Last month, a new Pilot Road 2 on the back of my RS picked up a nail 43 miles after installation. I put a new tire on the bike.
The old tire sat in the garage, mocking me. The puncture was small, in the middle of a sipe in the tread area, at right angles to the tread, and pretty small. I thought I'd try a repair. I got some vulcanizing cement, and some patches (rubber disk + stem, with a metal tip on the stem) from Patchboy.com.
The printed-on-the-box instructions for the patches say one should install an "insert" in the hole before applying the patch. Given that these patches have an insert built-in already (the stem), this part of the instructions seem generic and, here, inapplicable. So I prepped (abraded and cleaned) the inside of the tire, and applied vulcanizing cement to the interior and to the hole (via a cement-covered mechanic's pick. Then I've put it aside to dry. I'm following the instructions I found at the 31 Inc (another patch manufacturer) website: http://www.31inc.com/2005/pdfs/punct...al%20_8x11.pdf
Tomorrow, I plan to remove the covering from the patch, insert the metal stem tip into the hole, work the patch into position, and "stitch" (I typed "stich" the first time out) the patch in position inside the tire.
Am I on the right track here?