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Cruizin
Yep, take it off and patch it.
 
There are patches. Flat pieces of rubber designed to repair a tire from the inside.
 
Then there are plugs that are made to repair a tire from the outside.
 
What you always want to use is a patch plug. It's a patch with a stem coming out of it.
 
You have to drill the hole to use it, but it is by far the best and safest way to go.
 
No need to buy a new tire just for a hole in the center of the tread.

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Guru
Damn. If it's leaking air, I would replace the tire. I patch tractor tires and car tires, but never bike tires. You only have two of them and I wouldn't take any chances.
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Guest MXRider
I've never been a fan of patching motorcycle tires, but I know others who have and not had issues.

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rotaryryan24
Are you comfortable riding with the thought in the back of your head that your rear tire might fail at high speeds. I would change it, I hit triple digits daily. That thought in the back of my head would drive me crazy.

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crazycracka501
Damn. If it's leaking air, I would replace the tire. I patch tractor tires and car tires, but never bike tires. You only have two of them and I wouldn't take any chances.
I'm with Guru on this one.  They aren't cheap, but cost a heck of a lot less than a life.  :|

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planetwister
Plug it and run it! I've never seen one fail automotive or motorcycle

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mjh937
This is what the Michelin motorcycle tires website says:
 
CAN YOU REPAIR A MICHELIN MOTORCYCLE TIRE?
Michelin does not condone or endorse the repair of any of its motorcycle tires that have suffered punctures or other damage. Michelin assumes no liability for injuries or consequential damages arising from MICHELIN® motorcycle tires that have been patched, plugged, sealed or otherwise repaired by a dealer, distributor or consumer.
 
I am not saying not to do it, but I would be very cognizant of what the manufacturer says.
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qjohnson
Roast that tire in a huge burnout and replace it.
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olderthandirt
I've done track days on plugged tires. However...that tire in the pic has two holes not one..... so I suggest in this case buy a new tire.

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jerryv
Ugh ... I just went thru that, had a sheet metal screw in direct center of my front tire. I opted to trash the tire and spend big bucks on a replacement.
 

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GAZ
My Nissan got a screw in it the night before I left for vacation and I had it patched and my car's tires are Z rated. So far its been fine. I would patch it but continue to check tire pressure before every ride. If that patch does leak it will be slow anyway, then you can replace it.

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jerryv
My Nissan got a screw in it the night before I left for vacation and I had it patched and my car's tires are Z rated. So far its been fine. I would patch it but continue to check tire pressure before every ride. If that patch does leak it will be slow anyway, then you can replace it.
The way it was explained to me is that motorcycle tires go through cooling and heating quickly.  I assume they are more stressed than car tires, we use more of the tire, that's for sure.  I would have not as much worry with a car tire, just not sure it's worth taking a chance.

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nmucat
Roast that tire in a huge burnout and replace it.
 I second this, but add you must post video

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cassecou
Those patches work great. But I will second Guru too, on a bike its taking an unnecessary risk. You always want an optimum tire, at all time.
Let me put it another way. Would you ride on a tire with no thread? Yes, its very much doable, but would you safely do it?
 

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oscardms
Driven a tire almost 10K with two patches on it. No problems. I'm just not sure id trust it with two holes so close together.

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crazycracka501
Sounds like it is pretty much all but one or two people in agreement to replace the thing Hippie.

Make it stop!....Now make it go faster!

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lonerider
Had the same issue with my SV650. Remove the nail. The inside of the tire had a very tiny hole. Put a patch. After a couple of rides i was not able to find where was the location of the hole made by the nail. With heat, the rubber smooth out (sorry for my English). My tire was almost new. It happens earlier with another bike. The hole was bigger. I replaced the tire.
 
For peace of mind, replacing the tire is a sure thing.
 
 

past bikes: WR250X, KLR650, V-Strom 1000, DR650, FZ-6, SV650S, Seca II, GS400S, Seca 750, YZ80.

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hippiebikerchick
Update: There was only one nail hole, not two. I guess the picture sort of could be interpreted as having two holes. Before pulling the nail out we put soapy water on it and it wasn't leaking. After carefully pulling the nail out we noticed it was parallel to the tread of the tire, not perpendicular, so it probably didn't go all the way through. We put on more soapy water and still no bubbles. (Maybe it's only a flesh wound)  :))

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Guru
Lucky you! Just keep an eye on it and ride :)

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