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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have a plug in my rear ME880 with probably more than 10,000 miles of tread life left. Tire is less than 3 years old. I found a small nail in it while inspecting the tires at home. Tire had not lost any air. No cracks, bike is always parked indoors. I also put Ride-On sealant in the rear tire as backup for the plug. I used the sticky rope type plug and installed it properly. It has about 4,000 miles on the plug. Even while sitting in the house for nearly 11 months waiting to be put back together, both tires still had over 25 psi in them. I would not trust a plug that anyone but a tire shop or myself installed, and shops will not repair a motorcycle tire. Cracks are bad news, they usually mean old tires, which have probably hardened and won't provide the traction they are supposed to.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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