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    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 15th Sep 17, 9:48 PM
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    Tire pressure (motorbike) safe?
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    • 15th Sep 17, 9:48 PM
    Tire pressure (motorbike) safe? 15th Sep 17 at 9:48 PM
    Hey all,

    First time posting on here! I just need some advice with regards to my motorbike.

    Basically, I have 2 weeks to drive it 10 miles and need to get it back in time to declare it SORN in a safe location. It is completely road legal until the 1st October

    I used it a short while back and when I got to my location (a friend's house 10 miles away) I noticed that the back tyre had become sort of flat... It pretty much happened on that journey.

    It feels flat when you ride it (the way an underflated bicycle tyre drags). I've only tried it around the car park.

    It feels fairly solid when you squeeze it on the stand, but the front one is much much harder (like a rock)

    It also has cracks around the side which I initially put down to vandalism, but it looks more like wear and tear damage. Not sure when those developed, but assuming it was during the ride up to my friend's house. Also assuming that this is the problem.


    Sadly, the nearest garage is probably 5 miles away (or more) and I'd probably be better just going for the 10 miles back home.

    My questions:

    1. Will pumping it up at a petrol station be a good idea? Could I get home on it?

    2. If its a good idea, how much do they cost?

    3. Could I potentially make it home on an under inflated tyre? If I did like 20-30 mph all the way? Does the contact potentially increase the risk of tyre blowing out?

    Cheers all! I'm a bit useless with motorbikes/tyres!
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    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 15th Sep 17, 10:05 PM
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    Seriously? You're a motorcyclist but want to willingly ADD risk to the activity of riding by doing so with a rotten tyre?

    Mental.

    Buy a new tyre and lose the death wish.

    And yes, I ride bikes too. No, I would not ride on a flat tyre.
    • missile
    • By missile 16th Sep 17, 1:59 AM
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    The cracking could be indication you have a very old tyre?
    It is dangerous to ride with underinflated tyre. I would suggest you buy a pump or a puncture repair kit with inflation cylinders to get you home.
    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    Ride hard or stay home
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 16th Sep 17, 2:52 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 2:52 AM
    Seriously? You're a motorcyclist but want to willingly ADD risk to the activity of riding by doing so with a rotten tyre?

    Mental.

    Buy a new tyre and lose the death wish.

    And yes, I ride bikes too. No, I would not ride on a flat tyre.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    This - With Knobs-on!
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 16th Sep 17, 8:44 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:44 AM
    It is completely road legal until the 1st October
    Originally posted by stuartJo1989
    Not with a grossly under inflated tyre.

    If you're not willing to maintain it properly you shouldn't be riding it.
    Don't harass a hippie. You'll get bad karma.
    • photome
    • By photome 16th Sep 17, 8:53 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:53 AM
    this has to be a wind up but if it isnt

    OP what pressure should be in there? and what presure is in there, assuming you have a tyre pressure monitor (only a couple of quid) and a footpump.

    ignoring the fact it looks like you need a new tyre anyway
    • fas3robinj
    • By fas3robinj 16th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
    I'm also a biker.

    Plenty of mobile tyre installers around.

    Get one to come out to you and put a new tyre on. It takes 30 mins.

    To ride the bike in that state is mental.
    • docmatt
    • By docmatt 16th Sep 17, 9:55 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:55 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:55 AM
    Over on the classic car forum a chap had a 20 year old car with virtually new tyres as he didn't use it much and unfortunately lost it on a corner and crashed.

    Anyway he found out that even though the tyres had loads of tread, the oils and binding chemicals dry out and the tyre looses it's flexibilty and in effect is pretty awful.

    They say 5 to 7 years max on tyres. Just thought i'd add this in.
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 16th Sep 17, 10:20 AM
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    Tire??????
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 16th Sep 17, 12:44 PM
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    Tire??????
    Originally posted by alanrowell
    Sometimes the potential for harm pushes the importance of spelling back a bit!
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 16th Sep 17, 1:20 PM
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    The tyres shouldn't have cracks. If they do they need replacing. They should be inflated to the correct pressure for the machine, and checked with a pressure gauge.
    As per the handbook.
    Which you do have?
    And have read?
    And do the routine checks and maintenance as described there?

    It's not a bicycle where you can "feel" the tyre for pressure. FWIW I check my bicycle tyres with a pressure gauge and bin 'em if they show signs of cracking.

    If you're not prepared to learn how to keep the machine in good condition, do the routine checks / maintenance, and / or pay for parts and spares that are needed, then you shouldn't be riding. For your own sake and that of everyone else.
    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 16th Sep 17, 4:46 PM
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    Seriously? You're a motorcyclist but want to willingly ADD risk to the activity of riding by doing so with a rotten tyre?

    Mental.

    Buy a new tyre and lose the death wish.

    And yes, I ride bikes too. No, I would not ride on a flat tyre.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    You didn't read my post (which had lots of detail explaining why I am actually contemplating it) but thank you all the same for your input.
    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 16th Sep 17, 4:47 PM
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    The cracking could be indication you have a very old tyre?
    It is dangerous to ride with underinflated tyre. I would suggest you buy a pump or a puncture repair kit with inflation cylinders to get you home.
    Originally posted by missile
    Cheers. It is fairly old but it happened quite suddenly!

    I'll try and purchase/lend a pump and see how that fares. My only worry is I have little money and little time to get it fixed
    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 16th Sep 17, 4:59 PM
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    The tyres shouldn't have cracks. If they do they need replacing. They should be inflated to the correct pressure for the machine, and checked with a pressure gauge.
    As per the handbook.
    Which you do have?
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    I do have It is 10 miles from home (I'm living with partner now, but need to get it back to family home 10 miles away), but admittedly I probably could get that document. I'm just mindful that its more faffing and I've got 2 weeks to fix it and sort it out.

    There's a garage about 0.5 miles away which have a pump. I've never had a flat tyre so don't know whether it is dangerous and, before doing something potentially dangerous, have asked for advice!

    And have read?
    Nope I haven't read it, because I'd normally just take it to the garage/rely on the MOT for problems.

    I do, however, carry out routine checks every time which I learned on my CBT test (been called sad in the past for doing that!) and one of them includes checking the tyres before every ride.... Hence how I came to notice the problem in the first place. Initially thought it was vandalism because of the slashing, but it looked more cracked.

    It's not a bicycle where you can "feel" the tyre for pressure. FWIW I check my bicycle tyres with a pressure gauge and bin 'em if they show signs of cracking.
    I probably should do that, but I am happy with the level of checking I carry out. It is much more than most people, and I drive safely, so I don't mind But even so, the tyres were fine when I set out and they weren't the day after when I went to leave.

    If you're not prepared to learn how to keep the machine in good condition, do the routine checks / maintenance, and / or pay for parts and spares that are needed, then you shouldn't be riding. For your own sake and that of everyone else.
    I want to be able to word this in a really polite way, but basically I don't care I drive safe, I look after the motorbike, I pay my tax/insurance, I have a full UK driving licence, I have current CBT tests, I follow the highway code, I regularly check the basics before a ride. That's enough for me! If it isn't enough for you then file a complaint with the universe
    • k3lvc
    • By k3lvc 16th Sep 17, 5:02 PM
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    I want to be able to word this in a really polite way, but basically I don't care I drive safe, I look after the motorbike, I pay my tax/insurance, I have a full UK driving licence, I have current CBT tests, I follow the highway code, I regularly check the basics before a ride. That's enough for me! If it isn't enough for you then file a complaint with the universe
    Originally posted by stuartJo1989
    Tell us where/when you're riding it and we'll stay out of the way then (or call a pre-emptive ambulance)

    You've had your advice but despite knowing nothing think you know better

    Your attitude is what gives bikers a bad name
    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 16th Sep 17, 5:03 PM
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    Over on the classic car forum a chap had a 20 year old car with virtually new tyres as he didn't use it much and unfortunately lost it on a corner and crashed.

    Anyway he found out that even though the tyres had loads of tread, the oils and binding chemicals dry out and the tyre looses it's flexibilty and in effect is pretty awful.

    They say 5 to 7 years max on tyres. Just thought i'd add this in.
    Originally posted by docmatt
    Oh right! My tyres are just over 4 years old so it could indeed be that. Certainly a case of getting them replaced at the next possible opportunity. That's what I want to do, but I have to renew tax/insurance/MOT by Oct 1st and just not sure if it can be done in that time...

    Thanks for the useful info though!
    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 16th Sep 17, 5:05 PM
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    Tell us where/when you're riding it and we'll stay out of the way then (or call a pre-emptive ambulance)

    You've had your advice but despite knowing nothing think you know better

    Your attitude is what gives bikers a bad name
    Originally posted by k3lvc
    You said that after quoting the bit when I said that I was a safe driver etc?

    Weird

    If I was someone who "gave bikers a bad name" I would simply have done it without posting on here... I posted because I wanted to learn Not get abuse off others.
    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 16th Sep 17, 5:08 PM
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    Tire??????
    Originally posted by alanrowell

    tire
    tʌɪə
    noun
    US spelling of tyre.


    tyre
    ˈtʌɪə
    noun
    a rubber covering, typically inflated or surrounding an inflated inner tube, placed round a wheel to form a soft contact with the road.
    a strengthening band of metal fitted around the rim of a wheel, especially of a railway vehicle.
    • stuartJo1989
    • By stuartJo1989 16th Sep 17, 5:09 PM
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    I'm also a biker.

    Plenty of mobile tyre installers around.

    Get one to come out to you and put a new tyre on. It takes 30 mins.

    To ride the bike in that state is mental.
    Originally posted by fas3robinj
    Much appreciated! This is something I never thought of and I'm going to have a look around tonight! Thank you
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 16th Sep 17, 5:25 PM
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    You said that after quoting the bit when I said that I was a safe driver etc?

    Weird
    Originally posted by stuartJo1989
    You may be the safest driver there is, but you are contemplating riding your bike with defective tyres.

    You may be OK, you may not, who knows.

    You're only going to do 30ish so that's OK, unless you end up having a blow out and ending up under a HGV or something.

    I've only came of my bike once, at a slow speed 25-30mph, wearing full textile gear and it bloody well hurt, bruised ribs and knee which took about 2 weeks to feel better, big graze to my arm and my gloves were wrecked and visor of helmet scratched to f*** so new helmet needed.

    Good luck.
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