Tire Plug? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Service and Maintenance Questions and Discussions Share your service and maintenance information-questions. Please include your year and model in the text of your post.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 22 Old 07-30-2004, 03:30 PM
Posts: n/a
Tire Plug?

Anyone ever had to do it? I was always told that it was a bad idea. I recently plugged my rear due to an invasion by a small nail. The tire was pretty new and I just couldn't justify tossing it. SO far it's working out.
Thoughts? Experiences?
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 22 Old 07-30-2004, 03:39 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 53
Been plugging and riding for years and thousands of miles - never a problem. Started when I saw a dealer changing tires at a BMW ralley about 10 years ago. He was replacing a riders tire that looked brand new but had a nail. A guy watching asked if he could buy the tire and the dealer said no. The guy said "liability right?" the dealer replied "no it's going to go on my bike". He then smiled and said no one in his shop ever bought a new tire.

Different strokes......

Gainesville, Mo.

Current Stable:
98 Honda Valk 52,000 miles
00 BMW K1200LT 95,000 miles
02 Yamaha FZ1 23,000 miles
03 VStrom 1000 26,000 miles
04 BMW R1150RS 24,500 miles
06 Kaw ZX-6R 1,300 miles
TPadden is offline  
post #3 of 22 Old 07-30-2004, 09:21 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 56
I've pugged mine a few times now, but more often than not, it is getting close to time to replace the tire anyway, so I usually put on a new one right away. BTW, I carry a kit from Progressive Suspension that has the plugs, tools, and a giant CO2 cylinder, very handy!
RDJEff is offline  
post #4 of 22 Old 08-02-2004, 06:57 PM
TomStromie's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Waconia, MN
Posts: 360
Re: Tire Plug?

Originally Posted by Howboucha
I recently plugged my rear due to an invasion by a small nail.
First off, be careful what you put in print or people will take your words out of context. :twisted:

Secondly, I used to put plugs in my auto tires. They lasted for a time, but sooner or later most of them came out of the tire as it wore. I view tire plugs as an intermediate solution to a long-term problem.
TomStromie is offline  
post #5 of 22 Old 08-05-2004, 09:08 PM
Posts: n/a
I used to put plugs in my auto tires. They lasted for a time, but sooner or later most of them came out of the tire as it wore.
I have NEVER, EVER, seen a mushroom head plug come out of a tire after it was installed correctly.
post #6 of 22 Old 08-05-2004, 09:48 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 56
Naw, you aren't likely to see on come out. I put 300 miles on one, but I wouldn't feel right about going a whole lot farther.

Why Yukon42 if you're in Vegas? I'm in Alaska, near the Yukon River.....
RDJEff is offline  
post #7 of 22 Old 08-05-2004, 10:16 PM
Posts: n/a
Moved to Vegas 3 years ago from a 35 year stint in Alaska.....Anchorage to be exact. Wouldn't trade the Alaska summers for any summer anywhere else in the world. However, the winters are a different matter! :lol:

While I was working at the "Motorcycle Shop" in Anchorage back in 2000, a friend of mine & another rider did a ride up to Dawson City: both on BMW GS's (a lot of gravel don'tchaknow). One of them put a rather large size rock through their tire (about 1 inch long by 1/2 inch). They plugged it with about 5 or 6 mushroom head plugs and it held all the way back to Anchorage from just outside Dawson City. We cut the plugged section out of the tire so you could see the inside. It was unbelievable the way it was sealed up! We mounted it on the parts counter and sold an untold number of plug kits after that!
post #8 of 22 Old 08-06-2004, 06:35 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: new jersey - northern
Posts: 285
I used Ride-On after picking up a screw and rode the rear tire for 6,000+ miles. The stuff does not solidify and worked great. Since it stays liquid it does not throw the tire out of balance. It's not good for very large holes but anything with a screw or nail is not a problem. I ride all year and the stuff does not freeze.

2004 V-Strom 650
2002 GS500
2004 KLR250
2014 DRZ400
mike183 is offline  
post #9 of 22 Old 08-06-2004, 06:57 AM
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: washington
Posts: 275
I have never plugged a bike (YET), But I have plugged several cars. Never a problem.

On a bike
I wouldnt hesitate to do it as log as the puncture was in the vicinity of the center line of the tire. If it was out toward the edge I would feel nervous. BUT If i had to do it to get home.. I would .. as long as it holds air.

I think "when" it happens to me.. If the tire is past 60% of it's life .. then I may spring for a tire earlier...

However, Like I said I would do whatever it takes to get my bike home should the offending puncture leave me out in the boonies.....


04 DL-650
Have a good time, ALL the time !
Chris is offline  
post #10 of 22 Old 08-09-2004, 03:10 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Loughborough UK
Posts: 89
Send a message via AIM to Mishadbull Send a message via MSN to Mishadbull
I picked up a very sharp rock in my back tire just outside of Tok Alaska the other day and had to install a crappy strip type of plug (thievs had made off with my tank bag and my progressive tire kit was inside). I proceded all the way to Portland OR and the tire held pressure the whole way. I have just ordered a new set of skins for the bike because they were getting a bit low on tread around Tok, bald by Whitehorse, dnagerous by Dawsin Creek, and I was stupid for riding another 1000 miles after that. in the rain.


Scars are a way to prove to us that the past was real.
Mishadbull is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
THE Tire Thread MightyShep Suspension and Tire Tech 1012 08-17-2019 01:20 AM
Tire Repair Kevin D General V-Strom Discussion 42 11-13-2014 10:54 PM
My tire tale - new Pirelli Scorpion rear MrNobody Suspension and Tire Tech 7 07-22-2013 03:56 PM
Front tire not holding air? TheWall Suspension and Tire Tech 23 04-16-2013 11:21 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome