Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
Huge note of gratitude to John Bowles and the LT family - long post
I am posting this here so hopefuly the most ppl will see it. I owe John Bowles a HUGE debt of gratitude that I hope to be able to repay someday. And thanks to the LT family for giving me the opportunity to meet John a couple years ago so that things worked out like they did.
My wife & I left Friday july 30 on a four hour trip to Franklin NC for a state motorcycle instructor update. Halfway there, at a gas stop (FORTUNATELY), the valve stem came apart on the rear tire of the LT. A cashier at Love's truckstop at exit 86 on I 40 generously let me use her phone with internet connection to look up John Bowles on here. That was very nice of her.
We got that fixed before John got home so we were on our way after a four hour layover. IF you need some basic help in the Marion NC area - Jeff at TITAN CYCLES is a great guy. He has a little repair shop back in the woods and was able to fix the valve stem. He only charged me $26 to come get me and tire, go fix it at his place, and return me safely to the truckstop. That's the short version. It took us over an hour to get the tire to seat on the wheel. (!) He said that was the meanest, stiffest tire he's ever had to fix. THe tire was fine, just the changing part.
So anyway, apparently I compromised the tire during this stop. The tire lost a weight, and we replaced it with one similar in the same place. After we got back on the road, I had a little vibration that I figure was the new weight not being perfect.
We did our trip and were returning home Sunday when the sidewall let go completely. I was able to call John and arrange to meet up with him. He offered to swap wheel/tire from his bike so we could get home. He had a new tire but no way to change it. Another instructor, Maurice Robinson of Rocky Mount NC - I owe him too - had brough his Gold Wing up on a trailer and offered to tow my LT to John's house. So I got to ride his 96 wing for two hours - NICE but that's a whole other comparo. John had my tire swapped fro his before Maurice could get his wing reloaded!
Talk about BLESSINGS and GENEROSITY! This whole weekend could have been so much worse, but due to the generosity of the biker family as a whole, as well as the NC motorcycle safety program's instructor corps and front office, and the BMWLT.com family, my wife and were able to get home safely. I could not have made it without all of these folks.
I hope John can shed some light on WHY the tire blew out after he gets it off the rim today.
This family here is awesome. Thanks to all of you for all you have helped me with over the past three years. IF I CAN EVER HELP YOU, especially in the NW NC area, please look me up and call or whatever. I feel like I must pay this one forward.
Last edited by rando; Aug 2nd, 2010 at 8:26 am.