Join Date: May 2015
Location: in the Finger Lakes, NY, USA
Just got up... read the title as "Fiat's happen"... and thought "Yes unfortunate as that may be, they do. Not many in the US though" ... then I thought "Well the 500 Abarth isn't bad... needs AWD and 300hp tho".
I carry a kit when I'm touring but not as a general rule around home. Since I do ride dirt roads with touring and ADV tires I do get flats (Pirelli's seem especially susceptible)... 3 so far on the Multi (none since I switched to Pilot Road's for touring though).
We've tried a number of the small kits over the years... the only one I've found that can get tires to 35psi or so is the Aerostitch (and is still very compact). Most of the low cost Chinese units can't get pressures much over 20psi.
I've also learned not to be stingy with plugs... about half the punctures I've had took more than one to actually stop the leak. Put them in all at once, and don't be shy with the reamer (to get the hole prepared for the plugs). Then change the tire as soon as you get somewhere with a dealer (so always take your wheel socket).
15 Multistrada S Touring/Urban/Enduro, 04 Tiger 955i, 86 MaximX 750 (son), 13 Ural (wife)
"Go soothingly on the grease mud, for there lurks the skid demon"