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Old 12-03-2012, 01:38 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I did the same with a new metz. Had way under 1000 miles when i got a nail. I think it may have been just a couple hundred miles. Anyways, plugged it and rode it about 2/3 of the way to being wore out. I think on a tire this size and the fact todays tires are much better than they were when plugging was first said to be unsafe, there is no issue with plugs. It does sometimes cause another issue tho....plugs often don't hold air as well. Thats why i didn't ride it till it wore out....i was sick of pumping air into it every ride.
Same here. My rear Metzeler picked up a nail with about 250 miles on it. Plugged it and have put 4K miles on it since. No air loss, no issues.

NOTE: Very few people know enough to trim the plug about 1/2 inch from the tire, light it on fire [you heard me] and blow it out just as it reaches the tire. Immediately go for a 10-15 mile ride, and you'll never have an issue.

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:41 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I did the same with a new metz. Had way under 1000 miles when i got a nail. I think it may have been just a couple hundred miles. Anyways, plugged it and rode it about 2/3 of the way to being wore out. I think on a tire this size and the fact todays tires are much better than they were when plugging was first said to be unsafe, there is no issue with plugs. It does sometimes cause another issue tho....plugs often don't hold air as well. Thats why i didn't ride it till it wore out....i was sick of pumping air into it every ride.
If you've ever seen a cross section cut out of a bald tire, you'll see that the rubber is still quite thick. The point is that there's still plenty of rubber for the plug to grip, so assuming that you've done a good job on the repair, it should hold just fine. I've never had the pleasure of trying this on a bike, but I've ridden on plugged car tires without issue.

I like the idea of melting the plug down.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:51 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Everytime I starty my bike the abs light stays on till the wheels make a set amount of turns. This is time needed to calculate the difference in tire rotation speed and my assumtion is it will take into account the difference in the tire size. I have been on the breaks really really hard since adding the commander 2 to the bike and the rear tire hasnt done anything more then a quick cirp just as it did with the stock tire before the ABS took over and started pulsing it.
According to my service manual the light goes out when the computer senses no problems and more than 6mph. It doesn't care about a difference in wheel speed except when it senses one is about to slip
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:52 AM   #44 (permalink)
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11,000 km and still going on original Metz. Not light personally and ride reasonably easy (cruiser by name....) and ride 2 up a lot.
The discussion has been very helpful as I cast my mind towards what tyre next.
Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:39 AM   #45 (permalink)
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I did end up pouring about 10 ozs of green slime into the back tire after a riding buddy told me he used the stuff on his front tire with good results, and it worked!!! we'll see what the repercussions are.
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