As I was riding to the beach to watch my buddy perform with his band I kept hearing a noise that sounded like a bad engine pinging or clanging, which freaked me right out. I pulled over and inspected the tire at a gas station but didn't see anything, so I kept riding thinking maybe the engine would quiet down and not self destruct.
The noise got REALLY loud on the highway whenever I would lean to the side. I was so sure the noise was from the engine, which made me think nothing but the worst. Then I decided to get smart, pulled the clutch, and the noise kept on. Ok, good! Engine isn't about to blow! BUT THEN WHAT THE HELL IS IT?
Pull over again and listen to the clang as I walked the bike with my helmet off, found it was definitely from the rear. Pressed the brake lever, noise stays. Stop the bike, noise goes away. It's rhythmic, like something in the tire, but why is it so loud? Nails don't make that kinda racket at low speeds... So I kept going, noting exactly when the noise was made and traced it back around the tire and BAM! I see a quarter-sized washer nailed into the tire. I guess it was acting kinda like a cymbal, clanging against the pavement. Pull the nail out, remove the washer, plug the tire with the nail to stop the air escaping. Ride it home really slowly and think about my options.
Plugged it with a Tech Permacure string plug (pulled the rear tire once, found no shops that would patch it, nobody with the rear tire for less than $180 installed, didn't wanna hog up my parking lot with a disabled bike) and am going to order a new tire online and get it installed sometime this week. I hate spending $120 for a new tire that I don't really need, but I don't really trust the rope plug too much, maybe I can, though?
It was a silly adventure, but at least the tire doesn't have a nail in it right now and I could probably take it around my neighborhood if I wanted, but will likely refrain from long highway trips until I get a new tire.
Anybody run a rope plug for an extended time?