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Flat Tire Prevention

Hey, Bones and I talked briefly about what I should carry in the event of a flat. Just wanted to throw it out there to see what you all do. We discussed the mini-compressors and "gummy worms" from Wally-World that would suffice. Any other thoughts?
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I mentioned to redline that I have a Stop N Go mushroom plug kit which has worked every time but once, and that time old fashioned gummy worms did the trick. Stop N Go is a trick bit of engineering but I don't think it has any advantage over gummy worms, certainly not for the expense.


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Hi Redline,

Have not used it but can remember someone mentioned Ride-On (Tire Protection System). http://www.ride-on.com/

Other products like
http://www.nomoreflattires.com/

http://www.slime.com/product/29/Powe...%2350001).html

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+100 for Ride-On. It is much better than all the others. Plus, your tires will last longer.

I carry plugs (but I forgot the name of them), spare tire valve stems and a $7 foot pump from WalMart that works great. After having a small air compressor fail me when I really needed it, even though it was proven to work previously serveral times, I trust my foot a whole lot more.
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+2 for the ride on. I still carry gummy worms and a little container of soapy H2O, and a CO2 inflater which can also be used as a manual pump. Think my bases are covered!

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+100 for Ride-On. It is much better than all the others. Plus, your tires will last longer.
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Hi! The Ride-On installation help file states that "After installing Ride-On TPS Motorcycle Formula sealant into your tires you may notice a slight vibration until the sealant has warmed up and distributed evenly in your tires. This process usually takes 2 to 5 miles."

Now, I'm sure it's a silly question, but if you already have the Ride-On stuff installed in the wheels, done a few hundred miles after that and you leave the bike for, say, a week in the garage, does the stuff stay put? In other words, do you always have to warm up the tires for the 2-5 miles for the vibration to settle down - or is it just the first time right after the installation?

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Jab, I've used that stuff in the last 7 tires at least, and I've never noticed any vibration, even at the start.

I just put in the amount they say, blow off any residue on the valve stem's female threading, screw the valve back in but not tight, just slightly snug, fill the tire with air to the correct pressure, and then just roll the tire around several times. Once I go off and ride, it just feels smooth all the time.

A few times my bike has set for just several days without riding and when I ride it again, it just feels smooth.

Maybe if we had one of those BIG ass rear tires that look like a truck tire which would require a lot of Ride-On, then maybe that could cause a bit of vibration at first if you home was right on the hwy and immediately did 70 mph, but that's not us.
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from what I've read on various sites/forums, ride-on seems to be the top of the line stuff. Thinking I'm gonna use some when I get new tires (very soon!).
if you look on their website, you can get three bottle and the stuff you need for install for 40ish dollars, which isnt bad, considereing that will cover a new set of tires and leave you with one extra bottle still.


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Jab, I've used that stuff in the last 7 tires at least, and I've never noticed any vibration, even at the start.
I'm just about sold on the Ride-On. I noticed that even with postage and customs it'll be quite cheap (well, relatively).

Thank you for helping me out!

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Ride-On used to be a decent amount cheaper, then all of a sudden their price shot up. I called their sales dept and asked what in the world made them justify such a price increase. He said there is an ingredient (can't remember the name of it) that went into short supply and any product that used it had to purchase it at the much higher cost, so Ride-On was forced to increase their price.

We talked for about 15 minutes and he explained why the motorcycle formula differed from the cheaper car tire formula, and why Slime was designed for bicycle tires and how it breaks down fast in motorcycle tires.

Granted, he was a sales guy but he sure had his facts.
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Another vote for Ride-On tire protection. Have used it in the last 4 bikes without issues. Granted I've never ran over anything to give it a chance to do it's thing, which is fine by me! Like insurance, it's piece of mind.

Never once had a vibration issue even after initial installation either. Plus, the tires NEVER loose pressure. That in itself is a big bonus!
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I've used it for years in several bikes and never had a vibration. I have never used wheel wieghts with Ride-On either.

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This thread right here could be the one that
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the money...

I tried slime. YUK. Ride-On looks like serious
stuff. Thanks everyone!
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Hey, Bones and I talked briefly about what I should carry in the event of a flat. Just wanted to throw it out there to see what you all do. We discussed the mini-compressors and "gummy worms" from Wally-World that would suffice. Any other thoughts?
I avoid running over sharp objects. Seems to work so far...

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I avoid running over sharp objects. Seems to work so far...

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Ok, you are soooo right. I haven't had a flat in over 27 years on the road either.....hope I didn't jinx myself. Thanks to all who replied. Sounds like ride-on might be the choice.......
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Does Ride On goop up the inside of the tire and rim like some of the other products do? I have heard of mechanics who refuse to touch tires treated with the goopy flat prevent/fix products.


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No ride-on will not make a mess on the rim like fix-a-flat (not flamable like old fix-a-flat either). Plus hopefully you only change a tire when you need a new one, so the tire changer will never touch it. I know people who will scoop it out of the old tire and put it in the new.

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Just had to edit this reply because I realized my questions were already answered farther up. Oops! You guys rock. Okay, gotta go place an order.

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I put Ride-On in my tires this weekend and I haven't had a flat since!

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