Had a real eye opener this morning on the way to work. I ride my Harley to work just about every single day, if it's not raining when it's time to go in the morning I am on it. Well, this morning was going great, I took Kira to school, came home parked the truck and hopped on Debbie (Harley's name). I make it about 15 miles from home and am cruising at around 78ish behind a truck in the fast lane. We are passing a car that is in the right line, we make it past and the truck moves over and I speed up. I made it to right about 80 when all the sudden my bars started shaking horribly back and forth and I was now having to "turn" the bars right to go straight. I immediately knew what had happened and that I was in a heap of trouble! I had to bolt between the car we had just passed and the truck that I was following to the shoulder while trying to keep the bike under control.
I get her pulled over and sure enough, my front tire blew out. It didn't just go flat, the damn tube exploded on the inside and the tire instantly lost it's bead. Luckily, Ash's work is only about 10 more minutes down the road and she was able to bring a truck and trailer for me to load the bike on. Talk about a scary few seconds. I've experienced rear flats before, they are bad enough, but to have the front tire completely gone...woah. Hell, I've arrived and had a "flat" front before and could only tell because the steering was sluggish...this was a whole new experience. It scared the heck outta me.
So that got me thinking, any one else had any "oh crap I'm in big trouble" moments lately? When I had to jet between the truck I was following and the car we had just passed I really had no clue what was about to happen. In that moment it seems like 50 different things went through my head of what was about to happen. The main one I remember was get me off this damn road!!!
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02-28-2012, 04:02 PM #1
Real scary thing happened this morning.06 Supra 24 Gravity Games
02-28-2012, 04:31 PM #2Senior Member
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Dang good to hear you did not lay it down goin 80 down the road. I have not had any life or death moments recently but the week is still early.2008 Outback V - Sold but never forgotten.
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02-28-2012, 04:53 PM #3
please tell me you are not the typical harley rider and believe that gear'ed up includes leather chaps, gloves, vest and no helmet....
nothing frosts me more than to pass a group of them up in the twisties with no helmets on.. except morons on sportbikes with tees, shorts and flipflops.. or the token hot skinny blond hanging on for dear life on the interstate doing 80 and no helmet..
ok, off the soapbox. REAL GLAD you are not hurt and came out with a brown stain in the shorts and nothing else..'06 Supra Launch 20SSV-gone but never forgotten
02-28-2012, 05:11 PM #4
Ha, oh I wear a helmet alright You can't miss it!
I'm hoping that this one is on the way
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02-28-2012, 05:23 PM #5
Way to not panic in that situation. I went into a tank slapper really bad when I first got my bike @ 90ish and I still to this day have know idea how I didn't go down.-Mark
14 Mojo - 72 hours and growing
02 Mobius LSV ---- Sold and always will be remembered as the one that started it all.
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02-28-2012, 09:35 PM #6
Wow man, nice recovery and way to keep your cool man, did you find out why the tire blew? Bad tire? Hit something and complete failure? Dryrot?
I used to ride street bikes and stoped after doing 70 on a 2 lane highway and a lady tried to pass me in a 4banger going uphill, in a no passing area, well a semi came over the top of the hill, she paniced and instead of hitting her brakes she decided to merge. Completly forgot i was next to her. I hit the brakes as much as i could causing her to mix me, but i was so close to her truck the wind drift blew me and the bike right off the road. I dislocated my shoulder, riped my pants, jacket, and scratched my helmet from front to back, tore the fairings up on the bike, lose a mirror and turn signal, bent the headlight housing and rear swing arm
I got it all fixed, and rode it a few times to prove i wasnt scared. Then i sold the bike after discosing the repairs.
Worst thing is i knew the lady as i was a corrections officer then and so was she. I used to see her all the time at work and to this day she never even said sorry. I like to think she completey didnt know what happened.Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
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02-28-2012, 04:50 PM #7
Dusty, glad to hear you are OK. I sold my FZR after hitting some road construction debris and blowing out the front at about the same speed. Just shook me up too much.Drew
New ride: 2012 Mojo
Old ride: 2008 OBV
03-02-2012, 09:37 AM #8
Here is Debbies current status. The front counter shaft bolt worked loose. hopefully I can get it done by Monday morning, but installing that lift takes priority Saturday.
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03-04-2012, 10:50 AM #9
first one to ride to work the other day for the year
'06 Supra Launch 20SSV-gone but never forgotten
03-04-2012, 10:57 AM #10
That's awesome - does your husband have one too?
Bwa ha ha - JK. Sorry I couldn't resist! With petrol passing up $4 a gal already I'm seriously thinking of looking at some cheap transportation too. Would be kinda nice to take one like that on camping trips too.At the time it seemed like a good idea...