Few motorcycle breakdowns are as common or as irritating as a flat tire. Even if you’re packing a plug kit, too often the glue has hardened from disuse and you’re still dead in the water. The beauty of the Dynaplug Pro Aluminum tire plug tool is that it can plug a tubeless tire quickly and easily, and it doesn’t require glue.
When the inevitable happens, open the polyethylene plastic case and remove the Dynaplug Pro Aluminum canister. Now unscrew its large knurled end to expose the five items stored inside. If the tire is leaking air, remove the offending object with the pliers you carry in your toolkit and insert the pointed “air stopper” from the Dynaplug kit. There are also three repair plugs, which consist of a hollow, reusable metal tube with a pointed metal tip that attaches to a gummy rubber plug an inch long. No glue is required because the plug is so gummy and sticky.
To test the unit, I pounded a finishing nail into a tubeless motorcycle tire that was about to be replaced, then removed it with pliers. When the air rushed out, I rammed home the air stopper tool, which did its job. Now I unscrewed the nosepiece from the Dynaplug canister, and placed a repair plug (which resembles a tiny rocket) over the projection at its small end. Screwing the nosepiece on again held the plug in place. By reinstalling the heavy knurled rear section, the canister now becomes a very handy unit that fit my palm nicely.
I moistened the tip (saliva is always handy) and tried pushing the repair plug straight in, but the finishing nail had not left a large enough hole. I unscrewed the nosepiece and replaced the repair plug with the “clearing attachment” (the fifth item). It’s an abrasive shaft that will enlarge the hole with a bit of prodding. With that done, I reattached the repair plug, shoved it in until it stopped, then withdrew the tool, leaving the plug in place (its small metal tip drops inside the tire). The application of a bit more saliva to the plug showed just a slight seepage; I installed another plug, and it held. Of course, you would still need a source of air for re-inflation of the tire, which means packing a pump or CO² cartridges.
The kit is intended only for tubeless tires, and if the first plug doesn’t fully stop the leak, Dynaplug states that a second or even a third may be utilized. It also states that the repair is permanent, but I would consider it an emergency, temporary situation and replace the plugged tire immediately.
The Dynaplug Pro Aluminum is packed in a polyethylene case just 37⁄8 inches long that includes the aluminum body, three tire repair plugs, one air stopper and one clearing tool attachment. Packed in a separate small bag are five additional tire repair plugs (with tips) that can be placed in the reusable tubes. The whole system is very compact and can fit easily into a jacket or tankbag pocket.
The Dynaplug Pro Aluminum works well, is made in the USA, and while its $59.99 price tag may seem steep, consider what you would pay to get going again while standing beside the road with a flat. I consider it a good investment.
For more information:
Call (530) 345-8000 or visit dynaplug.com
(This Gearlab review was published in the November 2014 issue of Rider magazine.)