Greeting V Bikers,
To add on Atgatt excellent thread "Give your worst riding day story"
Here's titled Give your Closest Call Story....
Though I had a few close calls I can imagined one so vividly and tell myself “What if”.
This was a leisure trip down with my brother from Penang to Singapore. Total distance about 650 kilometers (390 miles). This happened about 8 years ago.
Had checked my air pressure before leaving my home when it was cold and it was as recommended. Weather was dry and good most of the way. Was riding my BMW R1100gs with my brother as pillion.
At around the 400 km (240 mile) mark I suddenly felt something was not right.
The bike felt only wanting to go straight and was unable to lean. I tried leaning and even counter steering slowly on the bike.
I guess my brother on the back was thinking WTF.
Didn’t wait long and slowed down to a halt at the side of the highway. I asked my brother to get off and I made a close inspection to the suspension and tires.
Nothing was amiss. Everything seemed ok and there was no burned smell or anything.
Satisfied, me and my bro got back on and were ready to go.
Just as I moved the throttle slowly to take off, we did not move an inch.
I looked down and found my rear tire carcass have totally ripped itself off from the rim. You could rotate the torn tire 360 degrees in the rim. There was no sound, no nothing.
I was then sh..tting in my pants thinking what could have happened. I had been cruising about 130-140km/h (81-87 miles/hr) most of the time. (110km/h/68 miles/hr is the Malaysian highway speed limit) If the tires went while riding at even the speed limits, my bro and me would have 100% be gone in the wind.
We then waited for 4 hours for help (my dad) to arrive.
My dad called a fellow biker from my town. He simply took off his rear gs tire and gave it to my dad.
• It’s good to have as many friends as possible. Good ones are God send.
• Found out that the tire in question was 3 years old when I bought it.
Truth is I knew Nuts about tires then. Since then I try always to see the tire manufacture date on the sidewall. It was wrong to assume anything. ASSUME makes an ASS out of U and ME. And I nearly became the ASS. It would be OK if I went ahead up there but I would not accept if my brother came along.
Thank you and Ride Safe.