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I've got a big-ass roofing nail in my back tire (SF848, 2000 miles) about two inches to the right of center. I've got a new tire on order but it wont be in until at least Wed. I could see plugging a tire on the road, to get home, but I'm honestly not sure about recreational riding on a plugged tire. I'm not going to do it, but wondering if I'm being too careful ? Just curious what you guys think ? :confused:
 

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I've got a big-ass roofing nail in my back tire (SF848, 2000 miles) about two inches to the right of center. I've got a new tire on order but it wont be in until at least Wed. I could see plugging a tire on the road, to get home, but I'm honestly not sure about recreational riding on a plugged tire. I'm not going to do it, but wondering if I'm being too careful ? Just curious what you guys think ? :confused:
I've run a plugged tire at the racetrack on a sbk for speeds of 170+mph.
But it's still your call. (this was a trackday, and not a race)
 

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Can of worms. short answer is yes, safe as a new tire NO. Its really an A to B type fix. If no tire was available it would need a tube. You will get people that have tracked a plugged or patched tire and say its perfectly safe, but if you only need to wait few days i would probably wait it out and enjoy the AC in your car for awhile. Again you could drive a plugged tire for many, many miles but unlike car a motorcycle blow out would be much more dangerous. 2 tires vs 4 and the lack of seat belts and airbags are the biggest differences.

Also damaging your rim would be expensive to replace.
 

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I've ridden with a plugged rear tire on my R6 for a season. Did high speeds runs and twisties but always had that concern in my mind and watched the speed.

I agree with previous posts though. Be careful, go slower than usual if you have to ride it, but replace it for piece of mind when you can.
 

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It is ok to plug it if it is done properly. See Shazaam's post for more details.

That being said, with 2,000 miles on the tire it is almost time for a new one anyway. No worries on using a plug until the tire arrives.
 

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Thanks all-- Sounds pretty safe if its done correctly, although a repair from the inside is not something I could undertake right now. I'll be a pussy and chill until the new tire comes later this week.
 

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Thanks all-- Sounds pretty safe if its done correctly, although a repair from the inside is not something I could undertake right now. I'll be a pussy and chill until the new tire comes later this week.
Nothing pussy about. If you have options then you have options. I'm a firm believer of plugs, even over patches for some cases. I plugged my rear fzr tire and rode it for about 2k miles. I did that because it was my only transportation at the time and i was only making $140 a week and couldn't afford a new tire. Another time a used 6 plugs to repair and corvette Zr1 rear tire that had a hole the size of dime in it. It was 10pm on Friday night and everything was closed, it worked and he tipped me $20 for the mission in possible i preformed. And yet another time 4x4ing in death valley my friend got a side hole through the side of the tire, the part that flexes the most. Again i plugged it to get him out of the valley and i told him to replace it when he got home, he didn't drove it for another 30k miles. Those little plugs are great;)
 

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Done it. Rode with a few plugged tires from almost new to almost cords. Didn't ride any differently with or without the plug.

That said, I just recently saw my first puncture in a front tire (not my bike). It was interesting.

Have a good one.
 
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