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Old 03-11-2016, 05:37 AM
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Do You Carry a Puncture Repair Kit ?

On the way to Philip Island Superbikes my riding buddy pulled off the road in a hurry due to a rapidly deflating rear tyre.

He got off the bike & said "what'll I do now "

I replied " get out your repair kit"

Looking very sheepish now he said " yeah, but it's at home "

So I said "well looks like you're screwed dude".

I let him stew for a minute then mentioned that I had mine with me.

The look of relief on the Aprilia riders face was priceless.

So, do you carry a kit ? I've had a few flats over the years, including a front that I fixed with a Finilec. I use plugs now or even the thread type. Not the first time I've repaired someone else's punctures either. I don't go anywhere without a kit now.
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:12 AM
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Re: Do You Carry a Puncture Repair Kit ?

Yeah, I carry a puncture repair kit, compressor and have an auxiliary power outlet with a 15amp fuse, and will carry the rope type repair kit as well in future. Without it on the recent Australian rally I would have been screwed, some help, more repair supplies and patience from my fellow riders also got me through.
I think a repair kit, compressor and auxiliary power outlet will have to be mandatory at the next rally for everybody. Here are my posts and pics from the ordeal with the flat tyre saga.

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How good are these K1300's!!!! , without a Centre stand and the right gear I would have been stuffed.
Any other bike without tyre pressure warning probably would have had me screwed, red triangle came on in the dirt section with uncle fester, pressure dropped quickly, but gave me time to hurry past uncle fester and wave him down before the tyre was completely flat. Managed to get off the bike at around 10PSI left , on the Centre stand, and worked out the tyre repair system with the black mushroom plugs that I had never used before, with the help of uncle fester we nutted it out, I had my compressor with my auxiliary hard wired ( and fused) power outlet, so all was good. Repaired and inflated to 31, it lasted 500 meters or so and we down again, we were still on the dirt road, repair again and go, made it another 1km, stopped and repair again, uncle fester went on ahead to see how much more dirt road we had, we figured the bouncing around, and the fact that the tyre wasn't getting a chance to heat up, probably was not letting the repair job bond and seal properly, report was 2km or dirt left, so repair again and rode it pretty fast along the dirt again, just made it onto the tar and I was hitting 10psi. Repaired again and set off , seemed to hold pressure, actually gained 1 point so that was enough for me, gradually rode it faster and it was good for 140km/h. So all good. The plan if I couldn't get the tyre fixed was to go back to the hippie camp for the night, or do some camping right there in the side of the road. But it was all good, uncle fester was great, he's saying "mate, we will just keep stopping and fixing it" I appreciated the positive support.
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We must have stopped another 4 times to fix my tyre, but we did make it to bright. 30km to myrtleford from bright in the morning and the motorbike shop happened to have 2 tyres in the right size for me and mogs(worn tyre out).









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Yes, I've only needed it once so far.
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:32 AM
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Yeah, I carry a puncture repair kit, compressor and have an auxiliary power outlet with a 15amp fuse, and will carry the rope type repair kit as well in future. Without it on the recent Australian rally I would have been screwed, some help, more repair supplies and patience from my fellow riders also got me through.
I think a repair kit, compressor and auxiliary power outlet will have to be mandatory at the next rally for everybody. Here are my posts and pics from the ordeal with the flat tyre saga.

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Great pics there KiwiMat. I like your compressor. I saw one at the PI track trade display for $85 ? The CO 2 bottles are getting expensive at around $5-$6 each although still priceless when stuck in the middle of nowhere. The centre stand is a worthwhile consideration, should be standard fitment on this bike.
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Great pics there KiwiMat. I like your compressor. I saw one at the PI track trade display for $85 ? The CO 2 bottles are getting expensive at around $5-$6 each although still priceless when stuck in the middle of nowhere. The centre stand is a worthwhile consideration, should be standard fitment on this bike.

Cheers mate, I'm sure the compressor was less than $85. We tried one CO2 bottle and gained about 7-8psi out of it, no way CO2 bottles would have saved me. Centrestand also saved a lot of pissing around.

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Re: Do You Carry a Puncture Repair Kit ?

I have one as well - compressor - Stop&Go Tire Plugger kit - and regular string tire plugs (which in my opinion are better than the mushroom plugs that come with the Stop&Go).

I have used the mushroom plugs and made it back home - lost a few psi on the way.

Also have used the string plugs and they never lost any air.

Either way I only plug the tire to get me home or to a tire dealer to replace the tire - I don't ride on plugged or patched tires.

There has been many threads about tire repair and many riders do ride with patched/plugged tires until the tire is worn out - and have reported no issues in doing so - which I'm happy for them.

This rider is not doing it - tires are cheap - crashes not so much.
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I carry a kit and a pump. My kit has rubber plugs, strings, and glue. Also, don't forget the schrader converter for our bicycle friends. They give you a strange look when you ask if they need a hand in the middle of nowhere

They are usually self sufficient, but sometimes run out of glue.
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Just on longer trips (more than one day).
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Re: Do You Carry a Puncture Repair Kit ?

I always carry both a tire repair kit, and a small compressor, both fit neatly in my tank bag. The repair kit is from here, (I remove the tube repair accessories) https://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-2...epair-kit.aspx

and this small compressor I picked up from Pep Boys for about $20, http://slime.com/226/products/power-sport-40001/

both have worked in the field sufficiently to get me home.
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The kit and a small compressor reside under the front seat of my K1200GT.
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My repair set has a couple of CO2 capsules, glue, T-handle and repair string. I have no room for a compressor. Split in two parts the set can be stored left and right under the saddle.
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I have had several flats over the years. When I had airheads, I carried a patch kit as well as a spare tube. My /5 came with a hand pump that worked and mounted under the seat.

Recent bikes are all tubeless. I now have both plugs and sticky strings, a compressor and CO2 cartridges. These have been effective with one exception.

I bought a used K1200RS. Had a flat due to a worn out fill plug...the inner core simply separated. If you took the plug cap off, the spring guts would simply come out.

Reminded me to replace tire plug more frequently.
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Yeah , the kit that came with the bike(R1150RT). Haven't had a chance to use it yet.
Only had two problems so far. One coming back from a 3000km ride to the Gulf country in OZ and had a big "bubble" in the front tyre where the tread separated. Had to call the local bike shop to pick me up(about an hour away from home , lucky).
Next one was about a year later, rear tyre deflated on way home from work, called same bike shop and got picked up. Tyre valve failed, but they said the tyre was damaged so needed new one. Took nearly a week to get it too!
So I still haven't had to use the kit and hope I don't.
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:23 AM
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I had a front tubeless valve fail once on my bike & once on my car. They should be renewed every so often ( maybe every third tyre) but mostly are not unless you specifically ask & pay for a new one.

The front tubeless valve on my old Busa failed rather suddenly & I lost most of the pressure & bike control going into a sweeper with a truck coming the other way, it just wanted to keep tracking straight across the apex into the truck. I managed to rear brake, roll off & crank it over while wrenching the bars around and got through the corner by the skin of my teeth. All seemed to happen automatically LOL. So yeah, leaking tubeless valves could get you killed & need to be considered when changing tyres.
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Just bought a pump as a result of this thread. Bought a motopump, Canbus compatible. After a valve stem issue once I keep a couple of spare valves and the tool with me as well.
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i just carry a tyre repair aerosol it gets you home or to a tyre shop
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On my spoked machines I've even been known to carry tubes on my longer trips,flats suck immensely.
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After a similar thread a year ago I bought a Stop-n-Go kit and then added some strings to it for good measure. It lives in the tank bag, right under the radar detector.

Like others, the only time I've had a flat on the road was when a valve core suddenly decided to leak air. I need to pick up a spare and stick that in the kit.

I have a centerstand on my K1300s, though I almost never use it, unlike my old K100RS where I used it religiously (partly to fill the gas tank, and partly to avoid the oil smoke on startup, and a little to avoid the side stand sinking into hot asphalt.)
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I've had lousy results with the Stop-n-Go mushrooms. Never had a problem with the strings unless the hole was more of a rip or cut. I also carry the Best Rest pump.
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My first i-BMW rally (DGR '06) included a flat tire episode with none other than PeteTallahassee, and the Stop-n-Go plug kit I carried worked like I hoped it would...the only issue being the number of CO2 cartridges needed to inflate to useful pressure, we used all of mine and Pete's inventory.

I carry the same kit, and have repaired a few more of my own and a few stranded strangers' flats.

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I've had lousy results with the Stop-n-Go mushrooms. Never had a problem with the strings unless the hole was more of a rip or cut. I also carry the Best Rest pump.

There's a couple of guys on the 1600 forum that did a lot of testing and research on different tubeless tire repair kits and the consensus seemed to be around the Safety Seal plugs. Apparently, they are designed to vulcanize to the tire for a more secure and permanent fix (not that I'm advocating riding a plugged tire to the end of it's life). I've been carrying a Stop N Go kit and a CyclePump for several years and (I can't believe I'm saying this) have never used it.

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Never had a problem with the strings unless the hole was more of a rip or cut.

This was the problem with Kiwimat's. Mushroom sort of worked, one rope, sort of worked, two ropes, sort of worked. In the end, 3 ropes took us the distance to have the tyre replaced.

We figured, because it was a stone/rock damage, it was more of a tear, than a hole.
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And a compressor too!
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This was the problem with Kiwimat's. Mushroom sort of worked, one rope, sort of worked, two ropes, sort of worked. In the end, 3 ropes took us the distance to have the tyre replaced.

We figured, because it was a stone/rock damage, it was more of a tear, than a hole.

Yep, and looking back on it, that last mushroom plug, ( the 4th attempt by the time we got off the dirt section) still did before Delegate to Merimbula, and Merimbula almost to Bruthen, 350km+.
I am now in favour of the rope style, but will carry both, I'm sure a straight in nail hole would be perfect for a mushroom plug, but that's not how it ever happens.
Patience, help from some mates, the right gear and plenty of supplies between us got me about 700km on that damaged tyre!

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This was the problem with Kiwimat's rear, it was more of a tear, than a hole.

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We used to just carry the Co2 and plugs, then we had a major issue on the way back from BRPR in 2009. If not for the Park Service breaking some rules on a cold and rainy day (and taking time out from their search and rescue training) and opening their maintenance shop we might still be there. Yes, they give tickets, but that's their job. Opening the shop on a Sunday was not their job. Thanks!


Then we got a GS and had more room. A small compressor will fit between the tail light and luggage rack. That, along with rope plug and TPM will allow one to ride to a more comfortable spot to repair the tire. Shade and a cold drink will beat the hot sun and dirt every time.


Then we traded the GS for a K1300S and lost the compressor. No problem, how often does one get a flat anyway? The Texas happened. 10:00 am on a Sunday morning in the middle of nowhere when the yellow triangle glowed brightly. Crap! There is no place to pull over, much less safely plug the tire on the side of the road. The gravel drops off sharply on both sides and the S isn't going to do well if we have to stop in this area. The numbers are falling rapidly, 37, 34, 31, CRAP! Then eureka! We top a hill and pass a motorcycle museum in the middle of nowhere open on a Sunday. A quick u-turn, the number drops to 27, and we're saved. They offer us their compressor!!!!!


Now we carry one of those tiny compressors in the side panel of the S. (yes, it will fit!) But given the choice I'd rather we just not have a flat.
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Yep nice thing on the XR it all fits under the seat stop n go compressor and string
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This is the one I carry

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I carry a he same, I bought a used one at full price....offer and demand i guess 😏
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Tools or a repair kit? Don't need no stinkin' tools. I ride with LEE!
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Can anyone comment on the best available small and inexpensive pumps?

I have a "slime" compressor, purchased local many years ago.
Pretty sure, saw the attached link model at the Expo moto GP Philip Is one year, pretty small.

http://www.rockycreekdesigns.com.au/...tyre-pump.html

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I added these "strings" to my kit on Beech's recommendation, they, with the goo that comes with them, vulcanize and bond a puncture, and I can attest that they work, not only on M/C tires, but car tires too, having fixed two flats on my car with them recently, lots of construction around me

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I carry. But on the GS I also carry a tube. Rode home from New Mexico on a Sunday with a punctured sidewall after a friend put a tube in it(not even the right diameter). Made me a believer.
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Do you carry spare calipers though, Tyson?

Damn, now that's a good idea. Brakes are not just a theory, they are a necessity! They work best with calipers attached.
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