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#975531 - 11/25/16 11:11 PM Tire repair kits  
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What is everyone using for beside the road tire repairs?


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#975532 - 11/25/16 11:50 PM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: ks kurmudgeon]  
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Generic tire repair "strings" to plug holes, and a Cycle Pump from Aerostich. The Cycle Pump seems absurdly expensive (it was "only" $80 when I bought it), but I have had mine for 10 years, and it still works. I replace the tire repair strings and goo each spring. Everything, including the OEM tools, and a secondary tool pouch, fits under the seat of my 1999 R1100RT.

That said, the two flats I have had in the past 60,000 miles were both unrepairable. The first was a large roofing nail, which required 2 or 3 strings to hold enough air to make it to a dealer 15 miles away, stopping every 5 miles to pump up the tire. The second, on Skyline Drive, in VA, involved hitting a chunk of oak the size of my thumb that penetrated 2 steel belts, leaving a large hole in the tread. After a tow to Harrisonburg, VA, Anton Largiader of Charlottesville graciously fitted a new rear tire on short notice, and I was on my way.


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#975536 - 11/26/16 02:09 AM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: ks kurmudgeon]  
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#975537 - 11/26/16 02:15 AM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: Selden]  
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I've had good success with Nealey.




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#975545 - 11/26/16 10:54 AM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: LBump]  
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Originally Posted By: LBump
I've had good success with Nealey.





I've tried several and the Nealey is been the best for me along with a Slime pump.
Here is a link to a write up.

I carry the same combination on my ATV and my Mercedes. It got me home after slicing a tire on my quad 30 miles into a 65 mile riding in a very remote part of Utah back country. The slice took 4 ropes but held for the remaining 35 miles back to my truck.


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#975547 - 11/26/16 01:08 PM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: eddd]  
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Two votes for Nealey is good enough for me; adding to my Christmas gift list. Great write up, especially the part about using stomach for leverage. I have more stomach available than I did 50 years ago...

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#975548 - 11/26/16 01:33 PM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: ks kurmudgeon]  
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Thanks everybody. Don't know for sure which way I will go. Like most everything else in life,there is good and bad with both. Thanks again!


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#975554 - 11/26/16 04:01 PM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: ks kurmudgeon]  
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Like many hints, every situation is different. There is no "best" of anything.

I've used the Stop N Go plug kit for 10 years. The first time was on my F150, using the kit I bought for my RT. It worked amazing and I ordered a new truck tire. Time passed and about 8 months later I get a call from my buddy at the tire shop asking if I still want the tire. What?? I had forgotten about the plug and the tire hadn't lost a bit of air from normal. I have that kit now in both my 4 wheeled vehicles plus a Slime 12v compressor.

I've used the Stop N Go probably 4-5 times collectively mainly on other peoples tires with great success for simple punctures . For a cut, the "rope type" does work better although I was able to stack several of the Stop N Go mushroom type plugs in a cut to get me to a tire shop (same F150)

The real answer is to have a mushroom type kit such as the one mentioned for punctures and a "rope type" for cuts or large punctures. The Nealy kit is one of the few kits that actually use a cotton or "rope" plug, not just rubber worms covered in goo. One could store the Nealy kit inside the Stop N Go zipper bag and have double coverage.
The small Slime compressor has always gotten good ratings in tests as has the Stop N Go in the larger kit, but I prefer the Slime puffer.

Two things about having a good plugging system is 1, practice on an old tire when you get the kit to save time and READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ! I've seen guys frustrated trying to use the kit by guessing and not having the plug properly inserted in the tool prior to using it. (they give you a near lifetime supply of plugs)

2. Having the kit almost promises you'll never need it.
But do stand at the ready if you see a fellow motorcyclist in need. Karma works.



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#975573 - 11/27/16 01:40 AM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: LBump]  
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Originally Posted By: LBump
I've had good success with Nealey.





Another vote for Nealey! Heck it was on THIS site a few years back that I was turned on to them. Work like a charm!


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#975579 - 11/27/16 12:06 PM Re: Tire repair kits [Re: Selden]  
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Originally Posted By: Selden
Two votes for Nealey is good enough for me; adding to my Christmas gift list. Great write up, especially the part about using stomach for leverage. I have more stomach available than I did 50 years ago...


One more vote for the Nealey.

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