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Old 02-27-2014, 10:35 PM   #121
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:14 AM   #122
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LOL! Rolling J knows my "hey I got another flat" stance all too well. That is me hiding behind that WRX front tire. I was trying to follow a couple of faster riders on bigger bikes last year on the inaugural Desert Challenge. Came ripping down the trail in 5th gear and slammed across a bunch of baby heads sticking up. I hit one so hard the whole wheel made a loud resonating ping, and launched my front end. I remained on the throttle undaunted, but then about 500 yards later... Oh boy, that little 17" motard front tire was the toughest I have ever seen, were it not for a group of the old guard riders who willingly got involved with all the custom made extra long and strong tire tools, I would have had to concede defeat. That pic was taken early on in the bout. It ended as a large Texas tag team match against one extra ornery front tire.
Thanks to all who helped me prevail that day. That finishers plaque on my wall is there because you stopped to lend a hand. PS For this year I put in the extra heavy duty tubes! But knowing my prowess at flatting out, it could still happen again.
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Looking at doing a Saturday (as in tomorrow) session with Ivan if you're game
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:59 AM   #125
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:02 PM   #126
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LOL! Rolling J knows my "hey I got another flat" stance all too well. That is me hiding behind that WRX front tire. I was trying to follow a couple of faster riders on bigger bikes last year on the inaugural Desert Challenge. Came ripping down the trail in 5th gear and slammed across a bunch of baby heads sticking up. I hit one so hard the whole wheel made a loud resonating ping, and launched my front end. I remained on the throttle undaunted, but then about 500 yards later... Oh boy, that little 17" motard front tire was the toughest I have ever seen, were it not for a group of the old guard riders who willingly got involved with all the custom made extra long and strong tire tools, I would have had to concede defeat. That pic was taken early on in the bout. It ended as a large Texas tag team match against one extra ornery front tire.
Thanks to all who helped me prevail that day. [COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]That finishers plaque on my wall is there because you stopped to lend a hand. [/color] PS For this year I put in the extra heavy duty tubes! But knowing my prowess at flatting out, it could still happen again.
Great tire story! I highlighted some key parts
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:10 PM   #127
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Looking For More Mad Scientists!

Looking for "adjunct instructors" in Houston, Austin, McAllen, other places.

I asked M38A1 to remove the "San Antonio" part off of the thread title because I would like to expand the number of mentors offering to assist other riders in becoming confident in tire and tube maintenance.

You can be "THAT GUY" in a good sense!

Volunteer to be a mentor/instructor in your area (could even use more here in San Antonio).

Be a part of the twtex.com Mad Scientist Tire Academy by volunteering to teach others what you know about tire maintenance.

Doesn't always have to be at your home - take your instructive skills on the road during group rides. Have a session before or after the ride.

If you volunteer to be a mentor, I'll put your screen name on the upcoming map in your general geographic location in Texas (or elsewhere).

You riders with a lot of tire changing experience, flat tire fixing experience, guys that have put together a good kit for the trail, can help newer riders or riders who just want to be more confident that they can learn to be very self sufficient on the trail if they get a flat - step to the plate and be a Mad Scientist in the Academy.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:11 PM   #128
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Looking for more photos of flat fixing on the ride - both on and off road

Got those pics - post them up here in the thread
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:14 PM   #129
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LOL! Rolling J knows my "hey I got another flat" stance all too well. That is me hiding behind that WRX front tire. I was trying to follow a couple of faster riders on bigger bikes last year on the inaugural Desert Challenge. Came ripping down the trail in 5th gear and slammed across a bunch of baby heads sticking up. I hit one so hard the whole wheel made a loud resonating ping, and launched my front end. I remained on the throttle undaunted, but then about 500 yards later... Oh boy, that little 17" motard front tire was the toughest I have ever seen, were it not for a group of the old guard riders who willingly got involved with all the custom made extra long and strong tire tools, I would have had to concede defeat. That pic was taken early on in the bout. It ended as a large Texas tag team match against one extra ornery front tire.
Thanks to all who helped me prevail that day. That finishers plaque on my wall is there because you stopped to lend a hand. PS For this year I put in the extra heavy duty tubes! But knowing my prowess at flatting out, it could still happen again.
Thanks again Donnie for the story
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:00 PM   #130
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Re: Mad Scientist Tire Academy

I need the instruction/practice but work is going get in they way this weekend. Shame. Thanks for stepping up and mentoring skills like this.
I get one Saturday a month off so I will have to try and catch one at a later date. And hopefully a new rear tire to learn with by then too.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:06 PM   #131
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Rule #1 of trailside tire changing....don't sit in the cactus.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:11 PM   #132
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Re: Mad Scientist Tire Academy

Here's some tire fixin' pics.

Last years ET500 didn't last too long for most folks, but for Kevin, Doug and me we were closing in on the finish when Doug picked up a tent stake sized nail in his rear tire. This gave me a chance to test my jack stand. Between a spare tube and the shampoo that Kevin snagged at the hotel we managed to get back on the road pretty quickly.



Year before last ThrasherG, Rman and I spent a few sun filled days chasing around Southern California. Anybody who thinks they are ready is not. If they know they just thought they were ready the last time, there may be a chance. We were headed back to Ridgecrest from Vegas via the slab to grab ThrasherG's phone out of the desert. (A long story.) Just short of Death Valley this happened:




Gary carried an electric pump.



If someone gets lost during LAB2V all they have to do was climb to the top of a ridge and look for a group of guys fixing flats. Run heavy duty tubes and enough air.

I spent 44 minutes this morning changing the MT21 on the back of the Challenge. Not too much cussing and used my kit with the exception of my compressor and window cleaner. No hurry...
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Rule #1 of trailside tire changing....don't sit in the cactus.
Number one rule of not tire changing "Don't ride in cactus."
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:14 PM   #134
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I need the instruction/practice but work is going get in they way this weekend. Shame. Thanks for stepping up and mentoring skills like this.
I get one Saturday a month off so I will have to try and catch one at a later date. And hopefully a new rear tire to learn with by then too.
Let me know.

I might also be able to be talked to coming over to Boerne to assist at your place. Depends upon location of BBQ joints in the area.
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Here's some tire fixin' pics.

Last years ET500 didn't last too long for most folks, but for Kevin, Doug and me we were closing in on the finish when Doug picked up a tent stake sized nail in his rear tire. This gave me a chance to test my jack stand. Between a spare tube and the shampoo that Kevin snagged at the hotel we managed to get back on the road pretty quickly.



Year before last ThrasherG, Rman and I spent a few sun filled days chasing around Southern California. Anybody who thinks they are ready is not. If they know they just thought they were ready the last time, there may be a chance. We were headed back to Ridgecrest from Vegas via the slab to grab ThrasherG's phone out of the desert. (A long story.) Just short of Death Valley this happened:




Gary carried an electric pump.



If someone gets lost during LAB2V all they have to do was climb to the top of a ridge and look for a group of guys fixing flats. Run heavy duty tubes and enough air.

I spent 44 minutes this morning changing the MT21 on the back of the Challenge. Not too much cussing and used my kit with the exception of my compressor and window cleaner. No hurry...
Muy excellente - with your permission these will be added to the new Flat Gallery going at the front of the thread
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Muy excellente - with your permission these will be added to the new Flat Gallery going at the front of the thread
Please. I'd also be available if someone wants a second pair of eyes when I'm in SW Houston or La Grange. Can't say I'm always around, but when I am I'm willing to help. Give me a shout.
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I need to give photographer credit and would like to know the story behind this scene, who is in the photo, etc. Any details on the repair would be helpful to others. From the site photo gallery.

To the readers: if this happened to YOU, would YOU be ready?
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I need to give photographer credit and would like to know the story behind this scene, who is in the photo, etc. Any details on the repair would be helpful to others. From the site photo gallery.

To the readers: if this happened to YOU, would YOU be ready?
I took that pic coming down off of Imogene Pass in Colorado in 2010. I think it was Stan's KTM that had the flat. My KLR was the "pumping station". We were riding through one of the MANY abandoned mines in that area. It was the second flat of the day. Left to right, _RG_, Stan, Rsquared, and Desmo.

So if you guys are going to be doing this like you are out riding, are you gonna scatter dirt and rocks all over the garage floor? I carry a small 4' X 4' vinyl table cloth to use as a clean work space. Got that idea from Richard "Trail Boss".

Here are a few more fun shots for you...

Rsquared changing the rear on his KTM 990 in Cloudcroft, Slime EVERYWHERE!!


We had trouble getting the bead to seat on the tire. Had we not had my electric pump, we could have been in trouble. We had to deflate and reinflate a few times to get it to work. CO2 cartridges would have been exhausted. Even with the pump, he finally had to just ride about a mile real slow before the bead finally popped into place on each side. The slime was an ungodly mess and made the whole process miserable. YMMV.

GHT, Beemin and _RG_, fixing a flat going up Imogene


The KLR "pumping station" in action on the downside of Imogene


Another nail in Montana last Sept, Rsquared jumps in to help again! Left to right, Rsquared, Keith (his XR650R) and Stovey (ride organizer)


Use whatever you can find to prop up the bike...


Same tire flat again later in the day... Ulybrad serving as a deadweight...


And Rsquared is in there again!


And... third time is a charm!


Finally found the problem... a missed nail from the first flat early in the day


Keith went through a spare rear tube, spare front tube, and even tried the BIG zip tie thing to keep the tire on the rim. ALL failed. Once we got the second nail out, I gave him my spare rear tube and we were good to go. So there is a risk if you don't completely remove the tire/rube and inspect the inside of the tire for more punctures.
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Let me know.

I might also be able to be talked to coming over to Boerne to assist at your place. Depends upon location of BBQ joints in the area.
That's a very generous and appreciated offer. Just this evening I received a set of SW Motech crash bars I ordered almost a month ago. I now have a list of parts that are waiting to be installed and I'm getting ever more impatient.

Boerne has three or four great BBQ places, but this place is hands down the best I've had...
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Please. I'd also be available if someone wants a second pair of eyes when I'm in SW Houston or La Grange. Can't say I'm always around, but when I am I'm willing to help. Give me a shout.
Thanks man, I'll add you to the regional list soon to be added to the front of the thread
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So if you guys are going to be doing this like you are out riding, are you gonna scatter dirt and rocks all over the garage floor? I carry a small 4' X 4' vinyl table cloth to use as a clean work space. Got that idea from Richard "Trail Boss".

Here are a few more fun shots for you...
Thanks man, I'll integrate the pics into the gallery at the front of the thread.

Muchisimas gracias for the platform to help our amigitos to keep the rubber side down on the trail......
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