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post #1 of 10 Old 05-06-2019, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Patch or replace rear tire

Got a nail in my rear tire. Still has lots of tread, less than 3000 miles on it. Is it safe to patch the tire(tubeless) or Should I replace it?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-06-2019, 02:31 PM
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I'm sure others will chime in, but from what I've heard due to the flexing of the tire it is difficult and/or not recommended to patch them. Plus if it fails there is a greater risk for personal injury.

Basically you will find two camps - those who have done it with no issues, and those who will never do it or have had issues. According to some manufacturers, it is "ok" to patch them, but limit speeds to under 75mph:
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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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post #4 of 10 Old 05-06-2019, 05:16 PM
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I know many people who ride patched/plugged tires, a couple who wear them to chords showing with several plugs in the tire and still no issues.
I got a nail in a 90 mile old tire. I replaced it. I won't do repaired moto tires [unlike cars, who cares then]

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I had a nail in my 600RR a few years ago, tire was literally brand new - I ended up patching it and it lasted for 2months before my patch began to leak, at which point I re-patched it, and got the tire replaced!

I think it'll come down to how hard you drive the bike (as another member mentioned) - if you're not going too crazy on it, I don't believe plugging it will be a problem.

Honda did offer to plug it for me as well (they plug it from the inside of the tire).

It's definitely one of those two camp topics, and it'll come down to what gives you best piece of mind (I never had that confidence knowing I had a plug in my tire, so I took it more or less easy on it).

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Get a plug patch. I got a nail in my rear tire with less then 250 miles. Had the shop do a plug patch and not even a leak. Donít get me wrong I wonít be doing any high speed runs but as far as the twistes I push just as hard as before the repair.

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-07-2019, 10:40 AM
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I've plugged a couple tires with great results. It's called Stop & Go Tubeless Tire Plugger. Google it, saved me a couple times.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-09-2019, 11:42 PM
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Some thoughts on tire repair......

Hi - I had a nail in my tire at the beginning of last season and I gave serious consideration of what to do. I have a couple of points that have not been mentioned I think...

First off I had a fresh set Q3's on my bike. The TPMS system shows the tire decreasing in pressure slowly and I discover a nail in rear. Getting home was no problem.

So here was my reasoning for going with 5$ plug repair kit:

1) My bike is used for commuting, getting groceries and casual stuff... so absolute assurance at high speed I don't need. The Q3's have a Z rating so at 30% of their rated speed I expect they have some structural reserve.

2) I have a TPMS and it is proven to show leaks. I really like having the TPMS and is not expensive or hard to install

3) I just take a look and monitor the site where the plug is for any signs of distortion.

4) The puncture was a clean nail hole with no tearing or other issues.

5) I am mostly a local rider, so most of the time it would be east to get home if I got an pressure warning on the TPMS

I happened to take a few picks.

I notice the plug has kind of smeared into the rain groove but the tire is without bumps and has had no issues. I will be changing the tire in a week or so. I am just waiting on some new T-valve stems.

I suppose the point is that each owner needs to make their own assessment of their puncture and their tolerance for risk.


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post #9 of 10 Old 05-10-2019, 12:16 AM
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Get a proper mushroom-style plug, which installs from the inside of the tire, and you'll be good to go... all the way down to the cords.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-15-2019, 05:30 PM
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It's crazy to patch a motorcycle tire and risk your life for a $100 or so, especially on a sport/track bike. Bite the bullet, replace it, and live to ride another day...!

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