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Old 11-06-2018, 06:12 PM
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Dropped the bike off for brake job, just called and said I have a nail (he thinks on the top) in the rear and a slow leak. I ask if they could patch it, and they said due to liability they can't ? I don't want to buy a new tire if I don't have to. Do you patch them ? Tire is not that old.
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Quick question? In your days of riding have u ever crashed, went down, road rash? 200$, the cost of a tire? U could not give me 200$ to crash again. For peace of mind? No hip hurting like hell, no herniated discs from impact. Yep, i got 1000$ for that piece of mind...
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:16 PM
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Just plug it ! It will be fine .
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:28 PM
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I always just plug mine which is why I also carry an air pump (one of Harley's) and a plug kit with an assortment of tools. I've never had a plug come out at speed though I did have one that leaked a bit. I just pulled the plug, reamed it to clean out the hole and inserted a new plug. I also change my own tires when I decide it's necessary. For that matter, my current rear tire has two plugs in it with lots of meat still on it.

I used to have the same thoughts as far as changing the tire if I ever had a nail, screw, lag bolt puncture my tire, but over time, I decided it wasn't worth the cost or aggravation to go new every time, especially when the tire was new.
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by CrBear View Post
Thanks Kel ! Don't understand why they can patch car tires and not bikes.... but I'm not a "Tire Engineer"... $*%&$%$ !!
I've got a buddy that changes and replaces his own tires, used to have a shop. Have reached out to him and see what he thinks..
So he said to just put a tube in it ? Any experience with this ?
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:18 PM
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If it gets patched correctly it'll be fine. Or you could tube it. Either way, no matter. I've done both over the years and I ain't dead yet.
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:39 PM
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I caught a piece of barbed wire in my rear tire at the beginning of the season with about 200 miles on the tires. Plugged it and I've ridden all season on it. It's held pressure as good as any tire I've ever had. Ive plugged a few tires in my 35 years of riding on the street and never once had any issue let alone a catastrophic failure...not saying it can't happen but I've never heard of it causing a crash. If it will be in the back of your head every time you ride buy a new tire and go ride.
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:58 PM
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Only issue with tube is if you do get another nail, roadside fix is much harder,WR.
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:07 PM
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I've had 2 rear tire blowouts, both at 80+ mph, and one front that didn't blow, but went down rapidly do to me riding drunk, but that's another story....

Bottom line is I rode all 3 out, but have no desire to repeat. I'm in the Construction business, own my own Company. My truck is a rolling tire repair shop. I'm always plugging and airing up truck and trailer tires...

I will not plug or patch a motorcycle tire like I do on my trucks and trailers..PERIOD!!!!

When I'm hauling *** down the highway, I often have a lot of things on my mind, but worrying about a patch or plug failing on the rubber underneath me isn't one of them.

To me it isn't worth it. Buy a new tire....
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:08 PM
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Why not just put a tube in the tire & be done with it?
 
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:36 PM
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I rode on plugged tires for years, including my cop bikes , never had a problem.
 

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