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Old 06-15-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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Question Starting a trip with a plugged TKC70? Replace or roll?

Yesterday, I take the bike off the center stand to go for a quick ride and discovered my rear TKC70, with less than 600 miles on it, was flat. I nice 2" nail right between the thread blocks. I plugged it using my handy dandy StopnGo mushroom type plugger from Aerostich.

At any rate, I'm supposed to leave on a 9 day trip this Thursday. I've read the bajillion threads on whether or not to ride on a plugged tire. The instructions that came with the kit, explicitly states that steel belted radials should be replaced as soon as possible. IF I order a new tire today and pay rush shipping, I could likely get it installed by Wednesday and be ready to roll Thursday. But, the thought of replacing what is essentially a brand new tire has me cringing.

So, is discretion the better part of valor? Should I jump through the hoops and drop the dough to replace or should I just roll? What would you do? Poll inbound.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:36 AM   #2
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If the TKC70 is indeed steel belted, try a sticky string plug instead. They are less likely to be cut by the belts and fall out. Make sure you carry some sticky string plugs regardless.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:37 AM   #3
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If the plug will hold for 1 mile it will hold for 10.
If the plug will hold for 10 mile it will hold for 100.
If the plug will hold for 100 mile it will hold for 1000

This is the way that I look at plugs.
If you got it right the first time it will last as long as the tire.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:45 AM   #4
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Are you poor? If so, ride it and bring your tire plugger along. If not, change it.

Another thought. Change it, but keep the old one. Put it back on when the new one gets old and you're only going to be riding locally.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:35 AM   #5
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Stop-n-Stay tire plugs are well-known to work loose.

Fix it right, with at least a sticky string (best would be to demount the tire and install a mushroom patch from the inside), and ride happy.

Or install a new tire and set the holed tire aside for local use.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:41 AM   #6
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I believe you'd be fine riding a plugged tire, especially the rear. But I understand the feeling...why start a trip at less than 100% unless you have to!

I suggest that if you can get a new tire by the time you leave, go ahead and do it, and then you can put it out of your mind. It won't be a waste of the other tire...just put it aside, and when you get back, repair it the 'best' way, with a patch put on from inside! then when you wear out the new one, but the repaired one back on and use it up!
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:09 PM   #7
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9 days is a long time to worry about a tire. I agree with the suggestion to replace it.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:21 PM   #8
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:27 PM   #9
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:53 PM   #10
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If the money isn't an issue, replace it. If it is, like th others said, put in a sticky string instead.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:59 PM   #11
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Are you poor? What the hell kind of question is that?
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:12 PM   #12
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Several years ago, I bought a Stop-n-Go kit to keep on the bike instead of the sticky rope plugs I had been carrying. On the next trip to NC, I had a small piece of wood impale the fairly new rear tire, pretty much centered in the tread. I made it just under 100 miles before it started going flat again. The end of the plug was gone, so I plugged it again. I had to push the bike uphill for a couple tenths of a mile to a safer location off the road - it was so flat I was afraid I'd break the bead, and my little compressor might not help.

My destination was still a couple hundred miles away, so I stopped at a Walmart, and picked up another sticky rope plug kit, just in case. Good thing, because it started to go flat less than 100 miles after plugging it the 2nd time.

No problems again after using the sticky rope plugs. When I changed the tire thousands of miles later, I found the 2 mushroom heads rolling around inside. The steel belts had sliced them in half, and then the mushroom end popped into the tire, and the stem popped out.

I think I'd replace your plug ASAP with a sticky rope plug. NOW.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:39 PM   #13
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Only fix (sticky rope) if you are 100% confident in that repair; it sucks to do a 9 day trip with a nagging worry about your tire.

I would sticky rope repair and ride, because I have full confidence in that repair, after riding almost 9000 total miles on 2 different plugged tires .
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:51 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by slartidbartfast View Post
If the TKC70 is indeed steel belted, try a sticky string plug instead. They are less likely to be cut by the belts and fall out. Make sure you carry some sticky string plugs regardless.
What he said. Is there a dealer or shop on your route? If so you can always call ahead and do a hit and run replacement if there is a problem.
If your going to be in the middle of nowhere then I would replace rather than gamble on having a trip ruined for the price of a tire.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:34 PM   #15
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You crazy man. A plug is a temporary repair

Remove the tire, repair it from the INSIDE with a plug patch and ride in confidence just like the guy said in post #5.

For a 9 day trip I would buy a new tire. Its much easier to buy a tire at home than on the road when you REALLY need one.

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