I have a 2" nail in the side of my rear tyre on my motorcycle. The nail is fairly firmly stuck in the tyre but I'm not sure if it has actually penetrated it (it has gone in sideways). The damage is not on the contact patch but clearly the nail contacts the road when I lean over (the nail has wear marks). There is no sign of air leaking so far and I think it's been there a few days.
If I just pull the nail out and it has been punctured, I'm concerned the tyre will just go flat on the spot and I wont be able to take it to a shop to be repaired.
So here's the question: I have an old tyre plug set. Should I remove the nail and if it leaks, plug it. Alternatively, should I take it so a shop and get them to remove the nail and fix the tyre professionally. BTW: I have never used a plug set before but I have no local tyre shops.
Bonus question: If the nail has not penetrated the tyre, will it have weakened it?