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May 16th 2016, 05:57 AM   #1
  Mar 2016
  Spokane, WA

  2009 Yamaha R1
screw in rear tire.

I have never picked a screw up in a motorcycle tire before. Is it safe to have it repaired and still ride it? I just bought the tires 600 miles ago and would prefer not to have to buy another new one if not necessary. Thanks
May 16th 2016, 07:01 AM   #2
  Jan 2016
  Lynnwood WA

  2007 Yamaha FZ6, 2008 Aprilia Tuono & 2009 Yamaha WR250R
If it's on the crown of the tire, not anywhere near the sidewall, you should be fine. Having said that, most shops won't patch a motorcycle tire, but you can buy a plug kit for $10-30 (Cycle Gear comes to mind) and should be able to repair it yourself.
May 16th 2016, 07:02 AM   #3
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '03 SV650 track, '19 636
Depends on who you ask. I have never had a bad experience with patches.

I've never heard from any one who has personally had a bad experience with a patch in the past 30+ years of riding.

May 16th 2016, 07:02 AM   #4
 SilvieFox's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
plug it and ride on
May 16th 2016, 08:07 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016

May 16th 2016, 08:45 AM   #6
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Haven't had any issues with a plugged tire on my Buell Blast after about 1K miles on the plug, but it's no super sport...
May 16th 2016, 01:57 PM   #7
  Mar 2016
  Spokane, WA

  2009 Yamaha R1
Yeah its just off center in a sip of the tire. Thats why I wanted to ask though since I have never needed to repair one. I just wanted to make sure I probably wouldn't die from it.... thanks for the replies. Sounds like ill get it repaired or just do it myself if a shop wont.
May 16th 2016, 03:25 PM   #8
 S1KRR's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Renton, WA

  2010 BMW S1000RR, 2015 Yamaha FZ-07, 2009 Husky TXC250/310
Got a hole in the rear tire on the S1000RR couple of years ago, plugged it but it kept losing a couple of pounds of air each day. Tried a second plug but same result, ended up getting a new tire.
May 16th 2016, 03:46 PM   #9
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Plug it. Ride it.

My preferred method of plugging is a mushroom type plug installed from the inside of the tire with it dismounted then epoxied over. That requires a shop do the plugging in the case of most people. Last time I needed a plug I handled the tire dismount/mount and balance, shop did the plug and it cost me ~$40.

I had a tire with 3 plugs in it last over 10K with the plugs being installed this way.
May 16th 2016, 04:35 PM   #10
 MarvTravis's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Wal-Mart has a Slime 11 pc. string-type tire-plugging kit for $2.40 that includes a reamer, insertion tool, rubber cement and strings. Add a 12v air compressor for less than $15, and do it yourself. I've had nothing but good luck plugging tires, and running them until they're replaced due to wear.

I carry a tire-plugging kit and compressor on my bike at all times to be prepared should I, or others, pick up a nail.

Edited by MarvTravis on May 16th 2016 at 08:11 PM
May 16th 2016, 04:42 PM   #11
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Personnally, I would never put a string type plug in a tire except to get me to a shop if I was out on a road trip far from home.
May 16th 2016, 04:52 PM   #12
 Chrishil54's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
I've never plugged a tire (mine uses tubes), but I've heard that the two things are if it's the sidewall (already mentioned) or if you are using them on a track. Apparently most track operators don't like people riding with plugged tires.
May 16th 2016, 06:25 PM   #13
 cgt1229's Avatar
  Feb 2016

I rode one till I needed it replaced from wear. This was all street riding. I over reamed the first one, had to do a 2nd. Held up great till replacement, several hundred miles later, though I was worried, it might deflate, it didn't.
May 16th 2016, 08:04 PM   #14
 Zoomie's Avatar
  Jan 2016

"can't touch this" whoa, ohh, ooh....Hammer time...
Double standard coming. I won't say I haven't repaired my own tires, however, when a person is paying and depending on my expertise, eh. Different story. It's extremely difficult to determine collateral damage to the tire, damaged cords , overheat from low air pressure...future damage from water entering the injury, or air getting between the layers causing tread separation.
That said, the official stance of most manufacturers is that a PROPER repair is acceptable.
Research and you'll find most involve an internal patch/plug arrangement, the tire should most definitely be inspected for internal damage (sorry), you'd be amazed at some of the damage I've seen inside when outwardly it appeared ok.
And in all cases the speed rating is rescinded on a repaired tire.
How's that for making a short answer long? Now back to my 80's tunes, ohh, ohh, Livin on a Prayer.....
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May 17th 2016, 12:21 PM   #15
 PeteN95's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Originally Posted by Chrishil54
I've never plugged a tire (mine uses tubes), but I've heard that the two things are if it's the sidewall (already mentioned) or if you are using them on a track. Apparently most track operators don't like people riding with plugged tires.
Most track operators don't like people doing wheelies either, but it doesn't mean it's dangerous if you know what you're doing.

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