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I just put a new tire on my 1200, It's only got maybe 800 mi on it getting ready for a ride in a couple days & found what looks like a dry wall screw about a inch off center. So how bad would it be to plug it?? me off!!!! Thats a new tire
 

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Subject is debated frequently. I always carry a tire plug kit in case I need it. Some guys ride on them, I would in an emergency (short Miles) but probably would bite the bullet & change the tire. It is only 1 of 2 that you have & in the end it's your hide that you're risking.

It does stink that it's a new tire though.:mad:
 

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I've got 8000 miles on a rear with a plug(string type). I had less than 50 miles on mine when I had the same thing happen. I will replace the tire soon, but have had no problems or worries so far.
 

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Bummer on it happening to a new tire. Myself I'm a worrier and having a plug in there would bug me till I replaced the tire.
I've also seen some demo's of the different types of plugs. I'd rely on the mushroom type over the twisted cord type. I've used both on and old tire to see which came out the easiest. The Mushroom type won hands down over the twisted cord when trying to pull them back out.
Again just my opinion
 

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I have to go with the Fossil and Ron on this one. It's a $150.00 tire on a $15,000.00 bike in addition to whatever my ugly mug is worth, not to mention to health and welfare of my best friend (also known as "She Who Must Be Obeyed). To me, it's just not worth the extra risk.
 

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I just put a new tire on my 1200, It's only got maybe 800 mi on it getting ready for a ride in a couple days & found what looks like a dry wall screw about a inch off center. So how bad would it be to plug it?? me off!!!! Thats a new tire
I know the feeling. :mad:

If you remove the tire from the rim and install a boot you will have a much safer repair. You will probably have to install it yourself since motorcycle tire dealers tend to shy away from such repairs.

If it were me I would suggest the tire be replaced sooner than later, especially if you are carrying a passenger.
 

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Have to agree with Ron. I rode on a plug from Sun Valley home to Central Washington but worried about it all the way and my next stop was Chet's Honda for a new tire. Cheap insurance in my thinking.
 

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Thanks for all the advise, sounds like next payday I will have to have another fresh one mounted. plugs don't scare me but we ride two up most all the time. it would be one thing if it was just me. I have ran car tires with plugs for many miles, the bike tire i just replaced with this one had two plugs, one I put in about 1,000 mi back when my bro owned it, don't know how long the other one was in there. I guess I just wanted a second opinion. I hate to replace such a new tire for one little screw
 

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I don't trust a plug except for emergency use to get to a new tire facility, but that's just me. Shoot, I don't even have a car tire on my bike...
sorry d/s fans, it just slipped out:eek:
 

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Have plugged 2 or 3 Rear Motorcycle tires in my time. Rode them all till the tire wore out. No problems.
 

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Alright everyone ready for the answer?? The plug made it maybe fifty miles and let go, not even twisties I was on the straights when it let go. second would not even hold air had to call a tow. looks i spend th rest of the day pulling the rear wheel n have a fresh one mounted. good thing i was close to home. plugs on car tires fine / plugs on bike tire not cool. plug it find a tire shop fast. some may have good luck with them but thats my story and it sux.
 

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I agree. That's why I didn't " weigh " in on this one. I have a plug in my rear " car tire " on my bike and have had it in for at least 5,000 miles. Motorcycle tires are just not shaped right to be plugged.
 

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Alright everyone ready for the answer?? The plug made it maybe fifty miles and let go, not even twisties I was on the straights when it let go. second would not even hold air had to call a tow. looks i spend th rest of the day pulling the rear wheel n have a fresh one mounted. good thing i was close to home. plugs on car tires fine / plugs on bike tire not cool. plug it find a tire shop fast. some may have good luck with them but thats my story and it sux.
I also lost an 84 1200 because of a plugged tire. Bought what was supposed to be a new one, but plug came out one week later, when I was doing 85. Rear Tire, got it slowed down, then lost it. Totaled bike, took 5 ribs and collar bone broke in two places, lots of road rash. I won't trust a plug. Didn't know that one was plugged, thank God the wife rode her own bike and wasn't on mine.
 
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Did you use glue on the plugs ? what shape and size was the hole Was it done correctly How come it didn't hold air even on the second time Where did you buy that "new tire" Jack?
Lots of questions which makes your statements questionable.
For sure not all the tire holes are plugable but some are. Mine was done by a finishing nail therefore was round smack on the center.
Can I guarantee is going to be fine? Only taxes and death are a guarantee but I think I will be just fine.
 

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Did you use glue on the plugs ? what shape and size was the hole Was it done correctly How come it didn't hold air even on the second time Where did you buy that "new tire" Jack?
Lots of questions which makes your statements questionable.
For sure not all the tire holes are plugable but some are. Mine was done by a finishing nail therefore was round smack on the center.
Can I guarantee is going to be fine? Only taxes and death are a guarantee but I think I will be just fine.
Don't know why my word is questionable, but this happened in the late 80s. Our Gwrra group was escorting a bicycle race in east Texas. I picked up a screw in my rear tire. Took it into a little town (too long ago to remember what town) to a small motorcycle shop. Asked them to put a new tire on the rear. Did not inspect the tire. A week later it blew, rapid decompression. Let a hole in the tire about 1/2 in diameter. Three friends searched the area could not find anything that could have punctured it.

As far as riding on a plug, that is up to you. I don't really care. The owner of this thread asked for opinion. I gave mine. The fact that you don't agree, does not constitute my word being questionable. nuff said before I get into trouble
 

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I think the consensus here is don't plug and if you do make it temporary. Otherwise, pluggers beware.
 

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Sounds like a really good reason to go buy ya a good car tire and ride into the sunset thinking of all the extra miles your going to get and the money you will save in the long run... I'm a double darksider so go for it... I live an hour from the Tail of the Dragon and another short shot to the Diamond Back so I get plenty of practice in the twisties on a double darkside setup. Its your money and your life Flip A Coin...Good Luck Buddy and Enjoy Life Right...
 
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Don't know why my word is questionable, but this happened in the late 80s. Our Gwrra group was escorting a bicycle race in east Texas. I picked up a screw in my rear tire. Took it into a little town (too long ago to remember what town) to a small motorcycle shop. Asked them to put a new tire on the rear. Did not inspect the tire. A week later it blew, rapid decompression. Let a hole in the tire about 1/2 in diameter. Three friends searched the area could not find anything that could have punctured it.

As far as riding on a plug, that is up to you. I don't really care. The owner of this thread asked for opinion. I gave mine. The fact that you don't agree, does not constitute my word being questionable. nuff said before I get into trouble
Jackpoet, No need to get upset.Is not your word that is questionable to me. The fact that your problem was created by a plug is.
I swear to you this is true.I just went to a restaurant with my wife in a remote area.We just got back15 min ago.A car aproched the intersection near the restaurant while we were preparing to get on the bike. We heard a sound of a metal hitting the car. The car tire got flat instantly and she(the young girl) made a sudden left turn. Nobody was hurt.As we pulled in the intersection my wife spoted a chunk of rubber that she saw moving seconds before.It was about 2.5 inch long.
Somehow the story is similar to yours. The questions now are :how can you have a half inch hole from the plug leaving the tire and second did you manage to prove to the seller of the tire they gave you was an old tire ?

PS .It looks like I'm making friends fast on this site(lol) Santini and I shooke hands so now we are cool.
 
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