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What to do with a flat or break down

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' at netrider.net.au started by ralph, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Hi everyone,

    Just wondering if there some kind of roadside assist for bike riders?? Are there any companies that do national coverage? similar to that of NRMA. Just reading another thread where someone got a flat, I thoguht it would be handy if there a roadside assist could help - i have a new bike so shouldnt break down hoepfully, more if i get a flat in the middle of no where.

    Oh also, what do people use to clean their visors? just normal lens cleaner stuff or ?

    Motorbike owner: Day 3
  2. funny i have never thought about this. so why am i writing anything ?. might check it out today.. im also interested to see if roadside assist other than a mate with a trailer is around. anyone ?.

    i use windex but i have a clear visor..
  3. Most bike shops will have a roadside tire repair kit for about $50. Worth having. Easy to use, you poke a bung in the tire hole with some special glue and refill tire with CO2 canisters. Have used it twice on the past 5 years! Saves a lot of hassle when your in the middle of no-where.
  4. Many strange things have happened on many rides I've been on. And each time, the universe has delivered a solution. Those solutions are often the best part of the trip.

    I've fixed punctured engine casings with a tube of quiksteel, borrowed tools, siphon hoses and jump leads from locals in three states, had a surprise visit from a caterpillar repair van who was able to fabricate a new bolt and sleeve for a dangling gear lever, ridden without clutch and brake levers, hitch-hiked from crash sites to hardware stores and back again, and scored trailer lifts from buddies and strangers alike.

    One particularly hilarious episode ended up with me sitting on the bike in the back of a ute that was too small for us to be abe to lock the tailgate up. The guy was driving and I was holding on for dear life, the front tyre slipping slowly backwards because the rubber wouldn't grip the tray. Holy shit!

    I quite enjoy the problem solving of it all.
  5. one day Loz we are going for a ride.. i just have to experience a day in your world.. guess i have magivered many a car so could do it to a bike also. might get some plugs for longer rides though.
  6. a bottle of water is always good to help find the leak :) pour it over the tyre bit by bit. where you see bubbles is the puncture.

    of course, often theres a big dirty screw sticking out of the rubber.

    say, can you use that green automatic puncture sealing stuff they put in some bike tyres or would it stuff up the rim?
  7. haha Loz, love your sense of adventure... for me... when it comes to anything mechanical.. i am useless...

    I am quite succesful at business, but can't for the life of me doing anything trade like.... should have seen a lattice work fence i once installed... more crookered then a used car salesmen...
  8. Its a good idea to carry a few cable ties somewhere on your bike. It's amazing how many things they can temporarily repair
  9. +1 - cable ties, quiksteel, tyre repair kits, gaffa tape plus enough tools to do the basics are a good idea. Having said that, all I've got at the moment is cable ties and just a couple of tools. I must get off my bum and sort the rest out again.
  10. Try the NRMA, I've got a roadside assist, tow you to somewhere to get your tyre fixed type of cover with them. They don't advertise it very well, but it is available. Hope this helps :)
  11. Motorcyclling Australia- Riders Division were putting something together, if you want to chuck money at it!
  12. Be wary of some of these recovery specialists. Most of them are ill-equiped to transport a bike. By this I mean the correct tie downs and support fixtures to avoid further damage.
    I had a mate who called up for a flat, and had the bike written off as it slipped during transport on the way back :roll:

    Rule number one. Always carry a puncutre repair and inflation kit. It will at least get you to the shop without sweat.
  13. This may be a bit OT.

    ...but. I was wondering and have been for a while. Say your in the middle lane of a highway or some busy road at the lights and your bike just cuts out. Could be fuel, could be worse. So anyway lights change green and cars begin to move.

    Now this is where my question is. Whereas a car would have hazzard lights to indicate a problem. What do we do on a motorcycle? People wouldnt k now what was going on and its not like you could start to push it to one side of the road if theres cars coming and they have no idea of your problem.

    So yea whats the go with it?
  14. all you need is duct and wd40, if it moves and it shouldn't duct tap it, if it should move and it doesn't use the wd40.....

    but yeah i am with loz......most trips something happen, but meh thats motorcycling and as luck normally has someone will show up to either help/hinder or point and laugh :LOL: :wink:
  15. i have hazards on my bike, just assumed others did too?

    i'd say, put it on the stand and wave people around the bike till there was a gap big enough to get it off to the side.

    cars/trucks are going to take notice of a helmetted figure waving their arms about better than they are of a car sitting there with the harzards on and the driving sitting there looking lost not knowing what to do.
  16. I'm guessing your GPX is pretty much the same as my ZZR - look for a red button on the left, near the headlight/indicator switches. Hazard lights :).
  17. I don't think GPX's have hazard lights.... I remember seeing them on another bike and feeling ripped off :LOL:
  18. Flat tyre: $75 tyre puncture kit from MCAS with CO2 canisters + hand pump.

    Roadside Assistance: Honda Riders Club of Australia Rider Assist, $55 for the whole year, I cant find any other firms offering a better value. They'll assist their members anywhere in Oz. In real emergency they may help other makers at extra cost. I knew it cos I also have a non-Honda bike.

    But I also have the numbers of 2 bike towing companies saved in my mobile:
    *AllWest Motorcycle Towing/Breakdown Service
    *Motorcycle Movements (24HR service).

    I usually travel in a group outside the metro area, could be just 1-3 bikes and we will easily help each other in emergency. (Or be good to your mates who has a ute / van :LOL:)
  19. I've called the RAC (in WA) several times for help with my bike. Once when the chain fell off (roadside fix), once when I ran out of fuel and once when I broke a brake lever. Had to get it towed home cos I didn't have a spare, and the towie offered me a job (which I accepted).

    I have the ultimate RAC membership, which covers me whether I'm driving my car/someone else's car/bike/bus/whatever.