Plugging Your Motorcycle Tires Plugging Your Motorcycle Tires
If you have a puncture in your motorcycle tires, then one of the easiest ways of fixing it is to add a tire plug. They can be vital accessories if you are riding a long way, and can be used on just about any kind of puncture. However, you need to be careful about how you fit the plugs, as you should not put more than one plug into a tire quadrant, and no more than 2 into the same motorcycle tire. In order to fit the tire plug, you will need to have a few items and be able to securely fit the plug before you drive away.
Step 1 - Check the Tire
Before you start trying to repair the tire with a plug, you will need to check the tire and make sure that there are no more holes in the same area of the tire and no significant damage. If you find that there are large areas of the tire which are punctured, or you have had a complete blow-out, then there is very little that the tire plug can do. If it is only the one little hole, and you have a tire repair kit on hand, you can repair the damage easily with a plug. Before you finish checking the tire, make sure that anything inside the tire is fished out, such as stones or debris, and clean the surface of the tire near to where the hole has occurred.
Step 2 - Cut the Tire
Take out your tire repair kit and cut the hole until it is an even size and you will be able to get the plug in easily. Most motorcycle tire holes are very small, so you will need to use the tool inside the kit to open it up a little. Don't cut too much, or you the plug will not stay securly in the hole.
Step 3 - Apply the Plug
Take out your plug and cover it with the tire cement. You may need to wait a few minutes for the cement to take on a tacky or sticky quality. Once this has occurred, push the plug into the puncture. Trim down the excess of the plug using your cutting tool, and then fill up the tire. Take the rest of the cement, and put a little around the puncture site. Leave this all to dry, and then completely fill the tire with air. The plug should remain in the tire.
Step 4 - If the Plug Falls Out
If you have never plugged a tire before, then you may sometimes find that the plug will fall out before you are ready to drive away. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, you may have cut the hole to too big a size, or you may not have applied enough cement to the plug before inserting it into the tire. Repeat the patch and take your bike to the nearest tire repair garage.