Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by VTR250, Dec 21, 2011.

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    VTR250 Guest

    Does anybody have one of those car tyre pumps that run off the
    cigarette lighter? Are they any good?

    I'm thinking of buying one. What are your experiences with them?

    I presume I can set a cut-off pressure like 37psi before switching it
    on... otherwise if I walk off and leave it running will there be an
    explosion (tyre) and/or fire (compressor) and/or drained battery (car).
    VTR250, Dec 21, 2011
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    CrazyCam Guest

    Mine works fine for me.
    <blank look> Mine just pumps more and more air in until I tell it to stop.

    It does have a gauge, which isn't very great, but it does pump up tyres.

    I don't wander off when I am checking and pumping tyres.

    I know, I am a very simple type person.

    CrazyCam, Dec 21, 2011
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    Nev.. Guest

    they pump up tyres
    Maybe you need to be a bit more committed to your tyre pumping, and just
    hang around until it completes. A small pump is going to get very hot
    pumping up a tyre, and the physicists in this group will probably
    explain to you why the pump has to try harder and harder to pump as the
    tyre pressure increases, and why this will cause the pump to run hotter
    and hotter while it's pumping up the tyre.

    My bet is that the pump will overheat and shit itself before the tyre
    explodes or the battery drains, and rather than catching fire, the
    little compressor engine will just cease up.

    If you buy one of the small $20 supercheap auto type compressors, you'll
    do yourself a favour to pull it apart and reassemble it with loctite.

    The real enemy of these is heat, so when I'm using mine, i run it for a
    minute, then turn it off and let it cool for a minute, reducing the
    running time and increasing the cooling time progressively as the tyre
    pressure gets higher.

    Nev.., Dec 21, 2011
  4. Yes. They are slow, but they do the job.

    Mine specifically recommends against running it for more than about 10
    minutes. It gets very hot after a few minutes, and it takes much more
    than that to pump a car tyre from close-to-empty to 30psi.

    - soakes
    Stephen Oakes, Dec 21, 2011
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    Peter Guest

    I had a $20'ish one.
    It was easy to remove the outer plastic cover. This made it small enough to
    be stored under the seat on the Vstrom.

    I only used it once to pump up a push bike tyre.
    Peter, Dec 21, 2011
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    F Murtz Guest

    Very few have the cut out, I do have one with it but have not seen any
    F Murtz, Dec 21, 2011
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    Bill_h Guest

    You get what you pay for. cheap ones will shit themselves.
    I spent a little more ($50.00?) on one from super cheap, works fine, and
    pumps a motorcycle tyre from flat in not very much time.

    Bill_h, Dec 21, 2011
  8. In aus.motorcycles on Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:09:19 -0800 (PST)
    I have a cheap one from SuperCheap. I removed all the plastic from it
    so it fits in the storage space under the bike seat.
    If your tyre is flat where they hell are you wandering off to?

    I imagine there might be really expensive ones that do that, but I've
    never seen one. Carry a book and read it while waiting.

    Zebee Johnstone, Dec 21, 2011
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    Diogenes Guest

    Or, these days, carry a tablet and do your ozmoto messaging while
    waiting... :)


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 21, 2011

  10. The tyre slime brand jobbies (tire slime maybe, it's american) get a
    pretty good writeup on a few forums I am on. No personal experience
    with them.
    Fraser Johnston, Dec 22, 2011
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    Sandgroper Guest

    You have a cigarette lighter installed on your motorbike ?
    Sandgroper, Dec 22, 2011
  12. In aus.motorcycles on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:23:23 +0800
    I do.

    And I don't even smoke!

    Zebee Johnstone, Dec 22, 2011
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    CrazyCam Guest

    <insert puzzled look here> Doesn't everyone?

    CrazyCam, Dec 22, 2011
  14. I've got a waterproof one sitting in the to do pile for the vfr. And I
    just ordered a Stebel air horn. : )
    Fraser Johnston, Dec 22, 2011
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    will_456 Guest

    Yes they work fine. I run mine (Kmart auto chinese brand) for about 20
    minutes connected to a car battery which I move between all my bikes
    while I do the tyres (8) one after the other.
    It has a screw out guage which you set on the maximum pressure. It
    whistles like a kettle when the tyre is "cooked".
    Once I wrapped the cord around the pump when I put it away and it melted
    the insulation clean through so yes, they do get hot.
    will_456, Dec 22, 2011
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    will_456 Guest

    Oh and the main reason I use it - The small plastic valve connector on
    the end of a flexible hose stays on by itself and means you dont have to
    wrestle with long metal shafts they have on the service station pumps
    which by the time you position them somewhere in the centre of the rim
    around the wheel spokes and inside the brake disks they always seem to
    be about 2 degrees off the angle required to form a seal on the valve.
    Mess about too long and you end up with less air than you came with.
    will_456, Dec 22, 2011
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    Peter Guest

    I got this little elbow valve thing from the tyre man that I attach to the
    valve to make it easier to check/fill.

    This cost a couple of dollars and is a lot easier than trying to do the
    above on the rear wheel.
    Peter, Dec 22, 2011
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    Sandgroper Guest

    No doubt you also have a clean ashtray on your m/bike.

    Sandgroper, Dec 22, 2011
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    CrazyCam Guest

    Wouldn't surprise me in the least if the Norge had an ashtray hidden

    CrazyCam, Dec 22, 2011
  20. In aus.motorcycles on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 07:55:30 +1100
    Maybe on the new model. The old one barely has enough room for the
    espresso maker!

    Zebee Johnstone, Dec 22, 2011
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