We were going to to ride to Cloudland Canyon today up in NW Georgia. In spite of it being cold in the morning, we were prepared. We were going to start out late in the morning after it began to warm up and we were going to have the liners in our jackets and be wearing good riding pants. With modern day fabrics, you can be warm and comfortable without looking like the “Michelin Man”.
A problem arose during the pre-ride inspection. The back tire had only 18.5 pounds of air pressure. A quick turn of the wheel revealed the culprit. A nail! It was better to find it now then out on the road somewhere. Now BMW Motorrad was thoughtful enough to have included a nice flat repair kit with the motorcycle. But I decided to keep that for emergency use if ever needed on the road. So it was off to the auto parts for a “Slime” tubeless tire flat repair kit. I really wanted the one with just the plugs and glue as the BMW kit already had the tool. Well as luck would have it, they were out and I had to get the one with the tool and reamer! Still it was less than $10.00. I had forgotten that plugging a tubeless motorcycle tires is not one of the easiest things in the world to do, especially the insertion of the plug. Add to that the fact that the tire is also a reinforced tire because of the motorcycle’s weight! I damn near pushed to bike off the center stand! Note to self: Next time put the bike on the side stand and leave it in gear. It’s been plugged and a test ride taken. The soapy water reveals no leaking air at this time. I’ll monitor the air pressure the next few days to make sure the plug worked.
Maybe we’ll get to ride next weekend?