Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tire Problem

Towards the end of the season, I noticed the rear tire was a bit low in pressure, but the front was ok. I figured there might be a problem, added air and all was well. Over the winter, the pressure fell from 42 to 22. Yes, there must be a problem.

So, today I filled a spray bottle with 20% soap and 80% water. Checked the stem, tire/wheel area on both sides, then the main tire area. Here is a photo of the trouble spot:



Very near the centre of the tire. Very little air escaping, maybe 1 psi per day. That is 1 psi too much.

So, off to the dealer on Tuesday for a new tire. I could plug it, and on a car I would, but not on the bike.

I am a Platinum level member of BMW MOA. That is the highest level - comes with tire insurance. You can claim twice a year and this will be number two since I renewed last July.

There is no hassle when making a claim, or at least there was not on my first claim. If there is a problem, I guess I will post about it here.

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  1. Pretty cool that the membership comes with tire insurance. Fingers crossed they give you no hassles.

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    1. Well, it is a few dollars more, an option. Don't have the receipt handy, but less than $50. Also includes a roadside assistance / towing service. However, the towing is limited to a small distance - 100 miles. When I had the brick issue last year, the 338 Km towing would have cost something like $750 CAD but my bike insurance company paid for that as it had to go to the dealer for evaluation.

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  2. Tire insurance? I didn't know there was anything like that from the MOA. Nice benefit!

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    1. Yes, it sure is! And, I get the impression not many know about it or take advantage of it. I figured the one claim would pay for full MOA membership for a few years. Resolved to keep it in force.

      You could say, less than $100 US for towing plus tire insurance is a bargain - and the MOA annual membership is the bonus!

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  3. Nice diagnostic work there. Very effective.

    Looking forward to see if a new tire comes out of it.

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    1. I had to spray the entire tread area, rotating the wheel slowly, and wait for the next revolution to catch it. It is a slow leak, not a big puncture, so the air loss is small. The soap bubble trick - learned that as a 10 year old with a pedal bike. Standard practice.

      It's so easy, it should be a standard checklist item for the preparation of the bike for any long trip. Should be first on the list, done a couple of weeks ahead to be sure there is enough time to get a new tire.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed. Was it the picture?

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  5. Thanks for the share, love your blog.

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  6. Ed, nice write-up from the Hamburg Rally showing how things were before I arrived late Thursday. Really too bad we didn't get to link up long enough to share some stories while there but I know you were a busy guy. I also picked up a nail on my way home from the rally (somewhere between Winnipeg MB and Moosomin SK. It was loosing 5 psi/hr by the time I hit Regina so I plugged it in the parking lot and rode home on it even though I have the Platinum coverage. The tire has ~15,000 Km on it so is nearing the end of the run so not sure if it is worth making a claim. BTW, do I have to get this fixed at a BMW Motorrad dealer or can any shop do the work? Ken.

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    1. Ken, nice to hear from you. I was happy to meet you at the Rally.

      Here in Ontario, only motorcycle mechanics will touch bikes. I think any bike shop could change the tire as I don't think the TPM needs to have any computer connection nor any service indicator reset, as far as I know.

      Bummer about the puncture. I carry a plug kit, but have never used it. The charge was just short of $500 for the BMW shop tire replacement, so you might want to check around. The maximum Platinum payout is $250 US.

      If you ever make a claim, be sure to ask the shop if they will accept an email payment from the insurance company. I am still waiting for my cheque as they sent one to the dealer by mistake and this has injected a delay. Dealer did not advise me, I wondered where the money was, the company needed to verify the cheque was not cashed... Will be following up on Monday.

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