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Old 05-24-2010, 03:50 AM   #1
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question and advice pls.

so im at the gas station and notice a nail in my rear tire, i barely started riding so bare with me if this is a stupid question? can i plug it or patch it or do i need to buy a new tire? it sucks cause the tire is pretty new.

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my girlfriend just bought a helmet and she wont stop bugging to go for a ride on the freeway, i've taken her around the block a couple of times but i get really nervous with her on the back, i tense up alot and cant drive comfortably, i guess im afraid to drop her, anyway to get over this??
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:58 AM   #2
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I say get a new tire. Dont let her pressure you into going out on the streets if YOU are not cool with it. Hit the backroads and chill until you get more comfortable.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:12 AM   #3
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Often a plug is all that's needed if there is no noticable damage where the nail went it. I have plugged many tires over the years and never had a problem.
Many people feel the peace of mind of having a new tire is worth the cost.
It sounds like you a new to the game and are unlikely to ride hard enough to have much worry, I say get it plugged.

As far as having your GF on the back, you both need patience. It aint a video game and the injuries can leave lasting memories. She may not always be your GF but she will always rememeber the guy that gave her that scar.
Get more experience and develop your skills before you risk her hide.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:49 AM   #4
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+1... give it time, and dont take her out til your comfortable.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:29 AM   #5
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you're a new rider, a plug should be fine. tell her to shut the up, YOU decide what happens on the ride. and she needs helmet, jacket and boots for starters for gear. both of you. if you don't know how to safely ride her around, stay in the hood. some are better when they aren't forced.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:31 AM   #6
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Replace the tire. I don't think it's worth it to plug/patch sportbike tires (others disagree - to each their own).

If you've really only been riding 1-3 months, she shouldn't be on the back anyway (except in a parking lot). But don't let her pressure you into anything you're not comfortable with. She's your responsibility also.

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:40 AM   #7
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Take a riding course, It will help you and make you a better rider. Get with some of the guys on here and go out on one of the beginner rides. Their are a lot of guys willing to help. Your girl sounds like my wife, take your time and learn the in and outs of riding and you both will enjoy the ride.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:33 AM   #8
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now as for you riding w/ your gf and you not being comfy. be straight up with her and tell her you arent ready...
Remember the first time you wanted to get some action and she was like:

Now's the time to return the favour.

Seriously though, it's obvious she doesn't understand the complexity or skill required to ride, much less with an extra 100+ pounds hanging off the rear. What you should do instead of letting her ride is have her take an MSF course! She can get her license and ride her own bike.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:50 AM   #9
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I've only used plugs as a temporary fix (on a bike, my first truck had tires that were 40% original tire, 60% plugs), though plugs have been used for many years by many people. If the tire has 50% or greater tread, I'd patch it.

All the above comments are spot on; don't ride with her until you get more experience.
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If the nail hole is near the centre line of the tire, and its a clean hole, not a tear or rip, then have it plugged.
If it's near the edges replace the tire.
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My advice, just replace the tire. I know plugs are a quick fix but they are not intended to be the long term solution. That will be one worry off your mind.

Now, about the GF bugging you to ride the highways. Just be honest and let her know you're not comfortable with the highway yet. Both of you should be geared up regardless of where you'll being riding.(boots, jacket, gloves, and helmets).
A passenger changes the whole dynamics of riding. Stopping, cornering, and acceleration reactions are totally different with the passenger. Practice together in a parking lot, a safe environment, or just get out on the back roads and just take it easy.

Prepare for the ride. Make sure you have ICE numbers on your cell or a printed out list in your pockets. Someone to get a hold of if a problem arises.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:03 AM   #13
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so im at the gas station and notice a nail in my rear tire, i barely started riding so bare with me if this is a stupid question? can i plug it or patch it or do i need to buy a new tire? it sucks cause the tire is pretty new.

on the advice part..

my girlfriend just bought a helmet and she wont stop bugging to go for a ride on the freeway, i've taken her around the block a couple of times but i get really nervous with her on the back, i tense up alot and cant drive comfortably, i guess im afraid to drop her, anyway to get over this??
IMO and many others. Learn to ride good first. Be comfortable with yourself ridning.

Your putting another persons life in your hands and this is no joke. No matter what happens you are to blame.

Once your a comfortable rider and you know how to properly brake, steer, lean and corner then you might be ready. Other than that just take here on some simple street roads like to the video store or something. But if your going to be riding together, you should make a comitment to each other and be a team rider.

one of the best riders I know ride GSXR1000 with his girl on the back and they smoke a lot of people in the corners riding 2 up. Its a different way of riding but if you learn it well its an incredible experience.

The girl I used to ride with moved to New York. If I do ride two up its gonna be the same person everytime so that way I can enjoy the ride.

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Old 05-25-2010, 10:19 AM   #14
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Bro if your gonna plug it just do it so it can get you to the nearest motorcycle shop and have a new tire mounted on. I think itll always be on your mind that your rear tire is plugged.

As for the gf part i say you blueball her until your comfy with driving her around and make sure she gets all the proper gear.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:17 PM   #15
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I say you go practice, meanwhile I will take your girl for a ride.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:24 PM   #16
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I rode with a plugged tire and never had any problems, if you check your tire pressure regularly then you should be fine. Maybe a takeoff would be a good alternative to purchasing a whole new tire.
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Oh yea pics bro pics we need evidence or this so called g/f you got
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I rode with a plugged tire and never had any problems, if you check your tire pressure regularly then you should be fine. Maybe a takeoff would be a good alternative to purchasing a whole new tire.
Not trying to start a flame war here, but I would not recommend using take-offs on the street, at least for newer riders. If you ride track and are used to them, that's a little different.
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I agree with most peeps, plug it for now and get a patch soon. I doubt your riding hard enough to worry about to worry bout it.

As for your girl, make friends with other riders with more experience, go for rides with them. Have her ride with somone else that knows what to do with passengers while they give her lessons on riding, you can get some practice in too.
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do the all in one plug/patch if your not riding the bike hard and the tire is fairly new a plug/patch is fine. I have never had one fail for the around town riding, on the track or high performance riding get a new tire. as for the G/F I'll rider her all she needs untill you have more seat time, you get nervous you make mistakes you get hurt or dead, her on the biotch seat you make a mistake you both get hurt badly or dead.
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