Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Brighton, ON, Canada
An "interesting" morning
Needed a rocker switch replacement for my Doran TPMS monitor, so went to the dealer this morning. I installed the Doran tire sensors last night. It's the monitor that's not working because of this faulty rocker switch.
As I'm riding on the highway at 110 km/hr, I notice the bike is feeling "swishy", meaning that it seems to be floating from side to side. I double-check the pavement - no ice. I check the trees for wind - they're not moving. But the bike is "swishy" or "mushy". And I notice that the GPS speed, which is usually 5 km different from the bike's speedo, is significantly different from the speedometer. It can't be the tires - I have new Michelin Road 5's. What is going on?
A motorist comes up beside me, honks his horn, and points down at my rear wheel. I've never had a flat tire on a motorcycle before. Low, but not flat. But this new rear Road 5 is flatter than a pancake. I pull over on the shoulder of the highway. The shoulder is angled down, to move water away from the road, so I'm having trouble finding a spot for the side stand. I finally get the bike on the side stand, and carefully move away. Then a large tractor trailer goes barreling by, and the ensuing wind blows my beautiful, unblemished V1 over. And because the shoulder is on an angle (and I'm getting older), I can't lift the bike up.
Needless to say, I'm spewing a lot of four-letter words. But then my luck begins to change. A motorist pulls over and offers to help. Together we get the bike back up - and on the centre stand. He rides a V-Strom 650, and couldn't pass a fellow motorcyclist in distress. Then a second guy pulls over to help. After they've left a third guy also pulls over to help. This is on a 100 km/hr 4-lane highway. Not a place you'd want to stop.
I carry a pump, so put air in the tire. Got to the dealer, and it turns out the sidewall is bubbling out. Probably due to my riding on the flat tire. But he'll send it to Michelin and try for a warranty replacement.
Oh, and I think the cause of the flat tire in the first place was me not tightly securing the Doran sensor onto the valve stem. I've been using Doran for about 8 years, and this is this is the first time that happened.
Rant over. Thanks for listening.
2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000
2012 Honda Gold Wing 1800
Last edited by CuddyBuddy; 04-18-2018 at 02:43 PM.