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I am very careful about debris in the roadway.
No M/C punctures since the seventies.
However, on my last bikes I carried:
Can of SealNAir
Patches on the dual sports and plugs on the street bikes
Foot pump

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I do not like plugs. When I managed a tire store, circa 1984, plugs were forbidden, but I like pushing a bike with a flat tire even less.

I have been tempted to carry one each of a size 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 pan head sheet metal screw as a temp "plug" to get me home.
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I worked w/a young guy that rode around with a SCREW in his tire ( tread ) for a cpl. weeks before he pulled and plugged it.
been riding the plug for I don't know how long
i'll use a plug to get home but they scare me....i've had car tires literally rip apart at plug holes.
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Working at a dealership for over 20 years, we were told to use patches only because if the tire went flat and rode on the rim, we had to inspect the inside of the tire sidewalls for damage. I preferred plugs, as long as the tire never went completely flat and there was a hole, not a cut. Plugs, not the thread kind, were easy and we seldom had a problem with them. I've seen too many guys grind the inside of a tire down too far, then patch it, only to have the cords unravel or tire blow out. { Attention Unsuspecting Public : The guy repairing your tire puncture is the newest guy on our staff! }
I've been riding since 1970 and have never had a flat while riding or on a trip. I've walked into the shed and had a tire flat from no air but no punctures. Like 'sportsterdoc' I keep my eye (*) peeled for debri, especially in areas where there is construction.
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what happened to the old vulcanizing patches. not a solution while on the road though.
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The patches and plugs we used were "vulcanizing" type. Putting a patch in a radial tire requires roughing or grinding the area inside to a 'velvety' smoothness. The last couple of times the dealership had tubes to patch, I was the only one left that still knew how to do them. I wonder if they miss me, since I've retired?
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What is your favorite remedy for a tire puncture?

a brand new tire. if you lose one tire to puncture the bike doesn't become a unicycle.. unlike i car I will not take a chance with any plug..



if you pop in a new tube, then you don't have to change the rubber..
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Was your inquiry regarding getting back home from the middle of nowhere or the solution after getting back home?

My comments were primarily directed to getting back home or to a shop.

My truck and even my 2019 car both have full size spares and an electric inflator and a foot pump, although my last puncture was about 10 years ago on a cross-over FWD front tire after taking it up a Jeep Trail with some wheel spin.
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I use the cord type plugs. A little over a year ago I got a screw dead center in a new rear tire. I ran the plug, then replaced it twice over time as it started leaking. Finished that tire off and finally replaced it. I am not throwing a new rear tire on the scrap heap for a tiny hole in it. The sidewalls on these things are really stiff and I don't weigh a lot, so I can ride on a rear that is near flat if I have too.

In the front I take it a bit more seriously. I may only replace the plug once before replacing the tire.
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Wedge is right about tire stiffness. My rear tire is an almost new Metzler. After when I must have picked up that nail, I rode it for a couple of weeks before I found that it was empty, it looked totally normal. The thing I was noticing was a very slight rear end wobble during a slow turn. It was also a little harder to push when backing it out of the shed and that's why I finally checked it, the gage read 0.
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I confess being inept with the cord type plugs, biggest problem was the cheap insertion tool folding up. Became a convert of the “stop n go” pocket plugger. Been using them for close to 15 years now with great success. Bikes, cars, trucks, SUV and trailers all do well. Took me a bit to get used to the concept of a lubricated mushroom headed plug but swear by them now. The only hint I will add is using the hole reamer aggressively so plug insertion is a snap. Do pull the tag end a bit before trimming it an get back to running.
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