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post #1 of 23 Old Jan 19th, 2008, 1:40 am Thread Starter
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Question Flat tire, can't get LT on center stand!

So, I go to the garage. Rear tire is flat. A nail had gone thru the tread and out the side wall Not sure how I managed to ride it home like that.
Bike is on the side stand
I can't get the old girl up on the centerstand to pull the wheel!
Any thoughts on how to accomplish this??? Should I try a jack under the skid pan?
I ordered a replacement Avon Storm from Motorcycleproshop.com Wednesday night and it arrived today. Sure would like to get it mounted Saturday.

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post #2 of 23 Old Jan 19th, 2008, 1:47 am
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A jack might help, but I would definitely get another body in the garage to help manhandling the big girl onto the stand with this approach, or any other if that doens't work.

Also, the Avon Storms aren't weight/load rated for the LT. While I would like to run a stickier tire on my LT I don't want to risk a catostrophic failure from overloading a tire not built to take the LT's weight. Just my 2 cents...

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put a 2x4 behind the rear wheel.
Get on the bike
use the power reverse to roll 'er up onto the 2x4
That should give you enough 'lift' to get the center stand down.

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But "we" would be applying 42F & 48R psi ....

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Also, the Avon Storms aren't weight/load rated for the LT. While I would like to run a stickier tire on my LT I don't want to risk a catostrophic failure from overloading a tire not built to take the LT's weight. Just my 2 cents...[/QUOTE]
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flat tire

Will the puncture allow it to hold air long enough to get it on the stand if you can get hold of a tire pump?

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Will the puncture allow it to hold air long enough to get it on the stand if you can get hold of a tire pump?

That is what I would do. Pump it up, should hold it as you drove home with it in the tire, and slap it on the center stand.

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I would go with filling the tire and then getting her up on the center stand.

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Was looking at the Storm-ST Avons for my 03 LTC as well. The web site for AVON says that these are an OEM replacement tire.
Should be ok?
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Roll it on a board etc.....

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put a 2x4 behind the rear wheel.
Get on the bike
use the power reverse to roll 'er up onto the 2x4
That should give you enough 'lift' to get the center stand down.
+1 Remember this on the side of the road too!

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Why Reverse?

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put a 2x4 behind the rear wheel.
Get on the bike
use the power reverse to roll 'er up onto the 2x4
That should give you enough 'lift' to get the center stand down.
Just curious about reverse. Why not place the 2X4 in front of the back tire and drive forward? I tend to have better control in forward. Am I missing something?

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Just curious about reverse. Why not place the 2X4 in front of the back tire and drive forward? I tend to have better control in forward. Am I missing something?
No, you are not missing a thing Done it that way a few times. Even a rock picked up by the side of the road will do the trick.

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Not trying to "rub salt in a wound"

but I'm wondering, would a power centerstand just lift the bike up with a rear flat,
or would it also have issues?
Anybody have any "experience" with this?


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not that u wood do it with a lt but a ole harley i had once i wood just lay her down but dont do that with the lt might hert her
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David;

Alot of us run the Avons. Im on my third set. They ARE rated for the LT. Check their website. Run 43/50. No issues I get about 13000 front and 18000 rear. Ive also called Avon and discussed at length about this tire. read my other posts in tire section.

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Not trying to "rub salt in a wound"

but I'm wondering, would a power centerstand just lift the bike up with a rear flat,
or would it also have issues?
Anybody have any "experience" with this?
My LT hydraulic stand will lift 'chunky' me and my 'chunky' SWMBO (she'll kill me) without any problems, so I can't see it being a problem just havin to lift that extra couple of inches when you've got a flat tire.

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Question I must be doing something wrong!

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David;

Alot of us run the Avons. Im on my third set. They ARE rated for the LT. Check their website. Run 43/50. No issues I get about 13000 front and 18000 rear. Ive also called Avon and discussed at length about this tire. read my other posts in tire section.

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My fronts run almost twice the miles I get from the rears. Guess I'm giving it to much throttle! I also thought that Metzelers had a longer wearing tread. Guess not. I get 23,000 on a front and only about 16,000 on a rear. I ran Dunlops on my HD Roadglide and I was lucky to get 8000 miles on either end.
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Thanks for all the ideas. I will go with the board in front of the tire trick.
Wolfgang brought up the roadside issue that woke me up at around 3AM
A big rock
I wonder if Harbor Freight sells big rocks to use in the shop?

I will post a shot of my rim for the edification of the group when I get it off the bike.

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But "we" would be applying 42F & 48R psi ....
I stand corrected!

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Rim shot

The run up on a couple of 2x4s trick got me on the center stand.
Here are some shots of the carnage. Nail went in the tread area and out the sidewall right at the rim
Not sure what the rim looks like right at the bead, I am headed to CycleGear in Orchards to find out.
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That looks like it should be fixable - I had similar damage to one of the rims on my Merc, when a lump of angle iron came off a truck going the other way - I thought I was looking at a new rim, but the local wheel people fixed it, no problems.


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Good news!

Nail just missed the bead area!
Not gonna try to plug this tire
$130 delivered for tire, $21 for CycleGear to mount and balance.
Not having to replace rim -$800.
So I came out ahead by $649, right?
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Yeah I know Tony has a wheel and Avon for $350, so I really only save about $200.
SO only needs to know the $649 number, right?
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You can get that fixed... for much less.. maybe $200....then never have to "worry" about it.

By the way... you might get a "stress riser" crack if you don't fix it. It's your life...and statistics.

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You can get that fixed... for much less.. maybe $200....then never have to "worry" about it.

By the way... you might get a "stress riser" crack if you don't fix it. It's your life...and statistics.
I intend to keep a close eye on it.
It already has a hole drilled to relive the stress, right?

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