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My front tire was showing some wear (13K) so ordered a Metzler on line, as they showed a local dealer that would mount a tire. $40. and they would do it all. Decided I'd remove tire my self as it needed a paint job. Was easy removing old finish, as it really is a poor paint. Painted it black and it looks good! Got the tire mounted at dealer for $20. While I was at dealer saw 2 2012 650 Exec. One of them had same wheels as mine, but they were chromed - looked really good. Turns out the bike was used with only a few hundred miles. Guy must have put a few bucks into it before he decided he didn't really want it. They were asking $9100.

Well back to the story. I put the wheel back on and even though I was working in a small area in my garage, I managed to lose the bolt that snugs the front axle. Looked at Ron Ayers where they get almost $4.00 plus postage. Went to a local small hardware store and got one for $.35. Easy job.

Everything looks great. Put some "Ride On" in the tires and after a couple miles, the ride is smooth as silk.
 

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Ya saved an hour labor. If you ride in, they will charge to lift it up, remove the wheel, dismount, mount, balance, replace wheel in the forks. Good to go. :thumbup:
 

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What's Ride On? :?:
 

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I remove, dismount, mount new, reinstall and ride. If I can manhandle a car tire onto a Burgman's rear rim, and no cussing, ................. :twisted:
 

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My new tire experience was more of an adventure than I had planned. I'm almost 69 and decided to take a ride from Atlanta to southwestern Louisiana (550 miles in one day). I left last Monday and while it was overcast and maybe 50 miles of rain, the ride was uneventful. I wore my Frogg Toggs jacket for the first time. Bought it about 2 years ago and the first thing, the zipper broke. Snaps don't do much good as they won't hold unless the zipper is zipped. I expected a sore butt and was not disappointed. I planned on coming back Thursday and left my friends house about 6:30am (very dark time) . I got about 10 miles on a road under repair. All of a sudden, I saw a chunk of concrete in the road. Only saw it about 10 feet ahead and hit it. Of course it was a good impact and after I almost stopped I then tipped off. Got some small road rash and my leg and elbow. I got up and got my machine off in the shoulder. Of course my new tire was flat (Ride On didn't help). While this was a shock, I was at least close to help from my friend. Turned out my rim was very bent, but also split about 6 inches of the rim.

I went to a dealer in Scott, La that was a friend and ordered a wheel and tire overnight. Parts came in Friday 4:30 pm and they had the new wheel ready at 5:30pm. One thing i did learn was how great Ron Ayers is, his prices are much better than the local dealer. Wheel was $571, Ayers would have been about $421. Tire I just bought was $91 total, this dealer was $181. for a original tire. Total for this dealer was almost $900. Getting parts on the internet would have been about $550. WOW!

Ride on seals reasonable size punctures. It is similar to the green stuff, but will not corrode the rim. I ride a Trinity Trike and did all the tires at one time. What really sucks, I had some left over and tossed it as I never expected to need anymore. I will get some more.

Turns out the tire was okay, so my friend to ship it to me.
 

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Terry, I would inspect the tire real well. If it took a shot hard enough to split and bend the rim I think it may have caused internal carcass damage. If you do reuse it make sure you mark he impact area so you can watch for a bulge or blister.
 

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zeco said:
All of a sudden, I saw a chunk of concrete in the road. Only saw it about 10 feet ahead and hit it. Of course it was a good impact and after I almost stopped I then tipped off. Got some small road rash and my leg and elbow. I got up and got my machine off in the shoulder. Of course my new tire was flat (Ride On didn't help). While this was a shock, I was at least close to help from my friend. Turned out my rim was very bent, but also split about 6 inches of the rim.

Basically the same happened to me in '05 on a group ride. http://burgmanusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8939 Saw a pothole at about 45 mph, hit the brakes which compressed the front suspension (bad) and hit a squared edge pothole, boom. But since I work as a mechanic I changed it myself on our tire machine which saved me some more money on the repair.

Glad you are alright and didn't get hurt worse.



 
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