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Old 13 May 2008
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Tyre pump advice

Anyone found a solution to the question of which tyre pump?

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I carry a small air compressor. if you gut out its plastic cover, it might fit under your seat... and just plug it to your battery.

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Make One

I had a collection of car electric pumps and came across a thread on the V-Strom forum.
I removed the little compressor and made a new smaller box with the plastic bits taped with bodge tape leaving an open end for the fan to do it's cooling.
Fits under the seat on my V-Strom.
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If you have an air head, they do a hand pump that fits inside the frame tube, so does not take up -any- room.
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Best Rest USA

I have used the pump below: It offers enough pressure to reseat a tyre bead on the road. Used it in anger twice and it worked well. It also offers a very good guarantee.

Comes with croc clips, terminal connectors and cig lighter / bmw access connectors

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I guess it depends on how many punctures you think you'll get. A compressor might be useful if you are going somewhere where you expect a lot. Otherwise a bicycle pump is fine, after all, you might only ever use it once or twice or even not at all. Blackburn make good quality pumps that can be taken apart to be cleaned and serviced. I have a simple single stroke pump permanently attached to my bike. I simply use the bracket it came with bolted to my rear mudgaurd just above the numberplate. I think it cost about a tenner.

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Here's a photo of an electric pump home made by stripping out a plastic off the shelf one that cost £10: References and Booklist
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Here's a photo of an electric pump home made by stripping out a plastic off the shelf one that cost £10: References and Booklist
If you make one like this, it's prudent to protect the soldered joints of the wires with a nice dollop of epoxy as otherwise they won't last long outside the protection of a plastic case.
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Is the toothbrush free?
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got the same thing from polo in germany.

Produktdetail: POLO-MOTORRAD

works excellent, even after quite some bashing (drowning, getting rusty and so on.) and its bloody cheap

I tried back at home to change my rear tire (140/80-17) and it nicely popped the tire back into the bead. Takes about 10-15 minutes to inflate the whole back tire.
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I used solder and heat shrink for the joins.


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Airman Compact Air Compressor - Screwfix.com, Where the Trade Buys

£9.99 from Screwfix. Its small and cheap. Perfect really.
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carry 2

i personaly carry 2 pumps. one small (cheap from halfords type shop)12v electric one which fits nicely under my seat and a 2 way bicycle pump which is just small enough to fit in my tool kit just in case the electric one fails!
problem is that i've never had a puncture!
DOH! should'nt have said that!
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i personaly carry 2 pumps. one small (cheap from halfords type shop)12v electric one which fits nicely under my seat and a 2 way bicycle pump which is just small enough to fit in my tool kit just in case the electric one fails!
problem is that i've never had a puncture!
DOH! should'nt have said that!
Yes you should be wary, I had a puncture on my Tiger cub in 1961.

Nowadays running a tube in my BMW tubless tyre because the front wont seal at the bead without.
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Cheaps pumps can be a false economy- I've had a few of those £9.99 types and they soon fail.
It's not always about punctures - if you enjoy trails / sand you often have to drop your tyre pressures and have to pump up again- then ride a few hundred yards often only to be confronted with more soft sand and do it all over again.
Most cheapies fail on repeated use - pumping up tyres with a hand pump in hot temperatures is sweaty work and in the cold burns up too many calories.
IMHO - get a Cycle Pump for Best Rest USA - you'll be glad you did.
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