I’ve finally faced the fact that some day, I’m going to get a flat in the worst place imaginable. Up until now I assumed that I would have cell phone reception or I could flag someone down for help. It is rare that I don’t ride into areas that don’t have cell phone service and lately I’ve been venturing into roads that don’t even have regular traffic to flag down someone. So here is all you need in order to fix a punctured tubeless tire:
- Tire Plugger Kit
- Air Pump or CO2 Cartriges
- If using an air pump then you need a means to power it
- Tire Gauge
These are the particular pieces of equipment that I used to fill the above requirements:
- Pocket Tire Plugger by Stop & Go ($32)
- Generic air pump ($10). See WikeBikeWorld‘s article on making compact Motorcycle Tire Air Pump for more details.
- Cigarette Light Adapter by Powerlet to power the air pump ($20).
- Ready-To-Go Hi-Tec Digital Tire Gauge by RoadGear ($20)
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Stop & Go’s Pocket Tire Plugger and have seen it recommended by multiple Iron Butt Rally participants which is a good enough endorsement for me. I chose to go with an air pump over the CO2 cartridges because it is cheaper and reusable. I’ve heard the CO2 cartridges are pain to use anyways. Chances are you already have a means to power things on your motorcycle, and if not you can check out Powerlet.com to find the right system for your bike. I use the cigarette lighter adapter for charging my electronics already so this is hardly a new addition but I included for the sake of completion. You should already have a tire gauge since you check your tire pressure on a regular basis right? So assuming you have an accessory outlet and tire gauge already the tire plugger kit and air pump are the only things you really need and it adds up for $42 which is cheap for peace of mind when touring long distances.
Here is the whole package. I managed to fit all this under the seat of my Ninja 650r even with it’s extremely limited space. The beer is just there for perspective. After a flat tire a beer may sound very good, but it hardly helps the situation.