The ultimate compact tire repairification kit. Combines our smallest, most efficient compressor with all the essential tools, patches and goo needed to fix nearly any roadside flat. The whole kit zips up neatly into a handy nylon storage pouch and fits easily in a tank bag or pannier. Mini Compressor has a nice, long 26" inflator hose and comes with three power adapters: SAE, cigarette lighter and alligator clips.
The underside of the pouch also features four slim pockets allowing storage for a tire gauge, pen, flashlight or other small, handy items that can be added to enhance this kits versatility. Adding tire irons for removing the tire from the rim (Aerostich Tar Arns #3564, available separately), truly makes this a ride-anywhere tire repair kit. This is the smallest and most packable tire kit available. Black. 7"×3"×5.25". 1.61 lbs.
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Customer Reviews (6)
- Best of the lot, with a couple small issuesReview by Kevin
After catching a fastener in the rear tire and limping home on some remaining air, I decided to research & acquire a full repair kit. I have AAA, but once a boy scout always a boy scout ("Be Prepared").
This kit is simply the most well-thought-out and complete kit on the market. Won't repeat the product description or other reviewers comments.
A couple issues, which could be easily corrected by Aerostitch, are noted.
1 - the two soldered electrical connections at the base of the pump are not insulated. That's just dumb. I put some electrical tape over them.
2 - I have a fused battery tender SAE connection to keep the battery charged. When I tested the compressor under load, it popped the existing 5A fuse. Aerostitch promptly sent me the motor specs, and a 10A fuse was indicated. Now it works fine under load. So, if you need to use the kit on the road, keep the motor running. Both these points ought to be in the product notes. (Posted on 3/17/16)
- portable compact air compressorReview by THOMAS
- this is a great product.I like its compact size and the fact that it comes with several ways to hook it up to the bikes battery.I f you have one of these units with you,It`ll pump up your tires or your air mattress when you are about to camp for the night.I used mine for pumping up the suspension on my bushtec trailer recently.Don`t plug this thing into the accessory plug that comes with the bike though.It will draw too many amps and cause the breaker to cut the power to the plug.Make sure you have a direct connection to the battery. (Posted on 7/26/15)
- Like AAA in my side caseReview by Brian
- Just a little relief in the back of my mind if I ever need it. Tried it out when i got it, works pretty good for how small it is. Only one thing, compressor almost looks like it is missing a plastic cover over the end ? Maybe its just me (Posted on 6/27/14)
- Speechless Tire RepairReview by Terry
I am an avid biker and have have this kit for a few years. We were on a trip to the 110 Harley party and came across a woman with a flat tire on the side of the road.
We asked her if we could help and she said there was not much that we could do because she had a screw in her tire.
So we got off the bike and pulled out my kit, I told her that i might be able to get her back on the road at least until she could get to a repair shop.
Next thing you know she is following us into town. She was speechless cause a biker could fix her tire on the side of the road.
Every biker should have a kit like this, it work great...... (Posted on 3/11/14)
- Awesome mini kitReview by Louise
- This kit is great. It is very compact and fills tires in no time. Every piece of wiring possible comes with it, but once you pick a method for tapping into your battery, you can get rid of most of it. It fits into my luggage easily with the rest of the crap needed for long trips. Great product! (Posted on 2/23/12)
- 10 pounds in a 5 pound stuff sackReview by Geezer with a Grudge
The question is, "Can a motorcyclist visit Duluth and not stop at RiderWearhouse?"
The answer is, "Probably not."
On our 43rd anniversary trip this summer, my wife and I planned a cage trip to Duluth to escape the August heat. There was no motorcycle component to this trip because she isn't a comfortable passenger and that week offered exceptionally uncomfortable weather; afternoon temperatures above 100F and thunderstorms in the evening.
However, I'd received an Aerostich sale email earlier that week advertising a bit off of the tire repair kit and a disappointing experience with my Mini Foot Pump convinced me that yet another piece of modern technology belonged in my emergency bike tools kit.
The Aerostich Compact Tire Repair Kit is exactly that; compact and a complete tire repair kit. Aerostich has stuffed at least 10 pounds of kit into a 5 pound bag, with accommodations for even more if you have the space. I don't. The storage space I have on my V-Strom is exactly right for the area taken up by my old foot pump and my new 'stich kit. No more and I'm serious about that. In fact, my only complaint about this kit is that, like practically everything I buy, getting it all back in the packaging as neatly and compactly as the factory could probably use a manual. If I were to do it over again, I'd take a picture of the pump as I removed it from the extremely well-designed stuff bag. I didn't, so I wrestled with putting it all back together after my first use.
The Aerostich Compact Tire Repair Kit contains a nice set of tube and tubeless tire repair tools, three connector sets to wire the electric pump to your electrical system, and a very compact 12VDC air compressor with enough wire and 26" of hose to get you to either tire from either end of any bike, a power switch, and a carbiner to clip to a convenient attachment to relieve strain from the compressor wiring. The well-made stuff sack has 4 small outer pockets to hold other tools, like a flashlight and tire gauge, if you have the real estate for that on your bike.
The Aerostich catalog claims this is "the smallest and most packable tire kit available" and at 1.2 pounds and a packed size of 7"x3"x5.25" I have to reason to argue with them. My old foot pump took up about the same space in the rear cowling of my V-Strom, but when it came time to fill a dead flat 150/70R-17 rear tire the foot pump completely failed the task. Repairing and refilling an equally flat 110/80R-19 took about 45 minutes and 40 of that was finding the nail, pulling it, and plugging the hole. From the moment I pulled off the handy and huge rubber band, untangled the pump wiring, and inserted the valve adapter, it took less than 5 minutes (end-to-end) to fill the tire and put away the tools. The tire's rim seal had not broken and if that were the case the fill-up would be more difficult.
As usual, I give this product the usual five-star recommendation for all things Aerostich. Nice work, guys. Now, I just have to explain to my wife why stopping at RiderWearhouse is part of an anniversary celebration.
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A Long Flat Tire Story...
When introduced (long ago), Aerostich tire pumps and tire repair kits set new standards for efficiency, compactness and functionality. Thousands of riders have come to rely on this equipment -- both in the workshop and out on the road. Both pump and kit have been subject to continuous refinement and improvement. Now, the tire pumps 'on-off' switch has just been redesigned. Literally a small detail. Now a different type so this tool is even more reliable.
Have you ever needed to repair a tire on the side of the road? Here's a story from 2009 about one such experience:
Last summer I had two in-motion rear tire flats on my (street) bike...both only about a week apart. They were my first on-the-road flats in many years. Both were due to riding on dry-rotted inner tubes. My maintenance forgetfulness and ignorance. My bad.
Luckily no crash resulted. Somewhere over the years of changing tires I'd forgotten the lesson that one should always put a brand new tube in when installing a tire. I replace a worn out rear tire on this bike about twice a year. What could I have been thinking?…save money? Modern tubes don't rot? Uhhh…
Riding southbound on US 53, just north of Wascott. This road is now a fully four lane divided type, with a 65 mph speed limit, and that’s the speed I was going. Sunny and nice. Light traffic. About 2 PM. The bike started to steer funny. It was subtle -- as if I was riding on a worn-out road with depressions where heavy traffic had thinned the pavement. But the highway looked perfectly flat so I moved over to the center of the lane to check if it actually was the road. A flat tire was the very last thing on my mind.
Hmmm. Bike still wiggly. I looked again at the road surface just a few feet ahead. Hard and closely. Still looks flat. So I slowed down to about forty five and it seemed to go away. Then I sped back up and the wiggles came right back. Like the frame, swingarm or a wheel had somehow broken. It had been a really long time since my last flat. More than ten years...I'd completely forgotten what having one felt like.
And then I knew and slowed back down to about 30 and started riding along the paved foot-wide shoulder. In about two blocks there was, as if made to order, a little gravel side road. I took it and ten feet in stopped and looked down. The rear tire was nearly flat. I slowly and carefully rode another five feet to a good spot to park on the side. And now the tire was fully flat.
The next stuff was routine…but it had been a very long time since I'd done any of it: Bike off. Off bike. Hoist onto center stand, which was hard because the bike was now 4" lower in the back. Gloves off. Helmet off. Jacket off. A nice pile on the grass next to the bike. Saddle off. Tools out. Wheel off. Spare inner tube out. Tire irons out. Tire off rim on one side. Tube out. No apparent flaws. No nails in tire. Just a giant tear maybe a foot long. 30 minutes elapsed, but I'm not hurrying. Just keeping track…
Spare tube in. Tire back on rim. Dig clearance hole in sandy dirt beneath where the tire will go and slide wheel onto hub. Bolt on loosely. Get out engine inflator - a hose that goes from one spark plug hole to the tire. You start the engine, which runs fine on one cylinder and in a minute the tire is full.
Except the attachment that goes into the spark plug hole is ruined. Twelve years rattling around in the bag on the rear fender have removed it's threads. There is no way that will work. Plan 'B'...a bicycle tire pump strapped to the frame. It doesn't work either. I fiddle with it for fifteen minutes but the rubber 'o' ring seal that goes on the tire valve stem was all dried out and would not make a seal.
Back to the thing that works off the spark plug hole. I wrap duct tape on the worn-threadless end and put the other end loosely onto the tube - threading it only a single turn. Put on the riding gloves. Feel like Mr. Spock working in the starship Enterprise's reactor radiation chamber, taking a big chance to save the ship. Start the bike. Chuff! Chuff! Chuff! air blasts strongly out the spark plug hole. I'd forgotten.
The bike runs great on one cylinder. With my left gloved hand I force the duct-tape-improvised-gasketed device against the spark plug hole holding it there as hard as I can against the air blast while with my right hand I'm screwing the other end onto the tire valve stem. It works. 34 psi and two tries later I have done what felt like the impossible. Boy that little chuff-chuff inflator gets sure hot quick. Even with a glove, it was hot-potato-drop-it as soon as I unscrewed the other end on the valve stem. Bolt the wheel back up tight. Put away the bad tube and the tools and I'm off, gingerly at first. An hour and twenty, total.
Midway through all this, a Subaru Forester passed, heading into the forest. It was the only vehicle on this road the whole time. Twenty or thirty feet away I could see and hear the endless stream of Hwy 53 traffic whooshing past. The Subaru went about forty feet past me and then I heard the gear whine of it reversing, so I stopped levering and looked up.
An old thinnish, long-bearded man was driving, and when they were back next to me his wife was looking down, out of her just-lowered passenger window. I was on my knees by the tire, looking up at her. "Need any help?" the old country hippie guy asked. "No, I think I'll be ok." I replied. Steady eye-to-eye contact. Pause. Then we smiled at each other, and nodded very slightly. A moment of reflection both ways, then they drove off to their presumably reclusive homestead hidden place somewhere farther into the deep Wisconsin north woods. Just a few miles out of Wascott. My guess is he plays a fiddle.
I continued on to my destination, and enjoyed a nice dinner with some friends. Afterward, when I got home at about 9 pm I took all the tools out and removed the wheel, deflated and re-inflated the tube, and made sure the just-replaced tube was inside the tire straight. Then got out a brand-new spare tube and left it on the saddle, ready for it's place inside the bag on the back fender.
Tomorrow I'd replace the 'plan B' bicycle pump, the thread less Enginair 'chuff' thing, and probably the tube repair glue and patches, too. The torn and dried-out old tube went into the garbage. I bet it had been taken out, inspected and put back ten or twelve times when I'd change tires over the years. Never had changed that tube. Never thought of it. What a dummy…
Postscript, four days later --
The lesson was that twelve year old inner tubes are neither reliable or safe. They wear out just like the tires do, even if they don’t show anything visually like a tire does. The above tire repair happened on Sunday. The following Thursday I’m riding down Interstate 35, heading to Minneapolis at five pm, and about five miles north of Hinckley the back tires goes flat again. And again I ride along for a minute in denial or disbelief, this time thinking “I can’t be having a flat again -- I just had one.”
This time there’s no nice quiet gravel side road available, just a sorta steeply sloping mowed shoulder, and freeway traffic here is pretty intense. I am traveling with another rider, and again I do get the bike pulled over safely. But I cannot easily put the suddenly lower (flat-tired) bike on it’s side stand, so while I’m holding the bike I direct the friend down into the ditch to see if the ground is wet or dry or hard or soft. He finds a semi-dry, semi-firmer place about five feet from a semi-wetter semi squishier place and I roll the bike diagonally down the steeply sloping grassy ditch, stopping right by were the mowing ends and the tall grass begins. At least I’m not right on the shoulder…inches from the continuous traffic roaring past at eighty.
This time the change goes much faster. Probably about fifteen minutes, start to finish, without hurrying. Minutes before leaving I’d re-packed the fresh inner tube, the replacement ‘chuff chuff’ device (with it’s fresh spark plug threads carefully wrapped in tape to protect them) and a new bicycle tire pump. I’d picked up these supplies on Tuesday and Wednesday and an hour and a half earlier had rushed to pack them. The new ‘chuff chuff’ thing worked fantastically well. I’d forgotten. What a breeze.
The other rider was impressed. And so was another couple who had stopped a few moments later to see if I needed help. They were on a newer BMW, heading for home, which was Texas. Working away I was smiling -- it was as if I was giving a lesson on how to quickly change a flat tire on the side of the road. As if I knew what I was doing. Sunday's practice had re-taught me all the right moves.
As I pulled the still warm four-days-earlier-replaced ‘spare’ tube out of the tire it literally came apart in my hands. I could tear it in almost any direction, as easily as if it was a sheet of newspaper. During the years it had been inside of the little bag strapped on the back fender it had completely dry-rotted, even more than the one which failed the previous Sunday. Another big ‘duh’. What a dope. From now on, I’ll know better. I’ll become an inner-tube-fanatic, changing to new tubes whenever I change tires. Change your tube with your tire!
This whole experience got me thinking about the knowledge-base that underlies the entire tire/tube changing skill set. It’s a near-obsolete collection of information about task sequencing, manual manipulation and material science. It’s as if I am the operator of a steam locomotive or some other archaic mobility technology.
These days mobility involves very little of this kind of knowledge. Vehicles don’t come with tools or inner tubes. Many tires are now ‘run flat’ so there’s even no spare. Most newer motorcycle use cast wheels, and tubeless tires. Inner tubes are needed only for traditional low-end spoked wheels, since ‘tubeless’ would leak where the spokes pierce the rim.
When tubeless motorcycle tires go flat it’s usually due to a nail in the tread. The standard roadside remedy doesn’t involve removing the wheel. A pliers is used to pull out the nail. Then a reaming tool is used to clean out the hole, and another reaming tool is used to jam an adhesive-coated plug into the hole. Then the insertion tool is removed and the plug’s protruding length is cut flush with the tread. Then a small electric air compressor is connected to the battery and the tire is reinflated. Much less fiddling around.
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.”