Approximately 64 miles outside of Vegas in the desert on the I15 Westbound...
After a week of fun at the CCR2008, which I had a great time and met new friends, I mustered up and manage through the wind storm and heavy rains of South Western Utah (approx 1/2 hour of hell) to which I might add, the LT was doing a Mighty Fine Job! in keeping me Upright, Dry (to a certain extent) and managing down the road far better than some of the drivers I was incountering. Then things changed...
The Experience... First was a very quick constant Thump Thump Thump...(what else at 70+ MPH Right?), felt like something hitting the inside of the drive shaft.
I quickly motioned to the car next to me I had to get over quickly, they acknowledge in short order, providing me passage to the shoulder. The bike was wobbling, but not terribly.
Along side the road and after assessing that it was'nt the final drive, upon closer investigation, lead to the rear tire (Bridgestone Batalax BT020) decided to seperating from the inside.
I contacted my Progressive Insurance Co. whom in turn led me to Country Wide Towing. The tire became the lessor of two evils at this point.
Knowone, and I mean knowone at CWT (Country Wide Towing), has any common sense What-so-Ever. I'll make in known now, I'm canceling my policy with Progressive and going with BMWMOA Insurance.
Keep in mind that during the initial call, I advise them I was on the 15 Fwy in the middle of the desert, 64 Miles outside of North Las Vegas. This was repeated numerous times throughout the 45 min call, On a cell phone.
In summary, and I am keeping this short....
Initially I'm working with a kid whom after a 1/2 hour of getting him to understand what the situation was, tells me there's a tire center in Vegas (Big'O Tire) that they can tow me to. I reminded him that I have a motorcycle, not a car. His response was Oh!
This lead to me asking for his supervisor, whom, must have been the kid next to him!
The (supervisor) wasn't any better. He wanted to tow me back 150 miles back into UT, the other oppisite direction.
Once I got his barrings straight (which included giving them both GPS Coordinates three times) he found a place in Vegas to tow me.
However, the place is likely to be closed and the bike would have to sit out until the shop opened.
Progressive doesn't offer any special towing services taylored to MC's. You either get towed to the nearest repair vacility, or, you can get towed to the place of your choice, which the first 15 miles is on them, then you pick up the dime from there if going further.
Things get better... While I was on the phone, one of the riders from the CCR (Larry & Lisa), who towed their bike up to the event, pulled over to see how I was doing. Shortly there after, several other riders on their LT's also pulled over to assist. (Side note: while were all there, the two other LT owners shared their horable experiences with CWT, only more reason to switch to someone else)
Life is Great! I told Country Wide thanks for there attempt to assist, but I wasn't about to leave a 20K motorcycle sitting out overnight at someplace they had no idea of the shops hours or services offered and took the offer from Larry to load my bike on the trailer and he would drive his bike to where I was staying in N.LV for the night, and his wife Lisa would drive the truck (towing my bike).
Now comes the task of attempting to locate a MC Tire Repair vacitlity on a Sunday/Monday Weekend Holiday. NOT!!!!
I located Bridgestones MC Website: http://www.motorcycle-karttires.com/
from there I located a local authroized repiar center. So I will call them on Tuesday to begin the task of repairs. Hopefully with some warranty coverage.
On a different note, I can't praise LT riders enough for doing what they do to help others. Larry and Lisa actually assisted another rider shortly before finding me along side the road as well. The other guy ran out of gas (wish I had that problem instead).