted the front was 41 and the rear was 31.

"Yep. It stabbed my tire."

Immediately I signalled right, slowed, and moved to the right lane. I looked ahead and saw an un-crowded side street and rolled onto it. I looked down real quick and tire pressure was 24.

I knew I was not going to be able to push the bike very far with a flat, so I identified a "safe" parking spot and rolled to it.

Soon as I stopped I noted the tire pressure was a dash (zero).

The thing is, this could have gone much differently.

Without the TPMS I would have had to ride farther until the bikes handling started to show me I had a problem, or at least I might have. I WOULD have pulled over out of caution and curiosity, but, had I got stuck ON 6th Ave it would have been a much different 4 hour wait.

So I was able to make a controlled landing and walk away from it intact.

Also, several decades of riding experience kicked in, and everything happened on auto-pilot.

I didn't freak when the bike got "heavy" due to pressure loss. I was able to maneuver the very heavy bike, which requires actual riding technique.

AND, fortunately I have enough money to have good insurance.

SO, basically, the "system" worked as -designed.

Any number of things could have gone wronger.

As to the TPMS, I consider it a VERY useful safety feature now. That thing at least contributed significantly to my ability to make data based decisions quickly, and pull off a safe landing.

So, thanks, Kawasaki. Your shit worked.
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Mar 31st 2018, 10:01 AM   #23
 Cougar's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
My KTM SDGT also has tire pressure monitors and they proved very handy when I was in Baker City, OR with a flat back tire. I put about 50psi in and headed for home 3 hours away. I could watch as the tire lost air so I stopped in La Grande and put about 60psi in and there was still 35psi when I got home. Not too pretty bad.
Apr 8th 2018, 05:08 PM   #24
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
To tighten it up. Back on the road again. So, my bike was down for a week and a day. I missed maybe one day of riding in there. It cost me $235.00 to recover.


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Apr 8th 2018, 05:09 PM   #25
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  Sep 2017

  05 BMW K1200S
Just in time for the sun to come out!

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Apr 9th 2018, 05:29 PM   #26
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Damn. Better in the tire than your leg. Glad everything worked out... minus the buying a new tire part.
Apr 9th 2018, 07:46 PM   #27
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Went for a ride today: back way to Olympia, then up to Tacoma for coffee and a snack, then the back way to Port Orchard. Great ride on a nice day.

And now it rains. Bwah ha ha ha haaaaaaa........
Apr 10th 2018, 10:54 AM   #28
  Jul 2016

  2013 Ninja 1000
I bicycle commute to work a lot and it's surprising how many wheel weights and bolts of all sizes I see littering the bike paths.

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