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Has anyone had a blowout on there 900 custom? I'm more worried about the front. I've heard u can carefully manage a rear blowout?
My front tire is starting to dry rott, but still has maybe 20% tread left in the middle.
 

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I'd say park it until it can be replaced. I've never had a blow out, personally. Yes, rear tire is more manageable than the front. You should get on youtube and watch some vids about that. It doesn't hurt to be mentally prepared.
 

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I've had a coupe of blowouts in the past but neither was on my 900. Both were on the rear tire.

Both times scared the hell out of me! I let the bike slow to a stop on it's on (no braking) while slowly moving to the shoulder.

I have ridden on some pretty bad tires in the past. None of them were on a bike. This is one of those things where later you will wished you would not have rode the bike on those dry rot tires. Something like that can turn catastrophic. It ain't worth it man.

Practice safety at all times. Don't become a statistic.
 

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I have had a tubed rear tire fail, suddenly flat, and my CB750 felt like it had a set of forks at each end I could only control one. Luckily it happened at less than 40 mph. I didn't go down but it was a handful to handle.

I have had a tubeless rear radial tire fail, flat, while I was riding my 94 BMW R1100RS at 70+ in the center of Iowa. I was riding along and felt "something isn't right". I stopped on the shoulder, the rear tire was completely flat. Yet the bike was still manageable and controllable.

Never had a front tire go flat, tubed or tubeless. However, my experience says tubeless tires are FAR safer than tubed tires. Also, tubeless radials, because of the much stronger sidewalls in the tire, are the safest. On my street/road bikes if I can avoid tubed tires what is my 1st choice.
 

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Front blowout, Suzuki GS850G, left lane of an interstate at about 75mph. The front tire kept pulling the bike right and left depending on what side of the wheel the flop of the tire was on, and the bike just wanted to flip flat on the low side, like it was being pulled toward the pavement. I had enough handle bar control to keep it upright for a while, maybe there was still some air left in the tire at that point, I was way to busy to notice. I was wearing a pair of high SIDI touring boots, As the bike slowed I began kicking the ground as quickly as I could on the side that was going down, and the bike would pop up again. I made it upright to the side of the road, but a motorcycle with a flat front tire is a unicycle from hell. I think the boots and that technique saved my life as being run over by the car behind me was likely if I went down. There was a nail and a gash in the tire, and it was tubed.
 
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