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I sold my VTX 1300 and bought a 96 GW 1500SE. My wife and I took our first ride last week-end. I had the bike totally checked out by a reputable bike mechanic who mounted a new front tire. 70 miles from home, on I-44 Saturday night at 9:30 pm I began hearing a hum and feeling a slight vibration. We pulled off and found the front tire very low. I was about 2 miles from a TA truck stop so I slowly limped on in, 10 mph or less. Naturally, they would not touch a MC tire. I found the valve stem broken, which is totally unexplainable to me, since I had not hit anything and the tire & stem had less than 300 miles on them.

The chase... how can I know that the sidewall of my tire has not been compromised? It was not hot to the touch when I stopped. However I do not want a nagging suspicion of the integrity of the tire as I am taking curves at 60 mph with my wife behind me.

What could cause a valve stem to break?
 

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I work in the repair industry, so I'd NEVER accuse someone of faulty installation.......
What type of stem was it?
 

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OEM or aftermarket and where was it gotten from? How about a picture showing where it broke.
 

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First, welcome to the forum.
As far as the tire goes, I'd trailer the bike back to the guy who installed the tire and see how he wants to deal with it. I don't think a reputable shop would want to take a chance with it.
Personally, I doubt any damage was actually done to the structure.
 

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Welcome from North Dakota
 

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Was the support clip still attached? Stems can be damaged by centrifugal force if the support clip is missing.
 

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At least, the tire needs to be dismounted and thoroughly inspected. A front tire on a motorcycle is nothing to take any chances with...it's a life or death item.

I recently had the winter tires taken off the car and regular tires remounted on the wheels. The shop called my attention to the fact that one of the winter tires had a lot of shredded rubber inside from being run low on pressure...and I was completely unaware of it. We scrapped the tire and I'll replace it next winter.
 

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Welcome:waving:Chitreano
Biggest mistake is
valve stems are not changed
unless requested.
Should be changed with
every tire change.
Should have sidewall
checked, but doubt it is damaged.
 

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MY rule of thumb is to replace the stem at EVERY tire change. As it is, it has been the same mileage as the tire. So why wouldn't it be worn out too? I know GW stems are pricey. Isn't the stem CHEAPER than dismounting tire again?
I know some people say "it looks ok, just leave it". Then the tire starts losing air...uuummmm.
MY rule on tube type tires is to replace the tube when changing tire also!!!

I also have seen some stems tear when installing ALSO..So I am not sure which one this case may be.
Just my opinions..
 

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The last time I had my tires changed at the Honda dealer and asking why they didn't change the valve stems I was told there was no need as the stem doesn't bend like in a car rim.

The rear stem failed about six months later.

I was later at the Yamaha dealer and asked about their policy on changing stems with tires and was told that they use to ask but gave up as no one would pay the extra couple of dollars for a new stem.:wtf:

So it pays to ask for new stems every time you have someone else change a tire for you.
 

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The last time I had my tires changed at the Honda dealer and asking why they didn't change the valve stems I was told there was no need as the stem doesn't bend like in a car rim.

The rear stem failed about six months later.

I was later at the Yamaha dealer and asked about their policy on changing stems with tires and was told that they use to ask but gave up as no one would pay the extra couple of dollars for a new stem.:wtf:

So it pays to ask for new stems every time you have someone else change a tire for you.
+1 If you don't ask, you won't get them. If you don't get them, you have no one to blame but yourself. You didn't ask.
 

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We have a good sized Honda dealer near by and they don't even stock them.

I think it was $6 a pop. I change mine every other tire change as it is ridden over 10k per year and is duly noted in maintenance book.
 

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He did have a new stem installed. Re-read the post.

The place where I get my tires charges a buck each for new valve stems, and recommends them every tire change.
That's for the shorty GL12 type. I don't know what he charges for the bent type.
 

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+1 If you don't ask, you won't get them. If you don't get them, you have no one to blame but yourself. You didn't ask.
That's what I said.
Chitreano didn't ask either and assumed that his reputable bike mechanic had changed the valve stem.
 

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You guys sure make a lot of assumptions.
He "thought" a new one installed?
You assume he did have a new one installed.
You assume he didn't have a new one installed.
His statement was the tire and the stem were replaced 300 miles ago.
Interestingly enough, he's made this one post and not replied to any of the questions.
Until he does.......you can continue to assume your collective........
 

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We need another emoticon that shows a dentist pulling teeth.:?

Start a thread and go MIA
 

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His statement was the tire and the stem were replaced 300 miles ago.
The statement in the original post was
I had the bike totally checked out by a reputable bike mechanic who mounted a new front tire.
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and the tire & stem had less than 300 miles on them.
Together that suggests that he assumed the stem was changed but as you say we'll not know until he talks to his "reputable bike mechanic" and reports back here.
 

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You guys sure make a lot of assumptions.
He "thought" a new one installed?
You assume he did have a new one installed.
You assume he didn't have a new one installed.
His statement was the tire and the stem were replaced 300 miles ago.
Interestingly enough, he's made this one post and not replied to any of the questions.
Until he does.......you can continue to assume your collective........
Well said. I had to go back and re-read. Yes He stated the tire and stem was replaced.
I didn't notice he hasn't responded to any post,until now.
 
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