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post #1 of 32 Old 08-27-2007, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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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?
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post #2 of 32 Old 08-27-2007, 09:36 PM
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I carry a 12V pump, tire plugs and a plug inserter/reamer under the seat and put Ride-On sealant in the tires.

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I carry plugs and CO2 inflaters under the seat at all times. Any time I'm going somewhere other than just work and have my tailbag I take a 12v compressor.

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A small 12v compressor, that fits in the space in front of the tail lights, 3 or 4 of those gooey, string plugs, a reamer and a plug insertion tool.

Fits well in the back of the space under the rear of the seat. I leave it there all the time. Used it once so far. Saved a lot of trouble.

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For me it's a 12V pump & full tire repair kit that fits nicely under seats (the kit not the pump). It's seen lots of duty for those ill prepared who are stranded roadside. The last guy said: "I don't know what's worse, having a flat tire or having my friends drive by and see that a woman is obviously more prepared than me!!" ... until I told him his issue was much bigger than a flat tire...that he had bent the rim on his 2 day old brand new R6. I thought he was going to pass out.


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Slime 12V Compressor and Stop&Go plug kit. Stashed behind the tool kit.
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A small 12v compressor, that fits in the space in front of the tail lights, 3 or 4 of those gooey, string plugs, a reamer and a plug insertion tool.

Fits well in the back of the space under the rear of the seat. I leave it there all the time. Used it once so far. Saved a lot of trouble.
Ditto for me, but I haven't used it yet.

Here's the pump I bought for $15 from Auto Zone. https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=13280

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http://www.motopumps.com/

Makes a all in one patch and pump kit in a little case that fits perfectly under the seat. Highly recommended, great product. The pump is basicly the innards of the slime pump, the plastic has been removed to make it much smaller. $40 buys great peace of mind. As an added bonus, I can add air to the tires at home and not have to go to the gas station.
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I've got a Slime 12V compressor, and a "tar snake" kit. Don't know if I'd want to put Fix-A-Flat in it, but I guess other riders have had good success with them.

Guess I should have been wearing pants...

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http://www.motopumps.com/

Makes a all in one patch and pump kit in a little case that fits perfectly under the seat. Highly recommended, great product. The pump is basicly the innards of the slime pump, the plastic has been removed to make it much smaller. $40 buys great peace of mind. As an added bonus, I can add air to the tires at home and not have to go to the gas station.
I just ordered the Tubeless Kit without knowing if I should have ordered that one. . . DOH!

Oh well, I'm sure someone will tell me if I am an idiot or not.

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