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Hello all, when I bought my bike off my neighbor he mentioned he plugged the rear tire. Today while getting on the bike I noticed some crap on my tire. Tried to take it off but I believe it's the plug residue? Should I get this tire replaced? ImageUploadedByTapatalk1426212603.994062.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1426212619.331028.jpg
 

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Replace. Sucks. I had to buy a new one too! There's some on here that say it's ok to plug a tire, but I personally wouldn't trust it. Only 2 wheels! I picked up a nail in mine like 2 months after I bought it. Go online for the tire. I found mine cheapest on eBay
 

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That looks like a plug.

I only use plugs for short term/emergencies, like just getting me to the tire shop (because they have such a high chance of failing). If I had to, I'd patch it, which they have to take the tire off to do and I'm not even sure if they'll do it to a MC tire. Usually costs about 35-40 dollars.

If I could afford it, I'd get a new tire, or at least that's what I did when I got a nail in mine.
 

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Those tires keep the bike on the ground and not us. Get a new tire if it was me.
 

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Depends on how it looks on the inside. I've patched my own I am an ase tech been around patches/plug patches forever. I got 4k out of my last rear with a patch. Just take it to a pro and ask them just my .02 cents.
 

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. As I sold my car the bike is my only means of getting around right now. I'm going to take it slow and have the shop check it out tomorrow to see what he thinks. Will def get a new tire asap though.
 

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Ask your neighbor how many miles since the plug. How many miles on the tire, what kind is it?
 

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The plug adds yet another variable, another chance for failure on a critical part of your safe riding.

I am with OND, I would only use a plug to get me home from an immediate trip and then the tire goes in the scrap bin. My life is literally riding on that 2"x4" contact patch, I wont take the chance on anything that could possibly increase the chance of failure.

As for used tires, assuming that it is not plugged/something wrong with it, there shouldnt be a problem but I wouldnt buy it from ebay or someone you did not know.

My advice would be to check with your local racers for takeoffs. Most of the time you can get them cheaply. I charge $50 for mine with 50% edge wear left and 95+% center wear left, some go much cheaper. If you ride primarily on the street you are generally only using the center of the tire which is practically brand new on a race tire.

You can also check for deals at local tire places and look for closeouts at shops like sportbiketrackgear.com, etc.

It sucks for sure, and I know well what it is like to be tight on cash but ask yourself this: If you cant afford a new tire, can you afford hospital bills?
 

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I went ahead and got a set of pilot power 2CTs. Rear is 180/55/17 front stock is 120/65/17 however it looks like they only make 60 and 70. I got the 60, will I notice any issues?
 

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You probably wouldn't notice it too much. I would've gone with the 70 for the higher profile. It's generally easier to flick the bike back and forth with higher profile tires.

That's why most track guys/racers go with the 60 in the rear instead of the 55. and I believe 70 is actually stock in the front for kawi
 

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Another ditch it vote.

Reasoning:
At best it is another variable.
Iirc plugs should be trimmed flush so they don't rip out. I would have concerns about the craftsmanship of someone who does not.
Tires are cheaper than hospital visits.

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From what I remember my neighbor said he only rode the bike once after getting it patched. He got a screw in it I believe, or a nail. (also he did mention this, and advised to get a new rear tire)

It looks like my current tires are:

Front:
Pirelli Super Corsa
120/70/17
Rear:
Dunlop Sportmax Q2
180/55/17

I was able to contact support and switch out the 60 for a 70.

I just rode the bike into work, kinda sucks because I sold the car so it's my only way of getting around right now. I'm trying to go as slow as I can and stay off the freeway (my commute is only 10min so not to bad)

Shipping says the tires should be here Thursday, I think it will be sooner as they ship from LA and I'm in SF.
 

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I wouldn't ride on it. I have a set of 2CTs, worth the money.
 

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Yeah looks like the order is actually supposed to come on Monday so that's good. I'll just hitch a ride to work Monday and put the bike away for the weekend, no biggie. Thanks everyone!
 

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WELL, short story here kids. My landlord used to own the local motorcycle shop and when he noticed I bought the bike off my neighbor he mentioned if I needed tires let him know. I texted him last night and this morning he replied with: "left tires in your car port" I got so excited I borrowed the co workers car to check them out.
He has some buddies that run track.

They are:
Dunlop Sportmax GP-A
Front:
120/70/17
Rear:
190/60/17

I cancelled my tire order and going to throw these on and see how they feel. What do you guys think?



 

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I know most of you guys are at work but anyone have any input on the above tires? Going to try to throw them on today after work unless someone has a good objection :)

Thanks!
 

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I know most of you guys are at work but anyone have any input on the above tires? Going to try to throw them on today after work unless someone has a good objection :)

Thanks!
If it were me I would measure the tread depth, and maybe try them out depending on results. From a quick google they look like they might be more dedicated track tires which would not be very sticky without heat. Might be worth doing further research also into tire pressures.

Also I wish I could do that to tires...

Ey3
 

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If it were me I would measure the tread depth, and maybe try them out depending on results. From a quick google they look like they might be more dedicated track tires which would not be very sticky without heat. Might be worth doing further research also into tire pressures.

Also I wish I could do that to tires...

Ey3
That's a good point, I didn't think of that. I found this thread, looks to be okay or a bit, I'm not planning on going super balls to the walls with them, still getting comfortable with the bike. Once I pay the CC off I'll re-order those 2CTs.
http://zx6r.com/zx6r/28576-dunlop-sportmax-gp.html
 
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