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Old 16 Apr 2004
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foot pump-hand pump?

Hi All;

Until now i always carried hand pump but somehow i started to think if carrying footpump would be better.

Its much more heavy, takes more space but can inflate the tire with more psi.

So, what do you people think?


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I,ve hav a special tool that i used. remove the plug incert the hose then hit the starter in three rev's it's up. cool

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On our big trip we took a small 12 volt compressor which plugged into the accessory socket on the bike. The unit was cheap worked well and was fairly light, probably weighing less than a foot pump.

I carry a mountain bike pump on my trail bike bike which weighs next to nothing and works fine with some effort.
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I've got a Mountain Morph hand pump that puts out 120 PSI supposedly. I pump up my motorcycle tires past 60 PSI with it when setting the beads and it isn't too much work. Ofcourse it's awful compared to watching an electric compressor but oh well. I wish the pump was a double action though (pump tire with in and out stroke) and I've had to tape the fittings so that they don't fall off. It has a little air line on it and a foot tab to hold it on the ground which makes it very useful.

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For pumping up your tires I highly suggest the 12V compressor. If you have access to a Walmart (if you live in Turkey, that might be a problem), they sell a unit for about 10-15 dollars (US) and it plugs into an adapter that can be purchased at any Radioshack for an extra 2 bucks. I attached it to some unsuspecting plastic pannel on my KLR 650 and used it at least once a week for 7 months throughout the Americas.

NOTE: remove the unit from the plastic case that it comes in. The actual motor is relatively small (the size of your fist) whereas the case is about as big as a lunch box- I guess us American feel better about spending money on things that are bigger.

Once you've done this I also suggest wrapping some electrical tape around the wires connecting the ON/OFF switch to the unit and wrapping some of the lengthy electrical cord to the motor (since you only have to reach a few feet from the powersource to the tire). This is vital.

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If you use the small compressor (I love mine), don't forget to tape over the air vents that go to the brushes (the holes cut in the side of the "can" part of the motor). The magnets will attract all kinds of grit and can kill the poor little motor. I find that the motor is a convenient place to store duct tape, so I keep mine wrapped to about 3mm thick.

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I started with a BMW pump..but like most things bavarian in broke! so I bought a foot pump for 1.50 US and strapped it to the pot racks..its worked effortlessly ever since.

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