Sunday, April 5, 2009

Great Morning For A Ride

... and here I sit, all broken-hearted.
I wonder if this can be saved for low-speed, short-distance riding, just until I can get a new tire mounted... opinions?

Having to scrape pennies, having been out of work since June, 2008... the best price I've found thusfar on a 110/70-16 tire is here. $52.14 with s/h.


  1. Call your bud at ESS. He can (1) probably get it cheaper wholesale and (2) you stand a chance of getting him to do the deal and let you take it out in trade for promotional/website/etc. services rendered.

    Yer gonna have to get it to him to do the mounting anyway, are you not?

    Just a thought. Bummer about the flat though--is that nut-shaped metallic object there in the center of the pic the offending intrusion?

    sry about delay on the pipe btw. I am too broke to mail it right now. Some funds may come in this week so there is hope. Haven't forgotten and haven't reneged.

  2. xan -- Yes -- that's an option. I try not to ask to many favors, but I think this one would be okay. :) I know he can't beat that price, though... he doesn't stock or order a lot of tires, and for an odd size like this one (just barely too small for the smallest motorcycles, yet the largest found on scooters -- in fact, there's only four manufacturers that I know of that MAKE a 110/70-16!), it'd be a one-off purchase. That Pirelli on closeout seems the best deal, and I'm told it IS an excellent tire.


    Has pretty good prices, but only one of them beats the Pirelli.

    Well, tires can be repaired, just depends on how handy you are and the nature of the injury, and that looks like a very clean puncture.

    Basic procedure is this:

    (1) Drain air out of tire.

    (2) Carefully remove the offending object.

    (3) Gently ream out the hole to make it as round as possible.

    (4) Use a tire repair kit, like this one from Slime:

    You line the hole with rubber cement, and take one of the goopy stringy things and thread it on the insertion tool. Insert the stringy thing, twist it around once so it's good and knotted up. Trim away any excess and re-inflate the tire.

    Some people think this is a permanent fix. Here's a good guide:

    Note that he doesn't include the twisting step, although I've seen other instructions that mention it.

    An internal plug and patch is considered a permanent repair. If you can dismount the wheel and get it to a tire shop (even an automobile tire shop), they can probably fix it. Don't know what they cost these days; the last tire repair I had was circa 1990, but it was permanent.