Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:02 PM
On the way out of the parking lot on the way home I ran over a freaking nail and my rear tire immediately lost all air pressure. I limped home in 1st gear about 15mph for 4 km.
My question is:
If I remove the nail and install a new tube, am I ok to keep using that rear tire I limped home on? I have a DRZ400SM with a Avon Roadrider AM26 front and back (140/70-17). The tire looks fine from the outside. When it went flat I didn't touch the rear brake and accelerated very gently in 1st and stayed in 1st all the way home.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:15 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:44 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:13 PM
I say you throw a new tube in there and ride the tire till it's bald.. Get a Heavy Duty tube rather than standard, just to be safe..
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:26 PM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:42 AM
Done it several times.. Never a problem.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:17 AM
I said "could". Ya pay your money and take your chances. Only takes once? My life is worth more than 80 or so bucks, even at my age.
Edited by Oldhippie, 16 March 2012 - 06:18 AM.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:45 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:57 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:24 AM
zip ties and such won't work too good on SM street tires. Also SM tires are much softer than S or E so I wouldn't take any chances if that would be me.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:20 AM
Zip ties? how does this work??? never heard that one
Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:28 AM
zip tie tire to the rim so it won't come off
Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:55 PM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:34 PM
If you want the 'safety first' answer that you can take to the bank scrap the tire. Here in BC it is actually illegal for shops to repair tubeless bike tires. Not sure with tube tires. The concern of course is liability. "what if" the patch failed and the tire deflated quickly. Sigh. "What if" an asteroid hits earth.
If you don't want to go to the bank to buy a new tire give it a good look over especially for damage to the threads at the puncture site. Depending on the size of the nail hole you could also get the patches that have a plug attached that you pull through the hole. These require reaming the hole to be large enough for the plug so if the hole is small it is kind of pointless but they do help protect from crap entering the hole.
I have never scrapped a tire because of a nail hole. Tube or tubeless. I have scrapped a few that had obvious damage to the sidewall from running low.
I was more nervous with a 20mm tire running 120psi failing at 80km/h going down a hill on my skinny tire road bike while dressed in nothing but spandex and a foam helmet than I ever have been about a motorcycle tire failing.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:00 AM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:30 AM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:15 PM
I guess I will have to ask a local shop to do it for me. Unless you guys have any tips. I tried pulling back the rubber as much as possible and spraying a shit load of Windex in there but no luck. I even tried taking an iron tire spoon and trying to hammer it between the bead and the rim..... no luck. I am definitely not worried about a small hole in the tire now haha, considering King Kong himself couldn't break this freaking bead.
One More question. Would you guys bother patching the hole in the tire or just leave it and would the tube put enough pressure on the hole to keep shit out? It was a thin nail and the hole is in the inner groove not on the rubber that contacts the pavement.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:32 PM