How much tire repair gear do you carry?
I was out visiting customers on my 1000 Friday and going through Providence, RI on 95 North when a truck in front of me kicked up a piece of metal. I saw a flash, my bike lurched as it went over it and then it was gone. I take the exit for 6W to CT and on the ramp all of a sudden the bike is very sluggish in turning.
I take it easy, the road goes straight but now I feel something is not right as the rear of the bike is wandering. I pull over to the side, get off and put the bike on the centerstand. I spin the rear and there it is - a nice flattened chunk of metal.
There's a ramp in front of me, and I get off to see an Autozone a block away. Two can of Fix-o-Flat, and tire repair kit and several of those tar-snake type plugs and I'm on my way.
My buddy in Uxbridge is closer than Razee's, and I don't want to pay for the tow truck. I nurse it up 146 to Uxbridge and the McGyver patch fails on the ramp. I'm paddle walking like MSF EX#2 two miles to my buddys house. When Joe gets home, he trailers me back to Springfield.
At work, I pulled a set of Road Attacks off the shelf, pull the tire and this three inch piece of metal is sitting there in the tire. NICE! Clean the rims, mount the tires and all is good.
Now - I'm seriously considering carrying a tire repair kit. The Fix-a-Flat was useless, but the plugs actually worked very well. Does anyone here carry tire repair gear, and if so how extensive do you get? Air pump?