Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: Flat Rear Tire on My R1200R
Looks like I answered my own question last night. Went to work (yes I know Sat night!), to check on something. Stayed a little over an hour. Came out, sat on the bike and the rear tire was flat again. That's two flat rear tires within 6 days. It was about 9PM with thunderstorms all over the area and one of the folks there had a can of "Fix-a-Flat" (FaF), thought what the heck. Fill the tube in the tire with FaF and the goo came out the hole where the 1.5" dry wall screw was. Tire held the air from the can, I'm guessing tire PSI was between 15-20 psi. The gentleman who gave me the can said that's about all it's going to do so I slowed rolled (about 10 mph) about a mile or two up the road to a store that sells you 3 minutes of air for 75 cents. Tire gaged at 45 psi and held. Drove off slow and everything seemed normal. Stopped in a parking lot before the freeway, checked the tire for roundness and proceeded up the highway for 5 miles not exceeding 55 mph. Bike handled great, almost thought problem solved. Got off the freeway, tire still round and headed home the additional 3 miles. About a mile from the house, bike started getting mushy, checked the tire, and it was losing air. Arrived home with 5 psi in the tire. This AM, 0 psi
- Fix a Flat works but you'll need to top off with additional air to get to 40+ psi
- It a solution for a couple of miles at best, probably not meant for hwy speeds
- Don't know what the inside of the tire will look like, but with two punctures in a week, I'm going to swap the tire out anyway Note: Bike is a R1200R Classic with spoked rims that use tubes.
- Last flat I had to wait a day for a tube to come in, since Ironhorse BMW didn't have any in stock. Smart me I ordered two, one for a spare. I don't know if that was a smart idea or was a jinx to get the second puncture within a week
- Looking for a fixture that extends 36" in front of the bike with a strong rare earth magnet. This way it'll pick up the nails and screws before I collect them in my rear tire.