On Board Tire Repair Kits

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Biker Dude, Jan 23, 2010.

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    Biker Dude Guest

    Biker Dude, Jan 23, 2010
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  2. I picked up a water proof lighter outlet, made a bracket that
    clamps to the frame with hose clamps and wired it in to the
    battery. I use the pump occasionally to re-inflate tires after
    dirt riding or to blow up an air mattress.

    I also stripped the pump down as far as I could, removing
    the plastic housing and grinding off the end of the shaft where
    the fan sat. The pump now rides in a small plastic case between
    the luggage rack and fender.
    I usually figure the plug kit is just to get you home and over
    to buy a new tire. (meaning maybe a couple hundred miles max).
    I usually buy a new set of plugs and glue every year at Kragen.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jan 23, 2010
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  3. Here we go again....

    Yes, they work as advertised, yes, they are incredibly useful for
    getting you out of a fix, yes, you can ride quite happily at silly
    speeds on them, no, you don't have to junk the tyre once you get home,
    yes, if properly installed they last the life of the tyre, yes, you can
    have the plug replaced with a professional patch afterwards if it makes
    you feel better.

    BMW includes similar kits in its toolkits as OE.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 23, 2010
  4. There's no such thing as a run-flat motorcycle tyre (though KrustyUS
    will tell you different), but the low and tough sidewalls and great
    width of many modern radial bike tyres mean that they're very unlikely
    to throw the tyre off the rim like old-style crossplies could.

    You can certainly travel some distance, very slowly and carefully and
    avoiding severe cornering antics on one that's gone flat, whether it be
    recommended or not. But that's not the same thing as a tyre that's sold
    as a run-flat tyre, as some car tyres are.
    Not quite :)
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 23, 2010
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    R P Guest

    Harley police tires are run flat
    R P, Jan 23, 2010
  6. Yes, I stand corrected. Indeed they are - a friend bought an
    ex-Providence, Rhode Island police Kawasaki Z1000[1] which arrived in
    the Uk with those extraordinary tyres fitted. Sidewalls that extended
    down the sides of the rims.

    But these are almost bespoke tyres for one very specific application.
    You can't buy run-flat tyres for your Gixxer.

    [1] Complete with screen, two-tones, and everything bar the radio Huge
    police corrected speedometer on it. A metal plate where the radio sat
    instead of a pillion seat. He had a separate pillion seat made up for
    it. One oddity of the bike was the gearing - it was geared incredibly
    low and topped out at something like 105mph.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 23, 2010
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    JohnAinLA Guest

    These kits are life savers.

    I have two of them. One with a stripped down pump.
    One with a compact pump like this:
    On my Pegaso I carry a bottle of Green Slime as it has tubed tires.

    I have even taken my kit on off road surfing adventures in Baja.
    Beats jacking up a 4 wheel drive pick up loaded with cooking and
    camping gear to change
    a wheel/tire when you can just stick a gummy worm in and pump it back

    And, yes, it is a good idea to put a fresh tube or can of glue in your
    kit at the beginning of the riding season.

    JohnA in LA, CA USA
    JohnAinLA, Jan 26, 2010
  8. <Pensive mode>

    You know, I never thought of that, but of course if the kit hasn't been
    used for maybe five years....

    <Doffs Caberg>

    Thank you, good sir. That is an excellent idea.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 26, 2010
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    paul c Guest

    There are a number of brands of foam that are unlike Slime in that they
    are meant to fill a tubeless tire after a flat/puncture. I don't see why
    they wouldn't work for tubed tires, either. I forget the brand names at
    the moment, automotive stores have ones that are the size of a Pledge
    wax aerosol canister for as low as four bucks. I've used them twice,
    both times to help other people. Some bike accessory mfr. makes a much
    smaller one for bike tires which is easier to carry but costs more at
    the m/c shops. They all have a little tube with shraeder
    valveattachment. One guy I knew put nearly 4,000 kilometres on his
    little scooter before he got around to replacing the tire. The puncture
    was in the centre of the rear tire which is about the only place I'd put
    a patch. He had already used the wrong kind, an automotive one, not a
    mushroom either. By the time I gave him the foam, the hole was a good
    3/8 inch wide. Ever since then, I carry a can of it, either in some
    bike cavity or other or just taped on somewhere. After seeing how it
    sealed that big hole, I imagine it might get one home from Baja, not
    that I know the place, to where one has a full set of tools to do the
    tire properly or replace it. Just my two cents, for the money and
    convenience, it's cheap insurance, no need to even lift the bike up.
    paul c, Jan 26, 2010
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    paul c Guest

    nor even carry a pump!
    paul c, Jan 26, 2010
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