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It's been about a month since I've ridden - I don't ride much during the summer unless I'm going on a trip - something that won't be happening again.

Anyway, sorry (squirrel). I was getting ready for a ride and checked the tires. The rear was good (remember, it's been a month since I've ridden) but the front was 15 pounds low. OK - inflated it and checked it for leaks (as best I could). No leaks seen or heard, but when I started off it just didn't feel right.

Right now I've got the bike up on a floor jack so the front tire is totally off the ground.

My question is: if the bike was parked for the last month on the side-stand, could that affect the front tire (since it's in contact with the garage floor) and somehow encourage it to loose air? I don't want to ride paranoid.

I bought these tires last spring for my (never happened) trip last summer so there's very little mileage on them.

If I can't see anything in the tire tread, and I can't get a soapy water solution to bubble up - any other suggestions before I pull the tire and take it somewhere?

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Bruce
 

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Check the valve-core....might take it out,
wet the seal area, & replace. Dry seal area
might not have sealed correctly..allowing
slow leakage.
 

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Place the bike on the centerstand so you can spin the front wheel easily and fill a spray bottle with soapy water (dish detergent!) and spray the tire bead on both sides - spray the valve stem and valve - next -spray the tread and just look for any bubbling...!! Very easy to do......and put your paranoid mind at ease......!!!! Hahahahahahahahahaha ;);)
 

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Didn't have a spray bottle this morning, but I did fill a container with soapy water and liberally applied it to the tire. No bubbling or noises. I can say the tire is pretty clean. :p I'll check it tomorrow and see how it reads. It just shocked me that the tire lost over ten pounds of air in about thirty days.

So instead of riding I came back in, did some studying :sleepy2: and then fell asleep for a couple of hours in my chair and slept pretty well considering I didn't have my CPAP on.

I can buy valve stems all over the place - will a regular valve stem work or do I need to go to the bike shop Tuesday and get a special one?
 

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this involves armchair maintenance, the best kind, if the tire gets low again , something must be done, if not the punishment for not riding has been administered! tighten the valve stem and don''t do it again, if it does leak again think for a second about the logic tree, if its broke and it's your front tire on a motorcycle, does it really matter what's wrong? either you are competent to take it completely apart and put it back together right or you are on your way to see someone who can. and will teach you how maybe if you bring beers
 

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Mine did the same thing a couple of years back...no apparent reason or cause

Like you I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed looking for a leak to no avail...and also like you I had an incredibly clean rim:D

I overinflated the tire to 55-60 PSI, figuring the bead was not set just right:confused:...checked every few hours...at 12 hours I took the pressure down to normal, and the problem was "resolved"...I wrote it off to gremlins

Mine sits like yours in the winter for 3-4 months at a time and I usually lose under 5# during hibernation

Hope you get it figured ouit

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Punishment for not riding? Please, it's been the only vehicle in the garage lately while I've been working on the garage (yes, I checked for nails). As I said, I don't tend to ride in the summer. Also, with nagging health problems since last winter, I just haven't felt like doing much.

However, I am going to pop by one of the bike shops (OK , the only one I actually like) tomorrow and ask them about it - maybe pick up another stem "just in case." I'll check it later. Either way, it will be a few days before I ride.

I just wonder if it had anything to do with beingon the side-stand instead of the main stand?
 

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It's been about a month since I've ridden - I don't ride much during the summer unless I'm going on a trip - something that won't be happening again.

Anyway, sorry (squirrel). I was getting ready for a ride and checked the tires. The rear was good (remember, it's been a month since I've ridden) but the front was 15 pounds low. OK - inflated it and checked it for leaks (as best I could). No leaks seen or heard, but when I started off it just didn't feel right.

Right now I've got the bike up on a floor jack so the front tire is totally off the ground.

My question is: if the bike was parked for the last month on the side-stand, could that affect the front tire (since it's in contact with the garage floor) and somehow encourage it to loose air? I don't want to ride paranoid.

I bought these tires last spring for my (never happened) trip last summer so there's very little mileage on them.

If I can't see anything in the tire tread, and I can't get a soapy water solution to bubble up - any other suggestions before I pull the tire and take it somewhere?

Thanks,



Bruce
Try Ride-On tire sealant and balancer. Youtube has a good video on Ride-On
 

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Actually I stopped by one of my independent shops and picked up (they gave me) a new valve stem core. Switched that out this afternoon and then put the scoot back on the side stand to put pressure on the front tire. If it's still going down in pressure, then I'll remove the tire and take it up to the shop.

Hey, replacing a valve stem core is cheaper and a lot easier than pulling and reinstalling the front wheel.
 
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