Most of us get on a motorcycle to get away from the noise of life, and one of the last things you need is a little sliver of metal perfectly placed to ruin your ride. I would say I have a masters degree in picking up nails in motorcycle tires, a degree I'm not necessarily fond of. In the last 1,000 miles of riding I have picked up four nails in my rear tire while either commuting to work or attempting a trip. No, I am not building an ice racer. No, I am not visiting every construction site in North Texas. Yes, I may be an X-Man with magnetic like powers. Picking up a nail and getting a flat can leave you spending more on new tires or worse, stranded in the middle of nowhere.

A recent trip to Austin, Texas left me in the "stranded nowhere" column. A group from J&P rode down to enjoy a weekend at the Handbuilt Show, Super Hooligan Races and MotoGP. On our way to the Circuit of the Americas Sunday morning, I noticed my handling getting heavy and rapidly getting worse. Immediately I knew my tire pressure was off and visually inspected the front while riding to see if it looked normal. When I finally had a chance to pull over, I inspected the rear. My whole bike sank and became one with earth thanks to a bundle of finishing nails piercing a hole through my tire. After I quickly went through the five stages of discovering a flat tire: denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, I finally arrived at acceptance that I needed to either repair the tire myself or call a tow truck to get it to someone that could.

Luckily, I was riding in a group and my knight in leather armor simply pulled a J&P Cycles Tubeless Tire Repair Kit out of his saddlebag. Having used similar kits to repair car tires, I was able to get my steel horse back on the road in less than 20 minutes.

Check out our video as Patrick does an awesome job explaining the J&P Cycles Tubeless Tire Repair Kit and how to use it.

Because of this kit, I was able to get home after another 400 miles and didn't have to spend the hundreds it would have taken to get me to a repair shop and pay even more. Now that I am home, I am going to put another hole in my frequent tire buyer punch card and order a new rear tire.

After 400+miles, this is what the plug looks like. The repair held up great and got me home safe.

Gaining another valuable lesson from this trip, I will always carry a J&P Cycles Tubeless Tire Repair Kit with me. I don't care if I have to put it in a saddlebag, backpack or fanny pack, you wont catch me without one. Cheers.