Well, my bike turns 1 next week and I've only been riding since I bought it last year. I thought for sure that my training in the MSF course regarding a flat wasn't going to be used for a long time...boy was I wrong!
Left downtown yesterday and the bike felt every so slightly different. I couldn't pinpoint it though so I headed to the freeway. When I started to lean into the on ramp, I knew something wasn't quite right...but again, I couldn't quite pinpoint it.
About a mile down the road, I developed a slight wobble. I didn't like that at all and my alert was up looking for a good spot to get over, then wham! Went from a slight wobble to extremely hard to control wobble as I started to decel from 75 mph. Flashers went on, covered the clutch, no brakes...down shifting slowly and I managed to muscle it over to the side of the freeway.
I get off and the rear tire is completely flat. Here I am stuck on the side of I5 in rush hour traffic. Thank goodness for my ROK membership! I got free towing home (shop was gonna be closed).
All in all, it could have been A LOT worse and I'm thankful I'm ok. That is something I do not want to experience again. I think I should have caught on that something more was going on when I first left, but I think my inexperience showed me up on that one.
I got home with the tow truck and got it in my garage and inspect the rear tire. There is a pea sized puncture just slightly left of center. Tire's a goner.
I only had 3700 miles on the stockers and wasn't planning on getting new tires for a while. But, it is what it is right. I just got back from the shop having purchased a set of Pilot Road 2's based on the reviews I've read and advice from the shop and a buddy of mine. I have to wait a week though to be able to tow it in again, only 1 tow allowed in 7 days per my ROK membership.
Additionally, my dad (35 year riding experience) told me last night he wanted to pay for a TPMS for me. So, I'll be having the shop install my Doran 360M
system when it arrives
I can't wait to get back on the bike...the gas prices in my truck are killing me!