Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Forrestfield, Western Australia, Australia
Riding on flat Z6's
Riding to work yesterday I thought the bike was a bit sloppy on mid corner bumps when leaned over but tended to think it was my imagination.
Riding at lunchtime it seemed to do one little slip from the back end around some sweeping bends, something that I had never felt before.
About to ride home with my daughter and the bike was harder than normal to push backward in the parking area. Riding out the drive way, thought it seemed a bit more wobbly than normal with her on the back but she does tend to look from side to side at the worst possible moment and moves the bike around. Made a mental note to be careful around corners as the rear tyre might be a bit low.
Drive around all the sharp bends onto the freeway with no problem, 100kph (62mph) in a straight line seemed OK but a little bit loose feeling. Drive the 15km till I am nearly home and head down the last bit of highway with a 100kph speed limit. Speed up to 100 and the bike is feeling like it has a frame made of rubber. This is definitely not good and I realise the tyre must be really low. Pull into the slow lane and ride a bit slower till it felt OK and ride home.
Put the bike up on the stand, which was really difficult because it is now low to the ground and I am wondering if V11 software has mucked up the ESA or something. Push the rear tyre in with my thumb so it is not looking good. Also the whole wheel is pretty warm and so is the tyre.
Check the pressure, 6psi! Oops, I shouldn't have ridden home like this, especially with two of us on the bike. Take a good look at the Z6 tyre and rubber is flaking off the tread on the outer edges below the rims but otherwise it all looks OK. Pumped it up to 42 to see if I can ride it tomorrow to get fixed. Two hours later, still 42. The next morning, about 40.
Anyway, I rode to work and when the shops opened went and bought two new Pilot 2's. Pity, because the Metzlers were only half worn after 12,000km. However, I didn't want to trust the tyre again after treating it like I did and I couldn't find anything to cause it to go flat anyway.
The moral of the story is check your tyre pressure regularly and if the bike is handling a bit strangely, its probably not your imagination and something is probably very wrong. Also, Z6's are so tough they don't need any air! I feel like an idiot and am probably lucky to still be here, but I will be checking my tyres more often from now on. I always thought I was pretty careful about correct pressures etc, but not this time.
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