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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Flat tire repair

Noticed I have a flat rear tire on the 750 this morning. Found a nail in it, about 1.5" (35-40mm) left of center.

New tire, inside patch or cemented plug? It only has 2800 miles on it and I'm not looking forward to funding a new tire over a nail.

Thoughts/experience on the matter? I wouldn't think twice about cementing a plug in a commuting car tire but this 750 is a different beast after all.

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Can of worms here, lots of people will say buy a new tire and your life isn't worth risking it with a plug and other 'scare' phrases and blah blah blah.

From experience, I have plugged two (maybe three) tires and rode them till it was time to replace them due to normal wear, both were rear. On the same note, I checked my air pressure from time to time and verified there was no leaks which all leads up to ensure you plug the tire correctly, if you can't do it properly then get a new tire.
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I don’t recomend plugging a motorcycle tire if it blows out a 100mph or even 25mph it could be a mess you won’t be able to share, they do make patches that are much safer and reliable! but last year I replaced my back tire on my 750 it was looking old and dry rotted it did still have plenty of meat left but I replaced it and litterally a few day later you could guess my luck I picked up a screw.... I plugged the tire and finished the season with it no problems. I should of patched it from the inside but a plug does work.
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2,800 miles on the tire means it's at least halfway worn. If that tire is more than 2 years old, I'd just trash it for a new one. If it's fairly new, internal plug only.
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I had a nail removed from the first rear tire on my 600 and had it plugged from the inside by a shop. Cost 9/10ths of bugger all to repair. I ran that tire till the tread wore down without any issue.

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Thanks for all the good input!

I did stick a small plug in it but only so it will hold air and I will be able to move it around the shop & yard. If I ride it at all it will only be close to home and at low speeds (50'ish or less). I don't really trust a plug for higher speeds but was wondering if I was just being too cautious. As soon as time allows I'll take the tire off and patch it.

But even with a good patch, any trackdays on this tire are a no go as far as I'm concerned. Got one scheduled for next Saturday but there's no way I can get a new tire ordered & installed before then (not with the local MC shops we have around here who don't carry much stock). And I'm already scheduled to be at SFA in Nacogdoches on Friday, so between that and a full-time work schedule it doesn't leave enough time to get it back in proper shape for Cresson on the 8th.

The tire is the original factory one that was on the bike when I picked it up new in mid-Febuary. No telling how old it actually is, it's a 2018 model sat in it's shipping crate until I bought it a few months ago.

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You can find tires online Craig’s list offer up there are even guys that sell motorcycle tires that also mount them. Some auto shop machines are capable of mounting motorcycle tires. This is all if you wanted to make track day.
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Thanks for all the good input!

I did stick a small plug in it but only so it will hold air and I will be able to move it around the shop & yard. If I ride it at all it will only be close to home and at low speeds (50'ish or less). I don't really trust a plug for higher speeds but was wondering if I was just being too cautious. As soon as time allows I'll take the tire off and patch it.

But even with a good patch, any trackdays on this tire are a no go as far as I'm concerned. Got one scheduled for next Saturday but there's no way I can get a new tire ordered & installed before then (not with the local MC shops we have around here who don't carry much stock). And I'm already scheduled to be at SFA in Nacogdoches on Friday, so between that and a full-time work schedule it doesn't leave enough time to get it back in proper shape for Cresson on the 8th.

The tire is the original factory one that was on the bike when I picked it up new in mid-Febuary. No telling how old it actually is, it's a 2018 model sat in it's shipping crate until I bought it a few months ago.
There is a DOT code on all tires specifically to tell you how old the tire is.
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Be as cautious as you need to be, I have gone over 100 mph on a plugged tire though it is obviously not recommended.
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There is a DOT code on all tires specifically to tell you how old the tire is.
Thanks, Nick. Code is 2017 (20th week of 2017) or May 14th-20th of 2017. Makes it about 2 years old.

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I had a nail removed from the first rear tire on my 600 and had it plugged from the inside by a shop. Cost 9/10ths of bugger all to repair. I ran that tire till the tread wore down without any issue.

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The tire didn't lose any pressure sitting a few days with the plug in it so rode it to work today (about 30 miles counting a short trip for lunch). Highest speed I hit was 65 mph & didn't have any problems or loss of pressure after riding. Will be checking it daily until I can get it patched on the inside.

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You can find tires online Craigís list offer up there are even guys that sell motorcycle tires that also mount them. Some auto shop machines are capable of mounting motorcycle tires. This is all if you wanted to make track day.
My track day is June 8th. Can't get one ordered, delivered & installed by then. Already checked the local shops & they have to order it too. Best estimate I have so far is installed by June 12th-14th.

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Looking for tire suggestions k6 1000 . Budget is a concern but I’m also looking for quality. I caught a nail in my rear tire I plugged it for now, I currently have pirelli diablo tires I am really happy with them they came with the bike they stick and ride fantastic it’s a shame I’d say there only around half life but they are expensive unless I find a great deal I probably won’t use them as replacements. The last time I replaced tires on my 750 I used Shinko and was not happy with them I try not to buy Michelin tires bc every time I use them on my cars and trucks they seem to dry rot before they wear out I’ve noticed on plenty of other cars ., I’m only a street everyday driver I’m not in to the track although I’m liking the twistys a lot this yr more so than ever. I’d like some suggestions on tires any help negative or positive would be appreciated thanks.

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Start yourself a new thread Sir. Tacking on to an existing thread isn't cool.

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I apologize, I did not know I was doing anything wrong, I’ve read in the past people don’t like starting a new thread for every little issue I was searching for tire suggestions and added to it. I will start a new thread.
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No harm no foul. Just keeps the site organized to have one topic per thread. Search before you start a thread. The whole not starting a new thread thing is mostly to encourage people to search and read before they post. In most cases your topic has been covered. Typically oil & tires are the worst. No point in members answering what they use 20 times a month when it has been covered.

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