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Old 05-08-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Is this tire done for?

I rode to work this morning as usual and when I parked the bike i noticed the road left me a little gift on the back Tourance EXP. I got in close and it looked like this.


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I didnt have time to the check the pressure the morning, so i left it and got to work. When I got out of work and started to get ready to head home, I took a pressure reading and it didnt drop all day. I rode home and tested the pressure again and still it was at 40lbs.

So after I took off all my gear I checked out the nail and it seemed to of punctured the tire at a very steep angle. I saw the other half the nail bulging out the tread around it. So I dont "think" it went straight thru making a hole. It just just under the tread a bit, like a sliver.

So i felt brave and pulled it out and this is what it was.


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I tried a emulate the angle it was piercing the tire with the needle nose pliers.

So far no drop in pressure and no bubbles when I tried soapy water and sitting on the bike.

So, keep on riding or finish the hole and plug it or get a new tire on there? Its got me on fence since its was a puncture, but not all the way thru at the angle it was at. The total length of that nail was about 5/8" of an inch long...maybe 3/4" tops. Thanks

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Old 05-08-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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+1, Ride it.
It didn't go deep enough to hurt anything IMHO.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:31 PM   #4
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Only try to plug it if it is loosing air.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:37 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. Ride it, it is.

So far i havent lost an ounce of air, so if its still 40lbs or so in the morning, I'm puttin on the rain gear and heading out.

Im actually kinda bummed in a way, I wanted to kill this EXP and get a plain old Tourance. I guess im stuck doing it the old fashion way.

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Old 05-09-2012, 07:32 AM   #6
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Ehhhh. On second thought I'm gonna get a new tire. After letting the bike sit on the side stand all night long, it lost 2.5 lbs overnight. At 7pm last night it was 40.5psi. This morning at 7am it was 38 psi. When I get home tonight and it's at 36psi or something,I'm taking it off and bringing it in. Must be a ultra slow leak.

I might get a plain Tourance instead of another EXP. nice tire but too soft.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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Sure it's didn't just loose pressure due to cooling down?

I would ride that, unless it was through.

Of course, if it was through I would just plug it and ride it.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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Good point, that completely skipped my mind. It's quite possible it lost a pound or so from the cool down. I'm hoping that's the case. As much as I want a new rear tire, throwing a 150 bucks out the window right now isn't fun.

When I get home I'll check it. If it's still at 38psi when I get home I'll leave it. If it dropped even more then I'll consider a new tire or plugging it.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:47 PM   #9
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Ride it. Pulled a screw out at a similar angle of my boss's tire on his car the other day. It was just in the tread and never pierced all the way through.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #10
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After the Joplin tornado our streets are full of this stuff. I have pulled out 2 so far that did not go thru. Not worried. I will be pissed when one does go thru, but I will plug it and ride it.

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Old 05-09-2012, 10:03 PM   #11
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If you are concerned just dribble some soapy water on the hole and see if you get bubbles. Even a tiny leak gives noticeable bubbles.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:46 AM   #12
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If it is leaking just plug it, or pull the tire and put a boot on it. (Old lingo, large patch inside the carcass)

I've ridden plugged tires for thousands of miles with no issue.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:43 PM   #13
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I'll usually lose a couple of pounds air pressure from trying to get the damn guage onto the stem when I'm trying to check it.
Like GreaseMonkey suggested, put the soapy water on it to be sure.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:01 PM   #14
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^ Haha, That's what I was thinking this morning before I took off. By the time I got the gauge on and get a reading, I'm scratching my head...damn...was that 41 lbs before i let out enough air to read 40lbs.

After I filled up the rear to 42psi last night, it didnt lose an ounce of air overnight. So im chalking that 2lb loss from the warm tire. I checked the pressure this morning before I got ready and it didnt even lose a fraction of a pound overnight. Tried so soapy water last night too for he-ha's and not a bubble to seen. So, I rode today and it was fine.

Now that leave me with more money to buy more crap.

Thanks for the replies guys!
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