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How to deal with a motorcycle flat tire
Suffering a flat tire on a motorcycle can be a stressful experience: if it happens at speed, that familiar connection to the road is suddenly lost, leaving you struggling for control as you try to keep your motorcycle upright.

I recently suffered a flat (which I describe in this Triumph Bonneville Long Term Update and in our Forum), and I've since put together these Tips on How to Deal With a Flat Tire-- which covers everything from bike control to flat repair.

Check out my article (as well as this piece on tire maintenance), and if you've ever suffered a flat yourself, I encourage you to share your story here.


Photo Basem Wasef; click for Tips on How to Deal With a Flat Tire

November 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(1) Donald Cline M.D. says:

Where do I find a bottle of compressed air pictured in your article on flat tires?

November 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm
(2) George Darcy says:

I have found the co2 cartridge carried at Walmart. Big 5 has them for paint ball guns Harbor Freight ..and most bike shops …pettel bike shops and motorcycle shops. Motorcycle shops have the road side kits that carry everything needed to plug a hole and pressure up the tire.

November 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(3) Frank S. Pedigo says:

A few years back I went on a overnight ride with a group I ride with . Everybody laughed at me for carrying all these things plus a small cooler with water and beef jerky .When the first guy broke down in the middle of no where the laughing stopped .
Most of those guys now carry at least a tool kit .I got a nice one that fits my saddlebag at Sears .I did need to add pliers and a small cresent wrench but it had a sparkplug socket which has come in handy .

November 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm
(4) Basem Wasef - Motorcycles Guide, About.com says:

Dr. Cline,

I found the pic on Aerostich.com, though you can find compressed air at bike and motorcycle shops– and as George mentioned, sporting goods stores.


November 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm
(5) Pete says:

Great article!
There’s no substitue for a good hard look at your tires every few days too. Having a tire go flat at speed, get’s really exciting, really fast … and it usually doesn’t end well.
You probably can’t do much about the nail or piece of glass you run over, but you can certainly do something about the nail if you see it before you take off.

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