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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Had to replace my rear tire

I don't know if maybe I jinxed myself with talk about tires, but I wound up with a gigantic screw stuck into my rear tire and had to replace it today. I called around and only one dealer even stocked my size tire, so I just went with the best that they had in stock - a Dunlop Sportmax Q3 Plus.
After it was installed, I put about seventy-five miles on it, and in all honesty, I can't tell a difference between that and the original. The original had only about nine-hundred miles on it, so it was practically new. I'm taking a short trip this weekend and will add another four-hundred or so miles to it, so I'll report back in a couple of days.

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Was the tire damaged in a way that precluded a plug repair? I know some say for emergency roadside repair to get you to where you can replace the tire...but then again, lots of guys, me included, feel otherwise(if the plug is installed correctly).
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Was the tire damaged in a way that precluded a plug repair? I know some say for emergency roadside repair to get you to where you can replace the tire...but then again, lots of guys, me included, feel otherwise(if the plug is installed correctly).

I can't say for certain... But two dealerships that I called said that they don't do plugs. And to be honest, I would never feel comfortable knowing that my tire had a plug in it, so I opted for a new tire. I know that now I can just ride and that's one less thing that will ever be lurking in the back of my brain
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I can't say for certain... But two dealerships that I called said that they don't do plugs. And to be honest, I would never feel comfortable knowing that my tire had a plug in it, so I opted for a new tire. I know that now I can just ride and that's one less thing that will ever be lurking in the back of my brain
Saturn, really the proper “permanent” repair would be to dismount the tire and put a patch on the inside, plugs were always meant to be a temporary repair, that said many have ran properly installed plugs until the tire was worn out w/o issue. The other thing about it is that I don’t know of a single dealer/shop that will plug or patch a bike tire under the guise of liability.

They patch/plug car tires all the time but it is a bit difficult to fall off a car.

Not so sure that it’s just not an excuse to sell more tires, so there’s my political/personal/satirical/smartazz comment for today.
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Not so sure that it’s just not an excuse to sell more tires, so there’s my political/personal/satirical/smartazz comment for today.

Well, I can't really blame them because I called and asked if they'd sell me a new tire - they were just doing what I wanted. In the future, if I have another flat, I may ask about having it patched, though maybe not. There was this little thought in the back of my head, from all of the tire conversations I see here, that sort-of made me decide to just replace the original tire. Curiosity about the OEM vs. a new tire, I suppose? Now I can answer for myself if I believe there's a real difference!

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Very few dealerships will patch a tire. It's not worth the liability. You might find an independent who will patch a tire.
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I have no idea about dealers in your area but the FJR uses the same tire as 90% of the Japanese street bikes made. Stores in my area stock several brands. Heck even the shop by me that specializes in dirt bikes stocks some 180/55/17 street tires.

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I can't say for certain... But two dealerships that I called said that they don't do plugs. And to be honest, I would never feel comfortable knowing that my tire had a plug in it, so I opted for a new tire. I know that now I can just ride and that's one less thing that will ever be lurking in the back of my brain
Why should a dealer repair the tire when they can sell you a new one for $200-$300?

Find it odd only one dealer had 180/55-17 tires because nearly half the non-Harley streetbikes on the road use that tire.
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I have no idea about dealers in your area but the FJR uses the same tire as 90% of the Japanese street bikes made. Stores in my area stock several brands. Heck even the shop by me that specializes in dirt bikes stocks some 180/55/17 street tires.
Well, the poser/cruisers don’t wear that tire. But most purporting sport or touring characteristics do.

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