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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 2016, 9:28 am Thread Starter
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Tire repair K-1300s, 2009

I've got a very slow leak in the rear tire of my 2009 K-1300s. It's a Michelin Pilot Road 2 with lots of life left on it. I can fill it to 42 psi and ride it and it will lose 3-4 psi in an hour. If left parked it doesn't go completely flat, stopping at 18 psi or so.

I'm wondering if anyone has experience using "ride-on" tire sealant, made for motorcycle tires? If so I'd like to hear from you. Also, the instructions for "ride-on" say to watch out for TPMS issues, that if the TPMS does not have "potted" electronics, it can mess up the sensor. It seems the TPMS sensor would be potted, but I don't know for sure.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 2016, 11:46 am
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3-4 psi/hr? That is not a slow leak.Time to have a very good look at the tire and spray it with soap.Only then one could determine if it is repairable.

Could be the valve leaking?Easy things first....!

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OK, you are right on the leak. I found the culprit on close to the center line of the tread. There was no object in the leak/hole, just a slow bubbling when covered with soapy water. So there doesn't appear to be any observable hole, just noticeable with the soapy water. So I'm wondering if something like "ride-on" would fix it. I just don't know of the down sides to using something like that.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 2016, 5:32 pm
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I have these thoughts:

1. Whether or not the TPM is potted, I would not use RideOn or any other goopy substance in my tires. Some experts believe that there are issues. I don't want to deal with it.

2. The motorcycle tire changing shop near my home hates the stuff. They say it coats everything and makes a real mess.

3. Some tire repair goops like RideOn affect tire balance. (They are supposed to work like DynaBeads.) I understand the physics very well, but am not at all interested in using either goop or beads. See my post #8 in this thread:

http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?t=50911

4. I believe that the "gummy worms" are the best motorcycle tire repair solution. I have experience using them, and they simply work. They are not much harder to use than the goopy stuff. Virtually all of my friends in the long distance riding list use them.

Bottom line: Avoid the goop. Use the gummy worms. Based on the real-world experience of myself and my friends, gummy worms are the best solution. See post #13 in this thread:

http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?t=53358
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