I have been riding for over 38 years and have had 2 (okay, 3 now) flats. Lost a front valve stem once and had a tube blow out on the rear once. I have been carrying plug kits around for at least 20 years and an air compressor for about 8 ... and never had the opportunity to use them. Let me tell you, having it when you do need it is priceless. Got off the highway today and must have picked up a nail in the construction zone on the off ramp. In less than mile I had to pull into a parking lot for an errand and the bike was handling bad. I checked the front tire since it felt like what was off and nothing. Came out and saw my bike squishing the back (and it is strange I hardly ever park on the side stand, but had I not this time, I would not have noticed it right away).
No worries, found the nice neat little hole, pulled out the tire plug stuff. Used the Slime air compressor and put some pressure in the tire to make sure the hole I found was the only one. I carry a full array, plugs with a plug gun and gooey worms. Decided on the worms ( I tested the plugs once on a tire off the rim and it didn't inspire me, but then, it was not tested under real world applications). Reamed the hole, pushed in a worm and made sure it was in good. Pumped up the tire. The Slime pump is only supposed to run for 8 minutes at a time or it will over heat. If you let it cool for 15 minutes or so, it can then finish up most any tire. The 8 minutes gave me 32 PSI and with a gas station across the street, I packed up, rode it over and finished filling up to 42 PSI. Got home, still at 42 PSI.
Slime pump is a great investment - I believe Tim sells the Cycle Pump product which has similar specs and gets great reviews. I have the Standard Model - Tire Plugger which I do believe I got from Tim. My gooey worm set up I pieced together at an auto parts store ... reamer, insertion tool and worms. The gooey worms are easy to use and install (note I have T handle reamers and insertion tools .. way easier than the screw driver handle type.) It took longer to unpack and repack all the stuff than the actual repair took.
Glad I pack everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink ... a fold up basin that I use to soak my evap jacket in while on the road ... if you haven't picked up a plug kit, do it. Hope you never need it, but man is it nice when you need it. Now I know no matter where I am, I have a good chance of getting someplace for a full repair. Now do I ride it for a while since the tire is not even really at half life yet or swap it out. Probably ride on it this weekend to go on Tyler's ride then will decide.