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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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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)
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That stinks!!!!!!
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Sorry to hear that. Hope you got her home okay.

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Welcome to the forum and sorry the Harley dealership refused to help a biker in need.

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I did have a big knot show up on a rear tire one day.

Leaving work..... nothing seemed wrong until I made my first left hand turn...... rear almost jumped out from under me.
(knot was on left side of tire) Found the knot when I pulled over, put the bike up on center stand and spun the wheel.

Don't know for a fact what caused it.... but that morning I kind of had the bike over loaded.
Had all three compartments full of text books and some strapped down on the passenger seat.

But I would assume that a bike tire can separate just as a car tire can. Built the same way.... just a little different shape.

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Not great about the HD dealer not wanting to help, but in turn, would a Honda dealer change a tire on a Harley???

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It is pretty standard that HD shops only work on Harleys. It would be best just to buy the tire lie to them on what it will go on then install yourself. I believe everyone should know how to change tires by hand as part of basic emergency prep. It certainly gets around the frustration of "no we only work on harleys and no we can't install that car tire" Sometimes life is unkind

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Harley's only use " Standard " tools. Right ?????? That could explain it

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Harley's only use " Standard " tools. Right ?????? That could explain it

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I used to be a HD mechanic and standard tools were special tools you had to purchase or fabricate as not much was standard - so I guess from their point of view standard would be right.

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I used to be a HD mechanic and standard tools were special tools you had to purchase or fabricate as not much was standard - so I guess from their point of view standard would be right.
You in Canada , ay ? Or close enough to it.

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