Finally got my act together and ordered a tubeless repair kit for my tyres. Seemed like a good idea seeing as I now have the cast wheels on my bike. The kit is by GRYP and the one I got is their Cargol Turn and Go series. The traditional tubeless tyre repair involves removing the offending object from the tyre, reaming out the hole with a tool, and then using special ropes, or cords, to jam in the tyre to plug the hole. The Turn and Go kit comes with the usual cords, but also with a funky key system.
Providing the hole is small enough to use the keys for the repair, you just remove the object with the supplied pliers and then twist the key into the tyre the same way you would a self tapping screw. Once seated you snap the key off and theoretically you are now good to go.
If you are wondering how you actually get going again, seeing as you have a flat tyre and all, you will note in the attached imaged the small bulbs that look like seltzer bottle cartridges. Well they are full of compressed CO2 and once you have the hole plugged you attached the bulbs to the wheel’s normal air valve and reinflate the tyre. Simple – well I hope so.
Now because I got the kit that has both the rope and keys the packaging it all came in got me a bit worried as to how much real estate it would consume. But not to worry, as you can see from the next picture, whilst it isn’t exactly small, I should be able to fit them into the top of my saddlebags nestled next to the cable repair kits I have blogged about earlier. So now I have the two things I was probably most concerned about leaving me on the side of the road – broken cables or a flat tyre. Sure there are plenty of other things that could happen to the Road Star like, oh I don’t know, a seized engine, but at least if I snap a throttle/clutch cable or get a flat I should be able to get myself going again reasonably quickly.
I bought my kit online from BikeBiz in Sydney last Friday and it arrived today, so very prompt delivery. They seem to have a number of the different kits available so be sure to check BikeBiz out.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post so I thought I would put this up to let you know the Ride Around Australia is still progressing well.
So well in fact I have some very good news in regards to bike preparation. My ’99 Yamaha Road Star runs spoked wheels, which in turn require the use of inner tubes. This has been weighing on my mind somewhat, as a puncture with inner tubes will leave me stranded on the side of the road waiting for a support vehicle. Not too much of a drama you might think? Well across some of the more remote parts of Australia this could mean waiting for any number of hours without shade or shelter in temperatures over 40c/105f. Not my idea of fun.
So the good news? I’ve been able to source a set of Yamaha cast wheels from the US which will mean that I can run tubeless tyres. Tubeless tyres means that providing I only get a puncture – as opposed to a tear – I will be able to use a small repair kit which will allow me to plug the hole in the tyre, and then reinflate the tyre through the use of small CO2 bulbs. These kits take up very little room and will fit nicely next to the emergency cable repair kit I have previously posted about.
The wheels are probably a few weeks away yet and there will be a little bit of work swapping the wheels out, including new bearings and spacers. Thankfully the current tyres I have are a straight transfer so all I have to do there is get the wheels down to a local bike shop to change the tyres over. More updates once the wheels are in my grubby little hands.
You may have read my post where I broke a clutch cable in the middle of Canberra and had to make my way home without a clutch through red lights, RTA blitzes and homicidal Kangaroos. Well not wanting to be caught in that situation again, and certainly not while I am in the middle of nowhere during the Ride Around Australia, once I got home I started to search for emergency cable repair kits because I don’t need to go through that experience again. Believe it or not, they aren’t exactly out there in abundance, but I did finally find Venhill in the UK. They do all kinds of motorcycle and kart cables AND an emergency repair kit.
This kit has a cable for the clutch and a cable for the throttle. I’ve confirmed the kit has enough generic parts to hook up to the Road Star’s clutch and throttle. The throttle parts work for both the stock 40mm Mikuni and a 42mm Mikuni Flatslide.
For this kit to work you will have to make sure you have in your toolbag some cutters to cut the wire, a set of pliers to crimp the clutch side “trumpet” and a very small flathead screwdriver for the solderless nipple on the throttle. Of course you will also need appropriate tools to remove your tank if the throttle cable goes and appropriate tools to adjust the clutch cable tension if required (you should already have those on your bike).
In practice you remove the broken cable from the existing cable sleeve, thread the new cable in, fit either the trumpet or solderless nipples as required, make sure the cable is absolutely flush with the barrels and you’re back on the road.
You can source all the parts you need seperatly but I figured I would get the generic kits because I never know when I might have to help out a brother or sister on the road. If you can’t find a local distributor you can buydirect from Venhilllike I did, I bought two kits and including postage to Australia they totalled $23.24 Euro (Around $35USD) and they were here in under two weeks.
They come with a natty little hold bag and as you would expect take up no room in saddlebags and possibly could even be stored under the seat, as long as you make sure you don’t crimp the cables in the process.