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OK fella's need some expert opinions here. I had a sharp object pierce my new rear pilot power and pluged it . It's been holding good now for 2 weeks . It's plugged on the flat surface not in the gaps so it contacts the road surface constantly. should I relplace the tire? get it patched with that mushroom type from the inside ? or leave it and not go fast ( over 100mph) and just ride the twistys for the summer?
 

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I really hate to tell someone to run a plugged tire, but if it holds... :-X
 

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I plugged a tire once to get home when I was in Tenn to get back to CT. I rode like such a bitch, I sware I could feel it lossing air. It never did, but is a new tire worth risking your ass and reckin' your bike. Too big of a risk for me, and I'm broke as hell. I wanted Devi's modded header, but the wife wouldn't loan me any $$. To each his own.......
 

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I felt my rear tire going flat today ( I could feel the bike trying to stand up in a 50 mph lean on a freeway on ramp) (low tire pressure will make your bike want to stand up in the turns) and I rode straight to a service station, got out my plug kit and plugged the tire. This is my work bike. I travel at over 100 mph regularly on it. A plug is not as good as a new tire but think of it this way: If the plug fails, it is just like you picked up another nail, right? If it don't fail, you ain't gonna know the difference between a plugged tire and a not plugged one.
If you get a new tire and ride at 100 mph (or any speed) you can still get another flat, right?

Plugs don't bother me in the least. A flat is a flat. Some release the air slowly allowing for a plug and sometimes all the air is expelled and you ride it flat until you get to a safe place.
Again, if a plug fails, it is only another flat. You can't see a flat coming, it just happens. If it holds, then no worries! Save yourself some money. Plugs are cheap. My .02
 
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yea, I think you are right! if anything the plug will leak not blow out so I think I should be safe. I was going about 80 when I felt my bike trying to stand up in a corner I thought it was a fork or front tire issue. but if your going 140 and the plug comes out the tire will deflate pretty fast probably won't know till your back end starts fish tailing at 140.
 

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When I get flats at a high speed the bike doesn't start to fishtail until I have slowed way, way down. In fact, the faster I ride on the flat rear, centrifugal force keeps the tire rounder and more stable. As I slow down the profile begins to shorten and the bike starts to hula. For what it is worth. If you are riding at 140mph and not on a race track, you know that you are on borrowed time and should expect something to happen at some point.
I have been told that temperature changes are what effects a plug in a tire. Like if the tire gets real hot and the plug does not, then the plug can come out. I am no expert. I have never ridden at 140 mph with a plugged tire either, so don't listen to me.
 
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