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    Quote Originally Posted by ralwhite View Post
    I'm surprised that I haven't heard anything about run-flats for motorcycles. They'd probably be too harsh anyway.
    I've often wondered the same thing--why hasn't someone developed a run-flat tire for motorcycles? Doesn't seem that a harsh ride should be a problem ... my two-wheeler already hits every bump and transmits it quite well to my butt.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emTvm5tu0ac

    Rhinotire motorcycle tire

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    BMW R1200 RTP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFAH7PPZTzk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emTvm5tu0ac

    Rhinotire motorcycle tire

    AND

    BMW R1200 RTP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFAH7PPZTzk

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    Voni, I have two questions/comments: (1) Have you personally used the Rhinotire product? Your personal results and satisfaction? and (2) I didn't get the tire references in the BMW police bike video, simply couldn't hear it well enough. What am I supposed to glean from that video? Thx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Royce View Post
    I've often wondered the same thing--why hasn't someone developed a run-flat tire for motorcycles? Doesn't seem that a harsh ride should be a problem ... my two-wheeler already hits every bump and transmits it quite well to my butt.
    The run flat tires are very heavy, a good 3/4" side wall thickness. Not sure what that would do to bike response?

    My wife bought a car early this last summer that had run flat tires, and thus the car cam without a spare tire, and no place to store one. With less than 3K on the car, we left home for the bay area for appointments at about 6 am. Traveling on a seldom traveled road, seeing only one other vehicle in the first hour of travel. At about 7 am, came around a turn, sun shinning in the windshield, hit a "road hazard", more than likely a rock that came down from a road cut. Anyway, made a "U" shaped cut in the sidewall, about 6" X 4" that remained attached at the tread. The bottom of the "U" cut was less than an inch from the rim. Needless to say, without sidewall integrity, the tire was no longer a "run flat".

    So, 7 am, no other traffic on the road, no cell service for another 35 - 40 miles! Fortunately I had brought my "HT" amateur radio with me, and was able to reach one of the repeaters in the area. So, got a response to my emergency call and had someone that would relay my information to AAA.

    Three months later, my wife traded that car in on a similar one with good old standard tires. So....be careful what you ask for!!!!

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    run flats

    I have a BMW car with run-flats. The BMW forums are filled with messages on that topic. People who live in areas where the roads are bad (i.e. around NYC) generally hate them because they transmit every road flaw straight to the the steering wheel. If you are "fortunate" enough to get a flat on the road and be able to get to a dealer you'll most likely be told that it will have to be replaced. On the plus side at least they can get you off a potentially dangerous highway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royce View Post
    Voni, I have two questions/comments: (1) Have you personally used the Rhinotire product? Your personal results and satisfaction? and (2) I didn't get the tire references in the BMW police bike video, simply couldn't hear it well enough. What am I supposed to glean from that video? Thx.
    No, I haven't. I went looking because I knew the RTP's had runflat tires. The idea is to get you safely to a place to replace the tire.

    Just wanted to let people know they are available. I've never used them.

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    Run flats on a RTP are questionable. Most RTp's aren't going to be more than 10-15 miles from the station anyway. Even if they are they won't be out in the boonies over a hundred miles from help.
    If they go flat in a pursuit, they aren't going to be able to continue the pursuit.
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    We have had the Allstate Road Side Assitance for several years and have used it twice. The first time was in 08 and we called them and they took us to the dealer we wanted although there was one a lot closer. I think the tow bill was over 400 dollars and they paid if fine. The last time was when we were on the way to the rally in Pennsylvania and we were only 30 miles from a dealer and they had someone there within a half hour and we never did see a copy of the bill. I think the price is now $110 a year. The unlimited mileage part is what is important.

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    I was looking for someone with unlimited towing. The best I could find was 200 miles. The Allstate motor club web site says the rv road help package at $99.95 has "unlimited amount of towing to the nearest service facility". Has anyone had an experience with Allstate where they limited you?
    Will they really take me to the nearest BMW dealer which can be hundreds of miles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbarbee View Post
    I was looking for someone with unlimited towing. The best I could find was 200 miles. The Allstate motor club web site says the rv road help package at $99.95 has "unlimited amount of towing to the nearest service facility". Has anyone had an experience with Allstate where they limited you?
    Will they really take me to the nearest BMW dealer which can be hundreds of miles?
    si see nothing thre that says "nearest BMW Motocycle sevice facility". I would expect to get hauled to the nearest automotive type garage. nearest m/c grage would be just extra-nice above that. if anyone in that garage could sprechen ze deutsch, well, that would just be amazing.
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    "Service Facility" is one qualified for the job, A tire or battery is closer. A final drive is further. I know onecasee where Allstate RV towed a sidecar rig OVER 500 miles to a dealership equipped to fix the bearings in a sidecare wheel.

    But, buy what you want. Save some bucks if that trips your trigger.
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    Road side assistance, BMW or AMA?

    I've had the MOA Premium membership with towing for about 4 years. Never needed it until this past summer. Riding a K bike at the time when the fuel pump died Sunday morning about 30 miles out of Charlotte, NC.

    Called the number on the card, took about 1 hr. for the truck to show up, towed me home where I replaced the pump later.

    I will continue to use it because it's the cheapest (for me) and seems to work when I needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfreeland View Post
    I've had the MOA Premium membership with towing for about 4 years. Never needed it until this past summer. Riding a K bike at the time when the fuel pump died Sunday morning about 30 miles out of Charlotte, NC.

    Called the number on the card, took about 1 hr. for the truck to show up, towed me home where I replaced the pump later.

    I will continue to use it because it's the cheapest (for me) and seems to work when I needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasman View Post
    Consider the MOA "Platinum" membership upgrade for $26 per year. Covers 100 miles towing and a number of other things. Details can be found on the web page, the Owners News, or by calling the office.
    I hadn't looked at other options and paid the upgrade to Platinum MOA. 9 months into the year I broke down (in-tank fuel line failure) 10 miles from home with 100 miles to my next stop. I was picked up on a flatbed and delivered, 100 miles, to my destination. Couldn't have been happier.


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