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post #1 of 8 Old Oct 19th, 2006, 8:25 am Thread Starter
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Pre Ride Inspection

I had finished a couple of long rides this year and was using my LT to ride to work several days a week. After a meeting one day I went the parking lot and noticed something shiney on by rear tire. Nail head. Pressure was good so I took the bike home slowly. I ordered a new tire for the front and rear.

I usually take the wheels off myself (like I did this time) but my last tire change was performed at the dealer during an annual service.

These were the things I noticed.

1) I had two nails in my rear tire. On was ground down so it had been there a while.

2) One front pinch bolt was missing and the other one was loose.

Not good. My preride checks should be more detailed. That is my fault. I had what I consider serious problems on both ends of the bike. So my lesson learned it to be much more detailed in my pre-ride checks and to look the bike over better after anyone works on it other than me.

Just sharing this in hope that maybe it will help someone else too.

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post #2 of 8 Old Oct 19th, 2006, 10:29 am
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Here is my thought. If you don't trust the guy enough to do the job right, you should not be using them.

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post #3 of 8 Old Oct 19th, 2006, 12:31 pm
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I think the point here is to make sure you look the bike over before you leave. Trusting the dealer to do the work in a professionla manner is a give: but they too are human and can make mistakes. Everyone does, no matter who the "trusted" mechanic is. Just mu $0.02.

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And that is a problem for non mechanical folks such as myself. I would notice if a tire was missing but anything more than that.... not a chance

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post #5 of 8 Old Oct 19th, 2006, 2:12 pm
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Always check both tires at every fuel stop. It only takes a minute, and has saved me a couple of times.

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post #6 of 8 Old Oct 19th, 2006, 2:54 pm
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the phrase means what it says and is applicable here.

Your butt in the seat, you're responsible for that asset, look it over "REAL GOOD" for both your sakes.

(not that I haven't been guilty of not doing the whole checklist on occasion)

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post #7 of 8 Old Oct 20th, 2006, 12:54 am
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I didn't realize how lax I was getting about checking stuff until I was cleaning the bike and noticed a lug nut was gone. Even though I torqued it to specs when I put the wheel on, I should have re-checked it after a few miles and I didn't. Just thankful it was only one missing...

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post #8 of 8 Old Oct 20th, 2006, 11:38 am
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It's a good alert for some of us like me, who always pospone the re-tork after few miles, after changing tires...
I confess I'm lazzy on that. Normally I re-check 1000 miles later...
"My name is Elton and I'm a lazy recheker. I want to be a better checker and I'm hope I you can help me!"

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