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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Nail in my tire

The nail has been in my tire now since the end of last season. I put soap and water on it and it's ever so slightly bubbling which means there is a very slow leak. My question is, is this something that can be repaired or do I have to face the financial consequences and get new rubber? I really hope not because these are relatively brand new Metzeler Tires with only about a thousand miles on them.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 01:02 PM
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Mojo. You will get many opinions. I have done both and had no issues. That being said, and knowing what I know now, and being older and wiser. I would get another tire. Why, because my family and my azz are worth it.. My 2 cents..
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You have 2 tiny contacts with the road. I would not use a patched tire on a motorcycle where if you loose one tire, you are going down.

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My opinion patch it if it's tubeless.a plug is for emergency only , on hiway with no other choice, to be patched asap. If it's tube type,i would change the tube but i would think if it's tube type it would be flat with a ripped tube by now. If you decide to replace it I'll give you my address. Send it to me, I'll dispose of it for you.
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If you can have it patched/plugged from the inside, I'd do that, and add some Ride-On when you have the tire re-mounted. I've plugged tires before, and never had an issue, but I've also gotten older and wiser, and these bikes are heavier than most.
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Originally Posted by Mrjo1340 View Post
The nail has been in my tire now since the end of last season.
Have you ridden with the nail in it?
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 02:54 PM
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Day 3 of my VTX ownership I picked up a nail. Replaced that K555 rear tire with a D404 POS.
Dealer gave me a good price and I had to have it now.

Anyway, a few tires later I patched the OEM, it had a slight bubbling.
I had to fight that damn patch to get it off. It was on good.
I patched again, still some light bubbling, put a tube in it.

00300 6/11/2005 OEM tire meets nail (D404 300-7669=7369 miles)
30,355 10/27/06 Original Dunlop K555 rear tire installed with a tube(good for 9,218 miles) to 39,323 miles

Many plies on the rear tire.
Is it a finishing nail?
Do what you are comfortable with.
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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I know for sure it's a roofing nail. Last fall my neighbor had his roof done. I remember finding a couple of nails on my driveway and I picked it up. I guess the one I happen to miss is the one that got lodged in my tire. I rode probably for about 2 weeks with it last year and I went out for a quick ride today. There is a very slow leak as i sprayed soap and Water I noticed very gentle intermittent bubbling. I know it's easy just to say get a new tire but there's a lot of Life on this tire and from what I understand from some people they have ridden with the patch with no issue at all. I have decided I will get it taken care of tomorrow. I am not going to do this one myself there is a shop by my house called Champion Cycle which is an excellent shop which deals with all makes and models from metric to V-Twin to sport bikes and I know the owner personally. Most of the times I try to do things myself but I think this one I'll leave to a professional as it's way above my mechanical knowledge. I just basically wanted to know what sort of issues anyone has had with patching up their Tire. Of course if I had unlimited resources I'd go just buy a new tire. Unfortunately I'm not that privileged to just go drop $300 on new rubber which is completely unexpected for me
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 03:37 PM
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If you are comfortable riding with a nail in it, you should be pretty contented with a plug/patch or whatever repair.
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I’m not gonna tell u to plug it......but I plug and play on mine(I trust my work)....actually put 2 plugs in a 200....never had a problem...just this morning I plugged right front on my civic....good luck
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