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Hi group,

 

I'm riding a xr650r and a CRF450x in Senegal. Just back from a week long off-road trip in the north. Plagued by two inch thorns (5cm) puncturing tires, extnding almost 1/2" inside the tire and tube and literally hundreds of goat-head thorns covering the tires. What do you guys do or use? Any alternative than using a Bib Mousse?

 

Thanks, Steve

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I use slime. The green stuff.

I thought that stuff was explosive? Or did they change the mixture? My father who is a mechanic of 35 years swears when it was first manufactured it was explosive. Perhaps no longer..

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I thought that stuff was explosive? Or did they change the mixture? My father who is a mechanic of 35 years swears when it was first manufactured it was explosive. Perhaps no longer..

I think you are thinking of a different product.

Mike

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I thought that stuff was explosive? Or did they change the mixture? My father who is a mechanic of 35 years swears when it was first manufactured it was explosive. Perhaps no longer..

Fix a flat is explosive!

It used a propane based propellant, which when hot will over expand the tire causing severe damage.

The green slime is like a jelly is just coats and seals up to a 1/4" hole.

I used to own a business removing and clearing fence rows for farmers. I used it in the tractors on the job. I've run a steel electric fence post in a tire on a hoe. It sealed it. Made me a true believer in this product.

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Fix a flat is explosive!

It used a propane based propellant, which when hot will over expand the tire causing severe damage.

The green slime is like a jelly is just coats and seals up to a 1/4" hole.

I used to own a business removing and clearing fence rows for farmers. I used it in the tractors on the job. I've run a steel electric fence post in a tire on a hoe. It sealed it. Made me a true believer in this product.

Used slime and HD tubes in all our bikes here in AZ, can't remember our last on the trail/race flat. But remember that additional weight (rotational mass) of your tires will assure a last place finish in your next event!  Well made a mistake here, second to last, you finished ahead of the weight zelot that uses LD tubes, no slime, because he had both tires flat 5 minutes into the event!    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

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Fix a flat is explosive!

It used a propane based propellant, which when hot will over expand the tire causing severe damage.

The green slime is like a jelly is just coats and seals up to a 1/4" hole.

I used to own a business removing and clearing fence rows for farmers. I used it in the tractors on the job. I've run a steel electric fence post in a tire on a hoe. It sealed it. Made me a true believer in this product.

Now I know!! Haha. Perhaps that is what my father meant all along but I've never seen fix a flat lately. I knew there was one of them that was explosive! Thanks for the correction!

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Yup guess I was. I've seen Slime all over the stores but not fix a flat like someone else pointed out. I wasn't too sure!

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I worked in a bike shop that sold Kevlar liner material for tube type tires. Probably wouldn't add nearly as much weight as slime even if you did multiple layers. Do they sell a similar product for motorcycle tires? I know the thorns you are talking about. Not as many of them in southeast senegal but they are nasty.

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Bibs are great. We'll worth the money

My understanding of bibs is that they are a real pain to get mounted but worth the hard work however I did read somewhere a while back that they don't hold up too well to high heat in desert situations.

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I contacted a manufacturer of Kevlar armor who use several different types, weaves, and thicknesses of Kevlar. He said a single layer wouldn't do it and he wasn't sure how many layers it would take. Slime sounds like a much easier, cheaper solution.

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