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Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

My instinct is to run it to a garage and let them treat it like a car tire to fix a nail.

Not sure if its leaking but I can see the head.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

Many on this site would not plug or patch a motorcycle tire, except to get the bike to the nearest shop. I would not run on a plugged/patched front tire, but I think your plan should work fine for the rear tire.

I would be concerned that the garage might not be able to remove and remount the tire without damaging or at the least chipping your wheel. A motorcycle shop would be best for tire mounting.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

I had a local motorcycle garage plug a rear Metz tire with less than 1,000 miles on it. It was near the middle and I think I ended up putting around 14,000 more miles on it.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

I only rely on a plug to get me to a suitable mc facility where I can purchase and have mounted a new tire. Although there are countless posts of people running plugged tires until the tire is due for replacement, I believe that since I only have two wheels under me I won't risk a failure.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

I'm for removing the tire and patching from the inside. Plugs are mostly just for temporary repairs. Unfortunately I had to do this last year on my new rear and this year on my sons. Both were nails near center of tread.
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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

I plugged a rear Bridgestone myself that had a nail very close the the center of the tread. I never did record the mileage when I did it. But I did put nearly a year and probably close to 8,000 miles on it before replacing it.

Would I ride on a rear that's been plugged? Yes.

The only reason I replaced the tire though was when my previous repair started to leak slowly.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

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I only rely on a plug to get me to a suitable mc facility where I can purchase and have mounted a new tire. Although there are countless posts of people running plugged tires until the tire is due for replacement, I believe that since I only have two wheels under me I won't risk a failure.
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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

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My instinct is to run it to a garage and let them treat it like a car tire to fix a nail.

Not sure if its leaking but I can see the head.

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Thanks in advance.
It would help to know:

* Where the nail is.
* How much tread is left on the tire.
* How old the tire is.

If the nail is near the center of the tire, AND there is plenty of tread left, AND the tire is reasonably new, then (and only then) consider removing the tire from the rim and installing an inside patch.
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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

The price of a new BT020, around $145 from swmototires + mounting at Cycle gear ($30) is well worth peace of mind, especially when I have my beauttiful wife on board.
Your experience may vary, but I personally would not take a chance.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

I've had two 880s that got nailed within a thousand miles of new. Put a sticky rope in and rode em until they were worn out. Of course the manufacturers say they are only to be used as a temporary fix. What would you expect? Just for fun I recently used two ropes together to see if I could patch a bolt hole which was at least a 1/4 inch across. It worked. I wouldn't have ridden on that unless I needed to get to the nearest town but I trust them completely for normal punctures.


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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

A plug will get you to a place where you can have a patch "welded" to the inside of your tire for less than twenty bucks

Every time one of these tire plug threads comes around we always hear the same story,

Blah,blah, blah, I plugged a tire and rode a hundred miles an hour for over 15-20-30 thousand miles and nothing ever happened to me,
so there's your proof that it's alright,

to me that sounds a lot like: here hold my beer and watch this!!

Just because you got away with it "this time" doesn't prove a damn thing "Bubba"

What is your life worth? or better yet what is your passengers life worth?
My wife is worth a hell of a lot more than a couple hundred bucks
Do you really believe....it can't or won't happen to you???

Yeah my buddy Johnny did too, was it the plug in his rear tire, I don't know,
doesn't really matter, tire went flat, he lost control (Orlando interstate rush hour)
went into the median, flipped and broke his neck, he's gone, nice guy too.

Sorry for the rant, but I get pissed of every time I hear this "stupidity"!
Y'all make your own choices but don't try to convince others it's alright to be stupid.


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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

"I had a local motorcycle garage plug a rear Metz tire with less than 1,000 miles on it. It was near the middle and I think I ended up putting around 14,000 more miles on it."

Actually it was a patch from the inside, and not a plug. Bad memory on my part.
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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

If you're stuck and need to get somewhere safe, use the sticky plugs. I've done that several times with good success. Some guys will just leave those in, but I don't like to do that long term. They don't usually fail, but I have seen sticky plugs develop further leaks over time.

If you feel the tire is worth saving (clean hole in the middle of the tread, no damage to the cords, and lots of rubber left), I'd say remove the tire and have a car shop properly patch it from the inside. I've done that, too, and rode the tire out without any problems.

But if you're at all worried about it, or it's not a clean hole, then just replace the tire. Sure, it may cost a bit more, but it is the safest option.

So the answer comes from your own balance between cost, safety, and the type of damage encountered.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

+1 for Mr. Meese...

Last year, the night before a BBG1500 I picked up a nail on the way home from work on a brand new Avon! We were leaving the next morning. Put the bike up on the lift (easier access) pulled the nail, cleaned the hole and put a sticky "shoe lace" type plug in it. Road the entire BBG on that patch (rear tire).

I will ad that I use a TMPS and looked at the display constantly along the way. As soon as I got back, the new rear was ordered and it was replaced.

Had I read the warranty that comes with Avons, I would have returned it under their Road hazzard warranty. However, like a dufas, I tossed it...

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

If I have to pay someone to remove the tire, patch it, and them mount and balance it again I figure the additional cost of adding a new tire instead of the cost to path it is $$$ well spent.

Around here it is possible to be in the middle of no where with temps over 100F in bright sunlight. I do not want to have to be on the side of a road having to deal with a flat because I patched the tire instaed of buying a new tire.

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Re: Opinions on using a tire plug on rear tire?

I rode almost 200 miles on a flat rear Bridgestone BT020. I plugged it when I got home & run the tire down to the wear bars. It actually didn't ride to bad with no air. I've had plugs leak but I have never had one come out. I have been using the automotive type rope plugs since 1970.

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