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Old 03-25-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Nail in tire

I bought a new tire and the tail end of fall, and I consequently only have about 400 miles on the tire. I now have a nail in the tire and I was wondering if I should have it plugged or sadly buy a new one. I ride a CBR 600; I do not ride in a tame manner nor am I stunting or riding the track.

So, plug it or buy a new one?

I sincerely appreciate any factual info, especially facts based on experience. Thank you everyone.
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:48 PM   #2
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Default Another quick question

I would hope that the tire would be a bit more resistant to puncture. Is this typical or a sign of poor manufacturing?
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:54 PM   #3
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No hope- buy another tire. Puncture resistants is for four wheel vehicles. Bike tires "load" is too great to try to plug and patches just would hold with confindence.
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It's a personal decision. I plug nail-holes, generally. A bit of cement smeared on one of those sticky-stuff-impregnated fiber-type plugs is what I favour over the rubber plugs.

Others, disagree.

You pays your money, and you takes your chances.
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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I would hope that the tire would be a bit more resistant to puncture. Is this typical or a sign of poor manufacturing?
Was it raining, or had it recently rained and the road was still wet when you caught the nail?

I think the water "lubricates" the debris, making it easier to puncture the tire. Sorta like a vaseline and a 70-year-old Hooker.

I've also noticed that about 95% of the flats I've gotten have been on the back - I believe the front sorta "stirs up" the nail, and the back just hammers it home.

Sorta like a 70-year-old Hooker.........
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:27 PM   #6
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No, it hadn't been raining, but I can see your point.
I seem to be getting a fifty-fifty say on whether or not to plug. I called two people on the phone as well, and one said yes and the other no. This seems to be an opionated topic.
Since you have actually pluged a tire how effective was it and will it go at 120 mph? Where did you get the plug material if I do plug it?

Thank you for the quick responce guys!
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:31 PM   #7
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You're asking if a plugged tire will hold up at 120mph?

Think about the consequences of a tire failure at 120mph (or even 65mph). Do you really want to risk your life because you'll save a little money by plugging a tire instead of getting a new one?
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:43 PM   #8
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Not really, that is why I am asking. I just wanted to lay all the cards on the table and get back the best information possible.
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:49 PM   #9
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For how long? 120 as a quick jaunt and then settle your silly ass down; or 120 'til you zip past the Trooper in the Median, and then 155 'til the tire blows as he's chasin' you?

Buy a new tire, if you feel you have to run 120 everywhere. Put it on a credit card - that way, you can afford the most-expensive tire, but won't have to worry about paying for it - because if you run 120 everywhere on a bike, you're gonna be dead soon-enough.
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:59 PM   #10
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I have never seen a properly plugged tire blow out under any circumstances. Neither has anyone else that I know of. The "must be replaced" rule may have been invented by tire salesmen, like the "must replace a helmet that falls off a chair onto the floor" rule was invented by helmet salesmen. No one has ever released any scientific data either way. I'd plug it. I usually plug them. But then I don't ride on the ragged edge.
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