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Old 03-24-2008, 3:22 AM   #1
 
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safe to ride with a tire plug?

just checking. i had a tire plug put into my rear bridgestone BT57 battllax because a large nail penetrated it. the fitter told me that it was not safe to ride the bike over 70mph with the plug. is this correct? i only ask because i had this repair done over 3 months ago and i often ride at 120mph. am i risking it or is this ok. any advice would be apprec.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

Why risk it. You need to get rid of those BT57 DitchFinders anyway. I personally would never ride on a pluged tire, especially at the speeds you mention.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

You'll get a bunch of differing opinions on this. My take is why risk it for a couple hundred dollars? You ask a lot more of your motorcycles than you do car tires. And yeah, once it's plugged, the speed rating is no longer valid, so you shouldn't be going 120 mph on it. And I hope you're doing those speeds on a closed course, not the street.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

I agree. It's ok for a short time and keeping the speeds down. Once the repair has been made, it has broken some of the cords inside the tire and weakened it. I have ridden on a plugged tire for a while because it was new a couldn't bare to scrap it. My buddy is facing the same problem now too.
If it makes you feel better, do what I did. I had fun with the tire a did a bunch of burnouts (only if you know how safely). Had fun doing it and didn't ruin a good tire.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

I agree mostly with everyone else. But i have ridden on plugged tyres that i have done myself on the road a couple times, and it has been all good to me. I have even been to a strip with a plugged tyre and no problems.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

I found 130mph is the magic number for slinging tire plugs and enjoying the mildly amusing sensation of rapid deflation. That's when the handling becomes mushy. I suppose tire overheating, debeading, and delamination follow shortly, but I never got to that part.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

sure it's safe.. safe to ride to the nearest bike shop.. damn that tire.. replace it and that way you don't have to ask if it's safe.. obviously you have doubts if you took the time to ask..
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

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sure it's safe.. safe to ride to the nearest bike shop.. damn that tire.. replace it and that way you don't have to ask if it's safe.. obviously you have doubts if you took the time to ask..

Exactly, and while it's not always realistic to go and drop some good coin on a new tire right away depending on your financial situation, it might be more realistic to either keep it slow IF you have to use the bike, or Keep it in the garage until you can afford a safe tire.
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Get it changed mate......plug are a no no!!!!!
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I would ride with a patch but not with a plug
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

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Get it changed mate......plug are a no no!!!!!
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

thanks guys for the sincerity. makes a lot of sense as the one member says, why risk your life and your bike for a few 100 $$$.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

Hi
I had a CBR 600 WITH A PLUG IN THAT I RODE TILL THE TIRE WAS USED UP,AND I ALSO DID SPEEDS OF UP TO 120,BUT WHY RISK IT.THE MAIN REASON I DID THIS WAS BECAUSE TIRES ARE SO EXPENSIVE HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA,1100 RAND FOR A REAR TIRE.BUY A NEW ONE AND GET IT OVER AND DONE WITH,BE SAFE,AND THEN GO AND DO 130MPH AND POST IT ON THIS SITE SO THAT MORE OF THE OLD MOANERS ON THIS SITE CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT YOU DOING THOSE SPEEDS ON A PUBLIC ROAD,AS IF THEY HAVE NEVER DONE THOSE SPEEDS ON A OPEN ROAD HA HA HA
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

hi fellow countryman. i share your sentiments. thanks for the advice.
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Re: safe to ride with a tire plug?

Originally Posted by dattaway View Post
I found 130mph is the magic number for slinging tire plugs and enjoying the mildly amusing sensation of rapid deflation. That's when the handling becomes mushy. I suppose tire overheating, debeading, and delamination follow shortly, but I never got to that part.
Never had a tire deflate while riding but i did break a dog bone at 70mph. had to stop and clean my shorts after i figured out what the hell just happened. nothing has scared me more on a bike then having the ass end slam down at 70
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