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Old 10-28-2006, 06:40 AM   #84
It's all about the Ride!
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Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Orofino
Oddometer: 200
flat head

I ground the bead down on the sprocket side to about half it's height, all the way around. I can pop the bead with the sidestand when I have tkc's mounted, some of the other tires I've tried don't have stiff enough sidewalls.
I rode the bike with a flat for about 25 miles, gravel and paved roads. I had an appointment I had to keep, so I rode it rather than change it. The 150/70 X18 TKC 80 stayed on the rim and there was no rim damage.
When I changed the tube I couldn't find any visible damage to the tire so I decided to run it on out, mostly on gravel.
Well of course at the last minute I decided to take my GF and the bike for an evening ride, got a flat about 20 miles from home. So I dropped her off and rode it home. All went fine until 2 miles from my shop, the tube ripped in two and bunched up on one side of the rim, sort of a rough ride. No damage to the rim, the tire was completely shot.
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