Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Tire radial belt separation?
On a recent trip in August, as I was heading east out of Carson City, Nevada, I felt and heard a thumping sound coming from my front tire (Bridgestone 130/70ZR18M/C). I pulled over, assuming I picked up a nail, and inspected the tire. Visually everything looked fine. I checked the air pressure and that was fine. So I started off again. The thumping noise came on at about 30 to 40 mph. I also noticed that as I turned the front felt really mushy or unstable. I had a similar issue on one of my cars many years ago. The cause on the car was a tire that the radial belt had pulled away or broken.
I'm assuming that was my problem. Nothing else made sense. Has anyone else ever experienced this? After replacing the tire, the problem went away.
Now for the rest of the story. . .
So, when I pulled over and decided I needed to replace the tire I started calling around. It was late in the day and most motorcycle shops were closing soon. The closest was Reno, NV, some 40 miles away. I figured I could limp to Reno, if I kept my speed slow. I finally found a Harley dealership that was open late enough to put on a new tire. As I was talking to them, I confirmed they had a tire. Then they asked what bike it was going on. When I said a Honda Goldwing, they said, we don't work on Goldwings. Matter of fact, we only work on Harleys. I said are you kidding me. You have the tire. You have the lift equipment. And you have a mechanic available to put it on, and you refuse to work on a Honda. They refused. Discrimination lives loud and clear at Reno Harley-Davidson.
So I decided to just locate a uhaul trailer, and trailer the bike home. (I was riding with a group of 5 bikes, and my wife was driving our SUV with all the gear)