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I have brand new Conti tires (less than 300 miles) and the rear tire helped clean up a roofing contractor's nail. It's right in the middle of the tire. A couple of bike dealers in the area won't help with the repair, citing "liability concerns."

Even if I do repair it well (like, from the inside of the tire using the right kit) and find someone to install the tire again, should I? Not an easy question to answer, I know. It's about risk. What I don't know is the experience others have had.

I suspect this will fall into the same category of asking what's the best oil to use....
 

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I have brand new Conti tires (less than 300 miles) and the rear tire helped clean up a roofing contractor's nail. It's right in the middle of the tire. A couple of bike dealers in the area won't help with the repair, citing "liability concerns."

Even if I do repair it well (like, from the inside of the tire using the right kit) and find someone to install the tire again, should I? Not an easy question to answer, I know. It's about risk. What I don't know is the experience others have had.

I suspect this will fall into the same category of asking what's the best oil to use....
I had the same issue on a ride. No one would touch it because they said they where not mechanics and would not take the wheel off. They would fix the tire if I took the wheel off however but I didn't have the tools on the road. So I put a dog turd in it for the rest of the 1500km ride and when I got back my local motorbike shop repaired it properly.
 

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I used a "slug" plug on my old bike when I got a nail with new tires. Had zero issues and ran the tire down till it was time to replace it. No one will recomend doing it as you only have two wheels, if one has a catastrophic failure because of the plug you are screwed.

I tried the "fancy" Dynaplugs, those were garbage from my experience although it says "permanent" repair.
 

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Had the same thing happen to me a little over a year ago. I bought a new tire and had the shop replace it, they gave me the damaged tire and sold me an internal plug/patch (told me they couldn't plug it due to liability but would put the tire on with the plug installed by me). When the newer tire was due to be replaced, I plugged the older one and had the shop mount it. I got over 6000 miles from the plugged tire with no issues at all. The internal plug/patch is pretty robust.
 

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I had an independent motorcycle tire shop plug my near-new Michelin Road five a month ago. Used one of those mushroom plugs and it seems very solid. Not leaking any air, so I'm not worried about it. On a tire with only 300 miles and a clean nail in the center of the tread, I wouldn't worry about having it plugged. Just keep an eye on it for leakage.

Those contractor's nails are the worst because the large head and short shaft makes them pop up when you run over them and skewer the tire. Ouch!
 

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I bought a new tire and had the shop replace it, they gave me the damaged tire and sold me an internal plug/patch (told me they couldn't plug it due to liability but would put the tire on with the plug installed by me). When the newer tire was due to be replaced, I plugged the older one and had the shop mount it.
That's not a bad idea and something I hadn't thought of.
 

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I have brand new Conti tires (less than 300 miles) and the rear tire helped clean up a roofing contractor's nail. It's right in the middle of the tire. A couple of bike dealers in the area won't help with the repair, citing "liability concerns."

Even if I do repair it well (like, from the inside of the tire using the right kit) and find someone to install the tire again, should I? Not an easy question to answer, I know. It's about risk. What I don't know is the experience others have had.

I suspect this will fall into the same category of asking what's the best oil to use....
I have a Stop-n-Go repair kit. I've never had to use it on my bike, but I have on the left front wheel of my 2016 Pilot. More than 10,000 miles later and ridden for long distance in the heat at 85 mph and everything is still going strong.
 

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Plug it yourself. I got over a thousand miles on a temporary plug once to get me home from the alps. Once I got home I decided to keep it until the tyre was ready to be replaced. I used the Tip Top repair kit


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Long time ago, in Germany, right before i was to leave on a long weekend trip to Swiss Alps, picked up large screw, centerline of rear HD tire. Plugged with rope plug and went on trip. No issues, when I traded bike 1.5 yrs later, plug was still in rear tire !
 

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I recently had something similar happen (on a tire with many more miles). Since I had the BMWMOA road hazard warranty, and they were willing to pay for replacement, I did that... eventually.

The problem was that the tire was on back order in the US (Continental RoadAttack 3 GT) so I would have had to wait for a month for the new tire. My independent dismounted the tire, plugged it from the inside, and remounted it. $28 since I just brought him the rim and tire, vs riding in.

In a few weeks when the new tire was available, I got the free replacement (and did the front tire at the same time).

I would *absolutely* do a plug installed from the inside of the tire if I were in your situation. I had no issues during the time I was riding on mine.

I also carry an emergency pump and the cord plugs you can install from the outside. I would not hesitate to use it in an emergency, and then get an inside plug installed in the tire after that.

Good luck!
 
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Another successful plugging story.
Newish rear tyre with 80% wear left at the time of the puncture.
Took the tyre off then to an independent bike shop.
Mushroom plugged from the inside which cost 20% of the cost of a replacement tyre.
0 - 0 = 0
8 - 2 = 6
Saved 60% of the cost of a new tyre and it went for another 12000 km.

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I personally plugged the rear tire of a HD with the string and glue stuff. Rode at least another 5,000 miles before the tire was fully worn and replaced. During the remaining tire life, the air pressures never changed more than normal... AKA, the plug wasn’t leaking.

Witnessed a FRONT tire “professionally” plugged at a shop on a 600ish pound Burgman Scooter on a trip months ago. We all finished that Tail of the Dragon trip and he has gone on a couple more big trips with freeway speeds and lots of twisties and the tire is still A-OK.

As long as the hole wasn’t too far off center (same way I would approach a car tire repair), I would repair and keep on riding. I was told that it is important to trim the string repair closely to the current tread. I don’t know if it matters but easy enough to use a little razor and complete. (I guess the theory is that if a string extends way past normal tread could grip the pavement and pull the string out.)

Good luck with your decision and please report back with your decision.
 
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Seems like every time I split lanes I get a nail. I've used the sticky rope and at one time I had 3 plugs in one tire and never had a problem.
 

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Seems like every time I split lanes I get a nail. I've used the sticky rope and at one time I had 3 plugs in one tire and never had a problem.
Most of the metal road trash seems to move to the sides .... I see a lot of it on my bicycle.
 

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I recently had something similar happen (on a tire with many more miles). Since I had the BMWMOA road hazard warranty, and they were willing to pay for replacement, I did that... eventually.

The problem was that the tire was on back order in the US (Continental RoadAttack 3 GT) so I would have had to wait for a month for the new tire. My independent dismounted the tire, plugged it from the inside, and remounted it. $28 since I just brought him the rim and tire, vs riding in.

In a few weeks when the new tire was available, I got the free replacement (and did the front tire at the same time).

I would *absolutely* do a plug installed from the inside of the tire if I were in your situation. I had no issues during the time I was riding on mine.

I also carry an emergency pump and the cord plugs you can install from the outside. I would not hesitate to use it in an emergency, and then get an inside plug installed in the tire after that.

Good luck!
I went with the MOA tire insurance as I've had more flats on my RT than any other motorcycle I have owned. I run PR4's and for the last 15 years have been using this stuff
and have never been stuck again. It also does balance your tires also.
Here is a great video about both.
 

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Considering the location, add my vote to plugging the tire and riding it.

If you have a TPMS system it will also alert you if you start losing pressure in that tire.

I had to plug a tire last year, and just put new tires on last week. The plug never caused any problems.

My RT didn’t come factory-equipped with TPMS, but I have a Garmin 395 LM which will work with their tire pressure sensors. I bought a set of sensors after the plugging and installed them and it’s been great peace of mind ever since.


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If it was me, I would put one of those string (rope) type plugs into the tire and call it a day.
Yep - I used to replace tires when I hit a nail/screw. But, tried one of the tar rope plugs once and that tire lasted thousands of miles. I’d try that first - quick, easy, and solid - at least in my experience.
 

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If it was me, I would put one of those string (rope) type plugs into the tire and call it a day.

+1 to those string repairs. I have used it in several incidents and ridden them to the end of the tyre's life. Very pleased with them.
 
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