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I always had H-D's which always had tubes,the V doesn't. I got a nail in my tire and no shop will patch it. Do you guys plug them at 1400 miles or just spend the 200 bucks. Thanks for any input
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If all you do is commute and plotz along, you can probably get away with plugging it. If you ever accelerate hard, ride fast, or enjoy a spirited trip through the twisties get a new tire.

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I would plug it and forget it until the tread wears out. But, it is your money, your choice!!!!
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If you ride hard and go fast... Get a new tire.

If you can afford it, get a new tire.

If money is really really really really tight... At least have them patch it from the inside... Please don't go too fast with that patch tire.

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If you ride hard and go fast... Get a new tire.

If you can afford it, get a new tire.

If money is really tight... At least have them patch it from the inside... Please do go too fast with that patch tire.
If any of the chords are cut you are riding on a weakened tire. If nothing happens-hooray. If it blows up on the highway-not so good. It's a " your money or your life" situation

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Just my opion I have had two rear tires and have had a machine screw in the first one and a packing nail in the second. bothered the crap out of me the first time; real bad. Should I replace or plug? I tend to over worry about somethings. So after asking several people my brother said he had patched his and road them till they are worn out. So I purchased the stop & go tire plugger and put a mushroon plug in my tire. Very simple to use. I drove on the tire until the tread was worn and the tire had to be replaced. And I have a lot of twisties close to where I live and I can tell you I use them a lot. and ride them hard. I just had the second tire replaced today and the tire was down to the wear indicators. I put the plug in when the tire only had about 900 miles on it I replaced it at about 5200 miles also down to the wear indicators. I looked at the plug after he took the tire off the rim and I can tell you that plug was there to stay. It looked like it had suctioned itself to the inner tire wall. Now this is just my own personal exsperience and I do not know where on the tire the whole is or how bad it is. And I don't want everyone saying your crazy and . Just putting my two cents worth in. I will go on to say that I am very anal when it comes to checking my air pressure on my tires and checking to make sure the tires look good and sound before every trip.
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In 37 years of riding motorcycles, never have I replaced a tire because of a hole in the tread area. I plug them and ride them until the tire wears out. I've had tires with a couple of plugs at the same time. If the plug ever starts to leak, I'll pull the tire off, grind down the plug to the tire surface and put a patch inside the tire.

On tube type tires, I like to plug the tire and patch it inside, as well as patching the tube.

On the other hand, I've replaced several tires because of torn, or bruised sidewalls, or weather checking...

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In 37 years of riding motorcycles, never have I replaced a tire because of a hole in the tread area. I plug them and ride them until the tire wears out. I've had tires with a couple of plugs at the same time. If the plug ever starts to leak, I'll pull the tire off, grind down the plug to the tire surface and put a patch inside the tire.

On tube type tires, I like to plug the tire and patch it inside, as well as patching the tube.

On the other hand, I've replaced several tires because of torn, or bruised sidewalls, or weather checking...
That makes 2 of us. As I have said in another post. I know many people who have had flats on a motorcycle. Not one person I know has lost control and been hurt because of one. The worst thing that can happen is the air will come out and the tire will go flat again. Probably a lot slower than the first time. But I have plugged many tires and never have I seen any good plug fail. Buying a new tire is what the tire sales people would like you to do for obvious reasons. Is it required? IMHO as a mechanic and someone who has been riding for 40 years no. I agree with bscott totally.
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Got a flat on my stockers at 1500 miles. Put a plug in it, rode hard, hit the twisties when ever i found them. And replaced the tire at 9500 miles when it was slick. Never leaked any air. Worried the stuffings out of me. Everytime the bike would vibrate strangely, i would think it was going flat. Actually pulled over a couple of times to check the pressure. Never had any problems.

Starting to stock my bike for traveling and such, and i am going with the Stop and Go product to carry with me.


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Thanks for all the replys, I did over worry and get a new one,but that will be the last.I do ride fast so I wanted to be safe but after talking to everyone I will for sure plug it next time. It wasn't to bad, a new perilli was 150
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