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post #11 of 48 Old 02-15-2017, 01:02 AM
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I agree with Bugzy. Had a plug fitted from inside, when I got a nail in a tire that was 890 km young. Rode at freeway speeds with that plugged tire, but checked tire pressure before each ride. At 10,649 km I decided to change the tire, as it started to loose pressure at the plug. Out of interest for yourself, compare the tire heat of the two wheels with your hand, after a ride. Lower pressure more heat vs correct pressure less heat.
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post #12 of 48 Old 02-15-2017, 06:51 AM
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Timely ...

Flat on a 1k mile Michelin Pilot Road 4 shod on a BMW RT.
Plug or replace and found answers across the spectrum.

I plugged it using a Nealy kit.
Seems to be holding fine.

But the question is a second stab at it.

I would make sure where the leak is coming from.
Like stated above, a valve core can be the culprit, as was my case after plugging.

The stems and cores were new with the tire change. But the core just wouldn't seat every time.
Replaced the core and now it and the plug seem to be doing well 500 miles later.

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+1 on the Nealy kit. I've carried a Nealy kit on my RT for years and they never fail, when the emergency arises.

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Cool. Thanks for the input guys. It was a mushroom plug; that may be part of the problem.
sounds exactly what happened to us.

This is what we went with after the mushroom failure

https://www.amazon.com/Safety-Seal-S.../dp/B001DIECCK

we had to put two in to seal it but the tire went it's full life then and with the TPMS I knew that for certain.

It was only on the East Coast trip when I was getting down on rubber to replacement did the plug finally develop a slow leak that I managed on the way home.

I'd say better to spend the money on a good kit than a one time dealer fix.

My 2 cents. Those are good tools it comes with ...amazing how tough a motorcycle tire is.


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post #15 of 48 Old 02-15-2017, 08:28 AM
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Hey Steve,
I've had my plugging kit same as yours for going on 10 years.
Plugged tires about 6 times now. Twice using the "string" since it was a small holes, the rest were larger nails and I used the mushroom plugs.
They have all outlasted the tire. My Strom right now has two plugs - one of each.
Points to consider:
1 - did you use the reamer to roughen the hole?
2 - did you pull the plug out all the way until the stem stretched? (this seats teh mushroom against the tire.
3 - was the hole jagged? If so sometimes the string plugs are better
4 - Is there another hole/nail?

Easiest way to test #4 put it on the center stand, get a spray bottle with soapy water. Spray and turn looking for bubbles between turns.
Just as an FYI the only time plugging a tire isn't an option is when it's on the sidewall. If you have to ride slowly and replace ASAP. Other than that it should be obvious a big gaping tear isn't pluggable - i helped a guy on 38th once that he'd hit one of those steel plate covers on a corner and it just sliced a chunk out.
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I used to dumpster dive at my Harley Shop.They had a recycle container for used tires and can't tell you how many almost new Dunlops were in there because of a nail & they had a no plug policy. So I only ran plugged tires on my RoadKing for 40K miles, never had one leak or explode. I'm not saying there is zero risk in running a plugged tire, but I choose to accept it.
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I have been plugging tires for many years and only have seen one case where tire had to be replaced due to internal sidewall damage (!)

Check for leaks and replug if needed. Keep an eye on any abnormalities (bulges, loss of pressure, etc), ride it.

Also check the valve stem for leaks good luck.
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I plug them also. Had best luck using a string type plug and glue. They often leak slowly on me, so I just pressure check each ride and top off with air.

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Surprised on the slow leak but maybe two strings are better.....the TPMS is worth it's weight in gold with a plugged tire.

Eventually you know it's solid.


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The "Stop and Go" rubber mushroom plugs do not work in motorcycle tires. So if that's what you used, this isn't a mystery.

I've ridden thousands of hard miles on PROPERLY plugged motorcycle tires.


One thing no one's brought up -- it appears the bike may still wearing its original tires from 2012. In that case, the decision is easy -- use the puncture as the perfect excuse to replace those old nasty hardened five year old tires.
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