Pump..........Do we need it and Which one to choose?

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  1. Scubalong

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    Many of us travel extensively by motorcycle, pump is one of the most important item on the list.
    I am sure many of you have ask yourself…..there are so many pump out there but which one? Well
    After so many years of riding and shopping I am somehow end up with all this pumps. So I thought I will write a quick review on these pump.
    I will not bore you with all the spec, rather just giving you the feedback and hand on experienced.
    CO2 cartridges
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    This CO2 set up can be bought for less than $15 clamps :wink:

    A cheap Slim
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    The Slim also around $15 clamps and under depend where to shop :rolleyes:

    A Cycle pump
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    This is a combo come with air pressure gauge the cost is $120
    http://www.bestrestproducts.com/c-137-cyclepump-adventure-combo-wgauge.aspx
    The Cyclepump come with a quick connect and a pressure gauge. Also on the pressure gauge is a quick dump valve if you over fill which is convenient
    and they come with four small legs to keep the unit of the ground..... :pound: Thought it is silly :rolleyes:
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    A Motopumps
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    A Motopump cost retail for $70 clamps but with can be a lot less if you get them direct from Rob thru his previous offer.
    http://www.motopumps.com/#works
    The Motopump come with no leak connector, built in pressure gauge and a LED light so you can see at night which is a plus.

    Here is what they look like side by side
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    View from the side
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    This is how they look packed up
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    Performance
    Well the CO2 system with 3 catridges will fill a flat (Rear) tire to about 16 PSI
    The Slim will fill to about 26 PSI for about 10 minutes and the pump will get hot and the pressure
    stay right around 26 PSI....To this point I give up :pound:
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    The first two choice will help get your ass to a safe place and get your tire fix rather than stranded and have to walk.

    Here is the Motopump in action
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    It took about 8 minutes to fill up my rear tire from 0 to 40 PSI.

    Here is the Cyclepump in action
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    This pump also took about 7 to 8 minutes to fill a rear tire to 40 PSI indicated on the attached pressure gauge.
    Note: The Cyclepump seem to be warm to the touch after fill up two time


    Accuracy
    I double check the air with a digital gauge and found Motopump gauge is 2 PSI less than the actual reading
    as for the Cyclepump I found to be 4 PSI less than register on the attached pressure gauge.
    To be fair both pumps work very well and serve their purpose.

    Value
    Well like everything else people seem to get what they like, that is why some ride Ducati and some ride VFR :pound:
    If I have to go out and get a pump before my big trip, I probably getting the Motopump and safe the cash for some cold IPA
    :pound:

    Hope this review help you to decided which pump to get on your next Adventure. Please ride safe and keep the rubbers side down :thumbsup:

    Cheers
    Scub










     
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    Thanks Scubalong for the review, it really is informative. Now for me I have the C02 cartridge repair kit and I carry about eight cartridges. I've been doing this since around 84 and have traveled all over the USA. May be I'm lucky. I've never had a flat tire. Matter of fact the only flat tire I ever got was on my 74 CB750 with wire wheels. I had to change the tube.

    Just wondering how many of us on bikes have had flats when traveling? Going off roading doesn't count.
     
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    Thanks Long - that's my friends birthday present solved :cheer2:

    On a rear tyre(tire) three large cartridges will only add enough air to get you to a garage as it will still be below recommended pressures, front may be OK. Cartridges also get ridiculously cold when used - if it is already cold, then its worth wearing gloves to avoid frost bite!



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    I had one flat. A PR2 with about 200 miles on it when I was about 50 miles from home. I used the Stop & Go kit with the "mushroom" plug. 4 CO2 cartridges got me to a place where I could put enough air in. Worked like a champ.

    Put another 1000 miles on that tire or so, before I decided that for my own piece of mind, I wanted a new one.
     
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    Thanks Scuba. I had my wife buy me a kit for Christmas, forget which one but seemed to have the essential components. May try and do a "test" with an old tire, i.e. make a puncture and then plug and inflate it. Better to do that in the garage and figure out if it works well or not, vice on the road and find out the hard way.
     
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    I have several flat in the past and have use the musroom and the sticky worms
    I found the sticky worm work well and not came off like the musroom style. Make sure apply plenty of glue on the plug. Glue is cheap
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    Hey Mike
    To be able to have a flat you need a VFR and hit the roads mate :rolleyes:
    Good to see you drop by buddy. Now I have someone to pick on :wink:
     
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    Hey now! I've been here. You're the one that's been missing. Probably because you are out riding. Me...not so much. Although even if I still had the VFR, I haven't seen my lawn since December. This cold white stuff is about 15" deep.

    Thanks for the write up though, bud.

    (Are you ever going to do a tutorial on teh benefits of Sharpies? lol :playful: )
     
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    A good alternative is to pack an electrically-powered air pump from HF** ( $9-$12) under the seat--after removing its bulky yellow plastic cover. Takes up no more space than 5 or 6 CO2 cans. No need to ride underinflated to the next filling station. :disturbed:


    **One of the few mostly-disappointing HF items i'd consider endorsing, along with the about-$5 multimeter.
     
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    Spring is just around the corner.........Thought you mofo want to check this out before hitting the roads and 100 miles from Walmart :rofl:
    This pump have save my ass many time....! I have used them on the car and bikes. Air down for dirt and air up after for the tarmac.
     
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