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Rear tire plugged.

Just over two hundred miles on my versus and stopped at the store and noticed a nail head in my rear tire. I put some spit on my finger and rubbed it on the nail and bubbles! Across the street was a tire store and he put a plugg in it! Any. Of you guys ride with a plugged tire?
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I picked up a nail early in the life of my Versys as well. They plugged it and I rode until the tyre wore out at 18,000 km. If the plug is close to the centre it's safer than if it's closer to the edge.

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Yeh same here brand spanking new bike and a rear puncture with around 150 miles
pluged mine, didnt like it much but its now up to 9000miles
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I had one plugged for about 5,000 miles with no issues.

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Good on ya.
I have two and two projects gives me a reason to get out in the shed whilst she watches the TV
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Iím not comfortable with the string/cord type plugs but Iíve used the mushroom-head type on a couple of bike tires (including one that was damned near bald) and a slew of car tires... and never had one fail.

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Some may disagree but...
I pulled what appeared to be a needle bearing out of the center groove of my back tire some 4500 miles ago while on a trip. Needless to say the tire went flat QUICK!. Due to location and circumstances I dumped some "Tire Slime" in it. I had planned to plug or replace the tire but have yet to do it. The slime plugged the whole quite nicely and is still holding up. I'm almost to 8000 miles now with proper wear and no problems. I'm sure I'll get a stern "Talking to" when I finally take it in to my mechanic for new rubber. but hey, the stuff works!
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My rear tire has been plugged (by yours truly) for a couple thousand miles now. No problems at all.

Anyone have a front tire plugged?
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wouldnt do it
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wouldnt do it
Why not?
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I plugged the rear on my VFR with a mushroom head plug.

It worked and was ok but the "object" must have done some damage to the carcass as there was movement when banked over.

After that I view the plugs as a temp fix and would ride with one in the front for any distance other than to get to the tyre shop.

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I just tried plugging my rear tire two weeks ago with DynaPlugs. After inserting 4 plugs side by side into the hole (the max they recommend for temp fixes only), there was still a slow leak. The hole was big. I tried riding it to the shop hoping the plugs would slow the leak enough to get it the 6 miles there. Nope. Half way there, the tire went flat again and I had to call a tow truck.
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I have ridden 5000 miles on a plugged tire. I made sure to be EXTRA vigilent on checking the pressure before almost every ride.

No issues.
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Rear I have risked as it was a new bike the front for me is personaly a no go.
In a high speed flat I feel I would have more control over a rear blow out than a front.

I didnt like plugging the rear only did it as it was new this was also done with the mushroom type glued in by a tyre fitter

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can anyone suggest the best tire repair kit to carry? marc.
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here is what i carry. along with a compact compressor. takes up hrdly any room at all.

http://www.stopngo.com/products/Pock...ess-Tires.html
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I will put in a plug to get me home, and then I will pull the tire to inspect the inside and if there is no damage and plenty of tread, I will put a patch on the inside.
Then mount the tire, balance and put back on the bike. Have only had to do this once in 100,000 miles on my bikes, but have helped out a couple of friends.
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here is what i carry. along with a compact compressor. takes up hrdly any room at all.

http://www.stopngo.com/products/Pock...ess-Tires.html
Yep thats the one i keep on the bike so far knock on wood haven't had to use it. hope i never need too.

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Yep thats the one i keep on the bike so far knock on wood haven't had to use it. hope i never need too.
I plugged my rear Michelin PR3 with the Stop & Go mushroom plug in Elmore City, Oklahoma and it got me 950 miles home to Panama City, Florida without incident.

About a week or ten days after arriving home the plug started leaking and I ended up with a rear tire that would leak down from 36lbs to flat overnight.

I ended up installing a new PR3 on the rear as the leaker had just done 5600+ miles... but I swear by the Stop & Go plugs.

What I should have done was practiced using the Stop & Go plugger a couple of times on an old tire - before I had to use it for real. Although I got my tire plugged on my second attempt (with the original plug) - a practice session or two would have made the "real-world" job a bit less stressful.

I also found out that a good pair of vice grips and a box end wrench came in handy when turning the allen wrench all the way to where it stops... as instructed by the cheat sheet that ships with the kit.

-- In the Stop & Go instructional video (which I watched two or three times once I got my kit) makes this step look easy - like it can be done with little or no effort - just using your two hands. I did not find this to be the case. I had to grip the plugger body with vice grips and use a box end wrench on the allen key for additional leverage in order to turn it until it "bottomed out" and got the plug from inside the plugger body - through the plugger nozzle and into the tire.

Moral of the story - If you've got a Stop & Go kit - watch the video a few times and do a couple of test plugs on an old tire - just to get the hang of it... before you have to do it on the side of the road... in the middle of nowhere... maybe even in the dark.

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Neighbor used my stop-n-go plug kit to repair the rear tire on his new ZX10R. The next night he was running from the cops at very high speeds. Crashed and totaled his bike went to hospital then jail.But the plug held up.....

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