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Thread: Occams Razor

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    Occams Razor

    Riding home today the rear felt loose. Of course I assumed Big Ball Bearing or pivot bearings. About 1/2 mile from home, the trucks made a pretty tall hump in the road this summer extruding out the pavement. I hit it and the bike took a big hop. Wow, I thought, that bearing must be about gone. So I rode that last half mile very slow.

    Get home, put on centerstand. Tight. Tick marks on wheel lug nuts all in right place. What could it be?

    7 PSI in Rear tire.

    So even though in the past, I have had to replace the Big Ball Bearing and the pivot bearings, my steed did not fail me this time, just a flat.

    It is good to learn how a very low tire feels, without having to find out how pavement feels.

    Bad thing is assuming, and not checking, I was riding on a low tire and I had a pump. Needless risk, I will modify my behavior. Again.

    Now, out to take off the rear. It was about gone anyway, I have a new one waiting. So no sticky strings verses stop and go threads this time, although I might practice on this one.

    Rod

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    I've experienced a couple of those when I rode my R80/7. I put a SmarTire Pressure monitor on my '04 GS. I appreciate the early warning it provides and the fact it negates the chore of routinely checking tire pressures before a ride. SmarTire no longer sells pressure monitors for motorcycles, but Kisan does. It would be dollars well spent.
    2004 R 1150 GS

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    Glad you made it home OK.
    Thanks for finding the lowest possible PSI that still works!
    Mike Marr
    1978 Yamaha XS750 (Needs rings), 1996 BMW R1100RS, 2004 Honda CRF230F

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    My first indicator of low pressure is low speed steering feels heavy.

    Bike goes wide in corners.

    I check pressure frequently but a nail comes by any time.


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