Roadside and Garage Tire Replacement and Repair
“In the 1970’s better motorcycle tire repair and service equipment became more necessary (and market-viable economically) because thousands of riders began taking longer motorcycle trips routinely. An important advance was the ‘mini-air compressor’. These ubiquitous little Asian-made 12v tools made it as fast and easy to re-inflate one’s tires on the side of a road as it was in any fully equipped service and maintenance garage.
Fifteen years ago you had to make your own take-along mini-compressor, and it wasn’t a very pretty process. First you had to buy the compressor the only way it was then available: housed in a bulky plastic case intended for automotive carrying and use. Then you’d have to smash away the case to get out the compressor unit only. And you’d still need to add a switch and figure out the necessary wiring connectors.
We decided there was a better way. So we started working with a company in Asia that made one of the nicer compressors. A rider named Andrew Falk helped us produce what we needed by adding a little carabiner to hold it off the ground, and simple wires and switches. And a nice heat-resistant storage bag. Done.
Then a year later we combined this tool with a useful range of patches, repair tools and plugs…and voilà, the ultimate compact tire repairification kit. This whole kit zips neatly into it’s handy nylon storage pouch and carries easily just about anywhere. Of course back at your home garage it’s also perfect for easier occasional worn-out tire changing, too.”