Can a Continental TK80 be repaired?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by zulus800, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. zulus800

    zulus800 n00b

    Feb 25, 2013
    Hey Guys,

    this weekend I did the most awesome off road ridding on this very capable bike- but unfortunately got a little slash on the center of the tire ( half inch)

    I called BMW assist and they towed me to the dealer, but dealer saying that they dont repair tires--- is this normal? I figured that they would put a new tube and just patch the tire- no?

    thanks for help in advanced.
  2. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

    Jul 26, 2008
    knee deep
    1. 1/2" is kinda big to patch, no shop would do it and warranty it.
    2. Front or rear tire?
    3. Try and patch it yourself if it's a rear and keep as emergency spare
    4. BMW = Bring More Wallet
  3. zulus800

    zulus800 n00b

    Feb 25, 2013
    Its the rear tire. It has 100 miles on it-so wanted to try and salvage it.
    Why would someone keep a spare tire? isnt it a spare tube we need or tires as well?
    im so bummed about this :(
  4. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

    Jun 2, 2010
    Oak Park, Il
    For liability reasons a shop won't repair a tire, but lots of guys I know have repaired tires that have lasted till the tire wore out. Not that I am advocating that you ride on a repaired tire, because if you do and suffer a calamity you will blame ME!
    I am just reporting what has been reported to me.
    You might take a large patch some good galvanizing glue and patch the inside of the tire. Then you will have a nice emergency tire.
  5. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

    Mar 27, 2008
    Penticton, BC
    Where are you from? Likely someone in your area can show you how to do this.
    If it were mine, I'd get a new tube, patch the inside of the tire (same as you would for a car puncture) with a big patch and not worry about it again.
  6. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

    Jan 28, 2012
    Battersea (London) UK
    In many countries a 1" gash makes the tyre illegal to use on public roads, but nevertheless even with your 1/2" gash it should be no surprise that your dealership doesn't want to touch it...

    More importantly, a gash of that size would likely compromise the structural integrity of the tyre - would you really want to risk catastrophic tyre failure the next time you're doing 60+ mph just to save a few $$$?

    I have insurance through BMW Motorrad Insurance with an extra clause which covers tyre damage with a small excess/deductible - might be worth a check to see if yours covers this as well... for the record I'd be f**ked right off also, ruining a brand new tyre! :eek1
  7. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

    Jun 24, 2004
    39*40'33.86N 104*59'54.69W
    IMHO,,,a 1/2" gash would be the outer limit of whati'd repair,,,,

    True the liabilility issue weighs heavy on most dealers minds ,,hence the almost universal mantra. "e don't repair /patch tires and tubes,,,,

    FYI,,,we hardly ever patch tubes these days because it's not cost effective,, a new tube costs less than parts n labor

    However I/we do not shy from patching tires,,,because I have time proven techniques for doin so,,the secret is using the proper type of patches,,we use what's called aT-patch. Ie it is a patch and plug combined,,,they come in various plug diameters...the plug plugs up the hole as well as keeps the patch from wandering ? case you installed a tube,,,patches on TT tires have a tendency to drift under the constant squirming/chaffing between tire and tube

    Hope that clarifies things abit
  8. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

    Jan 21, 2007
    Parker, CO
    Dude your bike is worth more than a new tire.
    The only time I would patch is a small nail hole or if I were stuck in the middle of nowhere and had to get out.
    A new rear is a lot cheaper than having a sudden blow out and replacing bike parts due to a crash.:huh
  9. onestop

    onestop Been here awhile

    Feb 27, 2009
    Whangarei New Zealand
    I had this happen to me on my road bike and I took it to a car tyre shop and had it patched from the inside as u should and as u run a tube with this tyre it should be ok