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post #1 of 6 Old Apr 18th, 2008, 3:13 pm Thread Starter
 
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Good Luck/Bad Luck

Sorta like good news, bad news.

Riding home, great ride, coming down street, 50 yards from house, hear/feel a thumping coming from my rear tire.

Pull in my driveway, pull out a 3" screw, flat tire.

On my own street

Glad it didn't happen far away. Count my blessings, etc.

Called BMW Roadside. Tomorrow AM (at my request) to be at dealer's by 0900. Be back on the road tomorrow afternoon.

Suppose it was good luck after all to get a flat so close to home.

Does anyone know/recommend a tire patch kit that is idiot proof? Course, then, I supposed I'd need a compressor (any thoughts) to fill the tire back up. Then, there's a tire gauge to carry, to check the pressure, and on it goes.

I don't know if that's something to be attempted, or simply call roadside assistance.
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post #2 of 6 Old Apr 18th, 2008, 6:24 pm
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I sent in this post awhile ago when I still had the GT. The info is still good. The tire repair kit w/ plugs is idiot proof, I know cause I used it. The plug held great and I put a few thousand miles on it until I could get it fixed. I still carry the kit on the GT.

I just thought I'd make this post for any new riders or those interested in tire repair info. First, I am not connected with any of these products, the information is based on personal experience and certainly not on any expertise on my part. In the last six months I've put close to 10,000 miles on two bikes, a Kawasaki VN2000 which I traded in for a 07 K1200LT. I've had 3 flats, two on the Kawai and one on the K1200. After the flats on the Kawai to and from Colorado Springs I invested in a Stop & GO Pocket Tire Plugger kit and a Slime mini air compressor. It was the best investment I have made short of getting the K1200 itself. On the Trip back from Banff, Alberta, Canada I found a 4" finishing nail in the K1200's rear tire when I got to my buddies place in Seattle. I reamed out the hole and inserted a plug as per the instructions. I then inflated the tire and returned to Sacramento. Never lost any air and the tires ran fine. Tried to replace the tire but couldn't get one in time so I then rode the plugged tire up to Klamath Falls and back. I'm still waiting for a new tire and riding the bike around town. I've heard that you can ride the plugs till the tread is gone but I'm not sure that is such a wise idea. My point is that the plugs will hold for plenty of miles and you don't have to get a tow to the dealer as long as the puncture is not in the side walls. In my opinion the purchase of the plugger kit and compressor is money well spent.
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Re: Good Luck/Bad Luck

Thanks, Frank.

Now, I'm a little more than embarrased...but I do have the Stop and Go Pocket Plugger, but it wasn't until I looked at the PDF file that I realized what I had been doing wrong. Folllowing the directions on the little yellow card (for me) was a bit confusing. Now I see where I went wrong...believe me, you don't want to know.

It's dark now, but I'm going to get out there in the morning before the tow truck and have another go. If I mess up, they're on the way, so nothing to loose.

The Slime compressor has been ordered.

Thanks again.

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I sent in this post awhile ago when I still had the GT. The info is still good. The tire repair kit w/ plugs is idiot proof, I know cause I used it. The plug held great and I put a few thousand miles on it until I could get it fixed. I still carry the kit on the GT.

I just thought I'd make this post for any new riders or those interested in tire repair info. First, I am not connected with any of these products, the information is based on personal experience and certainly not on any expertise on my part. In the last six months I've put close to 10,000 miles on two bikes, a Kawasaki VN2000 which I traded in for a 07 K1200LT. I've had 3 flats, two on the Kawai and one on the K1200. After the flats on the Kawai to and from Colorado Springs I invested in a Stop & GO Pocket Tire Plugger kit and a Slime mini air compressor. It was the best investment I have made short of getting the K1200 itself. On the Trip back from Banff, Alberta, Canada I found a 4" finishing nail in the K1200's rear tire when I got to my buddies place in Seattle. I reamed out the hole and inserted a plug as per the instructions. I then inflated the tire and returned to Sacramento. Never lost any air and the tires ran fine. Tried to replace the tire but couldn't get one in time so I then rode the plugged tire up to Klamath Falls and back. I'm still waiting for a new tire and riding the bike around town. I've heard that you can ride the plugs till the tread is gone but I'm not sure that is such a wise idea. My point is that the plugs will hold for plenty of miles and you don't have to get a tow to the dealer as long as the puncture is not in the side walls. In my opinion the purchase of the plugger kit and compressor is money well spent.
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I always carry the plug kit with me and for long trips i also just purchased a SLIME electric air pump. Nice and small...and only $10. hey if it works once its worth it.
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Re: Good Luck/Bad Luck

Great thread, guys.

Just ordered my patches/Slime and inflators.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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I invested in a Stop & GO Pocket Tire Plugger kit and a Slime mini air compressor.
Got this setup for every bike I own (2).

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