I had to use a rope sticky plug in a front tire after running over some debris in the road that I could not go around. It got me home safe a sound. A few hundred miles later the tire split right where the plug was inserted. I put another plug in beside the first one and again it got me home. Tossed the tire after that. Rope plugs have to be coated with rubber cement to work properly. Front tires don't plug well and should be just a bandaid to get somewhere to change it for a new one.
I had ridden motorcycles for over 25 years without experiencing a flat. Then I got 3 within about 18 months. Unfortunately, it took 2 flats (and the associated towing hassles) to finally motivate me to go out and buy a portable compressor and tire repair kit. I was ready on the 3rd time! Yea . . . they DO WORK!
Last Sept. I left Missoula, Montana on my way back to Michigan and had a slow leak flat rear tire within 1/2 hour on the expressway. I got off at an exit, laid the bike on it's side and plugged the leak with a sticky rope. Had a new tire put on in Billings, Montana. Good thing that I also carried a Slime air compressor.
I answered no, but I did run into a Wing this year with a flat on the rear in Big Bend. He picked up a very large nail with his invincible CAR TIRE. He plugged it. I said keep the kit, I will a new one at Walmart for $5
I voted Yes, but it was on a bike that I came upon by the side of the road. He had picked up a sheet metal screw like they use to put together steel stud buildings. They are getting quite common on the roads around Knoxville.
My trailer came with a tire plug kit, and a built in air compressor. I have not used the plug kit, but the compressor is another story. Last month I was heading home when my TPMS light came on. I had picked up a piece of steel that put a half inch long cut in the rear tire that did not look like a plug would seal. I was about 20 miles from home, so I was able to air it up and limp home.