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    Quote Originally Posted by 94aero View Post
    Let's think this thru..... Ok, I have a flat, turn off the bike, take my gear off, repair flat, start bike and power up the electric pump, tire fills, turn off bike to put stuff away and put on gear. Done right?

    Get on the bike and try to start it..... It clicks..... The pump pulled more power than the charging system puts out at idle....

    Not sure how I know this.. Ok, I'm not telling.

    Keep compressed air canisters instead of the pump. Why risk two problems when you have just one..

    My $.02.
    Your battery is in poor condition if you can't run a pump for 5 minutes, just saying. Good idea to install a voltmeter on the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Your battery is in poor condition if you can't run a pump for 5 minutes, just saying.
    +1

    The instructions for the Slime pump actually specify using it only with the engine OFF. (Probably to reduce the possibility of overheating the pump.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Your battery is in poor condition if you can't run a pump for 5 minutes, just saying. Good idea to install a voltmeter on the bike.
    Agreed.

    Never had that issue during usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    +1

    The instructions for the Slime pump actually specify using it only with the engine OFF. (Probably to reduce the possibility of overheating the pump.)
    The Slime pump I bought last week "suggests" an eight minute running limit. I know I've run the Cycle Pump for lots longer than that trying to get a bead to seat.
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    We have several. One Voni bought at an Alco store while I was using up cartridges while trying to find the leak. Another is a Coleman. Both of these are somewhat bulky and reside in cars. We have two Cycle Pumps. They are durable and last a long long time, but are expensive. We also just got a Slime pump - $15 with a $15 rebate making it free. I couldn't pass it up even though I didn't really need it.

    Then I have a 5 gallon 110v compressor and a 30 gallon 110v compressor, plus a 10 gallon air tank.

    Got air
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    Imagine the chagrin of pumping-up your newly plugged tire only to find the bike won't start because the battery is flat.

    Murphy's Law?

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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    Imagine the chagrin of pumping-up your newly plugged tire only to find the bike won't start because the battery is flat.

    Murphy's Law?
    You're an Extra, right? Ohm's Law.
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    Best rest products Cycle pump, not cheap but works,
    For the lower priced ones you usually get what you pay for
    If your worried about battery, run the bike at fast idle

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    Dozens upon dozens of times:)

    Riding offorad, one gets the use of a pump, maybe more often than many road only bikes. I have never had a battery fail, due to pump use, even numerous times a day, engine off. GSs since 1982. I have an old electric pump given me as a gift soooooo many years ago I forgot what year and the brand name is ???. Its been used 100s of times through 30+years and continues to live in my GSA saddlebag. I did buy a Slime pump 2 years ago, as my old faithful cigarette plug insert failed on the road. The Slime pump could take lessons from the oldie, but still got r done. I think the pistons in these tiny pumps are plastic or more probable nylon made and therefore, the time frame limit of 5 or 8 minutes, due to heat and you know, self destructo. I HAD TO GO LOOK. "Interdynamics", is the brand name on the old compressor I speak of in my saddlebag. Its truely an incredible little unit and to 200PSI it says. I also looked where made and nowhere on the housing anywhere, so maybe USA made? Decades old now, still strong and more tidy(less space) than the new Slime's. A gift I have gotten so much use of through the years. BTW, I rebuilt the plug to get maybe a dozen more years out of this little guy. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtrott View Post
    Anybody have any recommendations on tire pumps. Is it best to carry a manual pump in the saddle bag?
    Yes and yes.

    The award winning Power Pump by Crank Bothers. A whole 5.6 inches compact, dual high pressure or high volume, simple and bullet proof construction.



    And well under $20.

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