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Old 01-31-2011, 04:25 PM   #31
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Holy cow! I'm gaining a reputation around here, but I still feel like flats have been pretty rare. I have been trying to think of all the flats I have had in the desert on a motorcycle in the past couple years...

- Two pinch flats on separate occasions near the Coke Ovens close to Florence, AZ.
- A nail in the rear tire of the Super Enduro on 7-Springs Rd north of Phoenix.
- A pinched rear tube due to insufficient grip from a bead lock and a sticky trials tire.
- Months later, the patch from the previous pinch on the rear tube failed on a ride.
- The first ever thorn flat I've had happened in Tucson a few weeks ago, but I didn't know about it while riding. It was a slow leak I found the next morning.
- And now this screw in the Adventure's rear wheel.

So 8 flats in the past couple years. Not too bad. More than I've had previously for sure and probably above average, but hardly epidemic!
I don't know Allen, you and Eddy might be tied!
I do like your tire spoons.
Thanks for the ride report and pictures.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:51 PM   #32
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I don't know Allen, you and Eddy might be tied!
I do like your tire spoons.
Thanks for the ride report and pictures.
You know, that's an excellent idea! Those tools have sharp, square edges and they're pretty thick. If the edges were rounded and the ends of the axle tools ground into the shape of a regular tire spoon, I wouldn't need to bother with regular tire irons on that bike! Hmm...


Purcell - I used to live in Yuma and rode a lot out there in the 90's. I wonder if we ever rode together? One of my most memorable and probably one of my first flats was on a KTM 540 DXC (2-stroke). I flatted the front tire on the way to Fortuna Mine. I didn't know I did it for a while. I just remember thinking my suspension wasn't working very well because every rock I hit seemed to send shock waves right through my wrists! We used to ride from Fortuna Rd & Hwy 95 out to Blaisdell or go toward the Fortuna Mine a lot. The fun one (earliest adventure ride!) for me was going from about Ave. 3E & I-8 to the Fortuna Mine all off-road. I don't think you could do that anymore though.

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Old 02-01-2011, 02:23 AM   #33
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Purcell - I used to live in Yuma and rode a lot out there in the 90's. I wonder if we ever rode together? One of my most memorable and probably one of my first flats was on a KTM 540 DXC (2-stroke). I flatted the front tire on the way to Fortuna Mine. I didn't know I did it for a while. I just remember thinking my suspension wasn't working very well because every rock I hit seemed to send shock waves right through my wrists! We used to ride from Fortuna Rd & Hwy 95 out to Blaisdell or go toward the Fortuna Mine a lot. The fun one (earliest adventure ride!) for me was going from about Ave. 3E & I-8 to the Fortuna Mine all off-road. I don't think you could do that anymore though.
I doubt that ride could be done anymore. I used to go out the Main Gate at MCAS and head South to the fenceline (I think that was 3E). From there I usually went East along the border, as far as I dared fuel-wise, until I figured I had about enough to get back. More than once I was "escorted" by the Border Patrol helicopter, which usually ended up with a meet and greet with the guys in the Broncos a little further down the road.

I solo'd out there frequently, first on my XL350R in '87 and then with my DR350S in 1990, before it was stolen in early 1991. That area still has a lot of good riding, as far as I know. I regret not exploring the area more than I did. I got out of the Corps in 1993 and only made it back down there a few times after I moved to Cave Creek. Five years later I ended up in Oklahoma, trying to find a way to get back for an extended visit at the least.

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:44 PM   #34
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Sure wish my wife would take the blame for my misminded mistakes!
You don't even know the half of it how understanding his wife is. She encourages him to buy bikes.
I keep trying to find out if her mom is single or not.

I figured you'd figure out how to do the tire change with improvised tools. Isn't that what that Mechanical Engineering degree is supposed to be used for?? Next time think about your kickstand as a tire tool also. The foot on the end will work. Also you can weld metal tire iron ends to those axle tools to work also.
Glad you guys made it out ok.

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