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Old 27th June 2010, 17:50   #1
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I found a tear on my tyre while washing it. Common sense dictates that I should get the tyre replaced. But Bullet 3.50 19 inch tyres are almost impossible to find in Pune. Is there some way to mend this tear??? Or should I start looking for a new tyre? Help me out guys!!!
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Old 27th June 2010, 17:57   #2
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You should definitely replace the tyre at the earliest. However, if your running of the bike is minimal and it is mostly used in the city and in sane hours, you could get a tyre / tube piece fitted by a local puncture wala inside the tyre to reinforce the part at which the tyre is cut.
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Old 27th June 2010, 19:19   #3
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Why bother with half-measures? Replace the tyre ASAP, whether or not it is minimally used. Safety is of more importance than probably a max of 2000 bucks spent on a tyre-tube set.
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Old 27th June 2010, 20:39   #4
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Replace. Do not harbor second thoughts. How about putting in tubeless tires?
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Old 27th June 2010, 20:50   #5
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MRF 3.50 19 inch is out of the question. It is not available anywhere in Pune. If it is available anywhere let me know guys. I am looking at Falcon's Unigrip and Challenger and TVS' ATT 350 now. What other options do I have guys???
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Old 27th June 2010, 21:21   #6
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Lee, you sure have to go for the change, its shocking to know the unavailability of the MRF and i gues this is on for a while. if you can suce it from chennai or Bangalore that will be good else downshift to 18 like i did and you have some decent choice here.
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Old 27th June 2010, 21:41   #7
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@ lohithrao, there's apparently been some sort of strike at the MRF factory (according to all tyre guys on JC Road, Bangalore), hence zero availability of MRFs anywhere. I know this since as I was recently hunting for 3.25x16 Nylogrips, but settled for Ceat's Secura Sport which happened to be a brilliant replacement, atleast for the Roadking. I guess even Bulleteers would recommend it over the Nylogrips.

@Leepower, Secura must be easily available in Pune right? I'd suggest it over the Nylogrip any day!

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Leepower, change it. Imagine 250 kgs of bike and rider taking a turn at 80 kmph shearing away at that tear - recipe for disaster. And I don't understand, isn't that an MRF Nylogrip 3.50*19" tire? Are you sure you don't get them in Pune? That's really surprising. They come as standard on a Thunderbird. I thought they were really common. How about asking a tbhpian to source one for you? Cost me around 1500 bucks in Chennai a few years back. But I'm not there right now so I can't help.
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Lohith, the problem is even Bangalore and Madras markets are starving for MRF 19" tyres. It is very difficult to get. The problem simply put is this:
Supply <<<<<<<<<<<< Demand
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Ofcourse, I have to change it... but with what???
Ceat Secura is 3.25 19 inch, not 3.50. The .25 inch really matters or else I would gone for it or Dunlop.
Mine's an MRF Nylogrip 3.50 19 incher. I have been hunting for this tyre for the last 3 days all over Pune, can't get em. They used to come as standard on Thunderbird and Bullet 350. The MRF website still lists it as one of the tyre. But out in the market it is not there. Does any one know where I can get one??? What about Pirelli???
Tomorrow, I am gonna try my luck with the TVS tyres let's see what happens!!!

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I found a tear on my tyre while washing it. Common sense dictates that I should get the tyre replaced. But Bullet 3.50 19 inch tyres are almost impossible to find in Pune. Is there some way to mend this tear??? Or should I start looking for a new tyre? Help me out guys!!!
you should replace it ASAP.There is nothing between you and the road surface except a tiny patch of rubber.Imagine yourself skidding on the tarmac riding at 60-80km/hr and your tire blew.
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Ofcourse, I have to change it... but with what???
Ceat Secura is 3.25 19 inch, not 3.50. The .25 inch really matters or else I would gone for it or Dunlop.
Mine's an MRF Nylogrip 3.50 19 incher. I have been hunting for this tyre for the last 3 days all over Pune, can't get em. They used to come as standard on Thunderbird and Bullet 350. The MRF website still lists it as one of the tyre. But out in the market it is not there. Does any one know where I can get one??? What about Pirelli???
Tomorrow, I am gonna try my luck with the TVS tyres let's see what happens!!!
It's OE fitment, so did you try asking the Enfield showroom itself? It's a pretty obvious place to search and I guess you might have already done that but still, I thought it was worth mentioning.
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Hey man if you are planning a long trip with that tear in the tyre then please don't. If you are doing small distances in the city on not so hot tarmac and grandmom speeds then its just ok. To be very safe, change the tyres. Period.
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How about checking with the Authorized Service guys for the tyres. They may be able to source it for you. (slightly more expensive - but if it is not easily available then this may be the best bet.)
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Replace it asap. A sidewall problem cannot be repaired.
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