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9 people found this helpful
on December 12, 2013
I was skeptical but now I am a believer! Let me start by saying that it just must be my magnetic personality that attracts screws and nails to vehicle tires, because I have had three flats (2 bike, 1 car) in the last 4 months. The latest prompted me to try Ride-On. Just as I was finishing up break-in miles on a new motorcycle, I picked up a #6 deck screw smack dab in the middle of the rear tire contact patch. Is was a pretty bad leak. After nursing the bike home 10 miles, stopping at every gas station along the way to air up, I decided to try this stuff; I just hated the idea of tossing a brand new tire.
With the bike on the center stand, I backed the screw out, and the leak was so bad that the tire would hold no pressure at all. I removed the valve core with the supplied tool, dumped in the bottle, reinstalled the core and aired up the tire to about 20 lbs.. (Luckily, the hole was aligned with the Schrader valve, so all the compound was initially laying right over the hole.) At first, about a half ounce of compound just slowly squirted out the hole and formed a crater on garage floor, and I thought, "this leak was just going to be more than it could fix." Then, after about 15 seconds it stopped coming out. So I aired it up all the way, and although it was weeping a dab of compound it seemed to be holding. Went for a short ride in the neighborhood and rechecked air pressure. So far, so good. Went out for about 20 miles, and the next day, the tire is still holding pressure, like nothing ever happened.
Sold!! I'm ordering enough of this stuff to do the tires on both of my motorcycles. I know it doesn't cover the entire tread area, and I have to be realistic about what it is and what it does, but figure its cheap insurance against the most likely area of the tire to get punctured. The balancing effect is a great added side benefit. I ride a lot and spend enough money already on tires, so anything that can help me get full life out of them and reduce the possibility of ending up on the side of the road gets 5 stars from me. Be sure to check the dosage chart on the Ride On website before you order. Most rear tires will likely need more than one bottle. I figure the 200 rear on my heavy cruise will take 2.