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Old 07-24-2014, 08:48 AM   #16
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I'll be doing that next time I have to change tires on my DR. It can't hurt, and even if the tire isn't air-tight, it would at least slow the leak down some and improve your chances of being able to stop safely.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:14 AM   #17
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I'll be doing that next time I have to change tires on my DR. It can't hurt, and even if the tire isn't air-tight, it would at least slow the leak down some and improve your chances of being able to stop safely.

Honestly though, think about it. How many bazillion miles motorcyclists have ridden without a front puncture. The odds of you having a re-occurrence is extremely low.

The only thing I've ever had happen with a front tire was spinning a tube ripping the stem out on my trials bike in the midst of an event (or maybe not), but no problem, it was a 4 ply and was just about right! Now when I spun the rear tube on the third loop and had one more to go, I had to paddle like mad in most traps, 2 ply rear tires flop around quite a bit when flat. I replaced the crap rim locks with screws next time.

Not to say don't take precautions, but just to say your experience is highly likely to never happen again.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:31 AM   #18
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Honestly though, think about it. How many bazillion miles motorcyclists have ridden without a front puncture. The odds of you having a re-occurrence is extremely low.

The only thing I've ever had happen with a front tire was spinning a tube ripping the stem out on my trials bike in the midst of an event (or maybe not), but no problem, it was a 4 ply and was just about right! Now when I spun the rear tube on the third loop and had one more to go, I had to paddle like mad in most traps, 2 ply rear tires flop around quite a bit when flat. I replaced the crap rim locks with screws next time.

Not to say don't take precautions, but just to say your experience is highly likely to never happen again.
I've never had a front flat, just one rear. But I'll need a new rim strip next time a change tires anyway so I might as well try the duct tape trick.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:44 PM   #19
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:43 AM   #20
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I had a front puncture on my DRZ-400sm. Didn't crash, but it was a PITA. So I adapted a set of tubeless wheels, carried a plug kit and compressor after that. End of problem.

I used to drag race, and in the old days, that meant using tubes. After pulling the valve stems out of a gazillion rear tubes, I sealed the spokes and ran the slick tubeless. It did leak a bit, but a top-off a few minutes before a run was simple (since I had compressed air to operate the controls). Made my life a LOT easier.
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