Author Topic: Air Compressor question  (Read 4529 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Jimma

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 42
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 10026
  • Membership Level: Active
Air Compressor question
« on: September 22, 2012, 03:35:16 am »
   I have a 2011 C-14 and I am considering buying the Airman Sparrow Compact Air Compressor or the Airman Tour pump. ( replaces Sparrow ) I beleive these compressors work on a 12 volt car battery type socket. I do not want to run the compressor from the battery. Has anyone found a good, light weight electric air compressor that works well on the Concours;using the existing accessory outlet?

Offline Pistole

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 845
  • AREA: Southwest Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2012, 03:39:26 am »
- it may trip the 5 amp fuse for that accessory socket.

- maybe test for it beforehand.

.

Offline Jimma

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 42
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 10026
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2012, 04:07:43 am »
 Can I go with a 10 amp fuse...???

Offline JerBear

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 310
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 12777
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2012, 10:33:32 am »
This what I use for a compressor on the road:
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-250-psi-compact-air-compressor-4077.html#pr-header-4077
and what I also use:
http://www.harborfreight.com/9-piece-tubeless-tire-repair-kit-45183.html

Harbor freight tools are low quality but work well for occasional use. The pump will air up a tire but will take quite a bit of time to do it.  The pump will get quite hot unless you give it a break. I have never had a problem using the pump on the Connie's power port.

 I actually bought them on "sale" and them cost less than $10 for both and on the road if you get a flat they will help you get to a service shop or home.

You can buy better tools but I think it's a waste of money to spend more to buy something you might use twice in ten years.
2008 Silverdammit C14

Offline Mad River Marc

  • Sport Tourer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2284
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 8442
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2012, 05:29:11 pm »
Can I go with a 10 amp fuse...???


The 08 - 09 Connies were fused at 10 amps,  Kawi dropped that to 5 amps for the 10+ models.  I do not know what gauge wire exactly they are using for that circuit, but it doesn't look too robust IMHO which is probably why they dropped it.   Just because the FUSE can handle that power flow doesn't mean you won't be creating resistance and overheating wires...

I would highly recommend against replacing a rated fuse with a higher rated fuse,it's a recipe for disaster in my book.

Run a wire to the battery using the proper gauge wire with a fuse as close to the battery as possible.

In my case, I have a slime compressor and I power it from the battery tender leads that I installed..  Works fine
You only need two tools in life – WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

Offline Walker18

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 638
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 8443
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2012, 06:05:00 pm »
Can I go with a 10 amp fuse...???


The 08 - 09 Connies were fused at 10 amps,  Kawi dropped that to 5 amps for the 10+ models.  I do not know what gauge wire exactly they are using for that circuit, but it doesn't look too robust IMHO which is probably why they dropped it.   Just because the FUSE can handle that power flow doesn't mean you won't be creating resistance and overheating wires...

I would highly recommend against replacing a rated fuse with a higher rated fuse,it's a recipe for disaster in my book.

Run a wire to the battery using the proper gauge wire with a fuse as close to the battery as possible.

In my case, I have a slime compressor and I power it from the battery tender leads that I installed..  Works fine

With a 10 amp fuse.. and have spares..

AMA# 1088783
2012 C-14  'Rudy'

Offline RWulf

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1842
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 7122
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2012, 06:26:50 pm »
Look at "Slime" the tire sealent product company. They have a small 12v air compressor.
It's small enough that it will fit under the seat at the back of the bike. You might find a
place on your C14 also. I got mine for $10 from ACE hardware.

Offline Gypsy JR

  • American Gypsy
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 6699
  • Living the Gypsy Life
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9279
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2012, 07:59:27 pm »
I long ago replaced the 5 amp fuse with a 10 amp fuse.

My Airman works great plugged into the cig lighter socket, and I love how compact it is.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2017 Forest River Flagstaff Super-V 27VRL travel trailer
Where are you? [insert random forest name]

Offline Necron99

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1160
  • rise again....
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 9384
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2012, 11:42:05 am »
I'm aware that some think this is a really expensive compressor.  But it's durable as all get out and will outlast the others by a long shot.

http://www.pashnit.com/product/cyclepump.html

I have a floor compressor in the garage, so I don't use it plugged into the bike daily or anything like that.

Offline Gypsy JR

  • American Gypsy
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 6699
  • Living the Gypsy Life
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9279
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2012, 10:08:53 pm »
Yes, I have a large compressor in the garage, left over from my machinist life when I had the vertical mill (Bridgeport) and engine lathe and such in there. So now all it does is fill car and bike tires, and the neighbors bicycle tires every spring.  :great:
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2017 Forest River Flagstaff Super-V 27VRL travel trailer
Where are you? [insert random forest name]

Offline Mike

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 23
  • AREA: Southwest Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2012, 10:35:27 pm »
I'm aware that some think this is a really expensive compressor.  But it's durable as all get out and will outlast the others by a long shot.

http://www.pashnit.com/product/cyclepump.html

I have a floor compressor in the garage, so I don't use it plugged into the bike daily or anything like that.


You could buy 10 slim compressors for that price.  :-\

Offline PaleRider

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 806
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2012, 03:19:03 am »
Look at "Slime" the tire sealent product company. They have a small 12v air compressor.
It's small enough that it will fit under the seat at the back of the bike. You might find a
place on your C14 also. I got mine for $10 from ACE hardware.

I also have the slime compressor. works well.. I plug it into my heated vest plug with a 15 amp fuse in it.
I have plugged and pumped 4 tires with it.   all Rear Harley tires.
Have Owned 2004 Honda VFR, 2004 Honda ST1300, 2000 Triumph Sprint ST.
Now 2012 ZG1400 in Pearl Arabian Red

Offline Necron99

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1160
  • rise again....
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 9384
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2012, 11:36:54 am »
I'm aware that some think this is a really expensive compressor.  But it's durable as all get out and will outlast the others by a long shot.

http://www.pashnit.com/product/cyclepump.html

I have a floor compressor in the garage, so I don't use it plugged into the bike daily or anything like that.


You could buy 10 slim compressors for that price.  :-\


10 slime compressors take up a LOT of space in a tank bag.  I want the ONE compressor I have to WORK when I need it, and not be a broken piece of crap.  I don't have the confidence in those cheap plastic units.  I know a bunch of people who say, "Yeah, I had one, it broke, I replaced it for 20 bucks.  No big deal."  But I don't want that circumstance to be when I'm in the middle of freaking nowhere.

Offline Larry

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 558
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 9359
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2012, 12:03:10 pm »
I'm aware that some think this is a really expensive compressor.  But it's durable as all get out and will outlast the others by a long shot.

http://www.pashnit.com/product/cyclepump.html

I have a floor compressor in the garage, so I don't use it plugged into the bike daily or anything like that.


This is what I use as well.  Expensive but great unit.
10 Kawi Concours 14 ABS

Offline Gypsy JR

  • American Gypsy
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 6699
  • Living the Gypsy Life
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9279
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2012, 01:55:11 pm »
I got an Airman Tour from Amazon for $30 delivered (Amazon Prime membershp) and it works great. Can reach 150 psi maximum.

Easy to use, reliable, accurate. CHEAP. SMALL.

http://www.amazon.com/AirMan-52-074-021-Tour-Performance-Compressor/dp/B002NTW7H0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348498151&sr=8-1&keywords=airman+compressor
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2017 Forest River Flagstaff Super-V 27VRL travel trailer
Where are you? [insert random forest name]

Offline Mike

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 23
  • AREA: Southwest Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: Air Compressor question
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2012, 05:28:07 pm »
10 slime compressors take up a LOT of space in a tank bag.  I want the ONE compressor I have to WORK when I need it, and not be a broken piece of crap.  I don't have the confidence in those cheap plastic units.  I know a bunch of people who say, "Yeah, I had one, it broke, I replaced it for 20 bucks.  No big deal."  But I don't want that circumstance to be when I'm in the middle of freaking nowhere.

I get what you're saying but expensive stuff breaks too. Only difference is how far I throw it when it does ;D