A little bit of planning and a Cargol tyre puncture kit can ensure you're never caught out. Words: Kris Hodgson
One of the most irritating occurrences you’ll face on a motorcycle, particularly if you have luck like I do, is to pick something up in your tyre and end up with a flat.
Heading to work recently, after stopping at a light and then taking off I knew something was wrong – I wasn’t going nearly fast enough to be drifting, especially on a 250cc scooter – and pulling over and checking the rear tyre revealed a pretty noticeable puncture.
I managed to limp to a service station and fill the tyre, to get to the next service station and then to work where I’d left my extra puncture kit. The one I regularly carry is under my motorcycle seat!
This puncture repair kit from Cargol is an awesome little set of tools for getting back on the road in no time, which can be a literal life saver if you’re stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no reception. In fact you can even get it with a carry case and a variety of other useful tools.
The trick is the Cargol Turn & Go system, which allows you to easily plug most punctures – once you’ve removed any offending material – before reinflating the tyre with the easy to use compressed air cylinders.
One other thing to remember is that you’ve got a puncture or flat, always make sure you stop your bike somewhere safe, where there is no chance you’ll be hit by other traffic while looking at your tyre or using one of these kits. Don’t put yourself at risk. If you’re stuck somewhere with no shoulder or where you can’t get the bike off the road, leave the bike in as safe a spot as you can (with indicators or hazard lights on) and move to somewhere safe, then call for assistance.
Here’s how it works…
We’re not quite done yet!
Keep in mind these tyre puncture kits are for getting you home and not intended for long term use. We did about 200km on this tyre without issues before having a new tyre fitted. Gryyp recommends seeing a tyre specialist after fitment, and tyres can still be repaired for long-term use after using their products, if you wanted a professional internal repair job for instance.
Ensure you also check tyre pressure frequently just in case the leak wasn’t 100 per cent plugged and remember ride safe!
You’ll find Cargol puncture repair kits at all good motorcycle stores.
Special Thanks: Kenma.com.au