The bad news is that our rear tire starting going flat.
The good news is that the bike has a TPMS and started flashing a red light and showing the pressure falling from 45 to 42 to 39 to 35 to....?.
The bad news is that there was no place to stop.
The good news is that due to the pressure monitor, I rode it down to 20 pounds and found a school parking lot to pull into.
The bad news is that the tire went completely flat.
The good news is that I had TWO tire plugging systems (DynaPlug and a normal 'sticky worm' reamer and plug installer) along with a pump.
The bad news is that the DynaPlug failed, then the first sticky worm failed, the second one failed, and the third one failed. The tire just kept leaking, as if it were 'splitting' as I installed the plugs. Musta been a helluva cut.
The good news is that the school had a janitor and a phone.
The bad news is that we were 30 miles from the nearest town, and it was Saturday afternoon.
The good news is that the AMA breakdown service got a roll-back truck to us in 45 minutes, and the driver knew how to tie down a bike.
The bad news is that it was 3:00 (quitting time) at the motorcycle shop when we got there.
The good news was that they held the shop guy there past quitting time for me.
The bad news is that they told me they couldn't take the wheel off the bike.
The good news is that it took me about 4 minutes to take the wheel off the bike and hand it to the shop guy.
The bad news is that they didn't have a 190/55-ZR17 tire in stock.
The good news is that they had a 180/55-ZR17 tire, and that was close enough for me.
And the rest of it was all good news. They spooned on the new tire, I installed it back on the bike, and we were back on the road 3 hours after the tire went flat on a Saturday afternoon on a back road miles from no where '..
Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield ....