After going through the below experience and no longer wanting to put my faith in cheap plastic compressors I bought one of these to carry on my motorcycles, https://bestrestproducts.com/shop/cy...tire-inflator/
. Excellent tire pump.
Last year while riding up to Crown King in my UTV I got a flat tire, the driver's side rear tire to be more precise. I discovered it was nearly flat at Crown King as my girlfriend and I were about to walk into a restaurant. After finishing our meal I set to the task of plugging or replacing the flat tire. I do have a spare mounted on the back of the Teryx4 but I thought I would try to plug the tire to get back to Lake Pleasant where my trailer and truck were located.
So I find the hole in the tire and plug the hole with a Stop & Go mushroom plug, https://www.stopngo.com/tubeless-pun...scooters-atvs/
. Then I go to air up the tire and use the Stop & Go crappy compressor that comes with the Stop & Go plug kit. It turns on and makes lots of noise but no air come out of the hose. So much for Plan A.
Plan B. I grab the small cloth bag that contains another small compressor, something sold by Aerostitc, Aerostich Mini Compressor - Pumps & Air Compressors - Tire Repair - Tools - A to B :: Aerostich Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear
, but when I pull it out of the bag it's in pieces and therefore it isn't going to be airing up anything........ ever again.
Plan C. Plan C was going to be replacing the flat tire and wheel with the spare on the back. But upon opening my tool bag to get some tools to do so I discovered another small air compressor that I had forgotten about. I hook the compressor up and it works, sort of, vibrating and doing some sort of dance jumping around on the ground but it fills the tire to 16 psi in 10 minutes or so. When I check the tire plug for air leaks by spitting on the plug, I see a bit of air escaping from the repair. It's a slow leak and I can monitor the amount of air loss because I have tire pressure senders on each wheel's air valve stem and each tire's pressure is displayed on my Garmin GPS.
Now you may be asking yourself, if he had tire pressure monitors on each wheel how come he didn't know he was getting a flat? Good question which I will explain now. I have no doubt that the GPS display did show a screen warning me about the low pressure in the tire, but unless I'm looking right at the GPS I'm not going to see the warning or know about the impending flat tire. The GPS also makes an audible warning but the GPS wasn't hooked into my Bluetooth headset or Bluetooth transmitter.
On the trip back to the trailer I needed to stop a few times to add more air to the semi-repaired tire. Each time I start up the compressor my girlfriend and I watch in amusement as the compressor did it's bouncy dance on the ground. But we got back to the truck and trailer and we drive home.
That night I did some internet research looking for a new and more robust compressor to carry on the Teryx. This is what I bought, https://www.viaircorp.com/portables/87p
, that I got from Amazon delivered for $46.89. I must say the Viair it is impressive, solidly built, quiet and doesn't dance around when it's running.
At the same time I also bought CyclePump Expedition Tire inflator to carry on my motorcycles, which don't have the ability to carry a spare. The CyclePump while being more expensive is an excellent unit that will hopefully be more reliable than the cheap plastic air pumps.
So what I'm trying to convey here is, do yourself a favor and get a decent compressor if you travel on roads far from home and cell phone coverage. I can tell you from personal experience that it's no fun being stranded on a rarely traveled piece of road in WY with a flat tire you can't fix well enough to get you riding again.