KTsRidin Posted June 3, 2011 Share Posted June 3, 2011 yes, I was both embarrassed and grateful that nothing bad happened. This past weekend I rode in a 30 hour rally commemorating Memorial Day by visiting a number of meaningful sites (Iwo Jima in DC, World Trade Center in NY, and Flight 93 in PA were a few). I did everything right. I took breaks as needed, was careful about my nutrition and remaining hydrated, I monitored my bike gauges, and still I missed a huge part of being safe... I never looked at my tires. Yes, I made sure my tire pressure was spot on and was "flying by the seat of my pants" making sure everything felt and sounded right, but I still didn't check the condition of the tires. After having a spirited return to rally HQ and getting through scoring, I headed back to the bike to unload and clean-up a bit. That's when I saw the steal showing through my rear tire. At over an inch wide and nearly circling the tire, I'd been riding on steal for some time. After contemplating getting a tow (remember, this was Memorial Day weekend so no service was available to put on a new tire), I unloaded the bike to lighten it as much as possible and drove like a granny home and then to the shop the next day without incident. Lesson - you're never too pressed for time to skip simple safety checks before getting on your scoot. I share my shame in hopes that it prevents this, or something much worse, from happening to one of you. And yes, I've already got plans to make sure I've got fresh tread the entire Iron Butt Rally later this month Link to comment
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