Getting a flat tyre is no big deal. You just have to take it to the nearest puncture repair guy and he would fix it quickly for you. It is even better if you have got a tubeless tyre. You don’t even have to remove the tyre from the motorcycle and it doesn’t take as much time as a tube type tyre. You can also go a fair amount of distance on tubeless tyre if repairing the puncture isn’t possible immediately. While most of the times you find a repair guy nearby, there are times when you have to deal with the situation yourself. With the right tools handy, it isn’t very tough to fix a puncture. We tell you how it can be done for both tubeless and tube type tyres.
Tube type tyres
For the very first time, it could be a bit tough but that doesn’t mean you would mess up. You need the right set of tools and a little effort. You will need a wheel nut spanner, tyre iron, chalk, pliers, rubber patch, file, foot pump and a rubber adhesive.
1. Try to locate the puncture on the tyre. Look for where the rubber has been pierced. Remove the nail or anything else that has pierced it. If you fail to find anything like that on the tyre, it is also possible that the puncture is because of a worn out tube which resulted into a cut or tear.
2. Unscrew the wheel nut using the spanner. Tap on the threaded side of the bolt to remove the bolt which will bring out the wheel with it. Put something like a block of wood or some bricks to keep the motorcycle level.
3. To take out the tube from the tyre, you will have to remove one side of the tyre from the rim. For this you need to use the tyre iron. Carefully slot it near the edge of rubber and push it gently. This would move the tyre outside the rim from one side. Then you can move it around to completely remove the tyre.
4. Remove the valve bolts so that the tube can be removed. Then put them on again and use the pump to inflate the tube. Immersing the tube in water would reveal the puncture area as bubbles will come out from there. Take out the tube and mark the spot so that you don’t miss it.
5. Remove air from the tube and then rub the punctured area with the file. This smoothens it so that the patch would set right on it. Put the rubber adhesive on the punctured area and patch, spread it properly using your fingers and paste the patch over the area. Apply some pressure so that they stick properly and there is no air left in between.
6. Allow it to settle for a while and then check if the puncture has been sealed properly by immersing it in water again. Put it back inside the tyre, push the valve through the rim hole, put back the bolts and use the tyre iron to put the tyre back into the rim. Put the wheel back in its spot and tighten the wheel nut.
These days tubeless tyres are found on a large number of motorcycles for obvious reasons. The cost isn’t very steep, they perform better, won’t immediately run out of air in case of puncture and punctures are easier to fix. As compared to tube type tyres, it is very easy and you won’t even have to remove the wheel from its place to fix the puncture. You will need a tubeless puncture repair kit that has got pliers, smoothening tool, repair strips, strip insertion tool and a blade. Here is how you do it for tubeless tyres.
1. Spot the puncture on the wheel. Look for nails or other sharp objects piercing through the rubber.
2. Use the pliers to pull out the object that has damaged the rubber.
3. The smoothening tool has to be inserted in the puncture hole so that it is large enough for the strip to go in and then leave the tool there.
4. Put the strip halfway in the strip insertion tool. Gradually insert it into the puncture hole while you are pulling out the smoothening tool. If you see the strip protruding out too much, trim it with the blade.