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    New member: Help witih rear tire flat please

    Hi everyone,

    Firstly I just wanted to introduce myself. I got my first motorcycle yesterday and went with the TW200 partly due to this forum. Have been reading it for weeks and really enjoy the community feel and how knowledgeable and friendly everyone is.

    Today was my first day taking the bike out on the streets. I spend some hours practising on my brother's bike leading up to today. Unfortunately right when I was taking the bike home after riding for 30-45mins the back of the bike started fishtailing. Unfortunately I had a flat in the rear tire, but fortunately I was able to keep the bike and myself vertical and safely pull over to the side of the road.

    Once home I was able to get a good look at the tire and I ran over a bolt.

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    It is firmly embedded in my rear tire.

    Now I'm not very mechanically inclined yet, so what is my best way of permanently repairing this? Should I just replace the inner tube? Should I patch it? The tires are original from 2000, so should I replace the entire tire?

    Thanks and sorry if these questions are very basic.

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    "Now I'm not very mechanically inclined yet, so what is my best way of permanently repairing this? Should I just replace the inner tube? Should I patch it? The tires are original from 2000, so should I replace the entire tire?"


    The tire is now 14 years old and if money was no issue I would replace it but it can also be easily repaired and the patch should last for years. The tube will need to be replaced regardless. Welcome to the forum.


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    Hi Zachary,

    First of all, welcome to the forum!

    Secondly, sorry about your bad luck having a flat tire on your first day riding your bike.

    Yes, you could repair this by removing the bolt, patching or replacing the tube and possibly plugging or patching the tire if there is a significant hole remaining after you remove the bolt.

    Since your tire is 14 years old, you may want to seriously consider replacing it.

    It is hard to prevent this type of road hazard puncture, but you may want to consider using Slime or Ride-On in your new tube which may either help to seal the leak or at least slow down the air loss for certain types of punctures.

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    14 years? Yes, replace both tubes and tires. Put some Ride-On sealer and balancer in when you do and you shouldn't have a problem again for a long time.
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    Hello and welcome! As others have said, it's probably best to replace your tire and tube.

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    It looks like your puncture came from a socket head cap screw. That is somewhat uncommon.

    I can't add much to the good advise already given above. I just wanted to say Welcome To The Forum!

    And we would sure like to see some pictures of the rest of your bike. We like looking at purty pictures.

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    Thanks for the help everyone!

    Here are some quick pics I took the day I got the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachary View Post
    Thanks for the help everyone!

    Here are some quick pics I took the day I got the bike.

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    Oh boy a naked canvas! So many brush strokes you can make to create your very own masterpiece.

    Tom

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    I agree with everything said here, but if $$ is an issue, replace at minimum the tube. 14 years is borrowed time for one anyways, IMHO.

    I actually always try to have a spare front and rear tube at the house, just in case, for any tubed motorcycle i own.

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    I'll bet that bolt was already in the tire when you bought the bike, tell the seller he owes you at least a new tube !

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