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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-25-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Flat tire rules.

I dont know how many of you do this, but i carry a small air compressor in a box, with tire plug repair kit.
It will get you out of a bind if you are out there and you get stranded.
I soldered a cigarette lighter outlet to the outlet in the right side cover panel there, where the 2 wires are for miscalanous use.
Compressor was about $20.00.
I got stranded once, and i can say, that unless you have a trailer or pick-up truck with ramps, it can be quite a chore.
I think that it is worth the small amout of space that it takes up.
The plugs do work, however they dont reccomend it for a fix, get you home though.
However i did ride mine on a plug for 9000 miles.
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I dont know how many of you do this, but i carry a small air compressor in a box, with tire plug repair kit.
It will get you out of a bind if you are out there and you get stranded.
I soldered a cigarette lighter outlet to the outlet in the right side cover panel there, where the 2 wires are for miscalanous use.
Compressor was about $20.00.
I got stranded once, and i can say, that unless you have a trailer or pick-up truck with ramps, it can be quite a chore.
I think that it is worth the small amout of space that it takes up.
The plugs do work, however they dont reccomend it for a fix, get you home though.
However i did ride mine on a plug for 9000 miles.
I extended my AAA to cover my VN750, towing included. I just have to make sure that AAA sends a flatbed that can handle a bike (i.e., with tie downs), when I call (haven't had to yet). Also, I've been told by another biker to clean the tires after it has been on one of these flatbeds, because they are usually soaked with oil and antifreeze.


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Mastertech, glad you brought it up, I have the plugs and a large C0/2 thing and it is old and needs to be replaced... I did the same with a cigarette lighter outlet to use with my trickle charger and cell phone, GPS, whatever, now maybe I should get a small compressor...
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A small compressor is very handy old dog, i would trust that over c02, besides you can keep airing it up if you need to.
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Had over 5K on a tire plug with my previous bike. People asked me if I were nuts but if correctly installed plugs work fine.

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I keep a plug kit in my toolbag, along with a small hand pump.
If on a long ride, I disassembled one of those small air compressors so all I have is just the compressor..... without the plastic housing all around it.
Takes up very little room.


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I keep a plug kit in my toolbag, along with a small hand pump.
If on a long ride, I disassembled one of those small air compressors so all I have is just the compressor..... without the plastic housing all around it.
Takes up very little room.
Hey Hyper --

On my bicycle I carry a small hand pump. Will a small bicycle hand pump work on a motorcycle? If so, that's probably the best way to go!

Thanx!
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Hey Hyper --

On my bicycle I carry a small hand pump. Will a small bicycle hand pump work on a motorcycle? If so, that's probably the best way to go!

Thanx!
Sure, it'll work. But it will also take awhile to get the tire aired up good.

I had a hand pump that also was a COČ pump. On my dirtbike it'd take 3 COČ cartridges to fill it (maybe 20psi). On the Vulcan, 3 would get it started, then a few minutes of pumping to top it off.
Without the COČ, I'd expect it might take 5-10 minutes of pumping to fill the rear tire.


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Sure, it'll work. But it will also take awhile to get the tire aired up good.

I had a hand pump that also was a COČ pump. On my dirtbike it'd take 3 COČ cartridges to fill it (maybe 20psi). On the Vulcan, 3 would get it started, then a few minutes of pumping to top it off.
Without the COČ, I'd expect it might take 5-10 minutes of pumping to fill the rear tire.
Looks like the best bet is a combination of hand pump + CO2 cartridges.

Thanx Hyper!
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Looks like the best bet is a combination of hand pump + CO2 cartridges.Thanx Hyper!
OldFlaRider, that hand pumping might be better for the younger riders, I think I may go more with the CO2 or battery operated pump......
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