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    Airhead Tire Pumps - Do they work?

    Wondering if these pumps can actually be used to adding TP.

    My R60/5 didn't come with one.

    Should I have one?
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    If it's the original one that came mounted on the frame (hand pump) - yes, they do work. I wore mine out pumping up VW tires. It should really be used on just motorcycle and bicycle tires. I've fixed a few flats on the road with the original spoons and hand pump quite a few times.
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    2 different questions.
    1) yes, they work.
    2) "having one" really depends upon your expectations and desires. if i had one, i might use it. if i did not, i would either purchase a small electric pump, or use CO2 cartridges, or buy a good bicycle tire pump (mntn bike spec rather than road spec). my choice of preferred weapon would probably be same as order listed.
    3) only thing that would make me want a stock hand pump would be if i was going for a concourse level restoration. and since the original steel one is NLA, even less reason to go for a new OEM, as they are plastic construction.
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    Tire pumps

    If you hold yout thumb ovrt the end, pump it, and you feel pressure, then yes, it will work.
    With that in mind, consider the fact that it takes about 3000 strokes to get enough air in the tube so you can get to the nearest compressor. Don't ask me how I know.
    So my opinion is that they're just there for looks, and I carry a small electric pump.
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    I have 3 pumps with me when I tour. The original pump clipped to the frame (just for show, I suppose). I also have a good bicycle pump in the saddlebag. I usually use this to top off my tires each day. I have a DC-powered pump that runs off the battery once I plug in the cigarette light female receptacle. I went to Wally World and bought one of the cheap $15 battery powered pumps and ripped away all the plastic and retained the essentials. I mounted that to a small piece of plywood just to hold it together. I carry the electric pump, the cables, and cigarette adapter in a small plastic pouch in my saddlebag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    I also have a good bicycle pump in the saddlebag. I usually use this to top off my tires each day.
    if you are having to top your tires off daily, you have leaking tubes that need replacing. unless you are going thru major changes in altitude (several thousand feet), you really should not be seeing big changes in your air pressure on a daily basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1074 View Post
    If you hold yout thumb ovrt the end, pump it, and you feel pressure, then yes, it will work.
    With that in mind, consider the fact that it takes about 3000 strokes to get enough air in the tube so you can get to the nearest compressor. Don't ask me how I know.
    So my opinion is that they're just there for looks, and I carry a small electric pump.
    Thanks guys and I can surmise how you know, BoxerBruce!

    As always, thanks guys.

    I know Hucky's sells them and good to know that what he's selling may be plastic - I guess I'll ask when I place my parts order. It's not that I "need" one to use but would "like" to have on the bike as I've been cleaning, servicing, and putting her back together as I enjoy doing!
    Ken Tuvman
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    Quote Originally Posted by kentuvman View Post
    I know Hucky's sells them and good to know that what he's selling may be plastic - I guess I'll ask when I place my parts order.
    The ones that Hans sells (Hucky's) are metal and the one I received from him looks identical to the original that's in my R90S.

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