The last night Brian and I were camping my bike developed a slow leak in the front tire. I was able to ride back to Brian’s house yesterday with no issue only having to air up once to top it off…Later last night Brian and I were trying to locate the leak by using soapy water and we found it. It was leaking by the valve stem. I say it was leaking because as I was messing around with the nut holding the valve stem tight to the tire I over tightened and and caused the slow leak to turn into a fast leak so now the tire won’t hold air all.
So out comes the shop manual that I brought with me and we proceeded to take the front tire and wheel off the bike. Brian and Mary Jo were kind enough to let me use their vehicle this morning so I can take it over to a local bike shop that Brian frequents so they can hopefully fix it for me. I say hopefully because since I run spoked wheels I have to have an innertube. I’m hoping the inner tube can be patched or that I can find one in stock somewhere around town. Brian has just gone through this with his bike where the innertube wasn’t in stock here and it took a week and a half to get a replacement. I don’t have a week and a half.
If all goes well I’m planning on getting on the road early tomorrow morning and super slabbing it back to NC. It’s 800 miles from here to my house according to google maps. I had planned on passing back thru KY and stopping at Ft. Knox where I was stationed when I was in the Army but with the problems i’m having with the bike I think it’s best to take interstate back and just shoot straight for home. Because honestly I passed through some small towns coming down that I would *not* want to break down in.
Current stats for the trip:
Miles Travelled: 1518 miles
Total Gallons of Gas: 32.248
Total MPG: ~47mpg
To be perfectly honest this trip has forced me outside my comfort zone on so many levels. Before coming down I had a little talk with my bike letting it know what I expected out of it.
- Smooth ride (so far so good aside from the shitty roads in SC and AL)
- No fluid leaks of any kind (fail..Have a small oil leak from the oil return line of my oil relocation kit)
- No tire or wheel problems (epic fail on this one since the bike is sitting on a jack stand with no front wheel atm)
- No more electrical problems (looks like the voltage regulator fixed the battery overcharging problem. Although there were several casualties of the repair. High beam of headlight blown, Right turn signal blown both front and rear, taillight blown, backlight for speedo blown, indicator light for turn signal blown, high beam indicator light blown. Most have been replaced with the exception of the instrument cluster.)
My first thought when all these problems started was to just rent a uhaul and tow the bike back. And that still may happen but I started this trip on two wheels and I want to do everything within my power to finish it on two wheels. Life is about taking on challenges and overcoming them. I used to be really good at that but it seems over the last several years since I got out of the Army I don’t challenge myself enough or I take the easy way out instead of dealing with it. So anyway I will be working to get the bike in running order today and hopefully set out tomorrow. There won’t be any SPOT updates today since I’ll be in Hattiesburg. Not sure if I’ll get to update tomorrow if the bike gets fixed since I’ll be beelining back to NC. Check in with the SPOT pages and I’ll have tracking mode on if all goes well..