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Old 01-04-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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after washing my bike the other day i notice in my rear tire that there is a small nail in it. the head of the nail seems to be only 1 cm in length tops. Now im trying to figure out if i should take it out to see if it went all the way through. Or should i wait to get to a motorcycle dealership to try and take it out? The tire is on 1500 miles or so. the nail is almost dead center in a michilen pilot 2ct. thanks for you help..
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Motorcycles Unlimited seriously. patrick got me a crazy deal on a good used front and a good deal on a new rear. the nail will wind up causing a flat. spend a little and get a new tire
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I say get a new tire....it's not worth the risk IF IT DOES mess up.
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:51 PM   #4
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I've patched tires for several vehicles, including exotic and even bikes.

I wouldn't put it on the track, no. Temperatures are increased significantly with that style of riding. It is very unlikely for a patch to leak if it is dont properly by shaving the inside of the tire, applying the right compounds and molding the patch to it while the tire is flexed in that area.

That said, do it only within 2 inches of the dead center line, and on tires w small punctures straight in/out not curved, without multiple punctures.

A damaged cord can cause tire failure, yes. A leaking patch your tire will lose air. Nothing fatal will happen like a tire exploding. A little bit of rider caution should be taken. I slowed down in forest rides when I rode w that tire.

Most wont patch a motorcycle tire since there is alot of liability there. I do it for myself because I would consider it a waste to just throw that tire out. But if its not safe, obviously you dont keep it.
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So, to help answer the original question:
I think you should not remove the nail unless you have means of transporting the motorcycle to a reputable shop. Even if you remove the nail and it doesn't leak, you don't know how thin the tire carcass is in that area. It is very rare for someone to get a nail in their tire and it not puncture completely through the tire carcass. I also think that; depending on your financial situation, you should either replace the tire with a used tire, or a new tire. Please be careful, especially if you ride it to wherever will be changing the tire. The bright side is that you now know that the nail is there, rather than finding out the hard way!
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:39 PM   #7
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pull it out. if it leaks dont patch it. get a new tire. patches are for pirates.

If it only sees street duty then just get it patched and balanced. Or if you have the cash replace it and I'll give you $20 for the one with the hole in it AAARRRRRRRRRRRR
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ok i can understand the drama being deleted, but why was my post about the patch/plug deleted?
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I lost one post, so here is my make up
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I've always patched mine and never had any problems. I can't do this anymore cause I have spokes now.
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you can take it to Discount Motorcycle Tire in South Houston/Pasadena they will either patch or plug/boot the tire and it will be good for regular street riding, no sustained high speed
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after washing my bike the other day i notice in my rear tire that there is a small nail in it. the head of the nail seems to be only 1 cm in length tops. Now im trying to figure out if i should take it out to see if it went all the way through. Or should i wait to get to a motorcycle dealership to try and take it out? The tire is on 1500 miles or so. the nail is almost dead center in a michilen pilot 2ct. thanks for you help..
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Plug it, i've ridden for miles commuting everday on a solid MUSHROOM plug.
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