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No jacks or tools required, seals and inflates flat tires in minutes. A proprietary rubber compound provides a durable seal on contact. For use on passenger cars, vans, light trucks, trailers, lawn tractors and ATVs. Do not use on bikes, high performance or motorcycle tires. This Fix-a-Flat is one of many top quality items in our Tire Sealants department.
A co-worker told me he had used this to repair a tire on his off-road bike to get back to camp. I was wondering if anyone has used this stuff to get to the nearest town....maybe putt along 40mph??? Or is this stuff definately a BIG NO-NO :confused:
 

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A can of that stuff is part of my regular kit for trips, but I haven't had a need for it in many years.

I rode my CB 350 from Ventura to San Luis Obispo (a 100 miles or so) on the stuff, and then probably rode around for another few hundred miles before I scraped together the money for a new tube.

I don't recall observing any precautions about keeping the speed down. At the time I was immortal and usually rode the poor beast about as fast as it would go...

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I prefer the green stuff, but I don't know if it comes in an inflator can. It's pretty easy to wash out of a tubeless tire when repairs are made. Let it settle a bit before you check the pressure with a mechanical gauge. Again, ask me how I know......
 

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I prefer the green stuff, but I don't know if it comes in an inflator can. It's pretty easy to wash out of a tubeless tire when repairs are made. Let it settle a bit before you check the pressure with a mechanical gauge. Again, ask me how I know......
How do you know?
 

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The green stuff is blown into the gauge (talking about the round/dial ones) and clogs it up. Have to disassemble it and clean it... I guess it would do the same with a pencil gauge.

BTW that tag - "Ask me how I know" is KLR code for " speaking from experience" without having to tell a long story.
 

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I thought maybe something of the sort happened....not funny...I don`t care who you are....thats not funny. I tend to get real creative with the swear words when things like that happen
 

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Fix-A-Flat is for tubeless tires. For a tube tire if it is a small pinhole puncture maybe the sealant type stuff will work. But in my experience if something like a nail is in the tire the hole is a larger than a pinhole. When the tire is inflated that little hole stretches into a big hole and the sealant usually squirts through the hole and seals nothing. Green Slime for Tubes works a little better but not much. The best flat fix plan is to carry a spare tube and a set of 10 inch Motion Pro tire irons, something to inflate the tube, and learn to live with fixing a flat on the roadside. With practice it doesn't take long. A center stand becomes your best friend when you get a flat. Plan B is to throw the bike on its side frontier style if you don't have a center stand. Trying to prop up a KLR with sticks or rocks will just make you look silly when it falls on top of you.
 

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Thanks for the post ScareCrow. I think I have found the tools here:http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/articles/view/486/motion_pro_tire_spoons/ I have taken my back tire to the shop but never changed one in the field...they look tougher than bicycle tires to mount. Seems like some kind of stand could be fabbed out of tubing and go under the frame...maybe pin together and pull apart for storing?...working kind of like a center stand.
 

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.......... Seems like some kind of stand could be fabbed out of tubing and go under the frame...maybe pin together and pull apart for storing?...working kind of like a center stand.
Someone has made just such a device and is offering them for sale at less than half the price of most center stands. If you go to KLR650.net or ADVrider sites and pm a moderator about it I bet they can hook you up with the maker, those are the only places I've seen it. I can't recall the maker's forum name. It looks well made but he only demonstrated it lifting the rear wheel. I don't know if it will get with the front off the ground. If the weight of a center stand is a concern for you my Whitehorse Gear stand only weighs about 6 lbs. It does steal some ground clearance (but not much) and could be damaged by a rock or log climbing rider but most likely not. The mounting bracket does offer a little bit of extra crankcase protection near the rear. The KLR does look a little better without a center stand to some.

Look up some videos on changing flats on motorcycles. There are some very good ones. After you've fixed a flat a couple of times you won't worry about them any more if you are prepared.

By the way, I have ridden a KLR on flat tires, front and rear (but not at the same time) for miles at slow speeds, about 15 to 20 mph. Sometimes condition might force you to do so. Just avoid sudden moves and sharp bumps.
 

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Someone has made just such a device and is offering them for sale at less than half the price of most center stands.
Agreed. Eagle Mike (the doohickey guy) makes a number of products, one of them being the "quick jack", for $30 if I am not mistaken. You can lift the front or the rear wheel with it. Photo below. Call Mike at 619-261-1281 if you want one. He's working on updating his website so he doesn't have to do everything over the phone.
 

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I will check into the "quick Jack" I noticed after clicking on the thumbnail that one of the feet are not both the same...wonder why? So I guess the best way to go would be a front and back spare tube, set of tire irons or spoons, a quick jack or something similar and a small air compressor or pump..which leads me to my next question. I recently installed the quick connect cables for my battery maintainer and was thinking of using the quick connect from the battery clips to tap into the battery to run a charging outlet. I was wondering if the quick connects had a name...each plug has a male and a female side.
 

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I will check into the "quick Jack" I noticed after clicking on the thumbnail that one of the feet are not both the same...wonder why?
I believe you're seeing the "other leg" is the factory kickstand. It's already on the bike. The quick jack has a different foot than the kickstand, hence the perceived difference.
 

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That connector is known, generally as an "SAE connector". Pretty standard. Inexpensive and available at WM and just about any auto parts store.
 

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Agreed. Eagle Mike (the doohickey guy) makes a number of products, one of them being the "quick jack", for $30 if I am not mistaken. You can lift the front or the rear wheel with it. Photo below. Call Mike at 619-261-1281 if you want one. He's working on updating his website so he doesn't have to do everything over the phone.
Thanks Watt Man,

I'm a lay it on its side guy who has only had two flats in 12K but one of these would have been handy. Flats are a matter of fact but I have had two and that is more than any other bike in the same amount of time? Heck I used to run a TT 500 and didn't get two flats the whole time I owned it and it saw the rough stuff. Maybe the tires aren't what they used to be? I used to wear out a rear 500X18 knobby without having a flat, and the next, and the next? Now I take a quick spin off the hardtop and wham o!

To the original poster; if you have never changed tires on a large motorcycle you better practice. You can carry all the tubes you can handle but if you hack them all up trying to get them in you would be better off with a cell phone.


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Hmmmm...that gives me an idea. I`m looking at a new set of tires and that would be a good time to get some experience. As far as cell phones go they aren`t much good if you have no service where you are down.

I was looking at the Pirelli MT 90 Scorpions here:http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/393/5436/ITEM/Pirelli-MT-90-Scorpion-A-T-Enduro-Rear-Tire.aspx

I might just go with a rear since my front has about 5mm left. The Dunlops that came on mine are front: 90/90-21m/c54s K-750; back:130/80-17m/c65s K-750. I am assuming for example the 130 is 130mm width and the 80 is 80mm height?
 

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............130/80-17m/c65s K-750. I am assuming for example the 130 is 130mm width and the 80 is 80mm height?
It's an approximation of the tire's aspect ratio. 130/80 means the tire is 130 mm wide and 80% of 130 mm tall at maximum recommended pressure. So 130 mm x 80% = 104 mm, that would be about how tall the tire is.
 
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