I am a big fan of the mushroom Stop n Go plugs, as well as the patch/plug they make. I have run plugged tires to their end several times and never had an issue. Get the smaller tooled version... no need for the big gun looking version. Both are super easy to use.
On the road I plug.
If I am at home I go ahead and break it down and use the patch/plug.
I carried the ropes when riding off road as a backup, when I rode off road. Now the 650 is gone and I stick mainly to the highways. Helga is a big girl to be leaving the pavement.