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Decisions, decisions, does this post go here or "up there"? Well anyway....since I got back into the riding thing, here, on Big Dog's Site, and up with the 90% assholes that don't ride, except around some outpost in nowhere land or in their useless delusional minds{OK, got that Slam in} in ADV....I noticed that nobody ever talks about the wonder gunk "Fix a Flat".....

Now, when I was riding back in yesteryear, I used it on more than one occasion, which at the time seemed a Hell of a lot better than trying to change a freaking tube out in the boondocks or on the side of US 33...still does to me...the stuff worked, sure it shit canned the tubes, and I tossed them when I had the chance and time to change them, but for me, fix a flat was a gawd~send many a time.

Agree, Disagree, Don't Know, Don't Give a Rat's Ass.....???

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well, if you can afford tubes that sounds great. I really like tube-less for ease of repair but they don't seem popular with spoke style wheels.
 
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I would not go anywhere remote or in the desert with cactus needles around without one of the Slime kits. It has a can of Slime, and a small compressor. Who cares, throw the tube away, throw the tire away, the object is to get yourself out or back to assistance safely. I for one cannot walk long distances. The price of a tire or tube is insignificant to me.
 

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Hoot, you may have seen mention on here of Ride-On tire sealant. This is basically an improved, preventative version of Fix-a-Flat that also has the bonus feature of balancing your tires.

You put it in your tires ahead of time, and any puncture that could be fixed with Fix-a-Flat will be sealed as it happens by Ride-On. Eliminates that pesky flat tire part in the middle.

Nice in that you don't have to pack around another can, and of course the propellant in Fix-a-Flat can leak out after a couple of years leaving that big can useless anyway.

I do still carry Fix-a-Flat when I have room in my kit though. It's nice to be able to salvage the ride for other guys you run into out there who may not have planned for a flat themselves.
 

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I used fix a flat often in old trailer tires to get them aired up to tow out. But I used it I a tire of a trailer I kept and had a hard mess to clean before I could tube it. Slime seemed to rust rims so Ive not been using anything! But would consider caring a can or using a can of ride on to balance my new tires.
 

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I would not go anywhere remote or in the desert with cactus needles around without one of the Slime kits. It has a can of Slime, and a small compressor. Who cares, throw the tube away, throw the tire away, the object is to get yourself out or back to assistance safely. I for one cannot walk long distances. The price of a tire or tube is insignificant to me.
Can't have said it better!
 

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I only ever had 2 flats on the trails. One from a side wall puncture that nothing could possibly have fixed and the other from a badly dented rim after hitting a sharp rock. In my ATVs I always used Slime and it must have done the job but for my TWs I went with Ride On Sealant/Balancer. I might never know if it works but that will be a good thing! I do know my TWs are smooth on the road so that is a good feeling and I don't have to worry about ever tossing a wheel weight.

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I used to carry cans of fix-a-flat in my jeep without a spare. Hoot, I'd do the ride-on if I was going far from home on the TW. I'm usually within range for my wife to bring my parts box with tubes, compressor, and tools. If it is too bad, she can slide the rack into the receiver on one of the Jeeps and bring the straps.
 

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my last order on Rocky Mountain I picked up 5 bottles. 10456371_10203030173747355_1671095068_n.jpg 2 for DR650 10476182_10203030173547350_1783539404_n.jpg 3 for the Mule! And you do not want to get the Ride on ATV.
 
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No, get the RideOn for the vehicle you will use it in. There are several different types of RideOn for different purposes.
 

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No, get the RideOn for the vehicle you will use it in. There are several different types of RideOn for different purposes.
ATV is for tubeless tires.
 

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I know it can gunk up your tube/tire but I wonder if carrying a can of Slime would be better than Ride-On if all you care about is flats?:

  • Ride-On only seals holes around the tire's outer circumference (Ride-On calls it the crown of the tire, perpendicular from the contact patch) and will not fix holes in the shoulders or sidewalls. I have seen Slime type products fix holes in the sides of tires.

  • I worry that you could get a puncture and Ride-On would automatically fix it and you would not know it. Then you would be riding around on a motorcycle tube/tire with a hole. On a car or bicycle that might be OK, but on an bike driven at highways speeds that would worry me. If you carried Slime you would know you had a hole, you could field-use the Slime to temporarily fix it, and then you could make proper repairs when you got back home.

Just my thoughts.


Here is the only area where Ride-On can seal holes (from the company website):
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I know it can gunk up your tube/tire but I wonder if carrying a can of Slime would be better than Ride-On if all you care about is flats?:

  • Ride-On only seals holes around the tire's outer circumference (Ride-On calls it the crown of the tire, perpendicular from the contact patch) and will not fix holes in the shoulders or sidewalls. I have seen Slime type products fix holes in the sides of tires.

  • I worry that you could get a puncture and Ride-On would automatically fix it and you would not know it. Then you would be riding around on a motorcycle tube/tire with a hole. On a car or bicycle that might be OK, but on an bike driven at highways speeds that would worry me. If you carried Slime you would know you had a hole, you could field-use the Slime to temporarily fix it, and then you could make proper repairs when you got back home.

Just my thoughts.


Here is the only area where Ride-On can seal holes (from the company website):
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I have used Slime in every ATV tire I ever owned and can tell you from a few experiences there is not much that can be done for a side wall puncture out on the trail. When you get home you might be able to remove a bead and patch the tire from the inside if you can get one to seal and the best option then is to put a tube in the tubeless tire.

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I have slime in my HD tires, but Ride-On in the TWs. Eight year old tires on the HD and they were starting to just lose a little air over the season, slime fixed that, no loss of air now again. Ride-On in the TW tires made them run smoother than any motorcycle tire I have ever had. I'd have to say, I'm pretty happy with both Slime and Ride-On.
 

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I have slime in my HD tires... Eight year old tires on the HD...
Littletommy, you gotta ride that HD more.... I'm on my third set of tires on my Super Tenere and it is only three years old and we have 6 months of winter with lots of snow and ice.

and now back to regular programing...
 

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Well....since I got the TW....ha ha

Yeah, I got a beautiful 2006 HD with only 7500 miles on it, still looks like new. I ride the TW most of the time and only take the HD out about once a week for 20-40 miles. I never take it out for a short trips to the store, since I like it to get completely warmed up on every ride. It's also not as soft of a ride as the TW. The TW absorbs the road so well. The HD jar's my back with it's stiffer ride. I do love it, but just don't use it as much anymore. Now I'm thinking of using it even less than usual or selling it while it has low mileage and I can still get a nice price out of it. But, what would I get to replace it? It has to be soft riding, capable of freeway/interstate travel and user friendly. I just don't know what to do with it.
 

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I think that is a tubeless tire photo a tube with ride on should coat the whole tube I Would think like slime and this also balances the tire.
I know it can gunk up your tube/tire but I wonder if carrying a can of Slime would be better than Ride-On if all you care about is flats?:

  • Ride-On only seals holes around the tire's outer circumference (Ride-On calls it the crown of the tire, perpendicular from the contact patch) and will not fix holes in the shoulders or sidewalls. I have seen Slime type products fix holes in the sides of tires.

  • I worry that you could get a puncture and Ride-On would automatically fix it and you would not know it. Then you would be riding around on a motorcycle tube/tire with a hole. On a car or bicycle that might be OK, but on an bike driven at highways speeds that would worry me. If you carried Slime you would know you had a hole, you could field-use the Slime to temporarily fix it, and then you could make proper repairs when you got back home.

Just my thoughts.


Here is the only area where Ride-On can seal holes (from the company website):
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Hoot, my TW always has a can of flat fix hose clamped to subframe in padded sleeve. It has saved me ten mile plus hikes home twice from nail punctures. However the better advice here is to pre-install ride on for leak repair. For roadside or trailside re-inflation I recommend co2 cartridge kits. I also have 12v compressor that plugs into an input/output electrical plug on handlebars
 

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