Flat Tire-Repairing/Supporting Motorcycle
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    Junior Member RB63's Avatar
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    Apr 2011
    I'm a total Newbie, with very little motorcycle experience, actually none at all. I've just purchased a 1996 TW200. Riding it around my property in an attempt to learn, I managed to put a small branch, 1/8", through the front tire, resulting in a flat. Is a flat tire a repair that owners typically make, or do you head for the motorcycle shop? I'm reasonably handy, but I wasn't certain how to support the bike if you have to remove the front wheel. If one is going to do some of their own maintenance, which I plan, there must be a number of ways to support the bike during work? The bike has 3800 miles on it, the tires look fine, but I've heard a variety of opinions about replacing tires because of age and not tread. Thanks for any words of advice. The motorcycle is in immaculate condition, I'm excited to get riding.

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    Senior Member uktw125's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Devon, England.
    All you need to support the bike when you take a wheel off is a sturdy wooden box or a milk crate.

    Stand behind the bike with the box to the side of your bike right next to the engine and lift the back of bike up and sideways on to the box. If you are a fit man you can do this on your own, a lady or less fit man may need an extra pair of hands.

    Later on you may like to make a prop stand that you can use by leaving the bike on it's side stand and push it over in the direction it is already leaning until the wheel is off the ground and put your prop some where that will hold it in position, this requires some practice as the bike is leaning quite procariously.

    Fixing a flat is much the same as a push bike but everything needs a bit more muscle to get the tyre off.

    I would encourage you to try it yourself as it's all part of the motorcycling experience and maintenance is something you will have to learn at some stage.

    Have fun.

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    Banned qwerty's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    NW Tennessee
    A rider who plans to frequent out-of-the-way places needs [s]the tools, materials, and ability to repair flats[/s] RideOn. I also carry the tools, materials, and ability to repair flats.

    Tools I use include those necessary to remove the wheel from the bike, a 9-inch iron, a 9-inch iron with the straight end bent 90*and notched to hook on a spoke, a 15-inch iron, a sample size bottle of dish liquid, a partially full bottle of drinking water, and a means to inflate the tire, generally a CO2 tire inflator and bottles of gas. The dish liquid can be dumped in the drinking water to make a dandy tire lubricant as well as making quick work of cleaning RideOn from an area that needs patching, though if RideOn doesn't work the tube is pretty much too torn up to be patched, anyway.

    Materials include extra tubes and bicycle tube patch kit.

    There are bazillions of How To videos on youtube.

    I run a sealed AGM battery so I would just turn the gas off and plop Tdud over on the ground to do a trailside flat repair. I would try to find a slope, stump, or rocks to prevent having to lay her all the way over.

    Whatever you do, if you have a disc brake, don't squeeze the front brake lever when the wheel is off.

    As for aging tires, studies have shown that aged tires are more likely to fail, even if "brand new". Storage conditions do affect shelf life. A tire exposed to sun and weather can be ruined in 2 years. A tire stored in a climate controlled environment can last many years. Generally, it is safe to mount any new tire up to 4 years after date of manufacture if it was stored inside, out of the sun. Most "experts" recommend replacing a tire after it has been in service for 3 years, regardless of tread wear or miles. Every tire sold in the U. S. of A. manufactured since 2000 has a number molded on one sidewall that begins with the letters "D O T", followed by more numbers and letters. The last 4 numbers give the week and year of manufacture. A tire with the number that reads "D O T 45H6Y 2210" would have been manufactured the 22nd week of 2010.

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