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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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So I went out and found a flat in the rear this morning. In all the years I've been lucky never to get a flat until now. Can I just plug it air it up and go? I know patching it from the inside would be better but I'm about 36 miles from the dealer.
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Ive plugged it with no problems in the past. I still carry a plug kit with me till this day. If the tire is new, plug it, get it to the dealer, and have them remove the plug and patch it fromt he inside. But I put 5000 miles on a rear tire that was plugged and it never lost any air.

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Cool thanks for the help!
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So I went out and found a flat in the rear this morning. In all the years I've been lucky never to get a flat until now. Can I just plug it air it up and go? I know patching it from the inside would be better but I'm about 36 miles from the dealer.

I'll take your bad luck....My flat came on a bend..in a tubed tyre..ie instant deflation.wobble..pinching the buttons off the seat as the bike zig zags across the road....lucky for me nothing else was coming the other way as the road was a narrow English lane.

As far as plugging tubeless tyres goes..It works for sure. Some tyre manufacturers won't allow plugging so in an extreme situation you might find that your insurance is void. I know it's all money..and I have plugged a Hayabusa tyre in the past..but now I'm not so sure...There are only two wheels and a tiny contact area being pulled and tugged by road and reaction forces..

That little contact area is all you got and I'm not so sure it's a good idea to trade it for $ 200.00 tyre...

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Use the plug only to enable you to take an easy ride to your dealer, to get your tire fixed professionally or replaced.

I rode to my dealer once (some 30 mls, motorway included) on a softening rear (on a Speed Triple); that was pretty scary , and recently home on a very slowly softening rear (on my 1078RR), and then after having put pressure in it again to see how it would hold up, to my dealer 80 mls away. That was nothing special; turned out to be a leaking valve.

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Use the plug only to enable you to take an easy ride to your dealer, to get your tire fixed professionally or replaced.

I rode to my dealer once (some 30 mls, motorway included) on a softening rear (on a Speed Triple); that was pretty scary , and recently home on a very slowly softening rear (on my 1078RR), and then after having put pressure in it again to see how it would hold up, to my dealer 80 mls away. That was nothing special; turned out to be a leaking valve.

Take care!

Mike I thought he meant a professionally fitted plug....ie a permanent fix.

As we know there is alot of technology in a motorcycle tyre and these bikes push the tyres to the edge. It's a personal choice but riders need to be aware of what the manufacturers have to say and make an informed decision.
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I would never trust a plugged tire...

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I would never trust a plugged tire...
When you are in the middle of nowhere and have no other choice, its easy! Plug it, find a place to put some air in it, and be on your way.

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I'd plug it and ride carefully to the tyre shop and put a new tyre on. Why risk a high performance motorcycle and your life for the price of a tyre. If it was a car tyre I'd plug it and forget about it until the tread was worn away but not a motorbike. Just my 2c of course.


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If you can't fix it with a hammer you've got an electrical problem!


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. Come to think of it I don't have a garage since the old one burnt down!
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Mike I thought he meant a professionally fitted plug....ie a permanent fix.

As we know there is alot of technology in a motorcycle tyre and these bikes push the tyres to the edge. It's a personal choice but riders need to be aware of what the manufacturers have to say and make an informed decision.
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Read the OP's original post. He's got a plug and his dealer is some way off. He suggested doing it himself, hence my advice.

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