How to Change a Flat Tire on a Motorcycle/Scooter
At some point, your motorcycle is going to have a flat tire. If you have your repair kit handy, it will just be a matter of minutes before you can get back on the road. It's always advisable to learn how to fix a flat tire so that you don't get stuck on the road. Here's how you can fix a flat tire on a motorcycle or scooter.
Step 1: Repair Kit
Keep the repair kit handy if you're a motorcycle rider. The repair kit normally consists of a razor blade or a box cutter, a CO2 cartridge, a stem remover, a pressure gauge, a stem and an insertion device.
Step 2: Examine the Tire
Before you start fixing the flat, examine the whole tire to spot nails or other items that could have caused a puncture. If you're unable to determine the cause, check the stem to see if air is leaking out of it.
Step 3: Removing the Cause
After determining what caused the flat, remove it from the tire. If it's a sharp stone or a nail, gently pull on it. If you use too much force it could lead to further damage. If it's a screw, take it out with the help of a screwdriver.
Step 4: Clean the Punctured Area
Clean the punctured area and wipe the dirt away with water and cloth. Use the plug insertion tool to roughen the area. This will remove any external elements and will help the adhesive stick better.
Step 5: Rubber Cement
Apply the rubber cement on the insertion device. Now apply some pressure and plug it into the punctured spot. The glue has to be placed inside as well as outside the tire.
Step 6: The New Plug
Make sure the rubber cement covers the new plug; the cement should not drip from the plug.
Step 7: Placing the Plug
Use the insertion device to push the plug inside the tire.
Step 8: Remove the Insertion Device
After placing the plug, gently pull the insertion device out of the tire.
Step 9: Checking the Tire
To find out if the punctured area is fixed properly, pour water on that area. If there are bubbles that form with the water, it's an indication that the air is escaping, and the puncture is not fixed. You will have to redo the entire process. If it doesn't bubble, your flat is fixed.
Step 10: Refill
You need to now refill the tire with the CO2 cartridge. Make sure you fill the tire with the right pressure.
Step 11: Start Riding
With the punctured spot fixed and the CO2 filled, you are now all set to start riding.
It helps to practice on a spare tire and learn the process of fixing a flat on your motorcycle. This is better than experimenting on your new wheels.