Tire damage

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Eagle Rider, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Eagle Rider

    Eagle Rider Member

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    I was getting ready to go on a ride and was checking my tires. I found this big patch of rubber missing from my back tire. I have never seen anything like this before. I beleive it happen during a 240 mile trip in Phoenix. The weather was in the 90's.
    I asked my local dealer and he stated he has seen this before. Just curious if anyone else has seen this and what may have caused it to seperate like this.
     

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  2. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    No & it does not look good if its Dunlap i would email them or call thr tire manufacture.....
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Never seen it on a motorcycle tire. Looks like there is plenty of tread left, did you have the dealer mount this tire or did you buy it from the dealer? Did the dealer offer any explanination as to what could cause this other than manufacture defect?
     
  4. kemo

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    How old is the tire. What manufacturer and which model. Glad that you found this before it let go on you.
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  5. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    May need to run an inner- liner like stock cars.....
     
  6. Eagle Rider

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    The dealer did mount itand they had no explanation.

    The tire is a little over a year old and it was a Metzeler tire. I was extremely happy to have found it before my ride.

    The Dealer did cover it under my Extended Service Plan. Although there was some debate since it was not a Dunlop and they only replace tires using Dunlop. Ultimately I went with that.

    The bottom line is that this seems strange to me. It just seems like an odd damage. I was thinking maybe the heat from the road or perhaps running something over. But I have been riding in AZ for 20+ years and never had heat related damage to my tires (of course had in the past only had Dunlop's) and I think if I ran something over, I would have heard it.
     
  7. Jonas

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    Metzeler had alot of complaints when they moved their manufacturing to Brazil. I wonder where that tire was made.
     
  8. Eagle Rider

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    It's just such a wierd cut...that is why I keep struggling with Road damage. To me it almost looks like something you would run into with a re-tread.
     
  9. stefdustin

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    The most important thing is you found it. I check my tires every time I ride. It is a lot of trouble but worth it. It is always a better ride feeling safe..........
     
  10. rick1062

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    Mainly it is lucky that it did not fail while you were riding.
    You must be living right.

    :s