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Serious tire problem??

OK I had new tires mounted to the GT, Michelin Pilot Road 2, "B" spec rear. Rode it home, then today I noticed that in one spot it seems as if the tire isn't seated correctly, I'm going to take it back and have the installer look at it but I am seriously pissed since I really don't think I should ride on it, it's the weekend and now I ain't gonna be riding! Has anyone ever seen this before , opinions??
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OK I had new tires mounted to the GT, Michelin Pilot Road 2, "B" spec rear. Rode it home, then today I noticed that in one spot it seems as if the tire isn't seated correctly, I'm going to take it back and have the installer look at it but I am seriously pissed since I really don't think I should ride on it, it's the weekend and now I ain't gonna be riding! Has anyone ever seen this before , opinions??
Looking at the second picture, follow the reference line on the tire around 180 degrees. If the line has the same distance to the rim all the way around except where it is the largest distance at bottom they probably damaged the tire mounting it.
If the line becomes closer to the rim 180 from the problem area than the tire is not centered.

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I agree, I would not ride this tire other than back to the installer.

That being said, can you pull the wheel deflate the tire, break the bead in that area, inspect for damage, and hopefully just re seat the bead?? Not unusual to have to re seat beads on M/C tires upon initial inflation.

Good Luck with that!

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That bulge out from the rim does look a bit odd.

If you don't have the means to break it down, I'd also take it back. Let us know what it was.

Don't feel bad. I ain't riding either this weekend due to other bike maintenance issues. Besides, it's too damn hot.


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That bulge out from the rim does look a bit odd.

If you don't have the means to break it down, I'd also take it back. Let us know what it was.

Don't feel bad. I ain't riding either this weekend due to other bike maintenance issues. Besides, it's too damn hot.


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Thanks guys. The reference line is equal all the way around the tire, and equal all the way around on the non effected side. It is only pulled away ( lack of a better term) in the one area that is shown. Since it's the 4th and there are NO bike stores open, I took the wheel up to Pep Boys got some nice kids to help me out, we deflated the tire and used the tire machine to break the bead, then re inflated it, stayed the same.. They thought it might just be a bad tire, For numerous reasons, I really, really, really don't want it to be a damaged tire, since the person who installed it's ego would never allow him to accept that he f'ed it up... I'm going to have to wait until Monday now and take it to another shop to have them look at it. And I'll just have to stay off the bike until then, it might be fine (I rode it 30 miles home) but it's just not worth the risk of having it fail.. I am just so pissed off I'm going to lose today and tomorrow's riding..
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I would say then that they damaged the cords in that spot when they mounted it. Get them to give you a new tire. That sucks.

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....Since it's the 4th and there are NO bike stores open, I took the wheel up to Pep Boys got some nice kids to help me out...
Wow! You got bike shops near you open on Mondays?

Most here are closed Sunday and Monday. They order parts Tuesday AM so I usually need to get to them first thing Tuesday AM so it might show up on Friday (might). A lot of them closed early Friday (for the upcoming 4th), and then were also closed Sat. (4th) and made it a MotoGP to Laguna Seca Raceway. Nice 4 day weekend for a lot of them.


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Unfortunately the guy who mounted the tire is a friend who has a private BMW repair shop. This fellow has a BIG EGO and will never admit that he damaged the tire.. and I think it would be hard to prove it. I have a feeling that I'm going to have to buy another tire and send this one back to Motorcycle Super Store where I bought it and let them send it back to Michelin for a real diagnosis. If Michelin determines it was damaged in mounting I'll try and recoup the cost from this person. What really just pissed me off is that in trying to save some cash I'll probably end up f'ing my self for more $$ than what I saved, money that I really don't have to be pissing away..F,F,F,F,F!!!
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Maybe the tire is not damaged, but don't ride on it since the bead is clearly not seated correctly. Have them remove, and re-install that tire, making sure to use plenty of lube when they do. Mark that spot, and check the inside of the tire for damage once it's off the rim. They may have damaged the inside of the rim, and that can prevent the bead from seating all the way.

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