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Tire Air Pump

I have a Vulcan 900 classic and when I check tire pressure and air them up I use a plain jane bicycle type pump that is a royal pain the a$$ to work around the spokes. This leads me to to not check and add air like I should.

Anyone have a air pump that they can recommend for ease of use?
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Are you looking for one to keep at the house or one to keep on the bike for "just in case" reasons?

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I still have a 5 gallon compressor from when I used to run a paint and drywall crew.
But, I have used the compressor on my portable jump starter when I'm away from my garage. It actually was pretty fast.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Schumacher...arter/25955561

I have one of those $10 12v compressors in the saddlebag.
I think you can get them with alligator clamps to hook directly to your battery terminals.

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I still have a 5 gallon compressor from when I used to run a paint and drywall crew.
But, I have used the compressor on my portable jump starter when I'm away from my garage. It actually was pretty fast.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Schumacher...arter/25955561

I have one of those $10 12v compressors in the saddlebag.
I think you can get them with alligator clamps to hook directly to your battery terminals.

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alligator clamps are cheap. Cut the plug off and wire them on if ya got to. I had one done up like that I kept in my tool box on my ATV. I have got a 10 gal or so compressor at the house I use for airing up tires. I have a 30 gallon one but I don't have 240V ran out to my storage building so it just sits there . I miss my air tools.

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Basically, I just want something that is easy to get to the valve stem, specifically the rear one. When I hook up the pump I have, I hit the spokes while trying to clamp it on the valve stem.
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instead of looking at the compressor to solve the problem, next time you change tires can you get a tube with a different valve stem. Just a suggestion. Or you could use it as a reason to get a bigger compressor. One that will inflate tires quickly and use a regular tire chuck.

One of those little 3 gallon pancake compressors will work for that and you can get them for 30-50 bucks or so. After they build up and quit it might cycle once on you with your back tire if it is completely flat. Now the tires on my truck one would cycle 2-3 times to reach the volume of a larger tire. I have also used one to seat the bead on a tubeless motorcycle tires too. Sometimes it takes a tie down or a good lick or 2 where it is leaking around to get it to seal but you can do it.

http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...sor-95275.html

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instead of looking at the compressor to solve the problem, next time you change tires can you get a tube with a different valve stem. Just a suggestion. Or you could use it as a reason to get a bigger compressor. One that will inflate tires quickly and use a regular tire chuck.

One of those little 3 gallon pancake compressors will work for that and you can get them for 30-50 bucks or so. After they build up and quit it might cycle once on you with your back tire if it is completely flat. Now the tires on my truck one would cycle 2-3 times to reach the volume of a larger tire. I have also used one to seat the bead on a tubeless motorcycle tires too. Sometimes it takes a tie down or a good lick or 2 where it is leaking around to get it to seal but you can do it.

http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...sor-95275.html
That would work, but it gets very mixed reviews.
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That would work, but it gets very mixed reviews.
I was just using that as an example. I have never used that one nor do I know anyone who has. Also I have never purchased any of the air compressors from there. So I can't tell ya much about any of them. The 2 I got at the house are so old there are no stickers or anything left on them to identify the brand unless I clean them off and find the plate on the tank or motor that is stamped.

If you decide to go with one that is tank-less then get one that has a higher flow rate, PSI don't mean diddly squat. A lot of the cheap ones will put in big letters 200psi pressure and try to use that as a selling point. I will take one that has a higher flow rate and a max PSI of 125.

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I was just using that as an example. I have never used that one nor do I know anyone who has. Also I have never purchased any of the air compressors from there. So I can't tell ya much about any of them. The 2 I got at the house are so old there are no stickers or anything left on them to identify the brand unless I clean them off and find the plate on the tank or motor that is stamped.

If you decide to go with one that is tank-less then get one that has a higher flow rate, PSI don't mean diddly squat. A lot of the cheap ones will put in big letters 200psi pressure and try to use that as a selling point. I will take one that has a higher flow rate and a max PSI of 125.
Thanks for the info! Looking at compressors now.
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So if the alligator clips work, then I suppose I could cut the plug off (12 volt style compressor) and use the 2 wire lead or plug connector like I have for the battery tender....
That would really be quick and easy to connect....

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