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Old 12-11-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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So, I walked out to my bike today and gave it w once-over before I got on for a ride, especially since I ain't been on it for a few days due to the weather and ... I got a nail or a screw in the center of my rear tire. Question is, should I get out a pair of pliers and pull it out or wait and see if it can be repaired by Motorcycles Unlimited... I'm prepared to get a new tire but if it's not bad I wouldn't mind saving the money. Ugh!!!!! Btw, the tire pressure is still within spec so not sure if it was a straight through puncture.. Any advice?
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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IMO I would just get a new tire. I wouldnt trust a plug when your on two wheels.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #3
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plug it and ride it. some will say that is not a good idea, but ive had plugged tires hold up fine. to be even safer, patch from inside. of course the best is to replace completely.
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:06 PM   #5
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I would say stay away from plugs. I would rather have the tire taken off and patched! I've had very good results patching tires.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:17 PM   #6
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Just replace the tire and don't risk it. Tires are too cheap
Cheap? I guess that price is relative unless you're buying cheap tires.

My tire's are 130-200$ a pop (not cheap to me, Avon AM44 Distanzia H compound, 120/70R17 and 160/60R17). I only get 7500mi out of rears, so I would plug or patch it. Then the next time it happens or after two oil changes I replace the rear. On the front it just depends. I would still routinely check tire pressures like you're supposed to, though.
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if it leaks air..put a bigger screw..
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:45 PM   #10
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rode w 4 plugs in one tire before, no problem at all.
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Cheap? I guess that price is relative unless you're buying cheap tires.

My tire's are 130-200$ a pop (not cheap to me, Avon AM44 Distanzia H compound, 120/70R17 and 160/60R17). I only get 7500mi out of rears, so I would plug or patch it. Then the next time it happens or after two oil changes I replace the rear. On the front it just depends. I would still routinely check tire pressures like you're supposed to, though.
, that is a lot of miles out of rears, i get anywhere 3000-5000 for my rears (depends on brand) and my rears cost me from 180-230 installed

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if it leaks air..put a bigger screw..
i thought you use dirt and water to plug it
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #13
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Motorcycles Unlimited will not patch or plug it due to reliability/safety reasons.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:16 PM   #14
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plug it and ride it. some will say that is not a good idea, but ive had plugged tires hold up fine. to be even safer, patch from inside. of course the best is to replace completely.
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I've read on several forums about patch/plug punctures. Most agree that if it's a center puncture, plugs are OK, if it's in the edge, replace. Plugs tend to work their way out due to carcass flex. This is just what I've read though. Never had to worry about a puncture as of yet.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:13 PM   #16
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if the hole is inside the tread, you should be ok pluging it, if not, i wouldn't. Also, surely its better to replace the tire.
BTW 200 bucks for me is substantial expense ...
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:07 PM   #17
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I have two plus on my rear tire n one patch lol its been holding up good so far
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:30 AM   #18
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Being as you have a 250 and a cruiser, I don't personally think a plug would be that great of a hazard. Most people commenting have high power sportbikes that put a lot of stress on their tires. No offense intended, bit I don't think the 250 can flex the tire enough to cause issues and the cataracts uses a hard carcass tire so I would think it would be OK as well. Would replace either as soon as the funds are available though.
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I've ridden with patches no problems at all.
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Plug it. Mine has been topped out and done too many burnouts to count with a plug in the center of the tire. Its holding just fine.
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