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Where can I Plug a tire - May 26, 2012, 05:16 AM

Just bought a new rear tire and a couple hundred miles later, I've got a facking puncture!! Does anyone in this area plug a tire?


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May 26, 2012, 06:13 AM

just get a plug kit from auto store. it comes with the plug sticks, glue, and the needle. it's easy to do and quick, but you would want an air compressor to pump it up.
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May 26, 2012, 07:46 AM

I had a similar issue and was told that plugging a tire isn't safe on a bike. I didnt know any better so I just bought a new tire. If I can plug the old one and it would remain safe, I'll hang on to it.
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May 26, 2012, 07:55 AM

The tires on a motorcycle regularly deflect/deform to allow it to grip the road. The contact patch is much smaller. I would really think twice before patching a motorcycle tire. On a car you can loose a tire and still recover to pull over. Not so much on a motorcycle. Lose a tire and it can end up with an ugly wreck.


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May 26, 2012, 08:00 AM

You can plug it and ride it to a shop to get replaced with confidence.

Past that my confidence in the tire would diminish.

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May 26, 2012, 08:18 AM

I've plugged a couple rears and put full mileage on the tires afterwards. No issues at all. That said, this is definitely a choice you have to make yourself. I wouldn't plug a front tire but I've only gotten nails in the rear tire.
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May 26, 2012, 08:26 AM

honestly The only plugs i trust are plug+patch, but if youre going to go through the work of breaking the tire down to do the job might as well spend 100$ more and get a new tire =)

Just my preference, just remember a plug/patch will always fail at the most inopportune time, or it might not fail at all, a chance you take with a 6$ fix



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May 26, 2012, 09:43 AM

You won't likely find anyone willing to plug a motorcycle tire for someone else. The potental liability is high, the gain very small.

I'll plug my own tire, but not someone elses. My personal preference is fresh tire worms for mc tires (they are thinner), lots of goo, and to let it set for about 30 minutes before riding.

Note: If a plug leaks replace the tire, don't try to re-patch it. You get one shot at a good patch job on a motorcycle tire.

There really is a lot more to it if you want to do some reading on the subject (Tons of tire plugging debates, instructions on every motorcycle forum).

Except for an emergency where anything goes to get home there are many considerations I take into account before deciding if I will ride a plugged tire down to the wear bars or replace it at first opprotunity.


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May 26, 2012, 11:04 AM

always plugged tires on TUBLESS sportbike tyres, never had a problem.


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May 26, 2012, 02:29 PM

I've had my Pilot Road 2 rear with a plug for the last 4-5k miles or so. And I ride it hard. However, the plug was almost at the center line of the tire. If it would've been more off-center I probably wouldn't feel so comfortable. Also, the PR2s have a significantly compound in the center if that was also software I also would've probably thought twice about it.

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May 26, 2012, 02:41 PM

just replace, don't plug


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May 26, 2012, 06:17 PM

I feel this is a Chevy vs. Ford argument. I've plugged tires and used them without issue so many times. In addition, how many times has anyone heard of someone having a sudden flat from a plug? I've never heard it? By the way, Dunlop says you can plug a tire.

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May 26, 2012, 06:29 PM

No issue here with plugging a rear. I may think about it momentarily before doing a front though.

I picked up a nail about a month ago. Took the time to make my rear tubeless and just put one of the mushroom patches in the tire. Good to go. I'll make the front tubeless also some day haha

That was my first experience with a flat on the street and its pretty obviously that something is not right with the bike once it starts going down. It sucks a lot more with a tubed tire because you can't just plug it on the side of the road though


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May 27, 2012, 09:12 PM

i did VIR N and S on a plugged rear. i ran over a nail just before getting on the track. then the slow leak caused the bike hard to steer so i pit in. it was a brand new Power Pure. i plugged it and went out on the next session. the plug didn't hold, but the second try was successful. i was real careful on the throttle exiting the turns, the second plug held fine. make sure you use the glue liberally.
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