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Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home #5186921 08/14/19 11:07 AM
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Arrived home from work Monday evening and noticed a shiny rock in rear wheel (I thought) once bike was in garage. Tried to flick it out with a key, no dice. Grabbed a pair of needle nose pliers and pulled it out then loud hissing sound. Yep, a nail. Wonderful since bike (2016 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited FLHTK) only has 12,000 on odometer. Next morning removed wheel and took to Indy Dealer. Surprising they took wheel into work shop and replaced with new tire within 35 minutes! Installed wheel w/new tire once I returned home and back in business. I chose the Dunlop American Elite over the OEM Harley-Davidson due to cost and positive customer write ups. Just thought I'd share.

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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5186933 08/14/19 11:20 AM
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Looks like a roofing nail....the worst kind.

Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5186937 08/14/19 11:26 AM
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One inch roofing nail was enough to ruin a tire? No way! hide


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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5186944 08/14/19 11:34 AM
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So was that 12k on the original tire? That would be a new personal mileage best for me by far for a tire on a bike.

Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5187002 08/14/19 12:26 PM
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I would NEVER plug or patch a motorcycle tire. Good call on replacing the tire.


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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5187012 08/14/19 12:38 PM
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Dunno a thing about motor cycle tires, is 12 K miles pushing it for a bike? 290$ for a new tire Holy disposable income Batman.Take heart that you are supporting your local economy. Wow! Too 'spensive for this ol' gaffer. I'm spending my hard earned social security on silly luxuries, like a top plate, glasses and hearing aids ,roof. Stuff like that. grin2


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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: andyd] #5187066 08/14/19 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by andyd
Dunno a thing about motor cycle tires, is 12 K miles pushing it for a bike? 290$ for a new tire Holy disposable income Batman.Take heart that you are supporting your local economy. Wow! Too 'spensive for this ol' gaffer. I'm spending my hard earned social security on silly luxuries, like a top plate, glasses and hearing aids ,roof. Stuff like that. grin2

The reason this roofing nail punctured my tire was it made it's way between the actual outside tread and inside the groove. A hole in one. It happens. Average miles for a rear tire on a touring Harley Davidson can vary: let's say 12,000 to up to 20,000 miles. The aftermarket Dunlap tire itself was $240 (the OEM HD Dunlap was $307), then labor for changing new tire and balancing. Part of the game of riding with the big boys toys.......


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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5187074 08/14/19 02:09 PM
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I wold love 12K miles out of a rear tire. I usually have steel showing in less than 8K. I have to admit, the sides are worn too, and there have been many jumps to light speed.

yes, mc tires are a ripoff. That is why the darkside exists. Google motorcycle darkside.

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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5187091 08/14/19 02:23 PM
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That's decent mileage out of a tire. I use Dunlop K591 on my Dyna and don't get but 5,000 miles on them.


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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5187135 08/14/19 03:20 PM
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That’s good mileage for a big bagger. My Dunlop American Elite went 10,500 miles before I replaced it last summer with a Michelin Commander ll on my Superglide.

Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: FlyingVan] #5187197 08/14/19 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingVan
I would NEVER plug or patch a motorcycle tire. Good call on replacing the tire.


In fact it is illegal in some countries to patch or plug a MC tire. Some years ago when high speed tires cost a lot more than today I had a brand new Z rated rear tire get a 1" finishing nail and had to buy a new tire, the tires had less than 50km on them. Talk about having a bad day.
Some guys would say plug it at home but here is the rub. If you have an accident even if not your fault or it was not the fault of the tire, the insurance will not pay a penny as you were driving with an illegal repair and the bike had no business being on the road in the first place.

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Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: wagsrk08] #5187287 08/14/19 06:34 PM
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MC tires....Look into "dark side". Guys are running auto tires at 1/2 the cost and 2-4x the mileage with most having no issues. They are not putting them on Sport bikes but on Goldwings etc that cover flat straight roads and are tired of having to plan on new tires mid-trip as part of their trip planning.

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All tires are a compromise.

If sacrificing handling and grip at anything other than straight-line riding are acceptable, putting a car tire on a cruiser or touring bike is probably an okay choice. Yes I've ridden a few bikes with a car tire on the rear. In every case it affected the handling, and not for the better. BUT, yes you can get more miles out of a car tire. I've always preferred handling and grip over long life of the tread, so running a car tire would never be a choice for me.

Before any 'darkside' rider posts videos of people running car tires on a bike on a twisty road, I've seen them already. It can be done, but it's still a compromise, that doesn't deliver as good of grip and handling as a bike tire can.

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Originally Posted by rekit
MC tires....Look into "dark side". Guys are running auto tires at 1/2 the cost and 2-4x the mileage with most having no issues. They are not putting them on Sport bikes but on Goldwings etc that cover flat straight roads and are tired of having to plan on new tires mid-trip as part of their trip planning.

Key words being “most having no issues” ! You give up a lot of cornering grip/stability with car tires. I personally would never run a car tire on a motorcycle.

Re: Motorcycle: $290 nail finds new home [Re: Trav] #5189726 08/17/19 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Trav
Originally Posted by FlyingVan
I would NEVER plug or patch a motorcycle tire. Good call on replacing the tire.


In fact it is illegal in some countries to patch or plug a MC tire. Some years ago when high speed tires cost a lot more than today I had a brand new Z rated rear tire get a 1" finishing nail and had to buy a new tire, the tires had less than 50km on them. Talk about having a bad day.
Some guys would say plug it at home but here is the rub. If you have an accident even if not your fault or it was not the fault of the tire, the insurance will not pay a penny as you were driving with an illegal repair and the bike had no business being on the road in the first place.


Fortunately, I do not live in that sort of nanny state.


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