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Old 11-11-2012, 09:53 AM   #31
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Best Choice for LONG Trip

All good stuff here, but wondering what pump/compressor would rank #1 for those leaving on an extended trip on another continent where back up (like roadside service) would not always be an option....
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:19 PM   #32
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I wouldn't hesitate to take the little Chinese POS that I gutted and have used without problems.
With the peace of mind I have with it (no sucking up dirt like a $100 mega marketing BS model) and the money I save, I would have a nice little party with some friends old or new.

Some times it is better to take matters into your own hands and not fall for the hype.
Especially when the hype is just another Chinese compressor. LOL!
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:05 PM   #33
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All good stuff here, but wondering what pump/compressor would rank #1 for those leaving on an extended trip on another continent where back up (like roadside service) would not always be an option....
A foot pump is probably the most reliable option. They are also generally available world wide (well Asia & latin America at least).
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:27 PM   #34
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Funny you should mention that. I bought one of those high pressure mini-foot pumps. Works great for daughter's bicycle tires and the little nylon bag it came in is my tool bag. The foot pump stays home. Why? Have you ever tried to rely on a foot pump at the side of a busy 3rd world highway in 110f heat with 90% humidity? It'll take you between 5 to 10 minutes and you'll be exhausted. Hook up el cheapo gutted Chinese pump to a handy battery charger pigtail and presto!
3-4 mins and you you are in the shade and the pump is doing the work.
Foot pumps are fun in the rain, too. Real rain, torrential stuff. The Chinese wonder just keeps on keeping on.
Their space program is showing promise, too.
Not to mention their understanding of currencies.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:21 PM   #35
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There are things I'm willing to be a cheap bastard on, and things I'm not. When it's 105F and I'm faced with airing up my tires after a flat or a session playing in the dirt, I want compressed air. So I got this pump from Adventure Designs. It's certainly not the cheapest option, but I bought the cheapest option from Walmart, and it suddenly died one day. Fortunately for me, I had a tiny bicycle pump on standby, and 45 mins. of pumping later, I had a tire full of air. Not something I want to go through twice.

Thats the same guts as the $5 Harbor Freight/Walmart/Chinese pumps. $70! Yikes!
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:31 AM   #36
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Bingo!
They do the gutting for you and you pay.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:10 AM   #37
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The name I didn't see in the discussion was ViAir...some riding buds here in the South West have been using them and think they are very good; http://www.viaircorp.com/97C.html
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:19 AM   #38
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My apologies to empedrado who has brought that brand into the discussion further up in the Thread....any OTHER discussion about this brand of compressor?
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:47 AM   #39
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They look bulky, heavy, and overengineered in the casing.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:56 PM   #40
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R1150GS. Will be mounted where the ABS usually sits under the tank. The air filter will have a hose attached to extend it to near the goose neck.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:57 PM   #41
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Gnarly! Will you have a cover for it to protect it while not in use?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:26 PM   #42
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I use a viair 350c on my Jeep to fill my 38.5" swampers. I think it's a decent product, expensive though.

For the bike I carry Co2 as well as a $15 Walmart compressor. I used to carry just the Co2, but after one flat I had used all my cylinders and had to stress about finding more on the road.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:06 PM   #43
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about 10 years ago i found an air con compressor, put it into my Landrover now i can pump up four tires faster then most people can do one
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:15 PM   #44
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I have to admit, I've never had a problem with cheapo Chinese compressors. I probably just jinxed myself!
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:36 AM   #45
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No, you are just helping to spread the word that you dont need to throw much cash or over engineer something to make it work and work well. They look like a dogs breakfast but they do the job, they weigh very little when gutted, take up no space when gutted, and cost very little.
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