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  • Offline Pharo92   us

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    To patch or to replace
    on: Jun 20, 2022, 02.45 pm
    Jun 20, 2022, 02.45 pm
    So it finally happened, my rear tire found a nail somewhere in my travels. It's a pretty small nail from the looks of it (I haven't pulled it out yet as the tire is still holding air, just a very small leak from what I can tell) and it went straight in so it's a puncture, not a cut or tear. What are your thoughts on patching a tire for a motorcycle? The research I've done is very divided with some saying it can be a permanent fix and others saying that it should only be considered a very temporary fix in order to get to a mechanic to replace it. For context the tires are the Dunlops that were on the bike when I bought it brand new and have around 4500 miles on them so it wouldn't break my heart to replace them, but they still have some life in them so I wouldn't be against running them for a while longer either, safety in mind.
    Thanks in advance for the info and opinions hive-mind.

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    Re: To patch or to replace
    Reply #1 on: Jun 20, 2022, 02.57 pm
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     O.E. tyres at that mileage: Bin them.  :431:
    Tighten it 'til it strips then back it off half a turn.

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    Re: To patch or to replace
    Reply #2 on: Jun 20, 2022, 04.44 pm
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    I lasted 2400 miles before binning the horrible Dunlop standard tyres. If you only ride on guaranteed sunny, dry roads then maybe stick with them.
    As for the puncture repair, a garage fitted, rubber mushroom type repair from the inside out will not fail in regular use. I've had nearly new Bridgestone punctured & repaired ( from 200  miles), last till I junked it at over 6000 miles.
    Did Ryan do a comparison test on his Fortnine youtube chanel of the various puncture repairs available?

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    Re: To patch or to replace
    Reply #3 on: Jun 20, 2022, 08.12 pm
    Jun 20, 2022, 08.12 pm
    *Originally Posted by Bentham [+]
    Did Ryan do a comparison test on his Fortnine youtube chanel of the various puncture repairs available?

    Yep, says plugs are the best.

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    Re: To patch or to replace
    Reply #4 on: Jun 21, 2022, 08.26 am
    Jun 21, 2022, 08.26 am
    This?

    2019 Kawasaki Z900 125hp Candy Lime Green / Metallic Matte Graphite Gray
    Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkPa06DyJax_MtKexakd8A/

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    Re: To patch or to replace
    Reply #5 on: Jul 01, 2022, 03.37 pm
    Jul 01, 2022, 03.37 pm
    Yup, I took your guy's advice and just got some new tires put on and WOW am I glad. I didn't really realised how bad those tires were until I got these new ones on  (Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT Tires). Thanks for the advice!