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NC500 by NC700: Sunday 11/09 - Monday 12/09

At some point on Saturday. Howard's bike had picked up a screw in the back tyre, and by Sunday lunchtime it was looking pretty deflated.

My repair kit was more of a get-you-home fix than one suitable for hundreds of miles of motorway, so we called the RAC, but they offered later and later arrival times. A van rolled up at half past five and the patrolman made a quick and competent repair, but by this point it seemed more sensible to stay another night and set off in the morning.

This gave us time to leave the motorway and enjoy a cross-country journey, with lunch at the Battle of Britain Visitors' Centre. The Lincolnshire landscape looked flatter even than usual after Scotland, but gave enough visibility to overtake the many lorries and tractors on our route.

We parted company at Peterborough, and I was home a couple of hours later. Total mileage was approaching 2,000, much of which was the travelling to and from. But it was worth it.

Miles: 251.2

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Pah — Lincolnshire is so flat I've managed to overtake four lorries in one go. In a 1.1-litre Nissan Micra!

That much visibility for overtaking on a bike is just overkill.
Well, I don't mind a bit of flat for a change, but I wouldn't want it all the time!
Oh, shame about the flat, but good to hear you got it fixed eventually. And in a way it's a relief to know that flats affect motorbikes (I'm lumping scooters in with these, since they are bikes with motors as well), too, not just regular bikes.

I'm curious, though, how does one fix a flat on these? With my bike I basically only need a few tire levers to get the tire off the rim, plus a set of patches etc., and a pump to reinflate the tire afterwards. Is it the same with motorbikes, or do you need different tools / a different method?
I seem to be unlucky with punctures and get quite a few. You don't need to remove the tyre, but you can only repair if the hole is in the centre of the tread, not in the side wall. Usual procedure is to take the object out and fix with a rubber plug coated in glue. There's a special tool for poking the plug into the tyre and pulling the end back out, after which it should (hopefully) be firmly in place. Some kits also come with a cylinder of carbon dioxide to inflate the tyre again.

Here's a typical kit!
Ah, interesting, thanks! So these are tubeless tires then?
That's right - most motorbikes have tubeless tyres, although some 'adventure' style machines have tubed tyres and spoked wheels, which are apparently sturdier for bad road conditions.
Ah, I didn't even consider spokes! Thinking about it I've only ever seen those on Harleys (or Harley knock-offs), I think. I always assumed they were used purely for stylistic reasons.
The Lincolnshire landscape looked flatter even than usual after Scotland

Even my local rolling hills do; it's just one of those things. Shame about the other kind of flat, though!
That was annoying - and I usually have a proper kit with me, but not this time, of course!
Lincolnshire sounds just like Central Illinois. XD
It's very flat all round there - Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire. I'm not a big fan, not least because it makes it very windy! But the flatness means there are a lot of air bases about.
Hiiiiighwaaaay to the Danger Zone!
I'd be lying if I said that wasn't in my head occasionally :)
Every March or April I get most of the Twister soundtrack stuck in my head, especially Humans Being, Child In Time and Respect The Wind. My weather dorkiness knows no bounds. XD
Howard was retired, then? =:)
Groan!! (And that joke only works in American English :P )
If he was running behind the motorcycle, he'd be exhausted.
stahp! :P