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Old 09-15-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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need some help! stuck in Healy with a front flat

Hey I'm hoping someone can help me. I don't really know what to do. I made it back to my motel, but I got a thumbtack sticking out of my flat tire. I don't have any tubes or repair kit. In fact I've never fixed a motorcycle flat before. I need to return to Anchorage by tomorrow night. Help?

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Old 09-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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Go to the totem inn and see if they can get ahold of the guy who owns the polaris shop there in Healy.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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I guess I really just need a tube. Everyone is closed right now. Hopefully someone will be able to help tomorrow. Totem didn't know the Polaris guy, but did connect me to a mechanic but he couldn't help me out.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #4
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I guess I really just need a tube.
If you can’t patch it you might check with AKtracks to see if he can get a tube to you somehow.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:21 PM   #5
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Carrying a patch kit, small tire "spoons" plus a small airpump and knowing how
to use them are quite useful things if your bikes uses tubes, but then you
know that.

There is a gas station on the north side of town on the right side that
might be able to assist. There is also the aforementioned Polaris shop on
the left as you head south, just next door to the 49th State brew house,
maybe one or the other will have the ability to patch a tube. It would help
if you could take the wheel off the bike and take it to them. I am not aware
of what services might be found off the highway, but ask around. Hopefully
someone will be open tomorrow morning that perform a simple tube patch.
good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:06 AM   #6
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:39 AM   #7
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If all else fails, try the Parks Hwy Towing Service... info here. I'm not suggesting a tow, but the owner will respond, sometimes in a sidecar outfit, and fix your tire onsite. They are about 60 miles north of you and it will be pricey (hence the last resort).
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:36 PM   #8
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Hows this going? I can get a tube sent down from fbks on the train tonight. Call me if need be 242-one one four one.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:14 PM   #9
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Thanks all for the help. I couldn't find much help in Healy or near the park. Dan at advcycleworks at the link above was very helpful and referred me to Shawn at Denali towing who was very helpful as well. Finally got ahold of my rental place in Anchorage and decided the best course was for them to drive up and pick up me and the bike. Just waiting now.

Shawn and Dan would have gotten me back on the road and were a bright light at a cloudy time. Thanks everyone here for helping to bail me out.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:32 PM   #10
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Oh it's a rented bike. That case they'd be the first people I'd call.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:21 PM   #11
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A shame to have a trip go like this due to a flat. That had to get expensive. Gonna sharpen my spooning skills this winter.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:44 AM   #12
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Come to The Dick's school of spooning! Good luck to those folks on Heidenaus!
Check out Happy Trails bead breaker or others similar. Most importantly, take a wheel off of your bike in the comfort of your home/garage and take the tire/tube off and back on. Whole other movie getting a tube out of a tire and getting it back in successfully! About 2% of the riders who have visited me actually know and can do the drill. Almost no one has the tools with them to do the job. I love red wine!
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:44 AM   #14
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No need for these if you know the centerstand/sidestand press trick!


@Dick... the guys who know how to do it and carry the stuff likely don't meet the tire guru in Dawson City. This coming from the guy who does know how to do it and usually carries the stuff, but sent his buddies ahead to camp and got a puncture on the Dempster and waited 3 hours for ParrishDakar to come back to the rescue...
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:12 AM   #15
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That's too bad that the OP had this problem. Glad it got sorted out. On most of these trips if you wait long enough somebody will come along.
I am putting together equipment for my Alaska'14 adventure. I really really don't want to get stuck beside the road. What tools should I have to be able to do the job myself? I have a pretty good idea but don't want to miss anything.
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