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post #1 of 6 Old 02-26-2015, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Air pump tech

a good air pump is "tech", right. OK maybe not.

I want to take my Vee in the dirt every time I see a chance but do not have a pump to reinflate the tires when back on the road. Under the seat next to the tools would be a great place to stow it.

Any nice ones favored by this board you can recommend?

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I use a Slime pump. It's adequate, but it's pretty slow and it does generate a bit of heat. It will fill up a tire to the right pressure, but be prepared to wait a bit. To make it fit better on the bike, I cut the housing apart, removed the pressure gauge, and plugged the port where the gauge attaches. After that it would fit in that little space on the DL650 under the seat and back near the taillight. I don't know if the Vee has that same space or not. I had one of those pen type pressure gauges in my toolkit, so I didn't need the big gauge on the pump. If you look at the photo, that semicircle is where it used to be.

Supposedly the CyclePump is about the best one you can buy (they're available from Twisted Throttle, among other places). They definitely look well made, but they cost around $100.00, which was more than my doo-dad budget would allow.

Whatever pump you get, make sure that it will actually fill up your tire. Let the air out in your garage, and test the pump out there, rather than finding out on the trail that the pump you bought isn't up to the task.
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I use a Slime pump. It's adequate, but it's pretty slow and it does generate a bit of heat. It will fill up a tire to the right pressure, but be prepared to wait a bit. To make it fit better on the bike, I cut the housing apart, removed the pressure gauge, and plugged the port where the gauge attaches. After that it would fit in that little space on the DL650 under the seat and back near the taillight. I don't know if the Vee has that same space or not. I had one of those pen type pressure gauges in my toolkit, so I didn't need the big gauge on the pump. If you look at the photo, that semicircle is where it used to be.

Supposedly the CyclePump is about the best one you can buy (they're available from Twisted Throttle, among other places). They definitely look well made, but they cost around $100.00, which was more than my doo-dad budget would allow.

Whatever pump you get, make sure that it will actually fill up your tire. Let the air out in your garage, and test the pump out there, rather than finding out on the trail that the pump you bought isn't up to the task.
Thanks for the reply. Great work on that!

Yowza, for $100 it better pump fast and have a lifetime warranty
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I ended up getting the small a Slime model. It fits I. The rear section order the seat behind the tool pouch. $29.

I have not tried inflating a tire yet but I read some reviews which said it could take several minutes

Here it is http://http://www.amazon.com/Slime-4...ct+compressor#

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It'll definitely take a few minutes, probably with a break in there somewhere to wait til the pump cools down. That's pretty much true of all the diaphragm type mini compressors. I do recommend that you try inflating the tire though; some of these pumps have pretty marginal air chucks, and you definitely want to make sure it will seal on your tire valve and the lever won't snap off the first time you use it.

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I bought an "Airman" a few years ago and it's been very reliable. Bought it from recommendations on a K bike forum when I had my K100. If I remember correctly its German made. https://www.google.com/search?q=airm...2F%3B600%3B709
Don't remember the price right now but between the pump, RideOn in the tires and a plug kit, I ride to remote areas without thinking about flats.


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