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post #1 of 18 Old 04-21-2008, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Nail in my Rear Tire

Ok got a nail right in the middle of my stock original rear tire (Bridgestone Train Wing). I cannot find the stock tire anywhere within an hour of me. I cannot order the tire as I'm on my bike every day. A local guy has a set of Bridgestone battleaxe tires. I guess I'll have to change both out..can't have a dual sport on the front and a street tire on the back. I do go offroad so I suppose I'll have to eventually get a sprocket and a whole different off road set at some point.

Any experience with the battleaxe tires on a VEE?
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-21-2008, 10:40 AM
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Just plug it.

And wear it out. The plug will last as long as the tire.

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Ok got a nail right in the middle of my stock original rear tire (Bridgestone Train Wing). I cannot find the stock tire anywhere within an hour of me. I cannot order the tire as I'm on my bike every day. A local guy has a set of Bridgestone battleaxe tires. I guess I'll have to change both out..can't have a dual sport on the front and a street tire on the back. I do go offroad so I suppose I'll have to eventually get a sprocket and a whole different off road set at some point.

Any experience with the battleaxe tires on a VEE?
No experience with battleaxe tires / But, as long as they are both Radial type tires I don't see a problem with mixing them. I've always done it. Depending on if your into mud or really soft dirt a good street tire ( or even bald as I've see ) will get you through gravel and fairly hard packed dirt. I've run mixed tires on my bikes cept when they are new and oems.
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And wear it out. The plug will last as long as the tire.

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And wear it out. The plug will last as long as the tire.
I would at a minimum have it patched from the inside out. IMHO a plug is only worth while to get yout to a place to have it perminantly patched.

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I had the same thing happen to me. I see you're from Tampa. So Barney's being they were close (and I was losing air rapidly) said they could get an other Trailwing as the tire as almost new. Turns out they put on a Battlewing and charged me $180 for the rubber and $50 or so to put it on. It worked fine with the Trailwing till the rear flat spotted pretty badly at 7000 miles (Battlewing had a few cuts in it). It's a real soft tire.

These dealers around here are frustrating with tires. They take forever to order one. I think it took two weeks for the Battlewing. Personally, you might want to mail order a set and get one of the independent shops to mount them.

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yeah if you patch it on the inside, it will be as if nothing ever happened. The tire will last as long as the tread.
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Ok got a nail right in the middle of my stock original rear tire (Bridgestone Train Wing). I cannot find the stock tire anywhere within an hour of me. I cannot order the tire as I'm on my bike every day. A local guy has a set of Bridgestone battleaxe tires. I guess I'll have to change both out..can't have a dual sport on the front and a street tire on the back. I do go offroad so I suppose I'll have to eventually get a sprocket and a whole different off road set at some point.

Any experience with the battleaxe tires on a VEE?
Same thing happened to me over the weekend (1 1/2" screw) in my new Continental Trail Attack rear tire. Plugged it to get home.

Checked the majority of motorcycle tire brand web sites and everyone except Dunlop call for a damaged tire to be replaced due to the tires interior integrity being compromised.

Dunlop indicates that even though there tire has been plugged & PATCHED INSIDE the speed rating is null and void and the maximum speed restricted to below 80mph.

I did learn that out of all of the tire manufacturers only Avon provides a "Road Hazard Warantee" at No additional cost for the 1st 1 millimeter of tire wear = I would have gotten a free tire if I owned Avon's under these circumstances.

I'm debating if I should get it patched or go with new.....

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My problem with patched tires is you never know when it might let go. My piece of mind is worth more than 1 tire.
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My problem with patched tires is you never know when it might let go. My piece of mind is worth more than 1 tire.
Hear, hear. I'll take some risks out there but I want good tires.

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