Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Kings Mountain, NC, USA
3 months after I got this LT was riding home from the mountian, started feeling a little odd in curves. Finally felt odd enough for me to pull over, side stand wouldn't hold it, too far down in the back. Got her up on the center stand and took a look. Big rusty nail in the rear and it was too hot to touch.
Got out the tools and repair kit and read the directions. Thought that if a couple of CO2s would fill a tire that maybe the tooth fairy was gonna pop out of the bushes and help. Laid out the repair kit and pulled the nail, just a tiny amount of air left in the tire. Plugged the hole as per the repair kit directions, aired it with (3) CO2s and rode it home. Rode it a few more time watching the tire pressure closely. It held air but every time I got on it, I thought about that plug. As I routinely ride it just a little over posted, gave up and put on a new tire. Old one had about 3k on it. Rolled the old plugged tire into the dog yard where our American Bull Dog enjoyed playing with it.
The following summer, 4th of July, Sunday, a group of us were going to ride the mountains, to the Blue Ridge and back. Scotty who rides a 650 Suzuki crotch rocket called with a flat about 20 miles out. Hooked the trailer to the truck and went and got him, brough it to the house, unloaded it and entered discussions as to where are we going to find a tire (he rode it flat long enough to ruin it) on Sunday the 4th of July. Happened to look at his tire and then at my LT, same size tire (different everything else but same size). Out to the dog yard, washed the tire, looked the blue plug over carefully and put it on his Suzuki. Gave him the history of how it got in the back yard and then gave him the tire. Went riding. Saw him riding the Suzuki in excess of 120mph. He ran that tire until the cords were showing. Plug held, never leaked until the tire wore out.
Point is that those plugs work and work well. I'l change the tire once it has a nail hole in it just because it makes me feel better and I can afford a new tire. Ride on a plug at your own risk. A lighter machine at slower speeds not on the big roads, I might run a plug.
Got a big magnet under my LT, catches a lot of trash and appears to have saved me from at least one flat. Has caught nails, screws, washers and other metal, makes the left turn lights change too. Old timer once told me that sometimes the front tire will flip a nial up on end, just right for it to puncture the rear. He ran a mud flap on his front fender and another one under the engine for nails. Not sure how well that worked.
Flats ain't no fun.
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Last edited by gunny; Oct 22nd, 2006 at 7:57 am.