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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 06:24 PM
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I’m not gonna tell u to plug it......but I plug and play on mine
Ditto; same here. I agree that everyone has to make their own risk-tolerant decision, but some of the overblown hype makes me chuckle. “If your plug fails you’re going down” - what silliness. Punctures make tires deflate. I’ve had many such events. Never once had any control problems; just noted that handling was rapidly deteriorating and pulled over. It’s happened both while solo and with a passenger. I’ve never had a flat turn into a supernova, so somehow all the drama escapes me. But if I ever witness a bike explode from a flat I will probably form a different opinion.
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post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 07:39 PM
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I've patched a few, both front and rear and never has an issue. I get the safety argument, but hey, we're riding....end of the day, one needs to answer that question for oneself.
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I put a new Avon Cobra on my bike and got a nail in 2 days. I decided to plug it until I was able to get a new tire. Put a new tire on after 18000 miles. I forgot about the plug until I took the tire off of the bike. Sometimes getting old ain't so bad.
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I've plugged and inside patched bike tires with no issues doing either. I've not used it but supposedly "ride on" will fix it even without a plug or patch. For plugging I prefer the mushroom plugs and have my own kit. On my backhoe using the mushroom plugs I plugged a hole in the front tire caused by a piece of 3/8 rerod, 80 PSI and all the force of up to 2 ton in the loader over rough terrain, never touched it again.
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I've plugged and inside patched bike tires with no issues doing either. I've not used it but supposedly "ride on" will fix it even without a plug or patch. For plugging I prefer the mushroom plugs and have my own kit. On my backhoe using the mushroom plugs I plugged a hole in the front tire caused by a piece of 3/8 rerod, 80 PSI and all the force of up to 2 ton in the loader over rough terrain, never touched it again.
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I have no experience with running on a patched tire; however, I do have experience with a rear tire blowout at 70 MPH in the center lane of Interstate 70 late on a Saturday afternoon out of state. It is not an experience I would care to repeat for the following reasons:

1. I'm certain I lost years off my life. In about 3 seconds, I wondered what the heck happened, if I would live, if I would be able to afford to replace my bike and how I would pay the hospital bills.
2. That the bike stayed “up” was a testament to God's will rather than my skill. I am just thakful He wasn't busy doing more important things at that moment.
3. Finding a tow truck late on a Saturday afternoon was difficult, but not impossible.
4. Finding a bike shop able to work on my bike after closing hours on a Saturday afternoon was difficult, but not impossible. (See the shameless plug below.*)
5. Finding a tire to meet specs late on a Saturday afternoon after closing hours was difficult, but not impossible thanks to my new “favorite bike shop” owner who had the right connections and resources to work that miracle.

I was on my way to see my granddaughters on a dance recital in PA. Those of you with granddaughters and grandsons will understand what I'm about to say. Those of you who don't have grandchildren will understand when you do. Some things are just priceless and you will be willing to do “whatever it takes” to honor relationships and rare opportunities.

I'm retired and on a fixed budget, so discretionary dollars are guarded like gold. Replacing motorcycle tires is expensive in every way for all of us. When you add all the expenses and mental anguish factors of this scenario together, this was an expensive lesson for me. What I learned is this: if a tire is marginal – it's getting replaced. I agree completely with Chicago-Spike – not worth the risk in my opinion.

*And now for the shameless plug I mentioned above. This incident happened in Washington, PA. The shop that bailed my butt out is Cool Valley Cycles in Canonsburg, PA. For those of you who travel that part of the world and want to add them to your contact list if you ever get in a jam, call Jason at 724-514-6521. Been there – done that – and literally bought the T-shirt (which is also very cool.)

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just my 2 pennies worth if u like to live on the wild side patch/plug but my life is worth alot more than the cost of a tire I would spend the money
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Same discussion as going to the darkside. Saving money and risking your life. Everybody decides for him or herself.
And no I don't want to restart this discussion here
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Keep driving on it and airing it up. It will let you know when it's time to change it 😉

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I ride the Darkside,plug tires and when I can stay at a Holiday Inn Express.....at 71 still living on the edge......
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