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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have a lot of experience with flats. Unless a tire is badly damaged, there is no way I would replace it because of a flat. A simple puncture can be easily repaired with a plug from a tubeless tire repair kit. I have run tires with as many as 3 plugs in them before. If I had to replace a tire everytime it got punctured, I could not afford to ride motorcycles.
The Vulcan 750 has tubeless tires, which do not blow out unless severely damaged. A simple nail puncture may not even cause a flat. I have found objects in my tires after I got back home that had punctured the tire, but the tire did not go flat, because the thick rubber of the tire sealed around the object creating a temporary plug. Even when a tubeless tire does lose air, it is usually very slowly, giving you plenty of time to safely stop and pull off the road.
I do recommend Ride On, and use it myself. It makes a tubeless tire virtually flatproof. I also recommend only the stock tire sizes on any bike. If you do decide to go with bigger tires, make sure they don't hit anything, even at full suspension compression, that they are balanced well (the bigger and heavier the tire, the more important proper balance becomes. It will probably also require quite a bit more weight to properly balance it than a smaller tire). Once you are sure about those 2 things, ride the bike quite a bit in a fairly safe area (no traffic) to see how it handles. Handling will not likely be as good as stock, but it may still be in the safe range. You will just have to find out. You don't want to be caught in a really sticky situation when you discover a serious handling problem. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike