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post #1 of 19 Old 07-08-2018, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do in a tire emergency?

I'm new to this forum, so any advice is appreciated in advance. I own a 2018 KLR 650. Everything is stock.

Here's my scenario. I was driving home from work this morning and picked up a screw in my back tire. I immediately lost all air, which felt like I was riding on ice. I got pulled over safely and my wife brought my truck to get me home. The screw went through the tire and tube.

What does everyone else do when they damage a tire like I did?
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-09-2018, 06:00 AM
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Repair/replace tube, air up, ride on.

How? Internet videos abound.
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-09-2018, 06:57 AM
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Yeah, the tire should be fine. On my sportster which was tubeless, you plugged it like a car and on your way. Probably the only thing I dread about owning this bike are the tube tires. What happened to the airless tires and flying cars we were promised?
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Yeah, the tire should be fine. On my sportster which was tubeless, you plugged it like a car and on your way. Probably the only thing I dread about owning this bike are the tube tires. What happened to the airless tires and flying cars we were promised?
tubeless is fine for pavement only bikes; you'll appreciate that tube when you need to fix a flat 200miles in the bush. Ever tried to seat a tubeless tire with a bicycle pump? ....not good. I'd suggest there is a reason why all real dirtbikes and most dual sports have tubes

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tubeless is fine for pavement only bikes; you'll appreciate that tube when you need to fix a flat 200miles in the bush. Ever tried to seat a tubeless tire with a bicycle pump? ....not good. I'd suggest there is a reason why all real dirtbikes and most dual sports have tubes

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Unless something broke the bead you aren't reating the tubeless tire, just a pluggin it and blowin it up. I can fix a flat on a tubeless tire in less than five minutes if I know where the whole is and doesn't matter where I am.
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Unless something broke the bead you aren't reating the tubeless tire, just a pluggin it and blowin it up. I can fix a flat on a tubeless tire in less than five minutes if I know where the whole is and doesn't matter where I am.
I understand that most of your experience is pavement biased just as most of mine is offroad; I can tell you that most of the time I've gotten a flat offroad, the tire has come unseated........tubes are definitely better for what I do; again, every real offroad bikes has tubes for good reason.

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post #7 of 19 Old 07-11-2018, 10:43 AM
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Unless something broke the bead you aren't reating the tubeless tire, just a pluggin it and blowin it up. I can fix a flat on a tubeless tire in less than five minutes if I know where the whole is and doesn't matter where I am.
A couple Co2 cartridges and a 12v pump should handle it with a ratchet strap. I really despise tubes. (mostly because I have terrible luck installing them!) I can plug pump and go in minutes. A ratchet strap around the tire pushes the beads into the rim. I have already sealed my rear rim and when I find a safety bead 21" rim and can justify the money will be sealing the front as well.
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A couple Co2 cartridges and a 12v pump should handle it with a ratchet strap. I really despise tubes. (mostly because I have terrible luck installing them!) I can plug pump and go in minutes. A ratchet strap around the tire pushes the beads into the rim. I have already sealed my rear rim and when I find a safety bead 21" rim and can justify the money will be sealing the front as well.
Well, all I can tell you is that IME, trying to reseat a tube-less tire without a high volume air source is a gigantic PITA (ratchet strap or not) The CO2 cartridges don't have the volume to seat a bead. Tubes aren't bad once you are adept at changing them - it takes practice. At our races, there would be a tire change competition (all real dirt bikes have tubes) and the winners would be less than two minutes.....I was never that fast but after the first few dozen, you do tend to get better at it! ;-)

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Ain't nobody ever done it with starting fluid (or other flammable aerosol fluid) and a fire source?

No kidding; works.

Besides ample Internet texts and videos, I've seen it done myself.

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Ain't nobody ever done it with starting fluid (or other flammable aerosol fluid) and a fire source?

No kidding; works.

Besides ample Internet texts and videos, I've seen it done myself.

heard of it; haven't tried it.

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