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I have been riding street bikes for a while. I had my first rear tire blowout about a week ago. Thank god it didn't end with laying it over, I rode it on out. Anyway, I had a new 208 put on the next day and went for a ride to break the tire in so I could ride hard over the weekend. About 60 miles into my trip, some asshole in a bronce pulls out in front of me and I locked the rear up a little while braking hard. I stopped in time and nothing happened except a little bit of a slide mark and a few small chunks out of the tread in the center of the tire. Anyone else ever had anything close to this happen? If so, did you have any trouble out of the tire? I'm just wondering if I should drive on with the tire I have or have it replaced. I'll post a pic in the morning.
 

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how did your rear tire blow out anyway?

i never had a close call like that, but i messed around with the rear brake to see how much traction i had. i had it fish tail a few times doing this but rode it out. i know the guys who took the msf course are gonna have shit fit on this one. i know what the msf course taught, once you lock up the rear leave it locked to a complete stop. oh well just trying some stuff i read.

if you have a flat spot on the tire, i say get another one. i know you just had it replaced but for me i wouldnt feel comfortable having the rear shaking like that on a flat spot, especially at high speed.
 

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I have an R1 and still had the stock 218s on it. I must have hit something in the road because there was a 1/2" hole in the middle of the tire. I just hit 1500 miles on the odometer. I don't have a bad flat spot on the new tire, there are just a few spots where there are some 1/4" deep scratches and small gouges. I'm thinking about replacing the rear tire again. Sucks ass but, I'll feel more comfortable riding.
 

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My bud with an R1 is notorious about locking up his rear coming to a stop light. I give him a rough time about it. He has had a couple pretty big flat spots, after a while they have gone away. That's what I've seen. $0.02
 

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i had a buddy with a 1996 katana, he was doing about 35 and a suburban cut him off doing 5 mph 25 feet in front of him. he hit the front brake and locked the rear and put the bike sideways in order to stop befor hitting her. when we got to the gas station to look at the tire, there was a small flat spot but i never felt a vibration when i rode it.

BTW the rear tire was a D208
 

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how long were you skidding on the rear ?

I had one experience in the early days when I got my bike, the damned yellow lights screw you up here in canada (even in quebec they aren't as bad as Ontario). I was riding in one of those inbetween speeding and the speed limit, and the light goes yellow, so outta habit in the cage, I gave the brakes a go (I don't like running lights) ... my back skidded maybe a couple feet.... Nothing huge. Didn't mess with my tread or anything.
 

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If you can't feel it at a lean, and it isn't too rough by any means when your straight up, I say keep it on, and it will go away eventually, thats my oponion though, if you have the money I say buy a new one, and sell that one to someone if you really dont want to ride on it.
 

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Well I think the opinions here count, but not for you. Like you said you don't have a flat spot like everyone is refering to, instead you have some deep slits or something. I would personally replace it cuz I value my life a lot, and I'd rather be safe than sorry. But then again there are stunters out there who ride on pretty bad tires and they seem to be ok, so really it's up to you
 

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cowboy_r6 said:
I have an R1 and still had the stock 218s on it. I must have hit something in the road because there was a 1/2" hole in the middle of the tire. I just hit 1500 miles on the odometer. I don't have a bad flat spot on the new tire, there are just a few spots where there are some 1/4" deep scratches and small gouges. I'm thinking about replacing the rear tire again. Sucks ass but, I'll feel more comfortable riding.
The stock R1 tires are shit.......

**kinda off the topic but nevertheless**
 

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Hope this helps... this is from the pit crew at the Thunderbird race track in Phoenix, AZ... if the tire has some little slits or chunks and they aren't as deep as the tire pattern slits, they are fine to ride. If they exceed the tire pattern slits, they are no longer good or safe to ride on. So, take a feeler guage or something like that to measure the slits and if it is not deeper then ride on... by the way, the pit crew checks your tires before they allow you to get on the course for track day.
 

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I was reading through your question here and knew i just had to sign up to this forum to ease your mind. I am known to skid into any place I go. I have made skid marks over 120' and still don't have any problems with hopping or skipping. The only time I would really worry about it is on the track, otherwise no worries. The only problem with doing this too often is that it's almost harder on thread life than burnouts.

Hope this helps out.
 
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