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I have plugged a few tubeless while on the road. Official practice is to replace the tire ASAP. I never did. These were all on non h-d’s and I rode with the tire until worn. Repeatedly exceeded the speed limit as well. Never had an issue. Although never in a sidewall.

All of my tubeless bikes have a kit w/co2 either under seat or in the bags.

Definitely beats walking or waiting for tow, especially in the middle of BFE.
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Likewise, in the 60's, my only means of transportation was a Honda 50 Super Sport (manual clutch and gas tank on top, where it's supposed to be) and I rode it year-round with a knobby "scrambler" tire on the rear so I could get through the snow to school and to work after school. The chain was enclosed, so I never lubed it (actually, I don't remember ever seeing it) or adjusted it. I rode it over jumps on the construction site of what would be the new interstate and I did wheelies on a regular basis. I never changed the oil but I did add a little occasionally. I never had a flat tire. I guess my guardian angel was working overtime. Who needs Gremlin Bells?
It always started but it would only run when I put gas in it. It was still running when I sold it to buy my first used car.
Yeah, the "good old days". I have some pictures of me riding it with my dog perched on the seat and front paws on the gas tank. Riding apparel? Helmets? Driver's license? Didn't need 'em.
Just sold my Sport 50 last year. owned it close to 50 years. It was pretty squirrely at top speed (maybe 40 mph) and the brakes were merely a suggestion you would like to stop someday! Of course being 200+ lbs didn't help either situation.

Sold it to someone who shipped it with a container full of other motorcycles back to Japan.
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" It was pretty squirrely at top speed (maybe 40 mph)"

I'd like to think there is a "1" missing from the front of that!
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" It was pretty squirrely at top speed (maybe 40 mph)"

I'd like to think there is a "1" missing from the front of that!
Probably not.
200 pound plus dude on a 50cc bike!
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" It was pretty squirrely at top speed (maybe 40 mph)"

I'd like to think there is a "1" missing from the front of that!
Nope. 40, maybe 45 with a tailwind. Just felt like 140 on a little bike with a steep rake!
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Nope. 40, maybe 45 with a tailwind. Just felt like 140 on a little bike with a steep rake!
'69 Honda CT 70 48 mph with a strong tailwind

Boy was it fun! Who needs school. Ride!
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