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    Dangerous Wheel Weights

    Hi guys , new here as i just bought '81 Interstate. Did have "79 CX when I was a whee lad.
    Now my story ; last sept. had Moto Guzzi V7 Classic . After tire change (3 weeks or so) noticed
    front wheel weights (stickon type) had fallen off. New ones put on. Month later, in Sept. riding home
    clear , warm day, clean pavement , back road . Front wheel locks up at many mph and you all know
    what happens next . Took me till now to figure it out. 99% sure was weights in my front caliper.
    What would you do under these circumstances ?
    Healed enough to ride again , hence the Honda.
    Cheers , Rob P.s - GET RID OF YOUR STICKON WHEEL WEIGHTS
    nearly killed me .

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    wheel weights are lead and scored into small sections so could not withstand the force or torque to lock the wheel up without shearing ???

    have you got a picture of the caliper and what is in it?
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    Would't do any good now . Brother-inlaw & nephew got bike out of ditch. Locked at first , off of trailer is moving now.
    May have been the whole strip of 4 .

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    I would do some more inspecting It just does not serm plausible centrifigal Force would throw the weights outward not down to The hub
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    Which is why I use ceramic beads in my tires. I have no desire to have a lead weight whizzing past me @ speed.
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    I've used plastic airsoft BB's front and rear on three different bikes now and would never go back weights. they're cheap, indestructible, and I have had nary a wiggle or thrum out of my tires - smooth as glass. A significant plus is that they dynamically balance the tire every time you ride, whereas weights don't adjust as the tire wears...

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    It sounds to me like your caliper was hanging and the brake seized when the rotor heated up.
    I had that happen on my BMW, thankfully mine slowed me down rather quickly rather than locking up.
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    i have been a dyna bead guy fior a while but that still does not make properly attached weight a bad thing

    my tires last a lot longer with dyna beads that is why i use them
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    Last summer I took my front wheel into a repair shop for a new tire installation. I pointed to some black marks on the rim and said those must be where the old weights were at one time (bike was like this when I bought it) and if they use sticky weights or crimp them on somehow. He said they use the sticky ones and they never ever come off. So, they installed the new tire with sticky weights and by the time I was ready to mount the wheel I noticed the weights had fallen off in transit ! I took it back and they re-balanced it with more sticky weights which I immediately tested but my confidence in the so-called adhesive is not high. I think I'll peel them off and use the bead system (and find another repair shop).
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    Then there are the OTHER types of brake mechanics !!!!

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