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Old 08-07-2012, 07:59 AM   #16
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I had a blowout on my Burgman,rear tire,loud pop,,55 to 60mph. Not much wobble or anything. A string plug and portable air pump got me home and to the cycle shop the next day. The string plug leaked so I had to stop and add air a couple of times.
It is OK to install 2 or 3 string plugs in the same hole if needed, to get to a better place. Put glue on the string if you have it. I've had them last the life of the tire, on a car. Although, on a bike, I'd change the tire as soon as practical.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:07 AM   #17
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I know a kid who has that plug thing in back tire of his sport bike. It seems it doesn't bother him.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:33 AM   #18
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It is OK to install 2 or 3 string plugs in the same hole if needed, to get to a better place. Put glue on the string if you have it. I've had them last the life of the tire, on a car. Although, on a bike, I'd change the tire as soon as practical.
Yeah, I should have tried that. Never thought of it at the time. Now I also carry a mushroom tire plug kit.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:29 PM   #19
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If done right strings can last along time. Then again some people have them go after less then 50 miles. The one thing I would never ever use unless you want to buy another tire is slime. It make it dam hard to patch the tire afterwords. I feel as long as you take your time with strings, let the glue set for for 15 min and your really rasped out the hole it should last for a while. At lest it lasted for 2 000 miles for me. Then again where not traveling at 65 Mile per hour day in and out.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:37 AM   #20
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I once had the rear tire of my Yamaha Venture repaired with a sticky string. I put about 14,000 miles on that tire after the repair and that included riding two up and speeds well over 80 MPH. I replaced the tire when it was worn out. On the other hand, I needed 2 strings to repair the hole in my BMW's tire. I only rode on that long enough to get home.

I have read other threads on plugging tires. The general consensus has been that the sticky strings work much better than the plugs found in many motorcycle repair kits.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:25 AM   #21
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Rear tire flat

I had a valve stem come out on a rear tire a couple weeks ago. I was just returning from a 200 mile round trip and was only 300 yds from home. I was doing 35mph and suddenly it went flat, talk about a wild ride . Flopping side to side. tire came off the rim bead on one side. I walked it the rest of the way home.

I'm going to try noodling the next tires.

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Old 10-21-2012, 09:44 AM   #22
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I had one on my 78 Honda XL125 dual sport, I slowed down to about 20 or 25mph for someone walking a dog on the other side of the street, since dogs seem to be pretty unpredictable and I didn't want to hit anyones pup. When I got back on the throttle and started to gain speed it seemed like I hit a patch of sand or gravel the way the rear end was acting and sliding out. I pulled in the clutch and coasted down to a stop and noticed the rear tire had a flat. I had only rode about 100 miles on the bike total at this time and it had the original tires and a 20+ year old tube on the rear the previous owner had not done anything besides start the engine once a year for the last 20 years to make sure it got to run. After the blow out I got two new tires and tubes because it was not a great feeling having a tube blow out. I'm just glad it happened at less than 35mph.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #23
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I'm going to try noodling the next tires.
Ok, I'll bite. What do you mean by "noodling" the tire? All I could come up with is "Catfish Noodling" a.k.a. “Hillbilly Handfishing”.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:24 AM   #24
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Several mentions that with a flat tire you can't put down the side stand. A tip, if you are on a two lane road with little traffic: Carefully ride over to the left side of the road and park there. Most roads have a crown that works against you on the right side, but for you on the left.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:47 AM   #25
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I have had a few blowouts on my Heinkel over the years. The long wheelbase made it controllable. And the spare wheel came in handy.
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