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    • Just got a slow leak in the rear tire of my GS and reminded me to see if there is a better solution out there for a mobile flat these days.

      This one looks nice...

    • Always go back to the rope style. They just fix so many different size holes better.

    • I use a cheaper version of this type of plug and find it works well for punctures caused by nails/screws. I buy new sticky-strings each year as they seem to lose their adhesive after a while. I find a T-handled insertion tool easier to use than the one pictured. Never had this type of plug not work for me for this type of a hole. For larger holes I have had mixed success; able to slow the leak down but not stop it; but I replace the tire after larger punctures anyway, so as long as I can get to my home or a shop, that's good enough for me.

    • I have a bicycle version of it that is even smaller that I just toss in my jacket. Never had a chance to use it, but if the day comes and the leak is small I'm hoping this would rescue me. Figured that I'd get the smallest version and if necessary will use my boot to punch through the tire. For now it is just there for a piece of mind.

    • Ever had to fix a flat out on the road? packing a new tube and a pump will save you loads of time! Now of course that doesn't work if you are a gram whiny and are going as light as possible. Find and fixing a small tube tire hole was a nightmare for me at least. But I do like the techy geekyness of that setup.

    • I wound up learning a lot about flat repair on the road. I tried the little mushroom plug thing. However, I never ended up with a hole that the mushroom fit well. I even carried a couple sizes of mushrooms. In a couple of instances I'd plug it and a mile or more later, plugging again-with the rope. Finding and fixing holes in tubes definitely sucks. But a tube into a tubeless tire is a quick way to get you home in a pinch.

      Now, my funny story. We did 36 one year and one of my buddies convinced me to take the cases off of my K12GT as it'd be "funner"...until I flatted less than half way back and realized my mistake-I'd left the plug kit in one of the cases. Between us, we had 6 CO2 cartridges and one really shitty plug. Got the tire plugged and I road the rest of the way back on a tire that was half flat. Now, I have a small box attached to the case holders of my Adventure that I keep the plug kit in on trips-I won't make that mistake again :)

    • I use the stop n go tyre plugger

      link

      You need a leatherman or small pliers and I also carry a small compressor that runs off the 12v accessory socket on the bike.

      video demo

    • I'm with Ian. I'm a real fan of those sticky rope things. They work great. I rode back from Anchorage on a tire plugged with one. It started to leak about 50 miles from home (~4k miles later). Shoved another one in and finished the ride.

    • The sticky ropes have never failed to get me home. The stop n go plugs don't work so well in steel belted radials. Picked up a drywall screw in a rear Tourance, and plugged it quickly with my brand new stop n go. 50 miles down the road the tire went flat again, the soft rubber plug chewed in two by the steel wires. Re-plugged, and that one lasted 49 miles. Finally tried the sticky rope, and it was still holding fine 1,800 miles later when the tire was replaced.

    • This is great data. I have a stop n go, but have never had to use it (knock wood), but I always worried if it would "do the deal". Going to grab some sticky rope and tools for summer riding!

    • Russ in Sydney

      +1 for the rope style ones we recently fixed a 12mm(1/2") cut in a tyre with 3 ropes, we put 2 in and held them in position with 2 leatherman pliers then pushed 1 in between the first two.
      It got the rider a further 700KM before it failed, fortunatly it was close to a tyre repair shop and they fitted an internal patch to get my mate home.

    • I've a home made kit that includes 3 different kinds of plugs (rope, bullet, and BMW style), goop, plug tools, CO2 cartridges, AND a pump. Different plugs work well on different size holes. It annoyed me no end the time I had to make a little hole much bigger to fit the BMW style without tearing the plug.

      If you use something that requires goop be sure to check it on a regular basis. I once was lucky enough to find that 1/2 of the three tubes I had on the bike hadn't hardened. Two of the three had never even been opened.

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