As a general rule, wire spoked wheels have inner tubes, even if the tyre says Tubeless.
NOTE: it is not recommended to repair front tyres, therefore we will only repair a rear puncture (tubeless). Front tubeless
tyres will need replacement.
Permanent Repair :-
A permanent repair is good for the life of the tyre. The tyre must have legal tread.
2 sizes of plugs are available, 3mm and 6mm. A small wire or rivet tail sized puncture can be repaired with a 3mm
plug if perpendicular to the tyre. A 3mm plug will not affect the speed rating of the tyre.
Anything larger will require a 6mm plug (99.9% of punctures we see). This lowers the speed rating of the tyre to 120kph, but is suitable for the life of the tyre.
To correctly repair a puncture, the wheel is removed from the bike. The tyre is then removed from the rim. Objects are removed from the tyre and the tyre inspected for physical damage to the carcass. If the hole in the tyre is not too large, we can repair using a mushroom plug fitted from the inside of the tyre. If the object has created a hole too large for repair, or a rip, the tyre will need to be replaced. Speed should not exceed 80kph (50mph) for the first 24 hours after repair, and the repaired tyre should never be used at speeds higher than 120kph (75mph). Check inflation pressure after the tyre cools for at least three hours following run-in, or sooner if air loss is suspected. Temporary Repair:-
A temporary (external) repair is recommended for a maximum of 400km at a maximum speed of 60 km/h. After this time the tyre should be replaced or repaired with an internal mushroom plug.
ABN: 25 541 008 268
(please note if we followed Dunlop guidelines, probably less than 1 in 10 punctures would be repairable. Most punctures are not perpendicular to the carcass!)
Some punctures in motorcycle tyres may be repaired. Dunlop recommends only permanent patch/plug repairs of small (maximum 1/4-inch diameter) tread area punctures from within the dismounted tyre by a qualified tyre repair shop or motorcycle dealer. Never perform an exterior repair and never use an inner tube as a substitute for a proper repair.
Speed should not exceed 80kph (50mph) for the first 24 hours after repair, and the repaired tyre should never be used at speeds higher than 120kph (75mph). Check inflation pressure after tyre
cools for at least three hours following run-in, or sooner if air loss is suspected.
No form of temporary repair should be attempted because secondary damage caused by a penetrating object may not be detected and tyre or tube deflation may occur at a later date.
Dunlop does not recommend the use of liquid sealants. These are a form of temporary repair, and may adversely affect ply material and mask secondary damage caused by a penetrating object.
Reliance upon sealants can result in sudden tyre failure and accident.
DUNLOP MOTORCYCLE TUBELESS TYRE REPAIR INFORMATION
Dunlop recommends only permanent repairs performed from the inside of the tyre, using a combination patch/plug method. Never attempt a repair from the outside, or inject a sealant, or simply use an inner tube, patch or plug as a substitute for a proper repair.
Only a qualified tyre repair shop or motorcycle tyre dealer should perform repairs. Inspection of the tyre and adequacy of repair becomes the responsibility of the person actually performing the repair and Dunlop does not warrant the results of a repair in any way.
Before any repair is attempted, a tyre must be removed from the wheel and thoroughly inspected. The following are minimum guidelines for the repairer. Tyres should not be repaired if any of the following conditions exist:
a tyre has been previously injected with a sealant/balancer
the puncture is larger than 6mm (1/4-inch) in diameter
the puncture is not perpendicular to the carcass
the puncture is in the tyre sidewall
separation of plies, tread separation, separation of any other components
cut or broken ply cords
broken or damaged bead wires
cut or damaged chafers (bead area)
deterioration of the carcass inside the tyre due to “run flat” or under-inflation
cracks or other damage to the integrity of the inner liner
excessive wear – tyre should have at least 1/32 of an inch of tread depth, excluding tread wear indicators
cracks in sidewall or tread
impact breaks, cuts, snags or gouges that penetrate the surface.
There should be no more than one repair per tyre
The wheel itself must be in good condition. A cracked or bent wheel may lead to loss of air and cause subsequent deflation of the tyre
Following repair, the valve assembly should be replaced and the tyre/wheel rebalanced
Speed should not exceed 80kph (50mph) for the first 24 hours after tyre repair and the repaired tyre should never be used at speeds higher than 120kph (75mph)
The repairer is solely responsible for instructing the motorcyclist as to the restrictions to be placed on tyre use following repair. In summary, no form of temporary repair should be attempted. Motorcycle tyre repairs leave no room for error and any doubt as to inspection or adequacy of repair should be resolved by discarding the tyre
Be sure to consult our Motorcycle Tyre Limited Warranty, Care and Maintenance brochure for additional information regarding the use of Dunlop tyres. Seek a qualified motorcycle tyre repair centre for more details. Never attempt to repair a damaged tyre without the assistance of an experienced tyre mechanic.
Mobile Puncture repairs! We come to you. If you have tyre and rim insurance, we can deal with your insurance company so it won't cost you a penny! Unfortunately we are not always able to provide an emergency repair service at short notice.
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Riding on an improperly repaired tire is dangerous. An improper repair can cause further damage to the tire. It may suddenly fail, causing serious personal injury or death. To be safe, go to your local dealer for proper tire repairs.
Before having a tire repaired, tell your local dealer if you have used an aerosol fixer to inflate/ seal the tire. Aerosol fixers could contain a highly volatile gas. Always remove the valve core outdoors, away from sources of excessive heat, flame, or sparks and completely deflate the tire before removing it from the rim for repair.
Never repair a tire with less than 1/32nd inch (0.8 millimeters) tread remaining. At this tread depth, the tire is worn out and must be replaced.
Never repair a tire with a puncture larger than 1/4 inch (6.4 millimeters) in diameter. Such tires cannot be properly repaired and must be replaced.
Repairs of all tires (radial and non-radial) must be of the plug and inside patch type. Using plugs alone on any type of tire is not a safe repair.
Never repair a tire with a puncture or other damage outside the tread area. Such tires cannot be properly repaired and must be replaced.
Any tire repair done without removing the tire from the rim is improper.
Tubes, like tires, should be repaired only by a qualified tire service person.
Never use a tube as a substitute for a proper repair.A tire's speed rating is void if the tire is repaired, retreaded, damaged or abused, or otherwise altered from its original condition. Thereafter, it should be treated as a non-speed-rated tire.
Speed should not exceed 50 mph (80kph) in the first 24 hours after a repair is made and the repaired tire should never be used at speeds above 80 mph (128 kph).