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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Default Rear flat...mid of nowhere...couple questions

Hey all,
First off, I posted here cuz I have an XC, but not sure if this really belongs here or general....

I took a trip up around Lake Superior. Lots of areas where don't see a car, house, or people for miles. Beautiful trip...highly recommended.

Ended up getting a rear flat on the way back. Luckily, I was right by a wayside station and pulled over. Couldn't use my phone cuz no service. Another rider came by after about an hour and shadowed me to the next town. Got a plug kit from the gas station and plugged it. Rode home over 400 miles on the plug....never went much over 70.

So...long story short...I lucked out. Could have been much worse.

Heres my questions...

What do you guys do when you get a flat in the mid of nowhere? Its weird that I never thought of that, but I didn't. Do you just carry a plug kit with you? Call AAA? Call insurance? (if you have service). Pray for the best?
Let me know what your emergency plan is.

Also, how long am I okay to ride on the plug? I got 400 miles on it and didn't seem to lose any air. What are my options? Get a new tire? Professionally plugged? Leave it for now?
My tires have just over 5k and Im usually not too loaded up or have a rider, so they are in very good shape.

I know these are pretty basic questions, but Im a relatively new rider (2 years) and I just want to get my ducks in a row before I take another trip.

Please chime in with any advice.
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I think you did what most of us would of done. You have plenty of room to put a plug kit in the saddle bag.
Definitely get a new tire

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I carry a small slime compressor and a plug kit at all times , barely takes any space and can get you out of a jamb FAST !

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I have tubes I carry fix a flat it's all I know to do.

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I think you did what most of us would of done. You have plenty of room to put a plug kit in the saddle bag.
Definitely get a new tire
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I carry a small slime compressor and a plug kit at all times , barely takes any space and can get you out of a jamb FAST !
I also put in Ride On, don't know if it will work but its in there...

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I carry a plug kit and compressor. As for how long it will last, well,,,,,,,,,,,How old is the tire? What sort of carcass damage done riding it flat?, Does the repair have a good hold and plenty to hold to?, how confident are you on the repair?

If it were pretty new, I'd not have a problem riding it to the end of it's life. I would replace it if it were even close to half done, had to be moved while flat, or the hold didn't feel right to me.

Since you are asking, rode it flat, and only have 2 wheels, get a new shoe. Had you been able to repair it right then and the carcass of the tire were good, and the repair in the tread portion not angling to the side walls, then I'd say you were good.

You have to answer all that for you, and since you are asking and have more than just one question to the condition, I would get it replaced. I also did just that a couple of weeks ago because of the age of the tire. The plug kit gets you to civilization. The rest is up to you.

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I do the same as others mentioned, a small slime compressor and several plugs. Depending on where the tire was plugged will determine on whether I replace the tire or not. If I had to plug a front tire I would most likely replace it, but thats just me.

My rear tire is a run flat car tire and with that I can go about 50 mile at 50 mph with no air and not have a issue, plugging a run flat car tire can be a bit of work but can be done. The last one I plugged I used a motorcycle ratchet strap around the wheel and ratcheted the plug into the tire. With bad shoulders and back I had to come up with that in a hurry before a ride and since it worked so good I keep one ratchet strap in my saddle bag also.

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I also carry the Stop n' Go plug kit.



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I have a plug kit in the saddlebag that's a holdover from my previous long distance ride. Kinda worthless on my XR cause it's got tubes so I really need to get some fix-a-flat or similar. The debate on plug vs. replace will rage on as long as the oil debate does but generally ona streetbike I have no problem riding with a tire that has been patched (not plugged). Plugs i trust only as long as I have to in order to get the tire patched. Anything more aggressive than street riding, the tire gets replaced just for peace of mind (and usually patched, then mounted to a different, street only bike)

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