I was happily riding my motorbike the other day until I stumbled with a flat tyre. To say the least, it’s not the first time I’ve wound up on the side of the road scratching my head thinking about whether the tyre is repairable or not.
Luckily, I have a friend thats an ex mechanic and he guided me over the phone with repairing the tyre using a cheap kit that I found in the services a short walk away. And today I’m going to share everything there is to know (with guided tips).
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Can motorbike tyres be repaired?
If you’ve asked the question can motorbike tyres be repaired’, the short answer is YES. While there’s a divide in opinion about whether or not you should patch/plug your old tyres, I am personally in favour of it. Repairing your tyre is ideal if your dirt bike or scooter has a dysfunctional tyre.
This is made simpler with dual-purpose tyre tubes. Fixing or patching your tyre while off-roading is equally safe. However, to facilitate the process, you will need a few extra tubes. You can also patch the fast road bikes if you are fully aware of the nitty-gritty of patching tyres.
Fret not if you aren’t familiar, because we will talk all about patching and repairing your flat tyres over the next few sections.
Is it safe to patch a motorcycle tube?
Yes, it is completely safe to patch your motorcycle tube. For most people, it is a permanent solution until they encounter another flat tyre. Either way, the solution is going to work if you do not encounter any pinhole or seams. Otherwise, you might have to replace the inner tube soon.
Your motorcycle tube is usually available in three categories depending on their thickness. They are a heavy-duty, ultra-duty and extreme duty. Some bike tubes are also a combination of the mentioned types. While the heavy-duty bikes have a thickness of 2mm, the ultra-heavy duty ones stand at 3mm and the extremely duty ones range from 4mm to 5mm.
Thicker tubes will cost you more. They will also add more weight to your motorbike. When it comes to patching the tube of your bike, you’ll need to follow the same process as patching a bicycle tube. Here’s what you need to do:
The first step involves removing the tyre from your bike. If your tyres are heavy-duty, you might need help to get them off.
For the second step, you will need to locate your leak or puncture. In almost all cases, the leak or puncture is apparent. This way, you can locate it at first glance.
For the final step, you will need a puncture repair kit to repair or patch the tire. The kit alone will include patches, plugs, glue, and a tool for scuffing.
When you finally patch the tube of your tyre, you can ride it the way you previously did. That said, it is ideal for off-road operation. While many bikers enjoy racing with these patched tyres, do not do this unless you’re super confident.
For additional safety, make sure you’ve double-patched the tyre. Unless you patch it well, it might leak, blow-out and lead to other accidents. So, if you are really insistent on fixing your old tyres, get a quality patch-kit and make sure you do seal up the leaks well before finally hitting the road.
How to fix a motorcycle TYRE puncture
Fixing a motorcycle tyre is easy when you know the steps. Here’s what you need to do:
Mark your puncture, get rid of the item (that caused the puncture) and finally start dismounting the tyre. Note that you cannot repair punctures at the edge of your tread or by the sidewalls.
Start preparing the site of repairing by moderately buffing the interior liner of your tyre. This way, you end up exposing fresh rubber. Next, buff a part which is bigger than the patch area of the plug/patch. Next, start rimming a hole for clearing debris.
Start applying rubber cement to the area of repair and let it dry for a few minutes. Finally, get rid of the covering from the head of the patch and start pushing the quill via the internal hole.
Start cutting your quill flush with the available tread. After that, gently press your patch in place. Place your thumbs onto the path to get rid of any underlying air from underneath. You can do this as you press the middle of your patch right along the perimeter.
Get your tyre reinstalled and inflate it with the required pressure. Once you’re done, you’re ready for hitting the road.
Are tubeless tyres better than tubed?
When it comes to fixing motorcycle tyres, you’ll come across the age-old question of whether tubeless tyres are better than their tubed variants. But before assessing the pros and cons, let’s take a closer look at what tubeless and tubed tyres are and how exactly they operate.
Tubed tyres are the type of tyres that come with an extra inner tube. If you encounter damage on your tubed tyre, you cannot drive it without patching or replacing it. Contrary to tubed tyres, tubeless tyres are those variants of tyres that do not feature an interior tube.
This doesn’t imply that the tyre can’t be operated with tubes; it simply suggests that the tyre doesn’t come with a tube in the first place. If you end up puncturing a tubeless tyre, you can still hit the road with it. In this case, the bike can be operated for several days until you decide to get it fixed.
When it comes to assessing the advantages and the disadvantages, tubeless tyres tend to have higher fuel efficiency than the tubeless variants. They also weigh less and aren’t prone to punctures like tubed tyres. In case of a puncture, the tubed tyre will explode.
At that point, you need to manually remove the tyre and the tube inside for quicker fixtures. However, such is not the case with tubeless tyres. With these tyres, you don’t end up losing control even after encountering punctures.
Note that there are some benefits to tubed tyres as well. First, they are available in all sizes, unlike tubeless tyres that come with limited variants. The next benefit lies in the overall cost of the tyre. Tubed tyres are more inexpensive when compared to their tubeless counterparts.
Repairing a tubed tyre is equally inexpensive. Unlike tubeless tyres, you won’t have to shell out hundreds to get your tyre fixed.
In terms of repair time, both tubeless and tubed tyres take a similar amount of time. The process of fixing tubed tyres can be facilitated and aced up if you’re familiar with fixing tyres.
Can you repair motorbike tyres with foam?
When it comes to repairing motorcycles, people primarily choose pre-emptive fluids. They fluids, however, add to the overall rotational weight and has an ill effect on the suspension capacities. What’s more, they also come at an expensive price.
Due to this reason, some people choose to repair their motorcycle tyres with foam. Yes, you can add foam after a puncture for re-inflating the tyre. However, note that this mode of repair will only stay temporarily, and you’ll need to limit your overall speed until you’re finally at a garage.
So, although you can repair your tyres with foam, it is best to settle with a quality puncture repair kit. Available at multiple dealers, these kits are lightweight and can be conveniently carried in the toolbox of your bike.
You can use these toolboxes to get a plug-mode of repair. Next, since these toolboxes already come with CO2 cartridges, you can always re-inflate the tyres later on. Most plug repairs will last you a long time, but they are still not a type of permanent repair.
Note that after getting your bike plug repaired, you cannot get a permanent repair. In that case, you will need to replace the tyre.
Best repair kits for motorbikes
If you’re looking to get the best repair kits for a motorbike but aren’t sure about your options, here are some of the top contenders. Explore these kits and finally choose the one that works best for your motorbike.
Dynaplug Pro: This is one of the top repair kits for your tubeless bike. Available with a nifty nylon pouch, this repair kit includes all the necessary tools like insertion tubes, air stoppers, repair plugs, and more.
Tooluxe Tyre Repair: This kit includes everything that you’d need for a sudden repair in the middle of the road. Since it’s a universal kit, you can use the tools for fixing cars and trucks as well.
Stop and Go Tyre Repair: This is yet another leading kit for tubeless tyre repairs. It is lightweight and includes more than twenty rubber plugs. As with Dynaplug, this one also comes with a nifty carrying case.
Q. Can I Use Aerosol to Treat Flat Tyres?
A. Yes, you can use aerosol for treating flat tyres.
Q. Are plug/patch repairs permanent?
A. The efficiency of plug/patch repairs will depend on the type of your bike and the terrains you charter. In most cases, they are permanent as they fill the wound and properly seal it from the interiors.
Q. Are Air Pumps Included in Repair Kits?
A. Most repair kits do not include air pumps. However, you will need them for carrying out the repairs. That is why you should carry an extra set of air pumps along with your kit.
Q. What Should I Consider While Repairing Flat Tyres?
A. While fixing flat tyres, make sure they have a minimum tread depth of 1 mm. Additionally, also check for other cracks and foreign objects.
Now that you have a clear idea about whether you should patch your old tyre, follow our tips to fix your flat tyres right away. Since we’ve added a step-by-step guideline to address the issue and fix the specific problem areas, we’re certain that you’ll manage to get your repair done without any extra help.
Just be patient throughout the process and allow yourself some time. Remember, no one learns to patch flat tyres overnight. So, give yourself the required time to process the entire thing.
This will make your job easier and you will have complete clarity about the issues to address when you finally have a flat tyre. In addition to following the guidelines, also make sure you carry the right gear while heading out. This will help you fix flat tyres with little to no assistance.