Was checking my psi today and found a screw in my rear tire. I planned on this tire going for a while longer. Crap!
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I've done it, once on the rear. Even w/ a balance there was vibration.I'll likely be the minority view here or worse, but if the tire can be properly plugged, I wouldn't have a problem riding it around with a plug in it. I've had a couple of rear flats in the past couple of years and probably ridden over 100 miles with a flat rear. Handling was a bit wonky, but nothing that couldn't be managed.
Revzilla always has amazing prices!!!! My local guys tell me to order from them since their prices are so good! I just ship direct to them and stop in for the install!I sympathize. I took my Son's then new Pani to a shop for the first service and 1/2 mile from the shop picked up a screw.
Now I have ridden with the temp plugs and permanent patch/plugs a lot, especially when younger and without any side money to cover a replacement and they never failed.
The internal patch plug, if done correctly and vulcanized to the interior of the tire carcass, will generally last the life of the tire.
Since the bike was my Son's and he does not have my riding experience, I opted to replace a fairly expensive and virtually new Rosso Corsa tire for my piece of mind.
If I had not been near or at the Ducati (or other MC) shop, I would have plugged it myself and had a cappuccino while it dried thoroughly, then ridden it more carefully back home all the while stopping every so often to check on it's condition.
YMMVOC and good for you for supporting the small shops. $160? dang that's cheap!