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    Bubbaslye
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    Smile Tire inflators

    Has anyone ever used an inflator like the one described
    here?

    http://www.rei.com/product/696553


    It is marketed to bicyclists, but to my less than expert
    eye, it would seem to work as well on motorcycle tires.

    What do you think?

    Thanks for your thoughts!

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    Yes.

    I first got one as a gift and started carrying it on my trail bike. My son got a flat
    (he always does) and we used it. Once you run out of CO2, the handle extends one length and you can use it as a hand pump. That said, it's not a big pump, so for anything larger than a bicycle I'd carry more cartridges.
    We liked it a lot and eventually started carrying them in each of our street bikes and trail bikes. We used one again on my wife's R65, we were on the narrow shoulder of a mountain road, no place to start trying to repair a tube. Three or four minutes, a small bottle of slime, and three cartridges later and she was on her way home, where we could safely replace the innertube.
    For a large modern rear tire, figure five or six cartridges if you don't want to pump your arm off. I buy Moose brand cartridges for reinflating tires, they're charged a lot more than those cheap ones for air guns and the like.
    So I like it. It's about the fastest way to inflate a tire, which in some situations can be important to your safety.

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    RE: tire inflation

    Where do you typically get the Moose CO2 cartridges? Not to change the thread, but I bought a 12v mini compressor and I "practiced" with it in the shop and it took- the 5 min the mfg says to not go past- to get to 25# on my 1150 rear from zero. Rethinking the gas option. I've read many of the "which compressor is best threads", but like the idea of small.

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    [QUOTE=kantuckid;395789]Where do you typically get the Moose CO2 cartridges? QUOTE]

    Check at your local dealers who sell dirt bikes, or at a bicycle shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 108625 View Post
    For a large modern rear tire, figure five or six cartridges if you don't want to pump your arm off.
    I've never been a fan of C02 cartridge systems for just that reason - the room required for enough cartridges would let you carry something like the Slime air compressor (http://www.slime.com/product_111_Pow..._(40001).html). With a compressor, you can have a second chance at filling a patched tire if the first attempt at the patch didn't work, and you can air your tires when on a trip.
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    That looks like a pretty slick little unit. Have you used it on the road yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler View Post
    I've never been a fan of C02 cartridge systems for just that reason - the room required for enough cartridges would let you carry something like the Slime air compressor (http://www.slime.com/product_111_Pow..._(40001).html). With a compressor, you can have a second chance at filling a patched tire if the first attempt at the patch didn't work, and you can air your tires when on a trip.
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    I also chose a mini compressor. It will fill tires as well as a small air matress (if you want to wait). I added a Powerlet adapter to plug right into the bike 12 v outlet. Works great, not as fast as a gas station pump, but better than pushing the bike..............

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    Wally World sells for about $15.00 a mini pump which isn't mini until you take it out of its plastic housing. Then you have a pump and gauge that looks like the ones you see advertised for motorcycles for about $45.00.
    I carry mine in an old tube sock in the space behind the seat on my '04 RT.
    It will fill the tire in about 3 or 4 mins.
    However, at the altitude in Paonia, it takes about 6+ mins.
    The piston is drawing in about 43 molecules of air at each stroke.
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    I use a similar product, I'll post a picture. I like it because it takes up little space. I carry 4 big cartidges (25 grams each) and that is enough to fill a rear tire to about 30-35 psi. That's not 'full', but it's enough to get to a gas station to top it off.

    The criticism that it takes up more space than a pump I don't agree with. You can see my kit in the picture. It is the tire plugging kit and the cartridges and pump head---and it all fits under the rear seat in the hidden pocket of the RT. Out of sight, out of mind.

    I know a lot of guys who carry lots of tools and parts, etc. I don't. I carry a basic repair kit, quite small. My thought is that I ride street. Even if I make a bad plug repair and have to redo it, I will get enough air with 2 cartridges even to slowly ride to a gas station. Same with my repair kit. If I can't fix something, a waving hand to a passing car or my cell phone will get me through the issue.

    The exception to me is serious off roading in desolate areas. If I were making the big trip through Alaska on a GS, I'd carry more, and I'd carry a pump. I'd also carry a spare tire and tire irons, etc. On the street, for me, that kind of thing is overkill.

    One suggestion. Next time you are ready to replace a tire, drill a hole in it and practice plugging and filling it. I learned a lot and I would not have wanted to do this for the first time on the side of the road.

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    IMAGE: I forgot, you have to link to images here and that's too much work. The entire kit is about 3x5 inches and maybe 1 inch thick. Light and small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apretzl View Post
    That looks like a pretty slick little unit. Have you used it on the road yet?
    I have used the Slime compressor, worked great. I got it on sale at Autozone earlier this year. Fits upright in the tail of an RT. The brass screw-on fitting gets REALLY HOT. As in burn the skin off hot. Just like the little label I didn't read says.

    I bet if you disassemble the Slime compressor you'll find the same innards as the WalMart pumps. I've seen instructions online (can't find them right now) on how to dispose of the bulky plastic housing from the Walmart cheapo compressor.

    EDIT: here, I found the directions: http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcyc...cles/air-pump/
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler View Post
    I've never been a fan of C02 cartridge systems for just that reason - the room required for enough cartridges would let you carry something like the Slime air compressor (http://www.slime.com/product_111_Pow..._(40001).html). With a compressor, you can have a second chance at filling a patched tire if the first attempt at the patch didn't work, and you can air your tires when on a trip.


    Slime compressors are on sale now, for $9.99, at the parts chain MURRAY'S DISCOUNT AUTO. They are very prominent here in the Chicago area. Bought 2 of them as I already have the same model bought last year. They work quite nicely and beat the you know what, out of cartridges. Buy one for you and one for your hard headed friend. I did!

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    I'm a flexible guy; my mind can be changed. After viewing the instructions on stripping down a pump into a small assy that will fit in the rear compartment of the RT, I must say I think I'll give it a try. Being able to pump up your tires on a trip w/o hitting a station is attractive. I'll have to give this some thought!

    --EDIT-- Wow, $10!! I just ordered the slime compressor. Shipping was $9! But heck, at that total cost, I'm not going to go hunting.

    Thanks for the link.
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    Co2

    I carried a pump for a while and have been using a CO2 tool like the one you pictured for years. CO2 cartridges are $12 @ Wallyworld for 25. I find it faster and less fuss.

    I carry about a dozen usually and inflate my tires every day as I tour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbaslye View Post
    What do you think?
    I carry a Crank Brothers Power Pump. At a compact 5.6" long, along with its simplicity and top notch quality, its hard to beat and will be there for you when you're in the middle of nowhere.

    No batteries required, no 12V power required and no issues with CO2 cartridges running out.


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    pumps

    CTS + hand pumps of any brand= trouble!

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