Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Fairview Heights, IL
I'm in that "go ahead and patch" category, but with caveats. I've seen it go both ways. Had a buddy catch a nail, patch his tire and all is well, for a bit. Then he went and shot out the plug a few days later, but in all honestly he likes doing burnouts, hard launches, fast/hard riding, etc. so not all that surprising for him (even though he was told to take it easy, lol). Fortunately in my group of friends between all of us we have a good portion of situations covered, so another friend had a patch kit on him to re-patch.
I ended up catching a screw in my '07's rear tire right in-between tread grooves a couple years back, the tire was quite literally brand new (less than 500mi). Realized it later cause it caused a slow leak and went flat a couple hrs after parked, so I plugged it and it's been holding ever since to this day. As mentioned previously though, I don't ride the '07 hard anymore anyway, and I keep a close eye on it: pre-ride, periodically during stops, and post-ride tire checks to make sure it's holding air still and plug isn't migrating or anything weird like that, so I'm sure that helps in maintaining it. If you do decide to plug it, just always be mindful that you are riding on a plugged tire and take it easy I'd say.
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Last edited by Shinji43; 05-06-2019 at 06:12 PM.