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Tire pump for the Versys?

I just had to shell out A DOLLAR for maybe a minutes worth of compressed air at a gas station, can you say highway robbery?

My front tire felt squishy, so before I left home for work I checked it and it was at around 35 psi. The max psi on the side of the stock tire says 42, so I felt compelled to top it off before my trek home. 4 FREAKIN' QUARTERS for not enough time to fill up both tires with moisture laden air, with a hose that almost wouldn't fit on to the valve stem by the time I got the thing around the brake disc.

Is there a good manual type pump to carry on the V? I haven't put a 12v socket on it yet, and I may not, so something manual, and small would be ideal to keep from lining the pockets of whoever administers these air/water slot machines.
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I recommend the Slime Power Sport inflator. Works great off of the Versys battery... you don't need a 12v receptacle, just the clips to the battery terminals. This pump fits under the seat, works great as long as you obey the warnings and don't let it run too long, and will actually seat the bead if you hand-change the tires.

http://www.amazon.com/Slime-40001-Motorcycle-Tire-Inflator/dp/B000ET9SB4
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About 10 bucks from ACE
http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...629367.1259034
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I haven't had very good luck with those style foot pumps. They tend to wear out, quite literally break on me.
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The first link is what i have. (Buy once buy right)

http://www.stopngo.com/tire-mobility-kit-for-cars/

http://www.stopngo.com/tubeless-punc...scooters-atvs/

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I haven't had very good luck with those style foot pumps. They tend to wear out, quite literally break on me.
Made in China. 30 years ago they were fine.
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My front tire felt squishy, so before I left home for work I checked it and it was at around 35 psi. The max psi on the side of the stock tire says 42, so I felt compelled to top it off before my trek home.
IMO I would stick with motorcycle manufacturer recommended tire pressures. The recommended tire pressures in the manual are 32psi front and 36psi rear. The number on the sidewall is the MAX pressure the tire can safely handle for seating the bead, not the suggested inflation pressure for best operating performance. If you over inflate you get a smaller contact patch and less grip, especially when leaned, and the bike will feel less secure/planted in turns and more jittery. Under inflation has a negative effect on handling too and can increase tire wear. The normal exceptions to this are airing down for riding off road or using less pressure on a track due to greater tire heat. Normally you want to measure the pressure when the tire is cold (bike has not been ridden recently), as you ride the tire will heat up and the pressure will increase slightly on it's own.

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I use this guy from Twisted Throttle. Very compact, I keep it and a string plug kit in my sidecase at all times. The pumps folds up to about the size of a coffee mug.


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I use this guy from Twisted Throttle. Very compact, I keep it and a string plug kit in my sidecase at all times. The pumps folds up to about the size of a coffee mug.

I just checked... It's made in Germany and only 12.50 at the moment.

This review says it retails for $50. If I didn't already have an electric pump, I'd be all over this little guy.

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If space is an issue, pick up one of the compact powered units and remove the plastic housing. Be aware that the metal compressor body will get hot while running because compressing any gas releases heat.


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+1 Many great ideas here!

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I recommend the Slime Power Sport inflator. Works great off of the Versys battery... you don't need a 12v receptacle, just the clips to the battery terminals. This pump fits under the seat, works great as long as you obey the warnings and don't let it run too long....
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Since this thread is pretty recent, I'm going to hijack it and ask a related question. My bike tire pressures always seem to run down over a few weeks' time, although the car tires never do, so I want a non-portable 120V pump for the garage. I was thinking about something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Aire-i8000-Goodyear-120-Volt-Inflator/dp/B003XGYDE2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top But I'm wary of the screw-on connection to the valve--seems like the brake discs might get in the way. It's hard enough to use the normal press-on valves at the gas station. Anyone have experience and/or recommendations? I would say $75 is the most I would pay for what is just a convenience. TIA for all suggestions.

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I would say $75 is the most I would pay for what is just a convenience.
If you want convenience on the cheap, check out the Craftsman 5-gal air tank. $25 at sears. Find a gas station with free air, fill up the tank, and it'll last you at least a month for just top offs. I have my own compressor at home, but I fill up one of the 5-gal tanks and use that instead. This way, I can top off my tires 2-3psi without having to fire up the big guy, wait for it to pressurize, use a tiny bit of air, then drain it.
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Since this thread is pretty recent, I'm going to hijack it and ask a related question. My bike tire pressures always seem to run down over a few weeks' time, although the car tires never do, so I want a non-portable 120V pump for the garage. I was thinking about something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Aire-i8000...pr_product_top But I'm wary of the screw-on connection to the valve--seems like the brake discs might get in the way. It's hard enough to use the normal press-on valves at the gas station. Anyone have experience and/or recommendations? I would say $75 is the most I would pay for what is just a convenience. TIA for all suggestions.



I have 2 compressors for the house. This one by the back door on my work rack...http://www.harborfreight.com/3-gallo...sor-95275.html ....Theres a coupon in the harbour freight flyer they send to my house for $39.00


I have a craftsman compressor similar to this one which harbour freight has for $49.00....http://www.harborfreight.com/1-3-hp-...MzY2NSJ9%0D%0A

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But I'm wary of the screw-on connection to the valve--seems like the brake discs might get in the way. It's hard enough to use the normal press-on valves at the gas station.
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in no way directed at weljo 2001, im just using his links.. this tire inflation issue is always an issue. if you use the cartridge system its a [ what if i need more, and how many do you carry], or with a pump its [ will the pump work when you need it since heat is sometimes an issue with some pumps]..i had a slime pump go out after a total of 15min. use,, kinda like wearing suspenders and a belt at the same time..

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I thought of this too, but the reviews say the connectors are proprietary and standard ones won't fit. Thanks though!

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I have 2 compressors for the house. This one by the back door on my work rack...http://www.harborfreight.com/3-gallo...sor-95275.html ....Theres a coupon in the harbour freight flyer they send to my house for $39.00


I have a craftsman compressor similar to this one which harbour freight has for $49.00....http://www.harborfreight.com/1-3-hp-...MzY2NSJ9%0D%0A
Thanks weljo, I'll check 'em out.

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