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Old 07-25-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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VA-WV-PA-NJ Tire Failure!

We were having a great ride through the mountains, a visit with family, then on the way home we picked up I-81 and had an Avon Azaro (140/80ZR17) rear tire shred to pieces on us as we tooled along the smooth slab.

Has anyone had this happen, or know of this happening to anyone?
This happened at about 75mph and I was running a solid 40psi in the tire.
Bike was only moderately loaded with us two and a few pounds of gear.
Less than in several previous trips.
It was new when I installed it five days and a few hundred miles before this happened.
This is the same tire I have loved and have used many of.
I didn't run over anything at the time; it was a smooth rural
interstate highway.
Except for a few shards of thin steel belt wire embedded in my
wife's butt, through her riding pants, no personal injury resulted.
But look what it did to my fender and tail light assy!







We had a great ride up, through the beautiful mountans of WV and PA. Camped at Locust Lake State Park, rode through coal mining towns, then into NJ through the Delaware Water Gap. Got pictures to share but what do do about this tire failure is weighing on me right now.
















(probably weren't supposed to pull the bike into the campsite, but there was no sign saying not to....
...and why walk when you can ride )
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:45 AM   #2
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Scary.

I'm glad that damage to you and the Mrs. was minor. Assuming anything like proper inflation there must have been something wrong with that tire from the get-go.
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:04 PM   #3
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Coulda been worse, I know, we're counting our blessings. Thanks.
The rated max. load is at 42 PSI, and the bike's placard recommends 40PSI for two-up so I figured that'd be adequate, especially given the hot weather and the associated pressure rise.
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:49 PM   #4
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Glad you are alright! How did you manage your way back?
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:02 PM   #5
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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Glad you are alright! How did you manage your way back?
Thanks!
Shir came with the van, a new tire, and some tools. Actually managed to change the tire on the side of 81 ten miles into WV. Didn't have to try plan B which would have been to shoehorn the bike into the back of the van. Rode with no tail/brake light, but they followed me, and it was after midnight by then. Plan C would have been to pull the bike off further and pitch the tent (it would have been a decent spot for that). Plan D was holler for Mike

It sucks when you're away from home and your transportation fails!
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:59 PM   #7
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Nice George! PA is nice innit?

Edit... Well done G. holding it together, taking care of business.
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:16 PM   #8
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Bummer about the tire. Looks like it delaminated, probably from a flaw in the tire construction being compounded by the heat. Glad to hear that there was no major injury.

BTW, I love your bike. I may have to find one of those things for myself.
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:20 PM   #9
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Damn Geo, glad you two are okay.

That's sure some queer damage to your rear end.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:31 PM   #10
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whats the tire info/mfgr?

any reputable manufacturer will want to inspect that tire, there could be a whole batch that is bad.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:59 PM   #11
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it sure does get the heart racing when that happens. I had a tire do the same to me about 1972 while crossing Wyoming on a Honda 750. did a number on the fender, tail light and rt turn signal. spent a couple of days in Gillette WY waiting for a tire and parts. glad you and yours are OK. Jan
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:15 PM   #12
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You gotta stop buying them cheap retreads!
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:39 PM   #13
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Delamination or perhaps...

like a posting above the heat and a tire imperfection during construction is the most likely cause. Go over it with a careful eye to see if even a small staple could be involved (i've had a staple that needed 90 psi before being found by a shop).
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:02 AM   #14
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Dadgum ONO, glad everyone was safe and things worked out. Plan #4 could have been to call me. I've got a trailer and a four door truck that could have hauled everything home. You have my number so don't hesitate to call when in need!
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:57 PM   #15
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Thanks my friend! Very kind and I will definitely keep that in mind. Just in case. Likewise on the flip of course. I do have your # and you also have mine. Hope to see you soon.
Cheers!
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