|07-26-2006, 09:24 PM||#1|
Joined: May 2006
Location: Morgan Hill
Noob Gear review... Fill a tire fast!
After lurking and gleaning mucho advice from everybody its time to give back a little.
Disclaimer; I don't work for REI and have zero ties to the product featured.
In preparation for my first multiday dual sport motorcycle camping trip I have begun to put together my gear. Some of my gear is old and some of it is new.
One item I have discovered is A bicycle pump made by METAMORPHOSIS PUMP TECHNOLOGY Specifically the MORPH MOUNTAIN MASTER BLASTER. I have read all the threads regarding how to fill a tire, electric vs. CO2 vs. bicycle vs. god knows what else. Now certain people gravitate toward certain things. I love gadgets as most here do, don't even get me started on LED flashlights. I also love simplicity. KISS
The pump was purchased at REI for about $20. It measures about 13 inches long and about 1 to 1.75 inches diameter. The body of the pump is a brushed aluminium and would be a welcome addition externally mounted if A place could be found. The handle has a swivel feature that allows you to gety a good handfull. The other end has approx. 11inch tail to allow for movement while filling as well as a fold out base for floor pump type use. The weight Is about 2 to 3 lbs.
The pump came with two mounting options, zip tie or screw.
Now to the best part. Here in Northern CA where I am the weather today was around 100-104F (perfect real world conditions). the tire in question was a front tourance mounted on a 05 1200gs. I manually let all the air out till the tire guage would not read anything.
After figuring out how to attach the stem I began to pump, the resistance was what I expected, not too bad. It should be noted that optimal inflation occured when I backed off the rate of pumping a bit. I tried the foot base, however, I got best results when using the tire itself where it contacted the ground for leverage. I pumped 100 strokes left hand and 100 strokes right hand back to left for 50 more then I checked the psi. It was at 20. I pumped 150 more times and checked, 39.5 psi. I like 37 so I let some out and called it a success.
Total time from first pump to 39.5 psi including psi. check at 20. = 7 minutes.
It should be noted that after jaming my hand once into the body of the pump early on it became apparent gloves would be needed. toward the end of the drill the pump housing became hot to the touch, soo much so that if you were not using gloves it would be pretty uncomfortable to touch. I did break a sweat but hey
Anyway hope this helps some noob out there such as myself make a decision on how to put together a flat kit. I plan on combining this pump with some string plugs and pray they will never be used.
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