Tire Repair


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Tire Repair

Postby bcstover » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:42 am



I have picked up a nail in my rear tire on my Wing. Trying to figure out best way to repair without buying a new tire. Thinking on using Slime or putting a plug in it. Any input would be greatly appreciated on this.


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Re: Tire Repair

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:43 pm

Well you are going to get all kinds of replies on this.

Firstly don't use Slime. It's awful stuff to deal with when you go to change a tire. Most shops charge extra if there is Slime in the tire.

The best solution is to replace the tire. Most, if not all, shops refuse to repair motorcycle tires. Liability or just want to sell a new tire, not sure but ….

I picked up a nail in a almost new E3. It pained me to think I would have to buy another tire. I plugged it and rode around on it, probably about 3000 miles. The following year I was going to Yellowstone and the plug developed a slow leak. Bit the bullet and replaced the tire. Felt a lot safer especially with my most precious cargo sitting behind me.
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Re: Tire Repair

Postby themainviking » Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:45 pm

The only proper method of repair for a motorcycle tire is to dismount the tire from the rim and vulcanize a patch inside the tire, then remount the tire on the rim. Slime may work, but may fail at a critical moment. Plugs are the least secure method of repairing a tubeless tire.
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Re: Tire Repair

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:04 pm

themainviking wrote:The only proper method of repair for a motorcycle tire is to dismount the tire from the rim and vulcanize a patch inside the tire, then remount the tire on the rim.



I agree but when I had the problem I could't find a shop that would touch it. I am however now able to remove my own tires so if it happened today, at home, I would be do that.
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Re: Tire Repair

Postby canuck623 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:06 pm

If a plug isn't leaking I would ride on it but definitely keep an eye on the pressure. As was said the correct repair is to take the tire off the rim and properly apply a patch on the inside. There are millions of car tires running on plugs and patches so depending on where it is on the bike tire I wouldn't have an issue. Slime not only makes a supreme mess it corrodes aluminum rims. It is really designed for bicycle tires only.


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