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Another nail, another rear Metzler...

This is my third in about two years. Still wondering how long an ME880 will last with regular wear on my bike. These have been some expensive nails.

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That is a real hassle and expense! Are they nails or railroad spikes? So they aren't repairable? As others have posted about unknowingly riding around with nails in their self sealing tires, the nail didn't necessarily make their tire unuseable.

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Sounds like you are in dire need of a gremlin bell. Or big magnet just in front of the tire.

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Fergy you may try the ride on that a lot of members use. I would say a lot would say to use it before you change out the tire. I have put it in my tires, a couple of years ago, and the other day I got my first nail. Ride on did not quit seal it up at the time, but I took and put some more into the tire and it sealed it. I had to ride the bike for a half hour and it has helded up for a week now, with no leakage.

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I wish I had your money to keep buying tires everytime one gets a puncture...

I would just use a "Sticky string" plug if needed, but I use Ride-On also.

If this was your race bike I'd understand the expense, but if the tire is relitivaly new I would just plug it if you don't use Ride-On.(and it seems obvious you should....lol)


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or..... just stop riding through piles of nails.
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fergy:

Can I have your old tires? Don't think I can afford ME880's on my own!

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WOW! I cry every time I have to buy a new metzler after wearing the old one plum out. I hate it so bad I am contemplating a move to the darkside.

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I have had Ride-On in some of these tires, not all, and I did have it in the last one. But when I pulled the nail out it hissed a good bit, so I aired it up and rode about 15 miles, and let it sit for a little while and it went flat. I plugged it with a regular tire plug, the sticky black ones, and it was fine. But I've always been told that you shouldn't plug motorcycle tires. But I know one guy who always has plugs in his tires and thinks nothing of it. I hate to spend money like this, but want to be safe and figure tires are something you want to be sure of. Every time this comes up on the forums, it's usually at least 75% against plugging tires except for emergency repair.

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Every time this comes up on the forums, it's usually at least 75% against plugging tires except for emergency repair.


I think that is from the 75% who don't know how to plug a tire. , or were told by someone else not to and just repeating the warning like they know...


On the FJR forum 75% would likely suggest the sticky string , another 15 % would say to patch it on top of that, and the last 10% would say buy a new tire....so I guess it matters not only who, but where you ask....

Even if I had the money, I'd try plugging a new tire first.

For the money you spent so far, you could have bought your tire here and never had to worry about it again:
http://www.rhinotire.com/


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