I went up to Tuggerah via the Old Pacific H'way from Hornsby to Woody's m/c shop on Tuesday to book myself into a dirt course. I never got there and finished up in Terigal such is the state of my brain. Terigal, Toukley, Tuggerah all sound the same and I had left the back door wide open as well. My rear tyre was flat when I jumped on the bike at home. I only noticed because I checked the tyre pressure - it hadn't actually sagged. I had bought a foot pump last week and was feeling pretty smug as I pumped it up. I filled it to 30 psi and then to 41 up at BP Asquith. I thought it had gone down because I hadn't ridden it for a week. At Terigal I enjoyed the ocean view as I pondered the map working out how to get to Tuggerah but 500m after I jumped on the bike thet rear tyre was flat as a tack. No amount of foot pumping would get anythiing into it. So I limped one km into the Shell just West of Terigal and called Woody's who said they'd arrange a pick up. An hour and a half later a young lad from Ric Andrews M/C arrived and we shoved the bike onto the back of his ute. That was a first for me. Did I want to ride it up, Sir? Not bloody likely. I left Ric Andrews an hour later with a new rear tyre as there had been side wall damage apart from a whopping rusty nail. The previous owner(s) had put a tube in the tyre to get a bit more out of it and that was why I couldn't get a gas station air hose onto the rear tyre easily hence the foot pump. He only used it for short distance commuting so maybe that was a reasonable call. So I have bought FOUR new bike tyres in the last couple of months and my wife's budget for my bike has taken a severe hammering. I'll be cleaning the toilet and bathroom floors this morning. I was told that the soft rear tyre can just peel off going around a corner so I felt quite lucky that I had the outcome I did. I came back via the Old Pacific Hway quite a bit slower than I had gone up as I was told that new tyres needed scrubbing in because of some preservative the manufacturers put on the tyre when it is born.