better change tyres earlier

just a quick update.

driving from berne to zurich on the A1 motorway, cruising at 95kph behind a larger truck, the TWIKE suddenly starts to roll precariously.

for a quick moment it feels like strong sidewinds hitting the TWIKE. but then, normally, sidewinds make the front part of the vehicle move like this, not the back.

seconds later things get *much* worse and i decide to pull over and check what the problem is.

only slightly run-down...

only slightly run-down…

well, even for the untrained eye the problem is very obvious. a flat tyre!

i had scheduled an appointment for the following week with my local garage to get the tyres changed, since they were – i admit! – quite run-down.

after only 13000 kms, the tyres which were with us in india finally are ready to be changed – literally!

i attempt to temporarily fix the problem by filling it with instant tyre repair. what a mess! the fluid pours out of a huge gash.

time to call roadside assistance.

ready to be rescued

ready to be rescued

after a good hour waiting at the side of the motorway, a tow truck arrives. the tcs-operative smiles and tells me that this is his second TWIKE encounter in the 10 years working for the company. but not to worry: he knows exactly what to do…

being pulled up the ramp

being pulled up the ramp

with great efficiency the TWIKE is pulled up the ramp.

strapping down of TW560

strapping down of TW560

then, after being strapped-down, we’re ready!

up on the ramp, ready for transport

up on the ramp, ready for transport

after another 30 mins, TW560 is parked at a collection point for transport onwards to the garage for a slightly earlier tyre change than planned!

i get to take a train back home and arrive there much later than planned.