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    Inflator pump choice

    There seem to be a wide variety of those inflators, ranging from $25 for the Slime (seems highly rated) to the high dollar Best Rest Cycle Pump for $130 or so. What do you gentlemen/ladies think or prefer? Thank you for your time.

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    I dislike the Slime type cheap-o pumps because they have a crap duty cycle. I like the Moto Pump, as seen in the video. They also now make a smaller version that appears to be good.

    From the YouTube description...

    2017·Here is my quick review of the Motopumps Mini Pro tire inflator designed and built for motorcycles by a rider.

    Motopumps Mini Pro specs:

    Pump Dimensions: 2″ x 4.75″ x 5.75″
    Weight: 18oz
    Main power cord with SAE plug 6.5′ reach
    Combo Cigarette / BMW plug to SAE cord 3.5″ reach for a total of 10′
    Durable Polyurethane 3′ Coiled Air Hose with Zero Loss Connector stores onboard.
    50 PSI capacity, .5 cfm, integrated air cooling for long run times with no heat buildup.


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    On Amazon:

    This is not sponsored, but a review of from an actual user that purchased this product.

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    I have a Stop -n- Go tire repair kit (tubeless) in my Valkyrie. It has one of the cheapo mini air pumps that plugs into the battery tender connector. It is pretty chintzy and yes does have a limited duty cycle (believe it says 10 minutes constant operation max), but it takes about 5 minutes to air up one tire from flat, so it's not really a big deal. It's really for emergency use only, not something you'll be using daily in your shop so to me it gets a pass. It is very compact- maybe the size of two packs of cigs? For bikes with tubed tires like the TW I always just throw a little Slime in the tubes. At least if I get a nail or something it'll slow the leak sufficiently to ride it home and not get stuck on the side of the road.

    The little CO2 can powered inflators are great for being light and compact, but they're single use.

    They also make hoses that screw in place of the spark plug, and you can use engine compression to inflate the tire. They used to be a lot more common, now the compact 12v pumps and CO2 puffers seem to have largely replaced them.

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    Thank both gentlemen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus View Post
    Thank both gentlemen.
    I like the cheap ones since I can leave it untended on the bike for worry free hiking. If someone takes it no big deal. If I had the expensive model I would either have to worry or carry it; both options detracting from the primary goal of having fun adventures on the TW. Smart operation eliminates concern about overheating and a possible short duty cycle since I only use it on a motorcycle. Just a few minutes does the job.

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    I have a German made super compact footpump in each vehicle. Lightweight and no battery needed. The one in the truck is a backup for a heavy duty (clamp direct to battery) electric.
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    I have couple of CyclePumps, a Slime pump, and a Milwaukee 12V battery powered inflator (in the truck). The Cyclepumps are great. Have had no issues with any of them. The Slime pump has been around since 2007 or so, and works very well.

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    I have 2 of the slime kits - comes with slime and pump/ One on my ATV and one on the Dub. The one on the ATV has seen a lot of use on friends and mine over the years and has held up very well - not expensive but must be well designed.
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    Cyclepump. One of the more expensive ones at $100.00 but I got it as a gift and it came with a separate pressure gauge as well. about 10 years old and still ticking.

    I think going from the cheaper to the more speedy units folks have to remember how small the compressor is in all and how hard it has to work. It you leave it on too long you will blow-it out/overheat it. For my sidecar rig I also keep a bicycle foot pump in the trunk.
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