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So, as luck would have it at a bike meet this evening two of the guys pointed out that I had a nail in my rear tire (Or maybe they put it there >:D )

I'll post a pic of it later to give you guys a better look but what's the best route...new rear tire of the same as stock, take it the shop and have them put a plug in it, or use it as an excuse to by a new set of tires ;)
 

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I had a nail in my rear tire on my GSXR, pulled it out at home and the tire was flat within 10 minutes. Cycle Gear sold me a tire plug kit, but it didn't work very well. The tire would leak out over a 5 day period, so the few rides I took were shorter than usual. It was the perfect excuse to get new tires front and rear since they were worn anyway. Replace yours if it can't be fixed at a shop, but go with the same tire, unless you want to change the front a$ well. They should match for best performance. Don't mix bias ply with radial, either.
 

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You 'should' replace any tire that has been punctured. That said, I admit to using plugs before with no problems (new tires attract nails better than old ones for some reason). If the nail went into or through the sidewall, then get a new tire.
 

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My brand new Dunlop D201 (less than 250 mi) on my R6 caught a screw in it in my work's parking lot one day. That weekend I took it to a burn out contest and WON by burning it in two halves.
I "WON" a Cheng-Shin replacement. (and the guys that had to change it cussed me hard)...[behind my back].

Change your tire.
The shape of your tire needs to be able to flex. Plugging it will not keep it optimal.
 

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Thanks for input guys. Nail is right dead centre of tire so I'm going to plug it for now until my new tire comes in, but ordering tonight and replacing asap! Just going to order the same tire. Wait till they're worn to do a full swap.
 

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I ran 5000 miles on a patched tire. It ain't gonna hurt a thing. You know how thick motorcycle tires are compared to car tires? Hint. Deflate you bikes tires and stand back. Can you even tell they're flat? No. They're so thick they hold the bike up without air in them. They're tough, don't worry about it. If it doesn't leak, ride it. Worse case scenerio is it comes out and you're back to square one.
 

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I've been riding on the street for 35 years never had a nail in a tire , must be 1 lucky sob
+1 on that. 51 years on motorcycles, 48 years in cars = no nails, no cuts, no flats! No crashes.

Tis a charmed life we're leading, then!

From Phineas & Ferb:

Emperor of Danville Heinz Doofenshmirtz ("Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo").

" It's been a charmed life,
Got all I ever wanted,
And I'm not too shy to flaunt it, you see.
It's been a sweet ride,
Everyone is genuflecting
And erecting giant statues of me.

It's like a great lunch
With all you can eat,
And I can leave my wallet at home.
And everyone pays for me,
Because it's compulsory,
Or into the stockade they're thrown.

Still, I'm a nice guy;
How many emperors
Would always remember your name?
How ya doing, Joe?
I must admit, I
May take quite a lot,
But I'll always give you plenty of blame.

It's been a sweet ride;
Life's a bowl of cherries,
And nobody's merrier than me.
Because everyone else is the proletariat,
And baby, I'm the bourgeoisie.
Look it up, Joe!
Baby, I'm the bourgeoisie!
Oh, yeah!"
 

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+1 on that. 51 years on motorcycles, 48 years in cars = no nails, no cuts, no flats! No crashes.

Tis a charmed life we're leading, then!

From Phineas & Ferb:

Emperor of Danville Heinz Doofenshmirtz ("Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo").

" It's been a charmed life,
Got all I ever wanted,
And I'm not too shy to flaunt it, you see.
It's been a sweet ride,
Everyone is genuflecting
And erecting giant statues of me.

It's like a great lunch
With all you can eat,
And I can leave my wallet at home.
And everyone pays for me,
Because it's compulsory,
Or into the stockade they're thrown.

Still, I'm a nice guy;
How many emperors
Would always remember your name?
How ya doing, Joe?
I must admit, I
May take quite a lot,
But I'll always give you plenty of blame.

It's been a sweet ride;
Life's a bowl of cherries,
And nobody's merrier than me.
Because everyone else is the proletariat,
And baby, I'm the bourgeoisie.
Look it up, Joe!
Baby, I'm the bourgeoisie!
Oh, yeah!"
:eek::eek::eek:GOOD STUFF
Can't say no accidents though , broke a collar bone on a dirtbike
and my back ,shoulder ,and ribs on a 1983 Gsx1100 when I was in my 20's , those old bikes didn't handle well, LOL
 

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If you plug it, use the kind at Auto zone that gives you the cement in the kit. You ream out the hole, put some cement on the tool and shove that in the hole. Then you take the rope plug, put it in the tool and also coat that with cement and shove it in. Pull the tool out and cut flush with tire and inflate. If possible, I like to let it sit for a couple hours to dry, but people use them and immediately ride. That's just me. Have one in my tire right now. As another poster stated, new tires are nail and screw magnets.
 
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