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post #1 of 24 Old 06-27-2005, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Fixing a Flat Tire on the Roadside.

Do you plug tires (tubeless) or do you patch them? I am talking about in an emergency situation where you don't really have the luxury of dismounting the tire and patching it from the inside.

I am trying to decide what type of roadside tire repair kit I need. Lemme know what you like / prefer.

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for a roadside fix, I would use the plug type. I may be wrong but the patch types would reqire the tire to be removed from the rim...not something I would want to do on the side of the road.

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Have you plugged one before on a radial motorcycle tire?

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Have you plugged one before on a radial motorcycle tire?
No, knock on wood... :lol:

I have seen it done and I have done it on a car tire. It appeared to be a fairly straight forward and simple process.

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Have you plugged one before on a radial motorcycle tire?
Yes. Rear tyre flat on an outback road about 300km from nearest repair shop. I used a Stop'n'Go plug type repair kit and 12V mini comressor.

After the plug repair, I rode the bike to the repair ship where they removed the tyre from the rim and fitted a mushroom type patch from the inside.

No more problems.

Now, I always travel with my Stop'n'Go kit and compressor whenever I am out of town.
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being new at this whole motorcycle thing, your post gives me the opportunity to ask a question which has been on my mind.

What exactly is it like, or what happens, when a bike gets a blowout or flat at speed? it sounds frightening, but maybe recovery isn't has difficult as one would imagine. thanks for your thoughts.
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Yeah, I plugged my first tire only 2 weeks ago. It happened to my son's SV-650 while I was riding my Wee Strom. Thankfully, we had stopped and he heard the rear tire hissing. :twisted: I pulled out the offending piece of steel and the tire finished deflating quickly. Out of the tail section of my bike I pulled out my Walmart mini patch kit, followed the directions (except they did not mention putting the glue on the plugs which I did anyway). I let it dry for an hour (do not know if it was necessary) and pulled out my $10.00 Walmart compressor (sans case), filled the tire with air, waited to check for leaks and we rode off. It held air perfectly. The tire was ok but still near the end of it's life so my son just put a new tire on last week. Yes sir. I will always carry the ability to fix a flat and ride off.

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Plugging is good for leaks on the roadsurface of the tire, not in the sidewall. As the tire heats up with road friction the plug melts into the tire.

If you have never done it before then, practice on your tire at your next tire change.

Before they or you remove the old tire drill a hole in it and then plug it
for practice

Do it a few times... It's easy but the confidence you gain from doing it will help in a pinch..

It's the same process for car tires too... I have plugged several of those


PS: Sammy's Pappy The Glue is good,,, I dont think you have to wait that long.. but hey, thats ok

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Well this is good news. I can get a plug kit from wal fart or something else like that and carry it with me.

I've plugged car tires before so I know what I'm doing, just never did it on a radial motorcycle tire.

I've done millions of patches on tube type tires for the MX bike, that is almost too easy but you have to dismount the rim.

Good to know I can use a plug for the radial tires on the road bikes. Thanks guys for sharing your stories.

Anyone else have anything to add?

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post #10 of 24 Old 07-07-2005, 12:20 PM
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If you have never done it before then, practice on your tire at your next tire change.

thanks that is a good advice ...i am going to get a old tire for this
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