Flat rear Tire


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Flat rear Tire

Postby FlashBack » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:26 am



Good day,
So i came out to my bike two mornings ago to a rear flat tire. So, i aired the tire up, located a nail stuck into the tire, pulled it and put a plug into it. It is now holding air with no leakage.
In my experience with using plugs, they work well on auto tire repairs but have never put one into a motorcycle tire.
My question is: Is this method of repair sufficient enough or should i fork out the money to have a patch installed? (Patching will cost me around $60)
As always, Thank you in advance



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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:10 pm

Depends where it is and how much or a gambler you are.. Many won't use plugs especially on front tires..but if it's near the middle of the tire and you lots of tread left well that's the best case. Some like the mushroom plugs the best as they are kind of like a patch on the inside vs a rope plug.

Up to you...there is risk how great hard to say..blow out unlikely another slow leak???
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby FlashBack » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:14 pm

I used a rope plug. It was in the middle of tire and I have decent tread on Dunlap tire

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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:43 pm

It depends. Is your life worth more or less than the price of a new tire? Personally, I would ride on a plugged tire as far as it took me to get to a place where I could get a replacement.

A plug failing on a car tire is an inconvenience. A plug failing on a motorcycle tire...could be a lot worse.

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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby artgrantz » Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:45 am

I got a screw in an almost new rear tire. Had it plugged at a repair shop and rode over 12,000 miles on it with no problem. That included a 6,000 mile cross country trip.

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Re: Flat rear Tire

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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:07 am

See..just what I said some will and some won't :lol: It's gambler in you that gives the answer..
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby mytown » Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:54 am

Am I correct in assuming that the majority of rear tire flats do not require wheel removal to repair or am I way off base? I'm thinking about when doing the repair on the side of the road. That brings me to my next question. If and when roadside removal of the rear tire is required, how do you remove the axle? The DIY instructions suggest using a sledge hammer and knocking a couple of 2 x 6s under the tire in order to raise the axle so it can clear the muffler, but that procedure seems out of the question if roadside.

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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby artgrantz » Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:32 pm

If you have a plug kit you can plug the tire while it is on the bike.

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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:11 am

You loosen the muffler hangers and pry the mufflers down a bit to get a the axle..but carry a plug kit like stop and go and some compressed air or some bikes have their own compressors or there are kits that fit a spark plug hole and can inflate a tire.

Flat fix cans are not good for the rims.
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby tumunga » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:02 am

FlashBack wrote:Good day,
So i came out to my bike two mornings ago to a rear flat tire. So, i aired the tire up, located a nail stuck into the tire, pulled it and put a plug into it. It is now holding air with no leakage.
In my experience with using plugs, they work well on auto tire repairs but have never put one into a motorcycle tire.
My question is: Is this method of repair sufficient enough or should i fork out the money to have a patch installed? (Patching will cost me around $60)
As always, Thank you in advance


Just to toss an outlier into the mix, I plugged a tire on my bike 300 miles after I bought it. I ran it another 13000 miles before I sold the bike, with the plug still in the tire.
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby tumunga » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:04 am

FlashBack wrote:I used a rope plug. It was in the middle of tire and I have decent tread on Dunlap tire


Rope plug is the best, if you can get it to seal. That's all I use.
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby tumunga » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:06 am

WingAdmin wrote:It depends. Is your life worth more or less than the price of a new tire? Personally, I would ride on a plugged tire as far as it took me to get to a place where I could get a replacement.

A plug failing on a car tire is an inconvenience. A plug failing on a motorcycle tire...could be a lot worse.


As much as I worship you, sir, I've never, EVER, had a plug fail on my car tire, or my mc tires. I'll risk it.

Shoot, might as well toss a car tire on the back, and gimme some 10w-40 for the motor oil!! LOL!~~~
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby tumunga » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:07 am

mytown wrote:Am I correct in assuming that the majority of rear tire flats do not require wheel removal to repair or am I way off base? I'm thinking about when doing the repair on the side of the road. That brings me to my next question. If and when roadside removal of the rear tire is required, how do you remove the axle? The DIY instructions suggest using a sledge hammer and knocking a couple of 2 x 6s under the tire in order to raise the axle so it can clear the muffler, but that procedure seems out of the question if roadside.


If you've rigged up a 12v power supply on your bike, and are carting around one of those small air compressors with you (as I used to do) you can plug the tire without removing the wheel.
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby FlashBack » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:46 am

In regards to my initial concern about plugging a rear tire, I have the following update:
Took a ride this weekend down the Oregon Coast into the Redwoods of Northern California. Camped there for a couple of days then road the coast back to home.
I periodically checked the air pressure in the tire throughout the trip and it was maintained with using the plug.
It seems that if the plug is done right, it is a viable solution to repairing a flat.
Thanks for all the input and feedback. Much appreciated as always.
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby kwild » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:59 pm

Plugged the rear tire on my 1200 aspy shortly after having it mounted LY, maybe had 50 miles on the E3 Dunlop. Never lost a lb of air until the tire was worn out 11K miles later. I checked the tire often for peace of mind. Used the simple gooey rope plug, and rode it hard.
It's a choice for the individual to make. Plug it or replace it??? I'd plug another if I had to.
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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby 1fastgl1100 » Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:29 am

My two cents... Plugs are ok to get you moving and to someplace safe (or home) but ASAP I remove the tire and put in a good quality patch. or any the case of a front tire I just buy a new tire. My life is worth more than a tire or a patch....

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Re: Flat rear Tire

Postby rwelderby » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:33 pm

I have always had good success with plugging motorcycle tires till July 4. I was on my way to Orange Beach ,AL from Nashville on my 99 Gl1500 SE and had the plug come out that I had put in 2 weeks ago. It went down quick almost like a blow out. I will have new tires on it this week, not sure if I will trust them on a bike again. The tire is getting old and the condition of the tire may have caused the plug not to bond properly. I had just purchased the bike and while there is not a lot of miles on them they are at least 5 years old. The bike has not been rode a lot. 99 with 15,000 miles.




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