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From: http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/showthread.php?t=335291
Someone wrote in about a nail through a new rear tire. One response follows: right idea?:

"You can plug it, there is probably about a million post of whether thats a good idea or not. I went through 3 pilot power rears in 2 months cause of nails/screws... I got mine at cyclegear with the insurance so it didnt cost me all that much to replace it. On a pratically new tire, I would just plug it, at least its your rear and not the front, I wouldn't plug a front. Buy a plug set and keep it with you in case it comes out on ya.."
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I've plugged it with the sticky string before, and then after a month or two pulled the tire off and patched it properly from the inside.

I've heard good things about the mushroom plugs, but hte sticky string worked fine for me, even on my radials.

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I got a nail in a brand new rear tire last summer. I sprung for a new tire. I just knew I'd always be worrying about the plug, and it just wasn't worth it to me.
 

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Just went for a cruise up the street, realized my front tire is low... Guess what's in the tread? A nice little screw! The best part is I probably have less than 300 miles on my new tires... Can I plug the front tire? Is this a no no? Or should I pick up a new tire? Thanks!
 

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Another Fog story,
Lot of folks will try to tell you horror stories about having a flat on a MC. I'll submit this not so horrible one. Riding my VFR to Marcus Dairy one Sunday mourning I got a flat, I didn't know it though because I was On an Interstate RT 84 in CT going 70 -90 MPH. Even when I got to my destination, which was a long fast 60 MPH off ramp there was nor real apparent effect. Maybe a little wobble that I mistook for a bit of loose stuff on the road.
The Dairy was just around the corner so I didn't have far to go at street speeds , and when I got there and parked, Somebody says to me "Hey you know you have a flat rear tire?" honestly id didn't know.

The why: Radial tires have very stiff tread, due to the steel Breaker under the rubber. Also very short stiff side walls. This combination along with a fair amount of centrifugal force kept the tire up almost normally at speed.

I was able to ride it flat to a nearby Gas Station to plug it and go. I rode that tire till is was worn out with never a concern about getting a flat again.

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