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Emergency Tire replacement...need advice...

My friend just called and he had a rear tire blow out on I-95 about 8 miles into South Carolina. He is on a 2000 K1200LT. I checked the net, and there isn't anything near him that might carry a Metzler, Avon, or Bridgestone. The owner at Southeast Motorcycles gave me the name of a great tow company, and they showed up in 20 minutes, loaded the bike, and took him to Southeast Motorcycles. His problem is that no one within 120 miles of him has a rear tire for his bike.

Adam, the owner at Southeast has suggested mounting a Michelin Commander II on the rear as a temporary solution. He acknowledges that tire isn't the correct load rating, but it's all they have and says because it's new, it will get my friend back home. My friend has about 900 miles of riding to get home. I called BMW Daytona and they said he should be fine for that distance. I would love to hear what the experts here have to say, as the collective wisdom as always been great.

Should I press him to head to the nearest dealership with the right tire, or do you think he'll be good to go to get home?

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I'm assuming that his tire is not repairable... I'd have him call a few "local" BMW dealers. I've gotten rear ties from the local Honda dealer too. It would be worth a few calls before installing one not rated for the bike.

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I have two used correct tires and am about 2 hrs. away. Does he still need them?

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Re: Emergency Tire replacement...need advice...

He called around and could not find anyone with the correct tire in stock, so he pulled the trigger on the Michelin. I really appreciate the tire offer, and I have sent him a text message with your contact number. Hopefully he'll make it with the new tire and can then get it replaced. BMW Daytona said he would be fine for that mileage.

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I sent a pm but if he is now in Garden City, GA I am a loooooong way from there.

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I LOVE these boards. you guys all ROCK
my wife and I were talking to a HD rider last week and he made a statement about the lack of BMW dealerships and my wife instantly chimed in about how awesome the other BMW owners are and how willing they are to help strangers. He had no response.
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If it's just a hole: plug it. While many shops refuse to do this for liability reasons it is always a reasonable option. But if it is a true tread failure/blowout nothing but replacing it will do...

There's always FedEx Same Day City Standard expedited delivery - but hold onto your wallet... Probably the same cost as replacing the incorrectly rated tire and two tire change fees.

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Has he tried a Harley dealer? Many HD riders like the Metzelers and as a result, many have them in stock, hopefully the right one.

As an example, while it's no where near him I've heard that Tifton HD in Tifton, GA on I-75 keeps a few Metzelers for the K1200LT in stock just for this same reason.

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I just got a Bridgestone today. My MC Tire guy had to get it in from Wisconsin. We're near Atlanta. Doesn't seem like they're very plentiful.

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Thanks for the advice....and yes, HD riders are not nearly as helpful as BMW folks are. Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt! He's poking along and seems to be doing just fine. He's put 600+ miles behind him since the tire was replaced. He should be back home tomorrow, and is enjoying the ride once again. Says there are no issues that he can see, and checks the tire every stop...which appears to happen about every two hours. He isn't in a great deal of hurry! He said he'll swap out the tire once he's back, and keep the Michelin for a spare. I appreciated everyone who spoke up, and especially those who offered to help. Thank you!

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Thanks for the advice....and yes, HD riders are not nearly as helpful as BMW folks are. Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt! He's poking along and seems to be doing just fine. He's put 600+ miles behind him since the tire was replaced. He should be back home tomorrow, and is enjoying the ride once again. Says there are no issues that he can see, and checks the tire every stop...which appears to happen about every two hours. He isn't in a great deal of hurry! He said he'll swap out the tire once he's back, and keep the Michelin for a spare. I appreciated everyone who spoke up, and especially those who offered to help. Thank you!
First off, glad he's back on the road and safe.

Actually, a REAL HD rider or dealer can be very helpful. Here's what I've heard from an acquaintance about Harley Davidson of Tifton, GA about a K1200LT rider with a flat. The LT suffered a flat on his rear tire and as we all know, you can pretty much ride slowly on a flat Metzeler or Bridgestone if needed and go slow. He was able to put air in and ride, put air in and ride, put air in and ride. A tire was found at Honda and multi dealer and it was even the correct Metzeler! But, they wouldn't install the tire as it was not on a motorcycle they sell. He ended up at HD of Tifton. They found him a tire but it was the one at the Honda dealer and were going to send him there until he told them what happened. The HD dealer said they'd drive him over to the Honda dealer where he would buy the tire, they'd bring him back to HD and mount the tire. When asked if they'd mount the tire on the BMW the answer was "Sure!". When it was all over the HD dealer only charged him the mounting cost and labor for being a customer that brought in their own tire to be installed. They told him it was all about getting him back on the road.
Oh and if they're grilling hot dogs and hamburger, they won't turn you away because you're on a BMW either.

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Sorry I didn't get on yesterday as I have tire and tire mounted on rim in my garage in Myrtle Beach. If he were a member of BMW MOA he could have contacted me through the Annonymous book. It is worth the price of the membership.

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Has he tried a Harley dealer? Many HD riders like the Metzelers and as a result, many have them in stock, hopefully the right one.

As an example, while it's no where near him I've heard that Tifton HD in Tifton, GA on I-75 keeps a few Metzelers for the K1200LT in stock just for this same reason.
+1 and that's according to Steve Rowe.

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I keep a new spare rear Metzeler hanging in my garage if anyone ever needs one. I'm in central Georgia near Macon.
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Wow! Have I been there. Back in 2005 I rode my RT out to Missouri from Albuquerque to look at a '37 Ford (which I eventually bought) and after leaving the Ford I was getting out to I-40 and noticed something different with the bike. I stopped, walked around and looked all over but could see nothing. (Later, did I feel stupid!) Oh well, I thought, probably nothing. I had started on Friday, spent the night in a motel and was returning Saturday. As a sailor, I should have known never to leave on a Friday.
I was cruising along at 90 when my rear tire blew out. I was impressed at how it remained stable as I came to a stop, yet was monsterously difficult to move, even under power, at a crawl. Loading it on the flatbed ramp had to be done with the winch and cable, with me fighting it all the way. The tow truck took me to the next town, Joplin, but after 2 in the afternoon nothing was open. Somebody told the tow truck driver of a small , funky motorcycle shop that might be open, and so we went there. They had no tires in stock, but with a call found someone with a tire that would work, maybe. Nice guys, to be sure. They got the tire after a 2 hour wait and proceeded to learn how to replace a BMW RT tire, after hours... a very new experience for them. I was on my way and made it back to Albuquerque late that night. I have always found that if you are in a tight spot and broken down, someone will always help, and go above and beyond the call.
Now, I have a story about coming back from Alaska in my VW Camper bus when the engine dropped a valve north of Sacramento... I guess that is for a different forum.

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