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post #1 of 32 Old 08-24-2015, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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I realised I was losing pressure in my back tyre and found a nail in the tyre. I took it to local motorbike garage to get it repaired and mechanic said he would use a "mushroom"patch from inside. He also said that there was a limit of 60 or 80 kph after the repair. I was pretty surprised by this as I had read that a proper vulcanised repair from inside the tyre should not have any restrictions. Are they just being really cautious or do I have to go this slowly? The tyre has done less than 3000k so it has quite a lot of life left in it. The tyre is an OEM battle wing.

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post #2 of 32 Old 08-24-2015, 03:56 PM
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I've just used conventional plugs on my bike and it's been fine. Patches tend to leak after a while from our experience anyway.
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I've used plugs without any problems through the life of a tire on my Honda ST1300 (Pan.) as well as radial tired car tires. Never had any problems.

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A mushroom patch is, I believe, simply a form of plug and is not vulcanized. A vulcanized patch should hold for the life of a tire. Now, whether or not you want to ride on a patched tire is another matter . . .
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How much is your life worth less than a new tire? Never ride on a plug tire except to limp home or to a dealer to buy new one.
Very dangerous, sure you may get away with it till the plug fails then what. The price of a new tire will last about 5 seconds in the ER room. Just sayin, Jim in Ojai ca

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How much is your life worth less than a new tire? Never ride on a plug tire except to limp home or to a dealer to buy new one.
Very dangerous, sure you may get away with it till the plug fails then what. The price of a new tire will last about 5 seconds in the ER room. Just sayin, Jim in Ojai ca
I know of tons of people, including myself, who have done a lot of mileage on tires with plugs, plug patches, and patches in them, and I can't recall any stories of catastrophic failure. About the worst that has happened to anyone is a rapid loss of air pressure when a plug let go. And even that is unlikely if the repair is done correctly.

Sure, in theory the damage to the carcass caused by whatever made the hold, or the subsequent reaming out of the hole for a plug, could result in catastrophic tire failure. And yet I can't think of a single person on the many forums I have frequented over the past 20 years who has had this happen with a repaired tire.
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How much is your life worth less than a new tire? Never ride on a plug tire except to limp home or to a dealer to buy new one.
Very dangerous, sure you may get away with it till the plug fails then what. The price of a new tire will last about 5 seconds in the ER room. Just sayin, Jim in Ojai ca
Do you always panic when you get flats

what is difference between a plug failing and running over a spike ?



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If the puncture is near the center of the tire, I always just plug it and ride. If I somehow pickup a puncture in the sidewall, then it's time for a new tire. I check the pressure in both tires before every ride. If I replaced a tire everytime I got a puncture, I'd be broke and couldn't afford to pay the deductible for that hospital visit.

Just picked up a 2" screw in my back tire the other day. Almost dead center of the tread. Plug, air up, and ride.

Lot of home construction in my area and a lot of careless construction workers with screws/nails/fasteners rolling out of the beds of their work trucks.
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post #9 of 32 Old 08-26-2015, 11:05 AM
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No panic here. Good luck guys! Jim in Ojai

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post #10 of 32 Old 08-27-2015, 01:43 AM
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Just adding to the chorus of what has already been said here. I too had a self-taper screw give my rear tyre a puncture about 50mm off centre in the tread. I remmed it and repaired it myself done almost 9,000kms on it since and although I do think about it when I ride sometimes because itís the rear tyre and hasnít shown any sign of going flat Iím happy. I ride at like most 10% + of the speed limit, so true speed, I have taken the fix to 135k/p/h for shorter periods. It really depends on your comfit zone. If it was my front tyre or a side wall, Iíd follow Jimís advice. Iíll also retire this tyre a little earlier as itís now approaching 17,000kís on the clock, so iíve almost doubled itís life. (touch wood).

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