Andy Goldfine, honcho of Aerostich, is a deeply philosophical man, which a glance at his catalog shows. Throughout the catalog is evidence of his belief that whatever motorcyclists need should be rugged, simple and as light as possible.
Hence, it’s no surprise that Goldfine’s solution to the flat-tire problem includes his lightweight, built-to-spec Mini Compressor. There’s no fancy case for it, no fancy anything, in fact; just a Chinese-made 12-volt pump you hang by the included carabiner from something handy on the bike—a footpeg bracket, maybe—then clamp the air line to the Schrader valve of the tire and plug in the power line to the bike’s battery. Roll the rotary switch to “on,” and the little pump begins furiously and heatedly hammering away.
Obviously, before this compressor becomes useful, you have to remedy the reason the tire lost air in the first place—puncture, faulty Schrader valve, etc. Not having an actual flat tire, we simulated a few by using the Mini Compressor to pump up tires mounted on a BMW K1200R, Can-Am Spyder and Honda CRF250X. The speed with which the compressor worked was—as you’d expect—determined by the battery condition of the bike to which it was attached, but the gizmo never failed to bring the tire back up to full pressure.
In an interview about how he came to make the compressor, Goldfine said he was concerned about the heat generated by the compressor itself (typical of all such compressors). His solutions—a carabiner and a soft bag designed to package up a still-hot compressor successfully when you’re in a hurry—are typically simple, light and practical.
Our conclusion: If the mission requires being fully equipped while packing light, the Mini Compressor is the right tool for the job.
8 South 18th Ave. West
Duluth, MN 55806
• A well-thought-out solution to a potentially serious problem
• Long air and power lines
• Hefty rubber band and a heat-resistant bag keep storage simple
• Only works on a bike with a battery
• No sex appeal