Monster Project: Tire Explosion

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So, I was mounting my Monster tires today (under the supervision of a Ducati Master tech, mind you) to my fancy-ass newly painted gold sparkly wheels… and the tire exploded. I ended up taking a trip to the hospital. Whole story? Read on…

It started with AJ showing me where to put the valve stem, ‘cause I’m a total newb and think everything must be more complex (or on that same note, more easy) than it really is.

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Then Kevin (youngest Ducati Master tech in the world!) came and helped wrench it down into place since AJ had arm surgery recently. Kevin’s pay for his trouble was a sweet wedgie. You’re welcome!

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Valve stem in place, we are ready to mount some tires.

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Now, before you question these used and pretty worn tires- I wasn’t planning on riding on them. They were just so I could get my bike into a rolling chassis. They were less than two years old and hadn’t been stored for an extremely long amount of time… they were just a friends take-offs. Anyway, I got them lubed up and then we put them on the tire mountin’ machine.

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AJ telling me how to do everything (thank you!), we got the new tires on pretty quickly.

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Next step, I pound out some lumpyness to seed it a lil better and then fill it with air- AJ tells me, “You’ll hear a thump, that’s it setting into the bead. It’ll do it twice.” first one goes, and I’m all… “Yay!” Then I see the other side moving into place… I literally say, “Oh, I can see it going!” and then BOOM! Fuckin’ gunshot status followed by my rim going CLANK onto the cement because I immediately let go and stepped back.

My wrist hurt superbad. At this point, everyone floods to the area… I get asked, “Do you want to go to the hospital?” My ears are ringing and I was afraid to look at my arm… and then I did, and it was fairly black less than 20 seconds after the fact. I said, “I think I need to go to the hospital.”

So, off Hannah and I went. I was admitted pretty quickly. This is what my wrist looked like.

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And then around a half hour later..

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Oh yeah, I was suuuper stoked to be at the hospital. Not so much. Though Hannah kept me entertained. I think she was trying to keep me from SNAPPING. The first thing I did was ask how my wheel was- if it needed to be painted again. Then I started bawling in the car about it.

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Aaaaaaaaaand here’s what happened to the tire. AJ said, “Dude. I can’t even cut those with a hacksaw.” and there they are.

Freak accident, I guess. I got lucky it wasn’t worse. Pretty sure my wrist was impacted by the metal end of the air hose.

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Anyway, I leave you with  an entertaining look at my left handed signature attempt one and two.

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I’ll post the x-ray (no broken bones!) and sweet splint action later. I’m gonna go ice my wrist. This post took waaaaaay too long.

Posted on November 30, 2012 in Blog, Motorcycles by